Ashley Maina

How did you know health coaching was right for you?

When I was in college, I was training for a marathon. There was a weekend workshop where a health coach came in and gave a talk on how to eat and train for the marathon. I started following her, because I thought her job looked really fun.

As soon as I graduated college, I went into finance for six years. But health coaching popped back into my life and I had this feeling that it was what I wanted to do.

I think what attracted me to health coaching is that I’ve always been a really good listener. I’ve always loved solving problems, and I love helping others wake up to what turns them on in life, and in that sense I felt like coaching was a really nice fit for me.

How did you know when it was the right time to start your health coach training?

I’ve had a couple of “now or never moments” in my life: one was when I was working and I decided to take a leave and do a yoga training, and the other was when I enrolled in health coaching school. Somehow an advertisement came to my email inbox and I was like, “You know what? I don’t care about how this is going to work or all the details, I know that this is something that I want to experience and be involved in, I’ll let it unfold.”

I just knew it was the right time, and I signed up. I went through it and I loved every minute of it.

How has your life changed as a result of becoming a health coach?

My life is completely different today than it was three years ago. On the most basic level, my training taught me what it truly means to eat healthy, and it helped me understand my relationship to food.

From there, I learned how to relate to myself better and how to relate to others better. I learned how to get into rapport with myself and with what I want in life, and that completely changed my whole experience of life.

If I could put it into one sentence, before I was a health coach it was like I was totally turned off and numb to life, I was in a soul-sucking job and working all these crazy hours. And now, as a health coach, it’s like I feel alive every day.

Even my relationship with my husband is a lot different, in such a good way

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