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Living Large: How Deena Gregory Left Behind a World of Luxury for the Call of the Great Outdoors

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 2/16/18 11:12 AM

Deena Gregory has always been a “seeker”—a woman with a self-described “natural curiosity about self and spirit” who in quiet moments often found herself gazing upward at the night sky with a deep sense of awe. Yet, after years of looking to institutions—from organized religion to the halls of academia—for the answers that could only be found within, Deena got caught in a spiritual drought, convinced that there was nothing else bigger “out there” than the humdrum of everyday human life.

“With a new reliance on my own thinking came what the Buddha referred to as ‘Dukkha,’ or suffering,” she explains. “I have always been hailed as a ‘critical thinker.’ Now I laugh and say, ‘Yes, as soon as I start thinking, things get critical!’”

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Topics: Life Coaching, Toe Reading, Intuition, Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Holistic wellness, yoga, soul coaching, NLP, Camping, Single Mother Yoga, Online student, Transpersonal Psychology

Kris Vaughan: Finding Wisdom & Healing through Western

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 2/9/18 8:00 AM

For Kris Vaughan, a career as an herbalist was born out of a mother’s worst nightmare: the illness of her youngest daughter, who had developed severe stomach issues at the age of seven, yet who could find no answers or relief from her pediatrician.

“We spent nine months putting her through every invasive test imaginable, only to be handed antacids and told, ‘Sorry, we don’t know what’s wrong,’” Kris recounts. A friend recommended some natural herbal remedies for the girl, and although Kris found herself questioning their validity, her daughter was miraculously pain-free within three days of taking them—and has remained so ever since. “It made me realize that I was missing something huge,” Kris says. “I needed to do some research as to why these herbs worked, and that research brought me to SWIHA and the Western Herbalism program.”

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Topics: western herbalism, Holistic Healing, Chronic Illness, Herbal Medicine

Sole to Soul: How Saori Mayumi is Using Toe Reading to Transform Lives in Japan

Posted by Tim Barber on 2/2/18 1:29 PM

When the student is ready… a book may just jump off the shelf and change her view on the world! 

That’s exactly what happened for Saori Mayumi— one of the most successful Toe Readers and Toe Reading Teachers in Japan. Toe Reading wasn’t something Saori was looking for at all; in fact, as is often the case when the Universe has unexpected plans for you, Toe Reading seemed to find her!

Saori was at a bookstore when she just happened to see a copy of KC Miller’s Toe Reading – Are You Walking Your Destined Path? that had been translated in to Japanese. Remembering the moment when she first picked up the book, Saori says, “I didn’t mean to read it, yet it was there, right in front of my eyes! There was also a leaflet announcing that KC was going to have a special seminar in Japan. I read the book and went to see her at the seminar. There was no doubt in my mind that Toe Reading would be a big part of my destiny!”

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Topics: Toe Reading, Reflexology, cancer, soul coaching, National Toe Reading Month, Japan, Toe Reader

Roots and Wings: How Will Zecco is Helping SWIHA Students Soar

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 1/31/18 8:00 AM

For those who have had the pleasure of seeking support from Will Zecco, it will come as no surprise that he has the business savvy to back up his coaching!

Will has served as an entrepreneur and business owner for over 40 years, starting with the creation of his very first business in 1982, which he opened up with a $10,000 personal loan secured with the help of his parents. He was able to pay that loan off within two years, secure a second loan, and continue to expand the business— testament to his larger vision and gift for growth.

Yet, the road to entrepreneurship wasn’t always easy. “It was a learning curve all along the way,” Will reflects. “When I look back on it now, I wish that I had someone who knew about running a business to go to for support. I was not that fortunate and made mistakes along the way.” Will eventually ended up closing the business, and for the longest time, he felt that his venture had been a failure. With the passage of time, however, Will was able to see the whole endeavor as a series of lessons. “Expensive lessons,” he laughs, “Yet, lessons nonetheless!”

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, holistic entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, Leadership

Nourishing Bodies & Minds: Janet Lee Talks Eating & Thinking Cleaner

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/30/18 8:00 AM

What do Holistic Nutrition and Life Coaching have in common? According to Janet Lee, the answer is almost everything! “Holistic Nutrition is looking at the whole person,” she explains. “Life Coaching does the same.”

Janet Lee’s unique style of coaching is deeply personal to her. Her own challenges, experience in therapy, and, ultimately, finding her own wellness led her to pursue her passion for healing. Janet’s philosophy is that mental and physical health are profoundly interconnected. From how we interact within our relationships to what we choose to eat, it all affects us in a much bigger sense than we may initially realize. “I firmly believe in the power of a decision, she shares. “One small decision can transform a person’s life. It has in my own life many times!”

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Topics: Vegetarian, Life Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, Whole Foods, Healthy Eating, Cancer-Treatment, Culinary School, Plant-based Foods, Raw Foods

Manifesting Magic: Melissa Corter Talks Following Your Intuition

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 1/29/18 8:00 AM

If there’s one thing Life Coach and Intuitive Guide Melissa Corter knows, it’s that people most often abandon their dreams for one heartbreaking reason: they don’t believe in themselves.

For Melissa, this truth is more than some lesson passed down from a textbook; rather, she’s painfully—and productively—lived it herself. “I once considered myself a failure in my head. I was working a job I absolutely hated because I had walked away from my personal business for the illusory comfort of a paycheck,” Melissa explains. “Then the day arrived when I couldn’t take it anymore. I decided to give it all up. That’s when my own divine blueprint became active for me to witness.”

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Train Your Brain: How James Patrick is Transforming Personal Training 

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 1/28/18 8:00 AM

You may have learned to lift weights, run sprints, and do lunges under the guidance of a personal trainer at your local gym… yet where do you go if it is your mind that needs to get in shape? Perhaps to SWIHA Life Coaching Graduate James Patrick, who is serving as a Lifestyle Trainer with a focus on what he calls “personal training—both inside and out.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, Mind Body Wellness, mind body spirit, national life coaching month, Personal Trainer, wayne dyer, more or less tool, oprah winfrey, tony robbins, tough love

Putting Back the Pieces: Christine Iring Talks the Puzzle of the Present Moment

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 1/27/18 8:00 AM

Five years ago, Christine Iring’s life was falling apart. She had hit rock bottom and was unsure what was around the corner; she knew only, with the guidance of a therapist, that she had a responsibility to “do her work.”

And do her work she did! Over the course of three years, Christine steadfastly examined herself, even as the world continued to swirl and change around her. This period of transformation culminated in Christine moving to the Phoenix area and enrolling at SWIHA. “As soon as I walked in the building, I knew I found my new home,” she confides. “My first class was Life Coaching Foundations. Between the vibe, the instructors, the people that understood ‘my language,’ and learning the protocol for transforming lives, I knew this was part of my calling. I was on my way to being a life coach.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, Reiki master, Holistic Healing, Reiki, Hypnotherapy, Trauma, Breakthroughs, Courage, Wounded Healer

Seeing Stars: Daune Thompson on Coaching Through Astrology

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/26/18 8:00 AM

Everyone’s heard the phrase, “The stars simply aligned.” For Life Coach and Astrologer Daune Thompson, that phrase is not just a beautiful metaphor— it’s part of her life coaching philosophy! Daune’s favorite tools to use with her clients are intuition and, of course, the stars.

Daune specializes in two very different yet interconnected kinds of coaching—relationship coaching and corporate coaching—both which require strong skills in learning how to connect with others while not losing authenticity. From business mergers to executive growth, from finding a life partner to starting a family, Daune relishes watching her clients achieve their greatest dreams.

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Topics: Life Coaching, Intuition, astrology, Relationship Coaching, Star Chart, Corporate Coaching

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Sharon Rose Talks Styling Souls

Posted by Alexandra Comeaux on 1/25/18 8:00 AM

For Sharon Rose, 2017 was the year of identity crisis. She had finished school and launched her business, yet was still suffering from a sense of disconnection. Nothing was resonating. After so after working up the courage to leave a truly toxic relationship, to deconstruct her old life coaching website, and to overhaul her personal image, she was out on her own again... and suddenly faced with the opportunity to become her most authentic self. 

I went from a focus on 'becoming the goddess' to 'I AM the goddess,'" Sharon explains, "and it all started unfolding out of awareness. 

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Topics: self love, Life Coaching, soul coaching, Empowerment, Wheel of Balance, Toxic Relationships, Goddess, Artists

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