Hesitation is what I felt when my friend suggested that I enroll in the Health Coach Training Program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).
To put it bluntly - I'm NOT the person people come to for recipes and healthy food advice. I'm the girl who orders chicken & waffles and a bellini at Sunday brunch!
So, you can imagine my confusion as she pitched me on how perfect I was for this program.
I was desperate for a change. I signed up.
The way I saw it - at minimum - it would be a positive distraction from all the things that felt out of control in my life. And learning what and how to eat couldn't hurt.
As I listened and learned, I understood that health and happiness is more than just cutting out fast food and running on the treadmill.
All the other parts of your life - your career, relationships, finances, spirituality - they matter too.
In other words, you need all parts of the pizza to make it a whole pie. You are what you eat -- plus so much more!
If you know me, you know that avocados are my favorite and I understand the benefits of whole foods and green smoothies.
BUT pantry hauls and grocery store tours aren't what drives me.
I'm excited to help women tackle the mental, emotional, and spiritual self-work that is needed to push past the blocks and fears that keep them stuck.
Stuck was my default status.
I could barely pull myself out of bed in the morning.
I dreaded going to work. My job was unfulfilling and stale.
I was still 25 lbs overweight from a pregnancy I'd lost.
The foundation of my marriage was crumbling.
My first thought in the morning was "Ugh...I just can't."
I woke up sad, depressed and anxious. Every. Single. Day.
I was lost!
Then one day something snapped. A voice inside of me said, "Enough is enough. It's time to get your sh*t together!"
I was tired of the doom and gloom and barely going through the motions.
Things began to change the moment I decided to do something different.
Living an empowered life is a JOURNEY - not a destination.
There are twists and turns, speed bumps and detours along the way.
I work daily to choose happy and make the best decisions for me.
I'm clear about what I want and in-tune to what I need live my best life.
And you can be too!
You can be happy and create balance through consistent practices when you:
"Poison" by BBD is one of my faves
I actually like turning the page with my fingers instead of swiping left or right
Eating good food takes me to my happy place
I love red blends but I'll indulge in a good Sauvignon Blanc on a hot day
I tour with Beyoncé in my head...Zumba class is where I practice my moves
Except the excessive use of LOL and an occasional emoji
Sharona Patrice is an Empowerment and Lifestyle Coach who helps women heal self-destructive behavior by teaching them how to build the self-love, trust, & confidence they need to live a life they think is impossible. Her calling is to work with motivated, professional women in their 9-5s who ultimately desire to do more and be more than the status quo, but are stuck at the crossroads of corporate comfort and entrepreneurial emancipation. Using nearly two decades of corporate consulting experience and her certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she takes a holistic approach in helping highly-driven women find mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. Sharona's goal is to empower her clients to take small steps and make conscious choices that will have a huge impact on their daily lives.
Prior to coaching, Sharona received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who has consulted corporate clients on IT projects.