Hi, I’m Cindy and I first made the decision to become a health coach about 5 years ago. The company I was working for, had been recently acquired and I was feeling it might be time to move on. My husband and I had been manifesting our goal of opening a wellness space for over 10 years; we decided that it was time for me to resign from my corporate career to pursue my passion for teaching yoga and enroll in a health coaching course. Shortly after making this decision, Andrew was advised of changes in his own career - there was now a monkey wrench in our plan......
After many stressful months, Andrew ultimately ended up taking a “golden handshake” from corporate life and we decided I would “stick it out” to get to my retirement date, which was only a couple of years away. I approached it with a newfound resolve to just get to “my finish line”. I pursued another job within the company, working for someone I really respected, so hanging in there a few more years seemed possible. Until it wasn’t......After a year in this role, I learned my bosses role was being eliminated and I was going to be taking on more responsibility. SHOCKED, yet used to these announcements by now, I rose to the occasion. I delegated where I could - created meaningful strategy. I was making things happen. AND I was working more than 50 hours a week, eating 2 out of every 3 meals in front of my computer. While on conference calls. Never taking a break to actually STOP and enjoy my meal. It was the only way I could keep up with the driving demands of the job. It was definitely starting to take it’s toll. Deep down, I was unhappy and completely stressed out!
It was March of 2018. I was leaving my house to attend a meeting. I remember having pretty bad pains in my stomach, but it was an important meeting, so I decided to attend anyway. I took some Gas X thinking it would pass......it didn’t. The next morning, I felt pretty much the same and by 3 pm, (while on a conference call), I hung up and called my husband to come take me to urgent care. I could barely walk by this time, and when the urgent care doctor touched my stomach, I flinched. She sent us to the ER.
After many hours and many tests, the diagnosis was diverticulitis. I was sent home with massive amounts of antibiotics and a bland diet (jello, soup, ice pops). I went to bed with a fever and woke up the next morning to sign on to my work computer and I just melted......I COULDN’T do it. I let my (new) boss know I needed a few days off and I did a shit ton of research on diverticulitis. I learned the underlying causes and realized that the only one I had was CHRONIC STRESS; which was made worse by my constantly changing atmosphere, work demands and culture in my job. I had been pushing myself too hard AND my body had been giving me signals for awhile......yet, I wasn’t paying attention.
Well, THAT got my attention!! I called my doctor and made an appointment immediately. When I got there, I was an absolute MESS. I told her what I had been dealing with at work, how I felt things had been getting out of control for awhile, etc. She basically wrote me out of work so that I could focus on healing - the “right way”. I went back to therapy. I started eating slower and more clean. Not distracted or stressed. In peace. I started showing gratitude for my food before I ate. I mediated daily! I also learned that gluten and dairy could be negatively affecting the Hashimoto disease I had been diagnosed with years prior. So, I eliminated them from my diet. I lost 20 pounds in the process - my gut health has never been better!!
During my time on disability, I healed by body, AND I did a complete review of my life/decisions. I ended up going back to work, but only to announce my retirement. I happily departed corporate life in October 2019, at the age of 55. Shortly after that, Andrew and I launched our health and wellness practice, Cindrew Sanctuary, where I teach yoga and Andrew provides Reiki and Numerology readings.
Obviously the Covid-19 pandemic has created challenges for all small business, including ours. However, I chose to use the time in quarantine to finally enroll in a health coaching program (HCI) and am now a certified health and wellness coach!! My goal has always been to inspire and motivate others to create healthy habits and live the life of their dreams....one of self-care, balance and improved well-being.
I know it is possible to heal yourself - from the inside out and I want to empower you to realize that for yourself!!
Cindy explains the health journey she has been on and how it has informed - and inspired - her work as a coach, as well as the self-care community she is leading. Learn more and join the Balance & Buddha Bowls Group, located on our Cindrew Sanctuary Facebook page.
Another amazing coaching session. The MOFA of being coached by such a empathic and insightful coach is a gift. The eye contact, the heartfelt emotion of letting go of a conversation that does not go as planned and pivoting is a gift that Cindy has. My heart is full, my gratitude is huge for my ROCK STAR COACH! Together we discover, share, and change.
Cindy was an excellent coach with a nice mix between casual and professionalism. She was able to bring me where I needed to go to make meaningful changes in my life. She made me realize the limiting beliefs I had and helped me find practical actions steps to overcome them. It was great to work with her!
I very much enjoyed my coaching time with Cindy. Our first meeting felt as though we were old friends reconnecting with laughs, stories, and insights. Cindy has a very easy way about her and an uplifting positivity to be shared.
Cindy did a great job as my coach. She has a great personality and did a great job in guiding me to my “AHA” moment. She asked all the pertinent questions and made me dig deep to overcome some of my challenges. I enjoyed working with her a lot!
What an amazing 90 days and game changing journey I have just completed with Cindy!! Initially we identified the desired result and goals for my “new” vision. I have realized more structure, confidence and accountability; with a deeper belief and stronger vision of myself. Cindy was honest, on point and direct during all our sessions. She HEARD me. She shared new and important information about food choices, shopping for food and meal preparation as well as suggestions/healthy choices. I have created new habits that have been fully integrated into my EVERYDAY!!! I feel SO healthy. Cindy worked with me to identify my future self and we created more action steps which were 100% achievable for me. Every part of the experience was so impactful. I highly recommend Cindy to any individual who is ready to take this journey. I am so grateful that I was in the right place at the right time to have such a positive and beneficial experience!
I looked forward to my weekly sessions with Cindy. I felt that I can share important issues without judgement and discussing them with her would always bring enlightenment and resolve. Having a coach helped me navigate my road map. Along with the bumps there were always ah ha moments!! I found Cindy to be an excellent listener, always with compassion and doable action steps that always seemed to present more understanding and awareness!!
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