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From Employee to Entrepreneur: Carmen Payne Found Her Purpose Coaching Others

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/11/19 8:00 AM

In 2012, Carmen Payne was working in IT Project Management. She describes herself at that time as stressed out, spread too thin, and conflicted between work and personal commitments.

“I had lost my true self in this identity and my relationships at home and at work were suffering,” Carmen tells us, “An email announcing my 20th Anniversary popped into my inbox and I had a realization that I simply could not exist like this anymore.  I pulled out my resume and looked back on my amazing career and asked myself: ‘What used to make me jump out of bed in the morning and bound through the office doors?’  The role that literally lifted itself off the page at me was when I was training and coaching people.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, entrepreneurship, Intuitive Guide, Motivational Speaking

A Recipe for Success: Janet Lee Serves Some Wisdom on Integrating Life Coaching and Nutrition

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/8/19 8:00 AM

My personal favorite quality of Janet Lee’s, a Holistic Nutrition instructor at SWIHA, is that she can make a heavenly cheesecake--and it’s all nutritious, raw vegan ingredients! A close contender is her ability to deliver her wisdom and knowledge in a relatable, engaging way. Each interaction, you’ll come away with a fascinating food fact or thinking: “Wow! I didn’t know I could do that with my veggie scraps.”

“I’ve always enjoyed hearing about people’s journeys,” she explains, “and I thought [Life Coaching] would be a nice compliment to my interest in nutrition coaching.”

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Life Coaching, national life coaching month, SWIHA Staff, entrepreneurship, Holistic wellness

Jillian Holper Feels ‘Empowered and Humbled’ to Witness Miraculous Shifts as a Life Coach and Clinical Hypnotherapist

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/7/19 8:00 AM

When Jillian Holper first enrolled at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, she kept telling everyone she knew: “‘It’s as if the Universe materialized a school just for me’. I was almost in shock the first couple of months!”

Jillian completed the Mind-Body Transformational Psychology degree program and believes Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy have been the tools with which she’s created the best version of herself.

“It has allowed me to understand the way humans operate on a deeper level than I could've ever realized,” she says, “Most importantly, it’s given me the absolute honor of seeing what incredible things we can do when someone holds the space for us to heal. Miraculous things occur when we connect to our own innate wisdom and healing.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, Great Graduates, clinical hypnotherapy, entrepreneurship

Glitter, Goals and Goddesses: Sharon Rose On Her Conscious Coaching Style

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/5/19 8:00 AM

Sharon Rose lights up any room she enters—and it’s not just an illusion; it’s her signature glitter makeup! She finds her power in feminine energy and leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes. That simple philosophy has become the foundation for her successful coaching business, The Soul Stylist.

“To me Life Coaching is the space where we can finally take full responsibility for how our life turns out,” she says, “The practice opens you up to see the experiences, emotions, people, and life itself from all perspectives. There is no room for blame or shame, only acceptance and forward movement.”

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Topics: Life Coaching, national life coaching month, yoga, Great Graduates, healing arts, entrepreneurship

The “Will” to Succeed: Business Mentor Will Zecco Gets Honest About Entrepreneurship

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/4/19 8:00 AM

Will Zecco’s favorite question to ask budding entrepreneurs is: What are you willing to do, become or give up to find success?

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Topics: Life Coaching, entrepreneurship, Great Graduates, Holistic wellness, holistic business

I Made a Vision Board & This is What it Taught Me About My Goals (You Should Do It For 2019!)

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 12/27/18 2:00 PM

Hello everyone! Taylor here.

Being immersed in SWIHA-land for the past three years, I’ve heard a lot about vision boards. In fact, many of my coworkers keep them in their offices. They’re full of travel photos, symbols of prosperity and health, wishes for love and plenty of inspirational quotes. I love looking at other’s vision boards because I get to learn so much about their dreams and priorities.

With the new year approaching at lightspeed, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in 2019. So, I woke up this morning and decided to create my very first vision board! I grabbed my scissors and glue, found an unused canvas and began hunting for old magazines…to no avail. My on-going quest to live minimally has me reading digital copies of everything and immediately recycling junk mail.

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Topics: Life Coaching, Manifestation, Vision Board, entrepreneurship, healthy living, Goal-Setting

I Made a Vision Board & This is What it Taught Me About My Goals (You Should Do It For 2019!)

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 12/6/18 2:00 PM

Hello everyone! Taylor here.

Being immersed in SWIHA-land for the past three years, I’ve heard a lot about vision boards. In fact, many of my coworkers keep them in their offices. They’re full of travel photos, symbols of prosperity and health, wishes for love and plenty of inspirational quotes. I love looking at other’s vision boards because I get to learn so much about their dreams and priorities.

With the new year approaching at lightspeed, I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to accomplish in 2019. So, I woke up this morning and decided to create my very first vision board! I grabbed my scissors and glue, found an unused canvas and began hunting for old magazines…to no avail. My on-going quest to live minimally has me reading digital copies of everything and immediately recycling junk mail.

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Topics: Life Coaching, Manifestation, Vision Board, entrepreneurship, healthy living, Goal-Setting

Plan For Success: A Guide to Choosing Your Holistic Health Care Degree Program!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 11/15/18 2:00 PM

For over two decades, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts has held the belief that healing takes place within mind, body and spirit. After all, it makes intuitive sense when you consider that we are multifaceted beings with many different energetic components.


We’re thrilled to finally see allopathic medicine and modern neuroscience embrace holistic modalities and confirm what we’ve felt all along: that we must treat the full being for true transformation to occur.  From major corporations employing nutrition advisors and life coaches, to chiropractors partnering with energy workers, we see traditional and modern healing coming together and igniting major change!

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Topics: AOS degree, Great Graduates, holistic health care, entrepreneurship, Psychology, Massage, Herbalism

Spiritual Serendipity: Andrea Aizlewood Refined Her Intuitive Gifts

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/11/18 2:24 PM

“Since childhood, I have been quite intuitive,” says Andrea Aizlewood, a SWIHA Online graduate. Andrea always knew that she had unique spiritual skills waiting to be discovered and refined; she could receive emotions from those those around her, recognize synchronicities, and even sense energies. Her gifts were so strong, however, that they initially intimidated her.

“I closed up out of fear,” she explains, “I closed up for almost a decade, all through my early twenties.”

It was only when her one-year-old showed signs of the same intuition Andrea possessed, that a new-found interest in exploring her abilities was sparked:  “I saw my son wave at my long-deceased grandmother [who I felt] standing in the corner of the room. It made me realize that I had to get over my fears so that I could be there for my son to teach him how to protect himself and learn his own gifts.”

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Topics: IHAP, Online student, Great Graduate, angel reading, Angel Guide, Life Coaching Program, Auriculotherapy, entrepreneurship

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

Posted by Staff 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: Life Coaching, holistic entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, Great Graduates, Leadership

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