Complimentary Coaching for Small Business Saturday 2017

Complimentary Coaching for Small Business Saturday 2017

It’s the end of Thanksgiving week here in the US, and I have so much for which I am grateful.  I have a loving husband and three quirky kids, good health, and the freedom to craft a life I truly enjoy.

I never intended to own a small business. But when your passion intersects with the reality of your life, amazing things can happen. And as life changes, my business has adapted. I’m amazed and thrilled to be on the cusp of ten years of coaching women to lead more fit, healthy, and whole lives.

In the spirit of Small Business Saturday, I am offering a pre-sale of the next session of my Survive & THRIVE Perimenopause course which kicks off  January 15th .


(Yes, I know that’s a long time to wait…but you and I both know that you’re not going to have the time or energy to devote to yourself between now and then anyway.)

Besides, you already know how January is going to go….

You’re going to resolve to take better care of yourself. Get more exercise. Eat more nutritious food. Actually go to sleep on time. But somewhere along the way, you’ll get derailed.

Survive & THRIVE can help you make those resolutions a reality. Even better, it can also help you finally figure out how to balance your hormones, shed the belly fat, build your bones, and get more restful sleep.

And if you can truly understand how doing those things really makes a difference to your body, you might find yourself better at sticking to them.

I know, too, that a little accountability through one-on-one support is a rocket-launcher to making real, meaningful, and sustainable changes.

So here’s the deal:

As a BONUS for registering now, you’ll receive a COMPLIMENTARY 30-minute one-on-one coaching call during the Survive & THRIVE session. {VALUE $50}

But it’s not just a call…There are pre-call questions you’ll answer so we’re both prepared to laser in on what you’re biggest wellness issues are. That means we can laser focus our time together on what will move you forward most productively.

So take yourself and your resolutions seriously, and register for Survive & THRIVE—and your BONUS Coaching Call—today. This offer is valid only through Monday, November 27th. (That’s Small Business Saturday through Cyber Monday 2017.)

Thank you for being a part of my small business as you help me fulfill my mission to support Well Balanced Women.

Creativity as Self-Care: A Prescription for Fun

Creativity as Self-Care: A Prescription for Fun

Does your day-to-day life make you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Do you have the desire to try something different but don’t want to change your whole life? Maybe a creativity infusion is what you need!

Think of creativity as self-care.

It has benefits that are good for brain health, body health, and it’s just plain fun! And who doesn’t need more stress-busting, brain-boosting activity?

Increasing the amount of creative activity in your life often involves some creative thinking. Real factors like time and money are often what keep people from exercising their creative muscles.

But with a little self-assessment and a bit of planning, you can get your creative on like crazy!

Getting started with creativity as self-care

How much time do you have? How much money can you invest in your creative endeavors? What roadblocks are in your way?

Understanding what your limitations are from the start is important. It lets you know that you’ll be able to keep up with whatever creative endeavor you undertake. And it will keep it from being disappointed, too.

As for WHAT creative endeavor to try, start with thinking about things you liked to do as a child. Maybe you could always be found with a pile of colored pencils around, drawing your world as you saw it. Or perhaps you were known as a fantastic storyteller, weaving tales to entertain friends and family. Or maybe you were the girl who loved pretend play.

(I was the latter. My whole childhood was made up of me being the teacher and my friends, brother, or stuffed animals being my students. Sometimes creativity and reality are tightly intertwined!)

You can also explore creative outlets that you wanted to do as a child but never could. Perhaps you dreamed of learning a musical instrument or taking dance lessons, but your family couldn’t afford it. Of maybe you grew up in a home that didn’t tolerate mess making. If you’re idea of getting creative involves lots of materials and a messy process, enjoy being in charge of your fate now!

How creativity bolsters brain power

Especially for women in perimenopause and beyond, engaging in creative activities fires up the brain centers to keep memory fog at bay. For most people, undertaking creative action– whether its writing or knitting or dancing– uses parts of the brain you don’t use in the rest of your daily life.By learning new things and asking your brain to work in unusual-to-you ways, you’re exercising your brain. Laying down new neural pathways is excellent preventative healthcare for your brain.

Creativity also reduces your stress levels. Lower stress has a cascade of positive benefits. For the brain, lower stress means less risk of dementia. For the body, lower stress means less risk of high blood pressure, weight gain, and heart disease.

Creativity as self-care is a can’t-lose experience!

Self Care Creativity
Survive & Thrive Perimenopause ONLINE is Here!

Survive & Thrive Perimenopause ONLINE is Here!

Are you a woman over 40 who is searching for answers to why you’re feeling like you’re feeling and wanting to know what you can do about it?

If you’re in the thick of perimenopause, with all of the hormone ebbs and flows, and you’re ready for a life raft, I’ve got it.

(If you’re not sure if you’re in perimenopause, the course helps you look for signs, too!)

Survive & Thrive Perimenopause ONLINE is a women’s wellness workshop in ecourse format. The ecourse teaches you what’s going on with your body and offers strategies for better wellness.

We’ll discuss how to find the root cause of your symptoms so you can feel more like yourself again, how to nourish your body feel satisfied, and designing a life that works WITH your body rather than against it.

The online workshop is six-weeks of education and coaching about all aspects of being a woman over 40. We’ll cover:

  • How to know when you’re in perimenopause or menopause
  • Seeking out root issues of hormone imbalances
  • Bone health and aging
  • Pelvic health (and what it really means)
  • Fitness over 40 to rev your metabolism and build lean muscle
  • Quality nutrition that is easy and delicious
  • Self-care as it relates to your overall wellness
  • Building a healthcare team who will support and guide you

At the end of Survive & Thrive Perimenopause ONLINE, you’ll have a clear roadmap for the happy, healthy, well-balanced life you crave.

I’ve been offering this type of coaching in a live setting for more than a year now, and it fires me up to know how much women just like you have gotten out of it. As trite as it sounds, knowledge is power!

(And, hey, if you’re already post-menopausal, there is still tons of content in Survive & THRIVE Perimenopause ONLINE that will help you make the most of your golden Third Age of life!)


Perimenopause symptoms and relief online workshop.
The Incontinence Myth

The Incontinence Myth


Picture a group of women sitting around a table, drinking wine or coffee, chatting and laughing.  One women gasps and says, “Oops!  I think I just peed myself a bit!”  Her friends chime in, one by one, and say, “Oh, that happens to me, too, when I (choose one) laugh/run/cough/sneeze.”

The Incontinence Myth

While stress incontinence is rather common, it is not normal.  The incontinence myth perpetuates due to ignorance– we believe stress incontinence is an inescapable side effect of pregnancy or menopause.  This just is not true.  It is not simply part of being a woman that we have to deal with and move on.

Not surprisingly, the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products have found a new market thanks to the incontinence myth.  Their products and advertising approach the issue, normalize it, and offer what seems to be a solution.  It is, however, merely addressing the symptom of leaking.  While these products certainly give women a way to hide their incontinence and carry on with their lives, they do nothing to fix the problem.

Unbelievably, there is a whole market of women’s t-shirts, mugs, and greeting cards to capitalize on the incontinence myth. (Don’t believe me?  Check out etsy.) These products want women to buy in to the belief that stress incontinence is normal, permanent, and somehow something we should find funny.  While I applaud the designers of the items for their creativity, I find it a misguided empowerment technique.  Sure, own your problem.  But why would you want to tell the world about it rather than fix it?

Who can help with stress incontinence?

Pelvic physical therapists have special training and are the top choice for severe stress incontinence cases.  Their education about internal anatomy and their access to the best biofeedback tools and devices will laser in on the root cause of your issues.

In severe cases of incontinence, surgery may be required.  A good pelvic physical therapist will do everything to help you avoid surgery.  Your best chances of not requiring surgery– which has fairly low success rates in terms of patient satisfaction– is to do the exercises your pelvic PT sets out for you.

Your body will not heal itself!  To break free of the incontinence myth requires your active and dedicated participation.  I freely admit these exercises are not exciting, and no one but you (and perhaps your partner) will ever notice the results of your work.  But aren’t you worth it?

If your stress incontinence issues are not severe, you might be a good candidate to work with a personal trainer who is highly educated (and certified) to work with women with stress incontinence.  A perinatal personal trainer has the training to know which exercises to avoid, as many common exercises exacerbate stress incontinence.  Moreover, a perinatal personal trainer will develop a modified and progressive workout series to help train your muscles to work together again.

While stress incontinence develops due to pelvic floor pressure and weakened abdominal integrity (as in pregnancy) or decreased pelvic floor tension (due to lowering estrogen in menopause), it does not have to be permanent.  Seek out the help you need to break free of the incontinence myth and live a leak-free life!



The truth about Incontinence.
Flip the Menopause Mindset: Survive & Thrive!

Flip the Menopause Mindset: Survive & Thrive!

flip menopause mindset

Squeeeee!  I’m so excited to announce that I’ve been knee-deep in menopause!

Well, not exactly.  I’ve been knee-deep in reading, researching, discussing, and learning all about menopause.

Still confused as to why I would use exclamation points when talking about menopause?

Because I think it’s high time we


Rather than struggle through an inevitable phase of life, I want to empower women to survive and even THRIVE in the perimenopausal years.  My certification as a Third Age Woman Health Coach gives me a unique perspective to help women learn the physiology of the menopausal body as well as how to integrate lifestyle choices that will support overall wellness.

As a “Third-Age Woman,” you might be wondering how you can:

  • burn fat efficiently
  • exercise for functional fitness
  • balance hormones
  • eat healthfully and with satisfaction
  • maintain bone density
  • improve sleep
  • ask your physician the right questions
  • create a lifestyle that supports your wellness

Or, if you’re just plain tired of feeling like you no longer know the body you live in…I’m talking to you.

But rather than just sit around and complain about hot flashes, gaining weight, and never being able to remember anything, I want to help guide you to flip the menopause mindset.  Once you understand what’s going on with your body and strategies for making positive changes, you’ll be on your way to surviving and thriving during the decade of change.

If you’re in Austin, you’re in luck!  I have a six-week Survive & Thrive workshop series launching March 20th. CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

If you’re not in Austin, keep your eyes and ears open– and watch my Well Balanced Women Facebook group— for the announcement of the ONLINE version of Survive & Thrive. (Coming Fall 2017!)

I’m so glad to be bringing bucketsful of important information to women who want to know more about their body and how it works.  I love working with women who prize their overall wellness and know that physical, mental, and emotional health is a worthy goal.

Good health and great happiness to you.

How to survive and thrive in menopause.