Introducing: wellness coaching

jimmy_carter_make_differenceIn my New Year’s Day post, I promised you “a big announcement.” I can hardly believe the time has come:

On Feb. 1, I will launch my much-anticipated wellness-coaching service.

(Keep reading for details of a contest below.)

Much anticipated, you say? Well, at least by me, my husband, Mom and a few of our friends. I’ve been talking about this for a year – really, two years if you count the year of “waiting on the Lord,” when I worked on being quiet and seeking His guidance on what He wanted for my life. (“Not my will but yours, Lord.”) I just knew I wanted to make a positive impact on the world in the second half of my life. Two years ago, I turned 50, and a milestone birthday like that can rekindle the fire under you that you thought had gone out years ago. It can make you turn wishful thinking into action.

HALF OF MY LIFE IS OVER, AND I DON’T WANT TO WASTE IT.

But, really, the fire never went out. I’ve spent a lot of my life in the pursuit of learning (I got that from my dad). I read a lot, and I’m drawn to books and activities that help me improve who I am. My favorite source material is the Bible, but my library expands way beyond that. And just look at Jimmy Carter. For folks like me (who are tired of politics), he may be remembered more for his volunteer service than for the four years he served as our nation’s 39th president. (In 1991, I was “this close” to serving alongside him on a Habitat for Humanity build, but my dad had a heart attack the day before I was to leave for Tijuana, and I ended up flying to Arkansas instead of driving south from my home in California.) Jimmy Carter puts his faith in action, and I want to do that, too.

So … in my year of seeking the Lord, I was drawn to the idea of helping others who were ready to make positive changes in their own lives, and last year I became a certified wellness coach. I’ll give a bit more background on that in a minute, but first let’s talk about what wellness is, exactly.

Well, it’s not an exact science. It’s more like an art. And if you put half a dozen folks around a table and asked each one to define it, we might come up with half a dozen completely different answers.

Here’s my answer:

Wellness encompasses not only physical health but mental, spiritual, social and even financial wellbeing – any aspect of your being that makes up the many complicated parts of who you are. Each piece is part of the Big Picture. The entire person. The whole enchilada.

I’ve been on my own “journey to fitness [wellness]” for a few years now, and I think I’ve learned a few things that will help others. But I wanted something substantial, something more formal, that would give me credibility. I began researching wellness-certification programs.

CCI_logoIn January 2014 (after a sermon by my pastor that spurred me to make a decision already!), I enrolled in the Catalyst Coaching Institute and spent the next few months studying and taking online courses, then I traveled to Colorado for 16 hours of on-site training. Afterward, I had to pass a final exam, which included a written test and an hour-long session of telephonic coaching (I had to practice-coach a client [a fellow student] over the phone while the instructor listened in and critiqued me).

I spent the next few months planning.

Now I’m ready to launch.

Well, almost. First, I need your help. Bruce and I have been trying to come up with a name for the business, and we’ve come close but aren’t sure we’ve arrived at the just-right name.

So we’re having a CONTEST. Here’s how it works:

Submit a comment at the bottom of this post with your suggestion(s). You may also leave a comment in support of someone else’s suggestion. If one of the suggestions becomes my business name, I will give the comment author a prize. In appreciation of your help, whether or not we choose one of the business names, Bruce and I will draw one name from among all who comment and give a prize to that participant (except one person cannot win both). Thanks in advance for your encouragement and creativity.

Contest ends at 9 p.m. Central time Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, and I’ll contact the winner(s) by email and post an announcement here. Winner(s) will receive:

  • A month of free coaching sessions (one phone or face-to-face session each week for four weeks, plus weekly email contact).
  • A $50 gift card from a list of many retailers (you choose which retailer if we pick your name).

(If you aren’t interested in the coaching sessions but totally want a $50 gift card, please do enter! 🙂 )

In case you’re not sure how this whole “coaching” thing works, let me tell you a few things that should put your mind at ease, and I’ll give more details in a post later this week. (Subscribe to Suzy & Spice to get updates sent to your inbox – see form at top right of this page.)

  • The main thing you should know is that YOU are the driver of what we talk about. You pick the topic, and you decide what and how much to discuss. Also, I am not your psychiatrist, medical doctor, nutritionist or priest. I can talk about general things but will stick to the areas I know and will refer you to a credentialed expert if I need to. (I would like to be a certified nutritionist, so if you’ll send me gobs of money I will enroll in a school. I’m only half-joking.)
  • Everything we talk about will be private and confidential.

I hope that helps you understand where this is going. Stay tuned for a deeper explanation of what wellness coaching might look like for you.

January is a time when many people make New Year’s resolutions, and often those resolutions are abandoned by mid-February. That’s part of the reason I’m waiting until Feb. 1 to launch. I want to catch you before you fall.

I believe God made us for community, for relationship. My hope is that you’ll consider me a trustworthy ally as you work to become the best version of the YOU that God created you to be.

This is your one and only life. Don’t waste it.

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31 thoughts on “Introducing: wellness coaching

  • Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 9:37 pm
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    So glad you think so. Creative girl: Help me think of a name. 🙂

  • Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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    Suz’s New You-Health and Wellness Coaching

    I’m so proud that you are doing this! Such a need for it. I wish you the very best!
    ~LaVertta

  • Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 10:59 pm
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    I’ll toss these ideas in (I’m not eligible for the giveaways, folks):
    Full Well
    Well Ways
    (I also like LifeWise but there’s a LifeWise insurance brand out there)

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:09 am
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    Great to hear, I think you will make a great wellness coach.

    Well for Life (with Suzy)

    WellnessMax. Max out your wellness with Suzy.

    Totally Well.

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 am
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    Awesome, Suzy, you will be great at this! Proud of you!

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 12:12 pm
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    Congratulations, Suzy; I’m so proud of you for taking this step and doing something that will be meaningful to you and, most assuredly, others around you. Okay, so because I love the name Suzy so much I can’t leave it out of any suggestion I provide. 1) Whole Wellness by Suzy 2) Journey to Wellness with Suzy 3) S&S Wellness (the S&S is Suzy & Spice, of course!)

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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    Thank you, LaVertta! I appreciate the business name suggestion – and the encouragement! Since I’ll continue to work my full-time job while getting a small business off the ground, I’ll take all the encouragement I can get! I appreciate you for caring enough to give input on the name and just for taking time to comment!

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:53 pm
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    Thank you so much, Betsy. Although you were unnamed in this post, your presence was very much there as I wrote it. You are one of those “friends” I mentioned, and I know you’ve been praying for me for the past couple of years as I pondered this venture. Your support means everything to me!

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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    Michele, it’s so great to hear from you at Suzy & Spice! It’s been a while. Thank you so much for the suggestions. I’m making a list, and Bruce and I will have to sit down and make the tough decision in a couple of weeks. So exciting! Thanks for stopping by to comment, and thanks for subscribing! I hope I don’t let you down. 🙂

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 5:56 pm
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    Bruce Oakley, those are new names you must have thought of after the last time we brainstormed. Thank you for always being on my side. Let’s see if I can make a heart emoticon with my keyboard. <3

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 6:01 pm
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    OK, these “replies” are all stacking up at the bottom rather than under the individuals’ comments. Sorry about that, folks. Next time I get several at once, I’ll put them in one comment. 🙂

    Tara, thank you so much for your encouraging words and for the name suggestion! I can’t wait to see what we end up with for the official name! Thank you for visiting S&S. 🙂

  • Monday, January 5, 2015 at 11:20 pm
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    Yay Suzy! It’s finally happening-congratulations! You’ve worked hard for this & will do a wonderful job. Here’s my suggestion:
    Encouraging Wellness
    Wellness For Life
    Live Well
    The Healthy Well

    Best wishes in your new adventure–go get ’em!,
    Jody

  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 5:33 am
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    Thank you! Those suggestions are great – thank you for making them and for your support. It means so much to me.

  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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    Spicy Wellness, Spice of Life, LifeSpice? just a few thoughts. I hope you get swamped with clients and have a blast.

  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 9:01 pm
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    Hadn’t thought about using Spice in the name (except for “Suzy and Spice,” of course). I will add these suggestions to the list!

    Thank you so much for the encouragement and the support – not to mention the name suggestions – and thanks for taking the time to drop by and post a comment.

    Doing the interview with you the other day was so great! It felt more like just a conversation between friends than a magazine interview. I can’t wait to see next month’s Eye On issue. 🙂

  • Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 9:27 pm
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    That is exciting news! 😀

    How about calling your business “Empowered: Body and Soul”

    Not so cutesy, but a direct and strongly emotional name for people to relate to.

  • Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 6:07 am
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    Hmm, interesting thought. I like empowered. 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion and for stopping by Suzy & Spice. I appreciate the comment!

  • Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:45 pm
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    Suzy, how wonderful! Very excited for you and this new endeavor. I was thinking along the line of “transformations”, so.. how about, “Suzy’s Transformation of Body and Soul Wellness Coaching Program”, or something short, “Transformation’s of Body and Soul”

  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm
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    Woo-hoo! Congrats on the new venture!

    I like Tara’s idea of incorporating S&S for Suzy and Spice

    Since you mention the second half of your life, how about incorporating “Better Half” in there? Your Better Half, A Better Half, etc. Or Second Half.

    Eric

  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:24 am
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    Thanks for the feedback, Eric. All these ideas are swirling-twirling around in my head. I thought of another idea this weekend, but I’m not sharing it. I want to see if anyone else comes up with it, too. 🙂

    Thanks for stopping and reading, and especially for the suggestions!

  • Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 11:26 am
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    Shara, I almost missed your comment! Those are great suggestions – I like the idea of transformation and of incorporating body and soul. It’s all part of the big picture, no?

    Thank you for the suggestions!

  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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    Ok Suzy, here are 3 titles for you to consider. Julia will probably have something snappier to suggest! 🙂 #1 Complete in Him Wellness Therapy #2 Beyond Today Wellness Training #3 In His Service Wellness Training. #3 was inspired by my dad. He signed every letter, card, or document “In His Service.” That quote is what mom choose to have on his gravestone. If I have any other inspirations, I will share them before the deadline. I will be praying for God’s blessings on you and this new endeavor.

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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    Great venture for you Suzy!!! I think you should call Spicey wellness from Suzy.

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm
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    so excited for you, and Bruce since I know he will be helpful and supporting your efforts, too. Congrats to you both. Love you!!!

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm
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    How about Mind-Body-& Soul-Completley Well
    Or Entirely Well
    Or Enter Wellness
    Or even Inner Wellness

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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    I had one more idea-an acronym: GROW: Getting Renewed on Wellness. Can’t wait to hear the new name & tell others about you!

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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    blessed wellness or blessed health

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 6:15 pm
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    Hi Suzy!

    This is so exciting, I’m happy for you!

    Re: your business name, how about Wellthy Ways? You’re slogan could be “Wellthy ways for healthy days.”

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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    Thanks, everyone! Those are awesome suggestions, and the support and well wishes (no pun intended) are great. I have a great support group!

    Less than 2 hours until the contest is over. Stay tuned. 🙂

  • Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 10:36 pm
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    Guess I’d better announce it here, too, for those of you who aren’t subscribers to Suzy & Spice:

    The awesome Michele Barnett won the random drawing, and I’m going with a name that Bruce came up with earlier this evening! So there won’t be a second winner (unless I change my mind after a good night’s sleep 🙂 ).You all offered such great suggestions, and we thank you so much!

    Read the rest of the story in the post I published tonight.

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