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Introducing Barbara

As I reflect upon my life, I can clearly see how events in my life led me to a career that I am truly passionate about - wellness coaching. It actually has taken my whole life for me to discover this, and it has been worth the wait.

My own spirituality has evolved throughout the years and I resonate with the saying that God does not give us more than we can handle; and that there are no coincidences in life - everything happens for a reason. The struggles that we go through in our lives does have a positive side to them. I have been open to benefiting from my particular experiences. I have learned from them, and I assist other people in benefiting from their own experiences.

I didn't know anything about healthy foods when I was growing up. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized how poor my eating habits were. I didn't grow up eating junk food - I just didn't eat nutritiously. For instance, for dinner we would eat fried chicken and potatoes fried in oil, canned green beans, and the fruit that we ate was canned fruit cocktail. Nothing was fresh. We did have a salad but it was made with iceberg lettuce, which has no nutritional value.

"I want to assist people - people who are willing to make a commitment to improving their lives. I want to prevent people from getting sick, teach them to take control of their health, and deal with the stress in their lives."

Barbara

I used to make dinner when I was in grade school and have it ready when my mother came home from work. I made the same unhealthy foods. I was modeling what I saw. That's all my mother knew; that's all I knew.

I don't even remember drinking any liquids. I hated milk so I used to throw it away when it was served with school lunches. I also hated water and never drank it. My mother bought the store brand of frozen concentrated orange juice - the kind that you mix with water that tasted awful. My mother used to drink Diet Pepsi. That's what we had at home, that's what I saw, so I also drank Diet Pepsi. I was not physically active growing up. I did not exercise or ride a bike or participate in sports. In the summer, I would lie out in the sun by the pool and bake my body that was smothered in suntan lotion.

It was not until I was in college when I had a boyfriend who gave a wok to me for a gift. I began experimenting with Chinese food. Soon after that I began teaching Chinese cooking classes. This same boyfriend also exposed me to foods that I had never had like fresh strawberries and blueberries. I joined a gym and began exercising. Gradually, I was becoming more health conscious.

After being married for ten years, with two small children, my ex-husband told me he wanted a divorce. I experienced extreme stress and worry. A major worry was about money. I had stopped working to raise my children, and I was concerned about having to give that up. I wanted to continue to be a stay-at-home mom. I didn't want to put my children in day care or have some stranger watch my children. I didn't know how I would be able to work full-time and still pick up my children from school, or take my daughter to ballet lesson, or drive my son to Taekwondo.

I felt humiliated, embarrassed, and fearful about my husband leaving me. I really had no one that I could talk to. I remember driving around and stopping at the first hair salon I came to. I actually didn't need a haircut; what I really wanted was someone to talk to. Everyone knows that hairdressers love to talk - so I got my hair done hoping to be able to talk to this stranger about what was going on in my life.

The combination of stress and a lifelong pattern of inadequate nutrition caught up with me. Immediately after hearing that my husband wanted a divorce, I began having health problems. After a number of medical tests, I ended up with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I realized that I had to make some significant changes in my life.

"My wellness coaching is all about coaching healthy behaviors. I am passionate about assisting others to reach their personal potential."

Barbara

So what does having inadequate nutrition as a child, not getting exercise, being divorced, being under a lot of stress, and having MS have to do with me becoming a wellness coach? Everything!

I won't say that there's no stress in my life these days, but I will say that I've learned ways to handle it - lots of ways. But first I had to understand what the sources of stress were: bad habits; a lack of good nutrition and exercise; toxic relationships; lack of healthy, achievable goals; lack of self worth. There are dozens of categories. Each category has a success strategy that I can help you with.

I want to assist people - people who are willing to make a commitment to improving their lives. I want to prevent people from getting sick, teach them to take control of their health, and deal with the stress in their lives - not waiting until something happens and then go to the doctor and get a prescription to just treat the symptoms. Having MS myself, I'm also able to help people deal with their own health challenges. Many diseases are lifestyle diseases. We must do everything that we can to prevent this. My wellness coaching is all about coaching healthy behaviors. I am passionate about assisting others to reach their personal potential. I am so proud of my coaching clients that have made positive, life-altering changes.

My experience:

  • Wellness Coach certified by the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas
  • Graduate of the Landmark Forum in Dallas, Texas
  • Certified leader in "What If Up" with Mindy Audin of The Peace Project in Dallas, Texas
  • B.A. Sociology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming with Jan Marszalek and Tony Neal in Dallas, Texas
  • Level 1 Reiki with Linda Ball, Reiki Master in Dallas, Texas
  • Goal Setting, Time Management, and Sales from Eric Lofholm of Eric Lofholm, International
  • Vocal Awareness from Arthur Joseph, founder of Vocal Awareness
  • Mine-Body-Medicine from Dr. Jim Gordon, Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body- Medicine in Washington, DC.
  • Mind-Body-Spirit classes with Debra Kaplan in Dallas, Texas
  • Qigong with Richard Peck, Integrated Center for Oriental Medicine in Dallas, Texas
  • EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique with Dr. Joe DuChene in Dallas, Texas
  • Stress Management with Native American Mark Barfoot
  • Breathing - The Master Key to Self Healing from Dr. Andrew Weil
  • "Creating Your Ideal Body" Coaching Program - focusing on the "Law of Attraction" with Christy Whitman
  • Author of two children's books to be published in 2009: How To Raise Happy Children That Grow Into Happy Adults; and Help Your Child Design A Healthy Life - With Your Guidance and the Teachings of the "Healthnuts™ " along with a comic strip Here Come the "Healthnuts™".