About Rachael

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I was born and raised in Los Angeles, the valley specifically, and I've always had a passion for helping others (and horses which I'm sure you've figured out by now). I'm proud to teach my clients how to be more confident, set healthy boundaries in all areas of their life and build a life they truly love with deep, meaningful relationships.

As a kid, I was always listening to my friend's problems and automatically coaching them through it.

For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated with all the different personalities that someone can have. To this day, I love researching and learning more about human behavior and the potential that people can unlock when they find the right motivation. For a long time, I looked at becoming a psychologist or therapist and was on the cusp of returning to school for a Master's when I discovered Health and Life coaching school.

At the time I was teaching Pilates full-time and managing a Pilates studio at a corporate gym. I honestly really loved the job, the people, my clients, and the culture but I couldn't shake the feeling that I was slated to do something different, something more.

And while I love teaching Pilates I found that I had a multitude of interests and passions and I didn't want to stick to only one thing. I wanted to build a life that involved writing, horseback riding, coaching, fitness, entrepreneurship, nutrition and more!

Recognizing that my zone of genius (where I'm naturally at my best) was helping people, I enrolled in Health and Life coaching school, became certified and began building an online coaching business from the ground up. 

I focus on this approach because of my own personal experience with chronic pain. I was able to heal all pain and get off medication when I started to really look at what I was eating and what it was doing to my body.

My pain started my senior year of high school. I was badly injured in cheerleading practice and ended up tearing all the tendons and ligaments in my right shoulder. I went in for surgery a month after the injury and began physical therapy. 

But my shoulder was never really the same after that. It was stiff, weaker than the left and I was petrified of hurting it again and going back through that experience. At the same time, I was having incredible stomach and body pain.

After about a dozen doctors and a year later, I was diagnosed with an allergy to gluten, dairy, pork, pecans, tomatoes, pepper, onion, mustard and was seeing a rheumatologist every two weeks to try out different medications for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and insomnia.

For the next two years I rotated around about 4 different medications, all at different doses and combinations. Most of them were anti-depressants and all had some sort of pain suppressant component.

If you aren't sure what fibromyalgia is here's the cliff notes version that science is currently telling us: it's widespread muscle and joint pain and is most likely caused by the way the brain handles pain and stress.

Remember that surgery I told you about? It was 1 of 4 within a 3-year period, mostly from injuries I had acquired from cheerleading. Because I had poor posture and would incorrectly lift heavy things at my college grocery job, some of the discs in my neck and low back started to bulge which added nerve pain to my long list of health problems.

When you put that all together - multiple medications, chronic body pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia, restrictive food allergies - and add it to the fact that I was a young woman in college also trying to figure out what she was going to do with her life, it's understandable that I was very stressed out and struggling to manage it.

My turning point was towards the end of college when one of my agriculture professors opened my eyes to the healing powers of food and how improper nutrition harms your body.

I started to look at what I was eating and realized several things: I didn't eat enough, I was having way too much wine, I ate too much salt, I was drinking too much coffee, I didn't have enough variety and I was (for some reason) overwhelmed with the thought of cooking anything outside my microwave.

After realizing that I wasn't giving my body the nutrition that it needed and if I did there was a chance I could reduce my inflammation, pain and possibly decrease or get off medication, I wasted no time in going to the store to stock up on non-inflammatory fruits and veggies, caffeinated tea to replace coffee and spices for cooking chicken. 

I subscribed to a food blog that sent organic, balanced recipes on a weekly basis, bought books that focused on the properties that food has on your body and started to learn how to cook once but eat twice (or even three times). But I found that I kept falling back into old patterns.

When I went to my doctor's office and she told me that I was showing signs of depression and I needed to add in another anti-depressant, I decided that enough was enough. I wanted to be medication free more than anything in the world and I didn't care what I had to do in order to get it.

I put my diet, exercise and stress management at priority one in my life and jumped in with both feet.

I knew that I couldn't do it alone and I took comfort in the fact that I didn't have to. I worked with coaches, trainers and teachers to learn what healthy meant for me.

I continued to grow and build from there. I found the right foods my body craved and kept moving and exercising, something every day, to get stronger. My doctor and I worked together to slowly be removed off all my medication and I was able to say goodbye to all of them. It felt amazing! Once the medication was out of my system, I had my personality back. I had my drive, focus and clarity back and I was ready to move mountains.

But then I noticed something, my mindset was directly connected to my pain levels, fibromyalgia pain flares and insomnia. So I took it a step further and started to observe when I had more pain and less energy. The connection was stress, more specifically emotional stress.

Emotional stress triggered my pain, being under physical stress triggered my pain. I grabbed self-help books and starting pouring through. Brene Brown is one of my favorite authors and her books gave me incredible insight. I began to understand how my lack of self-confidence and insecurity affected my life in all areas - health, personal value, relationships, career, financial decisions, and so much more.

Back to the drawing board, I worked one on one with one of my mentors to build self-confidence and release past hurts and negative memories. And guess what? The more I released the bad memories and removed limitations on myself, the less pain I had. I began to wake up each day excited to live my life, build my business and confidently go out in the world with a message, a mission and a dream.

Confidence IS the key to everything.

And I'm here to teach you how to have the kind of confidence that'll make you bounce back from anything that tries to keep you small.

I've built a company on the foundation of helping people build unshakable confidence, create healthy boundaries, rediscover the immense value they have and the value they can give back to the world.

If you're still reading this, first of all thank you, and secondly, I hope this is just the beginning of our relationship. Also, I'd love to learn more about you! 

I do run an online company so getting information out through email is my bread and butter. But I'm a big believer in K.I.S.S. - keep it simple, sweetie. I like to keep things relevant, helpful and as bite sized as possible.

So if you want the inside scoop on my upcoming books, coaching programs and all future free stuff, then being on my newsletter is where you'll want to be. That's where updates, resources, and early bird specials happen - it's the place to be to stay in touch. You automatically become a subscriber when you opt-in for My Guide for Introverts to Take the Sweat Out of Meeting New People. You'll learn my 7 secrets to take the sweat out of meeting new people in my step-by-step guide.

Most of the time you'll only hear from me on Thursdays; more if something is time sensitive or important. One quick thing though, I don't necessarily send "weekly" updates but I'll definitely stay in touch and keep you in the loop!

Thanks again for taking the time to read this and for visiting me at Healthy Introvert. I can't wait to see where our friendship takes us! 

xo Rachael