Healthy Aging and Active Living Coach
A 50's and up coaching practice that guides folks to stay fit, active and engaged into their eighties and nineties.
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I believe that life is not a dress rehearsal and I would be nuts not to make the most of every minute of it. When I turned sixty, I rode my bicycle, solo, from Williamsburg, Virginia to Seattle, in 78 days. Just over half way across, on the top of a Colorado’s pass, I met a guy going the other way (east to west).
He said he had crossed the country 22 times before - and just finished riding the perimeter of Iceland… and then he flew to Vancouver BC and rode south to catch the Trans-am Trail on his way to Ottawa via Kansas City and Detroit. He was 84.
He shared that he still did everything he had always done… just slower. And that, “Life was like a basketball game and the fourth quarter was the most fun, so why should I bench myself.”
It resonated - and when I pedaled away, I had a lot of time in the saddle to think about it. Along the way I formulated the idea of this coaching practice (I was already an executive and organizational change coach). While doing the due diligence needed to create curriculum, I couldn’t help but become an anti-ageism advocate as well… and make both of these pursuits my life’s work.
I want to remain active until I drop. I want to explore, travel, learn, meet new people, enjoy my family and friends, and help others. And I want to spread kindness - because I don’t think there is anything better I can do with my life… and I'd love to help anyone who wants it, to do the same for themselves.
PS. You don’t have to do anything as crazy as ride your bike across the country to become fit, active and engaged for the rest of your life.
We only have one life and it just makes sense to live every day to the fullest. And to do that, you have to be well.
Here’s a definition of wellness: Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. "...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
I don’t know if I chose to be in the wellness industry or it chose me. Doing this work is one of the only things I’ve done my entire life that made complete sense… with no downside. As corny as it may sound, I believe that when I help someone to make the most of their life, they will educate others to the opportunity… and then, maybe, the world becomes a little bit happier.
Because I am always looking to learn how to be more effective, I have asked my clients what they felt coming out of their first session. Here’s what a few of them said:
“You really listened… and didn’t judge me at all.”
“I wasn’t sure that I could do this… but when we broke it down into bite size pieces, I know I could.”
“ I asked a lot of questions, but you only asked one, “Are you willing to do the work?” So that let me know that I might have a guide, but in the end, it’s up to me."
“We talked a lot about changing the stories we have around fitness, nutrition and engagement, and that seemed hard… until I found out how to do it - that you can change stories by setting goals and creating new habits to reach them… which sounded doable.”
“I felt like it was all about me, and that this coaching practice wasn’t cookie cutter - it’s designed to work with my stuff.”
Generally, coaching is about defining, setting, achieving goals and discovering and evolving the behaviors you’ll need to do so. By listening, asking questions and challenging assumptions, I’ll help you develop accountability, structure and commitment.
It’s also an opportunity for cognitive, moral and social development.
When I listen to you, it’s not just about the content of what you are saying, it's also about how you make sense of the world. I listen to learn about how you decipher the world.
A fellow coach/teacher of mine shared, “Development is not a race to the finish line. It is the journey of our lives. The way we come to see and re-see the world around us.”
As I work with clients to achieve goals, I also strive to help them discover how their connected to systems around them, how to see multiple perspectives and how to discover their own growth edges so that they may continually, “Come to see and re-see the world around them.”
And this begins with self-compassion, or mindfulness - the ability to focus on the present and be non-judgmental about your feelings, thoughts and sensations... and the acceptance of your own challenges with kindness and understanding.