Michelle's story

I've almost burned out three times in my life so you don't have to. Here's my story and what I've learned.

Hey there! I’m Michelle.

I know how overwhelming and frustrating it can be to try and reduce stress, overcome exhaustion and minimize anxiety. I’ve been there. Three times!

The first time was just before I left my career in Public Relations.

I spent 16 years in PR and was in a management position. Instead of feeling happy and accomplished, I felt stressed, miserable and pressured to rise up and take on more responsibility.

I had constant digestive issues, recurrent strep throat and regular headaches. I was exhausted, anxious and felt a sense of dread.

I ate poorly - lots of coffee and sugar. My weight increased as did my blood glucose levels. I'd often be in tears at the end of the day and had no energy. Evenings were spent  watching mindless tv.

My brand new relationship was also feeling it. I should have been happy, joyful looking forward to our future, but the stress, worry and pressure stole it all away.

The second instance was after I left the my PR job and found health coaching. 

This new career offered a flexible schedule, time for my own health and wellness, meaningful work and a sense of purpose.

But I was so intent on making it successful, I worked at it 24/7, and was driven to get more clients, make more money and offer more programs.

What I lost, was my focus on health and finding balance. I was on the brink of burnout again. Similar symptoms returned, my anxiety levels rose and self care dropped off my to-do list.

The third time was six years into my health coaching practice.

I'd developed a solid practice, had regular offers and success with my program the Sugar Shift.

But running all of this on my own as an introvert and a solo business owner was a lot.

I couldn't keep up the pace and pressure to do it all. I was overwhelmed and disillusioned.

About to turn 50, my changing hormones, fluctuating energy levels, new symptoms created even more restlessness and anxiety.

I was stuck. I hid and withdrew and waited for the next steps to unfold.

What did I do to prevent these burnout near misses?

Through these years of stress, struggle, anxiety and exhaustion, I learned so much about myself, my lifestyle and my habits.

First, I know I can't function without nourishing food, restful sleep and daily movement. These are my non-negotiables.

Next, I re-defined success. Let go of the "shoulds" and limiting beliefs, made myself a priority and know I'm worthy and of value.

I learned some effective tools, skills and practices that set me up for success. Things like daily routines, time management and meal planning techniques.

I got quiet. I added in a daily mediation practice to calm my overly-active, introverted mind and connect with that inner peace I so desperately needed.

Today, all of this learning, self-growth and inner work has brought me to a place of contentment, peace and balance.

It's not perfect. I'm not striving for that. But I know what the foundation of well-being looks like for me. When it's solid - life is good, smooth, easeful and joyful.

This is possible for you too.

Professional Credentials

I received my training through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and the Wellness Coach Training Institute. I'm certified through the International Association of Health Coaches and have my Associate Certified Coach  credential from the International Coach Federation.

In addition to my private coaching practice, I'm employed by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Coaching Circle Facilitator and have worked with close to 1000 health coaching students.

I also hold two Bachelors degrees - one in Political Science the other in Public Relations.

I'm a trained JourneyDance facilitator.

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