By Nashima Harvey
There is always an opportunity to have a new beginning. Each day that you wake up lends itself to an opportunity to start again and put your best foot forward. There are no right or wrong ways of doing things, there are just pathways to learning the good, the bad, and the indifferent. I started my journey as a classroom teacher about 13 years ago and the most amazing part of teaching in the beginning of my career, was challenging and helping to mold young minds by instructing and providing knowledge. However, the more that time passed I remained stationary and stagnant personally and professionally, a strong void quickly became apparent.
What do I want to do with the rest of my life?
Am I really living the best life I may possibly live?
As I motivate others, how can I still remain motivated myself?
Am I truly happy with teaching and how may I take it to the next level?
These questions and many more plagued me day in and day out until “IT” happened. “IT” aka my “AHA!” moment came when I realized my goal was not only to teach but to educate. Teaching became mundane and rote for me. Exploration outside of the typical ABC’s and 123’s was my new journey. There was a need for me to help myself and aide individuals in comprehending the innate understanding of how developing the mind, body, and spirit collectively will enhance the “WHOLE” person. This understanding led me to embrace becoming a Holistic Life Coach. My new goal: educating people on how to enhance their lives by building their personal and professional goals holistically and as a result providing themselves personal and professional life successes, would be my “next level”. I would now be helping myself and others identify our “PERSONAL POWER”.
I will admit that there was a time that I viewed some aspects of life as separate parts of a whole without understanding that each separate part makes the whole stronger. As I began to grasp and understand my “AHA!” moment I began to take ownership of the, who, what, why, when, where, and how’s of whom I was becoming. My global understanding of holistic living, helped to establish my ever evolving definition of what it means to be an Educational Consultant and a Holistic Life Coach. Connecting the mind, body, and spirit was my new approach to understanding how one could achieve their goals.
My new beginning, path, journey, etc. has taken me on such an eye opening experience, allowing me to inspire others to look at their health, wellness, personal strength, and mind as working in tandem. All need to be nourished equally in order to build the bridge toward success. It has also allowed for others to become more reflective by looking at the man/woman in the mirror.
When working with my clients my reflective approach involves these top three ideas that I feel are most important on this journey toward a holistic lifestyle:
Understand your community and the role you play in it.
Have meaningful experiences and relationships with others.
Nourish your mind and your body by reading and eating in a healthy way.
Honoring the practices of learning how to be more cohesive with your views by looking at your mind, body, and soul as a well-balanced collective helps the individual interpret their own understanding of who they are and where they are going. In essence they are embracing transdisciplinary inquiry, where they are looking at the world and who they are, as dependent upon one another. Ultimately everything you do impacts all aspects of your life’s experiences and the world around you.
Being an Educational Consultant and Holistic Life Coach is definitely an awesome opportunity to build a bridge for a new life and a new approach toward defining my own successes and accepting that failures or setbacks work simultaneously with my successes because each one provides another opportunity to reflect and redefine who you are!
In the end or in the beginning of this new journey my ultimate goal is to provide meaningful holistic experiences for all who encounter me and create awesome journeys for myself and anyone who dares to empower themselves.