Learning – welcome to the CWCA

Hello all – it’s been a while. What have I been up to? Learning. And getting ready to Launch!

The quote ‘the journey is the destination’ resonates with me as I write this. The last several years have been the most incredible journey towards understanding and knowing there is no destination. Through self acceptance and finding ways to live in the moment I have discovered that the journey is incredible.

This journey is bringing me to a new path – a new adventure – a new way of expressing my joy, desires, and true passion.

In November I will be launching the ‘Canadian Wellness Coaching Academy’ (CWCA).

I have discovered that my true passion, which has always been in wellness (I saved money for weeks in the early 90’s to buy my first copy of Prescription for Nutrition by Bach!) lies in teaching others about the world of wellness and health through behaviour change.

The academy will be online with assistance from wellness coaches and the academy team. Learning modules are organized by video and written content, with a plethora of tools to download during each learning session (and customize to your own brand or coaching business).

I want to make this program accessible to everyone and have priced it in an approachable range and well below the price of the only other online programs out of the US. The price includes 5 months of weekly based learning sessions to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and tools you will need to start your own coaching business, life-time support from the academy as new information and tools are added, and a wellness coaching certificate to acknowledge you new skills.

Modules include:

  • Wellness Coaching 101
  • Mind – Body – Life – Coaching for Success
  • Wellness topics (including disease prevention, mindfulness, ways to eat, ways to move, dietary supplements)
  • The Business of Wellness Coaching

Wellness coaches are in demand, being hired to work with physician offices, health stores, in health care organizations, large corporations, insurance companies, sports teams, and of course, a huge demand for private coaching services.

Want to be a wellness coach? Join me on this incredible journey of learning. The CWCA launches November 2016!  Follow me here and on my website RootStockwellness.com for registration information.

Be well,









Control Freak in Remission

I must admit, I am (or was) a bit of a control freak – not controlling others, but trying to control the outcome of things in my daily life. Things I had no control over, but would spend hours thinking about them.

An amazing example would by flying – I have a horrific fear of flying. I am not sure why, but I am quite open to the idea that it is because it is not me flying the plane (thank god) – but if only I could sit in the cockpit to make sure the pilots were watching the ‘road’, not dozing off, monitoring the auto-pilot.  If only. Maybe then I would be less fearful.  I even took to chatting to the pilots before the flight – checking them out – were they ‘normal’, did they seem rested. I finally realize – not in my control – I am not a pilot. It is their job, and I have to trust they will do the best they can.

This brings me to my role as a healthcare provider – the times patients were scared when I was going to do a procedure with them – I would always reassure them I had done it many times, it was safe, and that I would be there to calm them the entire way. They had no reason to worry unless I look worried (that is why I am constantly monitoring the airline stewards!). They could not control the outcome, but I could do some work for them to be mindful of the fact that I was a trained provider working with them. They did not need to control my work or expertise, I did.

This also translates into controlling how others feel about me. NOT in my control – no matter what. I am not someone else, and they are not me!

So, the moral?  Control what you can control – your feelings, not someone else’s, your own diet, sleep, movement and health – not that of others. Your own time – not the time of others. How you feel about yourself, not how others feel about you. How am I doing this?  Through mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).  I will be teaching courses in MBSR soon – sign up for one – it will really change your perspective on what you can and cannot control – a very freeing feeling.

My next post will be about mindfulness – a big buzz word these days, but something that has been practiced for centuries –  What is mindfulness?  What is it not?  Watch the post  in the upcoming days.

Today, write down three things you can control in your life, and three things you cannot – you might be surprised with what you come up with!


rooting down – do what you love

Hello all – it’s been a while! Why??  I have been spending a lot of time in self-reflection – this has been the most dynamic and unpredictable year of my life. I finally learned to let go and trust the process. I have decided to shift my energy from working only in acute care medicine, into wellness coaching (not giving up my day job) – mindfulness, lifestyle, eating habits. I am working on my health coach certification now (done soon), and also registered to be a mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor – going to Colorado for a 5-day intensive tools program in May – and then to Boston (UMasss) in the fall. I started doing these courses for my own purpose and my own health, but I have realized I want to spread this amazing knowledge to work with others. Watch for RootStock Wellness soon!

You have permission to have an amazing life – I cannot wait to start this journey.  This blog will be attached and still the official blog for the wellness coaching. I believe my passion can become my career. Do What You LOVE!

I will be needing 3 clients to work with for FREE to finish my certification – contact me if you want to be one of my first clients!


do what you love

The U of Happiness – Choose Calmness over Chaos

I read an article in Mindfulness magazine today that happiness in life is shaped like a U, with with the 40s being the dip in the U – you start out oblivious to any bad in the world – happy and blissful with simple things – then life becomes more and more complicated as you move through teen and 20s and 30s – the stress of becoming you, of working, raising a young family – then as you emerge from this phase, the happiness rises again – you learn what is really important (sometimes the hard way) (The Shift – thanks Wayne Dyer).  I hope I am starting to move up the U as I move into my 45th year… and that is a hard number to say.

This weekend was stressful and chaotic for me, but with some of my new skills and way of being – I choose to be calm.  Thanks to the friends who reminded me of that this weekend.

Choose Calmness over Chaos
Choose Calmness over Chaos