Hi, I’m Angela, Health Coach, wife, mother of two amazing humans, environmental and social activist, and avid essential oil user. Before moving to Switzerland in 2011, I worked in the renewable energy sector overseeing environmental permitting for large scale wind and solar projects across the United States. As much as I loved my job, it took my husband and I about 5 seconds to jump at the opportunity to move to Switzerland in the summer of 2011.
The Big Move
With my daughter not even one yet, we uprooted our little family from the warm and sunny climate of south Florida to follow my husband’s new job and fulfill a lifelong dream to live in Europe. To say it was a challenge, would be an understatement. But we quickly learned to love all the nuances of moving to a new country; the safety, the friendliness, the beauty, the proximity to so many other cultures and countries. But it also came with its share of downsides as well.
Quitting your job, being far away from your close-knit family, learning/ attempting a new language all while raising little people with little to no support, I am pretty sure these are all boxes to be ticked on the “stress test”, but not too many people do them all at the same time (except trailing spouses). Add to that finding out I was pregnant with number two a mere week before our big move, was enough to make even the strongest crumble.
My Breaking Point
I kept busy setting up our new place and enjoying the opportunity to spend time with my little one. Being from the US, I had gone back to work when she was 4 months old, so I relished the time we were able to spend together before baby #2 arrived. And when little man arrived a bit earlier than expected, my whole blissful existence was thrown out the window. Nothing had prepared me for being a stay-at-home mom to a toddler and a newborn without my support system in place. I was thankful for the few friends I had made since we arrived, in addition to my mom coming to stay twice that first year after baby # 2 arrived. But for the most part I was on my own and it was insanely isolating. I just remember the guilt, exhaustion and that cloud of instinctual survival you eek out everyday. But nothing (not my degree, not my accolades, not my Six Sigma Green Belt Certification) prepared me for the emotional and physical exhaustion.
The same year my son was born during a Christmas trip back to the states, I contracted the flu for the first time in my life. Not all that surprising considering how run down I was. I just remember the fog of sickness, the pain, exhaustion and being handed my son to nurse and then give him back to a family member, praying he wouldn’t get what I had (thank goodness for breastfeeding). The ‘vacation’ was anything but a holiday for us, but especially for my husband who had to return back to work while we stayed on and recovered.
Fast forward a year or two and I contracted the flu again. This time I am in Switzerland with no family support and my husband had to stay home from work for many days to take care of the kids while I was practically bed-ridden. Needless to say I was desperate for some answers to better health. That is when a friend suggested Essential Oils.
I honestly, stumbled into using essential oils a bit reluctantly. As a scientist I was a bit sceptical to say the least. However, frustrated by the medical field and motivated by my desire for natural healthcare for my family, I decided to give essential oils a try. This event literally changed my life for the better. I saw an immediate positive impact in the health and wellbeing of my family and over time, we just weren’t getting sick nearly as often. This had a huge positive impact on the quality of our lives.
The bottomline was that the essential oils and supplements really helped me get over the mommy brain (which is so real) and take control of not only my health but our families health. And I can honestly say we are a healthier family because of them. I have more energy, I feel better and we don’t get sick as often. And when we come down with something (which again is rare), the duration of severity of our colds has been greatly reduced and is typically something we can manage on our own. As a mom that is empowering!
In addition, my background in environmental science had made me keenly aware of the amount toxins we are exposed to in our air and water, not to mention the food we eat on a daily basis. I vowed I would do everything in my power to reduce that toxic overload for myself and my family. I started incorporating essential oils more and more into our everyday life. I replaced our skin care products with all natural ones, our laundry soap and lotions we used every day were now essential oil based; our medicine cabinet got a major overhaul and we now turn to essential oils first in our desire to provide all natural alternatives. And please don’t get me wrong, I believe very strongly in doctors and the medical professionals and will turn to them in cases of emergency or if there is something I am not clear on. But I have to say it is very empowering to know I can manage something my daughter has at 2 in the morning with something safe and all natural that helps her.
What Happened Next:
What happened next is that other moms, close friends and family members started asking about these essential oils they observed me using on my family. One thing led to another and I started teaching others about how to use essential oils. This was great, I enjoyed helping others and It got me out of the house a bit interacting with other adults. But as my customer base grew so did the number of customers asking about other health issues that I wasn’t comfortable providing advice on. As a scientist I knew that there could be other reasons for this persons eczema, digestive issues or sleep disturbances that went way beyond essential oils. Don’t get me wrong I think essential oils are great for a number of things but really looking at the underlying factors causing them makes a big difference in getting to the root of the problem.
In early 2017, I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in their Health Coaching program. It wasn’t easy to fit in studying and raising the family but the content was so interesting as it goes way beyond just diet and nutrition. My eyes were wide opened to a whole new world, instead of just wanting to help my current customers, I felt a desire to share this knowledge with everyone. Honestly I think it should be standard learning for every man, woman and child out there, taught in every school and made a priority. How to best take care of yourself, what makes you happy, crowding out instead of depriving yourself, how to manage cravings, hydrate, meditate – you name it! Yes please, this was exactly what I had been looking for. Imagine the positive impact on the world if everyone didn’t have to worry about their health so much and you woke up with more energy and desire. After graduating, I knew my life and career choice would gravitate into the field of natural health and health coaching.
So that brings us to now. I am a certified health coach who loves helping frazzled moms achieve their health and wellness goals. Why? Because I was once in that place, the land of bitter and sour, where you never feel good enough, you are tired and exhausted and just getting by. Am I right? I was there once but I clawed my way out and lived to tell you there is another way. I can help you gradually get to that place of comfort with ease and grace. My specialty is working with frazzled moms who have put their own self care way down on the priority list, which is so common, I know. Helping steer them back on track with simple and sustainable steps at their own pace. So whether you are looking to lose some baby weight, wake up with more energy, reduce toxins or simply boost your immune system – I get it and I can help you achieve this and so much more.
I love combining my love of the planet with helping others achieve their health goals. I believe that what we do to ourselves has a ripple effect outward for our family, our community and our planet at large. You can’t pour from an empty cup.