Hope is what keeps you going by pulling your dreams within reach. Many people are close to giving up hope and never achieving their health, wellness, and financial goals. But what if you could lose weight, get stronger, and start a career that you love?

My dream is to fulfill your dreams by inspiring you to improve your health through better nutrition and enhance your finances by starting a home-based business, allowing for fun challenges and residual income.

How would you like to change your life while assisting those around you? If you are serious and ready to commit, I will use my expertise as a professional health and wellness coach, along with my experience as a personal trainer, to help you reach for your goals. There are no limits to what you can achieve!

Every journey begins with a single step. Are you ready to take that step? Are you ready to change your life forever?

I am here for you! Together, we will!

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Reexamining Your Career Path: Find Your Way to Happiness


Do you wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead? Are you counting down the minutes at the end of the day until you can leave? This is no way to live your life and is certainly taking a toll on your wellbeing. Rather than continuing to do something that is not making you happy, it may be time to step back and reexamine your career path. Why not consciously make changes that will positively benefit your future?

What do you find value and meaning in?

If you’re not doing something that you find meaningful, you will probably have little drive to excel and do your best. You may just be floating along doing enough to get by. But when you find value in your work and it is something that you are passionate about, this can change your entire perspective. You’ll feel naturally more energetic and enthusiastic as you are making a difference and doing work that matters to you. Perhaps this means switching roles, taking on new projects, or even shifting your career altogether. If someone asked you what your motivation was to get up each morning, what would you say?

What are your strengths?

What are the areas that you excel in? Does your current job make use of these strengths or are they being put on the back burner? Making the most of your abilities can give you a better sense of purpose and allow you to feel like you are truly making a difference. You have worked hard to get where you are and refine your skills, so why aren’t you putting them to use? If you’re unsure of what your strengths and personality traits are, there are many online assessments that you can use to help identify them and give you more ideas. Try asking friends and family what they think you’re good at as well.

What type of environment do you thrive in?

If you are a people person who is energized by working with others and meeting new people, sitting in a cubicle all day might not be the best fit. Likewise, if you’re great with your hands and building things, a desk job may leave something to be desired. Consider the type of environment you enjoy working in, whether it is very team oriented versus being independent, or working with children as opposed to adults. Where you’re working can be just as important as what you’re doing.

What changes are realistic?

Some people are not in a position to make big changes at once. They may need to start out on a smaller scale and work their way up. Consider what is realistic for your life and situation. If quitting your job is not feasible right now, perhaps volunteering would help you to feel more fulfilled and explore your options. Then when you are ready to switch, you have a better idea of where you’d like to head. If you can’t enroll in a full-time degree program, start by taking just one or two classes at a time.

As your coach, I can help you to gain more clarity about what you want to do and what makes you happy. Together we can work to implement realistic solutions to help you turn your life around and find a job you love. There are so many possibilities for your future, so what is holding you back? Let me help you find your way today through personalized coaching. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to get started.

Building Confidence to Overcome your Fears

Conquer-FearIt is one thing to recognize your fears, but it is another to take steps to overcome them. If you let your fears control you, they will hold you back from achieving your potential and living a life that you love. Being proactive and making conscious decisions to push through and drive change will help you to overcome that which is weighing you down.

What is it that is holding you back?

This is the first step in addressing your fears. My last blog took a closer look at what some of these fears might be. Determine what it is that is keeping you from changing jobs, discovering your purpose, and being happier in your life. Once you have a better understanding of these things, you can work on coming up with solutions to change them.

What do you like about your job? What do you dislike?

Before you decide to shift jobs or careers, reflect on your current situation. What are some things that you really do enjoy about your job? Is it specific tasks? The people you work with or for? The impact you make? And then look at what it is that you don’t like. If you could eliminate or change certain things, what would they be? What is it that you get up dreading each morning?

Knowing your likes and dislikes can allow you to find a job that is a better fit. You can feel more confident in your search knowing key aspects that you are looking for in a new job. It can also help you when changing careers to find a job that better suits your personality and interests. Think outside of the box. Just because your degree or training is in a specific area, consider other ways that you can put these skills to use.

Start by making small changes

You don’t have to quit your job and jump headfirst into another one all at once. Look at where it is you are headed and how you can support your journey there. There are several changes you implement that will give you more clarity:

  • Further your education. Sign up for a class or two to expand your knowledge and get advanced training in an area of interest. Complete a certification course that will boost your opportunities and marketability. What would make sense for your future job?
  • Volunteer in a field where you think you are interested in working. This will allow you to get your foot in the door and learn more about it. You may find that it is something you love, or perhaps it is not quite what you expected. Try out different opportunities and see what is out there.
  • Consider what you are good at. This could include hard skills and soft skills. Leverage your strengths to find a job that makes you happy where you can grow and be challenged. Perhaps look for something that combines your professional skills with your personal interests to make it more meaningful.
  • Learn to accept praise. People around you recognize your talents and abilities. When they give you compliments and accolades, let this reaffirm your skills. You are your own worst critic, so start seeing the brighter side and recognizing that it’s not luck but hard work and skill that have gotten you to where you are. Others want to see you succeed and their support can give you the confidence to see your strengths.

If you are unsure of where your future path may lead and how to go about making changes to pursue your dreams, I encourage you to let me be your coach and help you find clarity. Together we will work through the challenges you face and I can guide you toward creating a life and career you love. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to start turning your life around today.

What’s Holding You Back from Achieving Happiness?

beautiful-book-happiness-happy-love-favim-com-218831There is a difference between wanting to be happy and actually taking the steps to make it happen. Oftentimes there are things standing in our way that prevent us from pursuing our goals and desires. Recognizing what is holding you back is one step closer to overcoming these challenges. Before you can make a change, you need to know what it is that is keeping you from changing.

Not knowing what you want to do can be a big barrier. You’re miserable in your job and it carries over to your personal life, but you’re not sure how to make it better. What job would you be better suited for? Should you take a risk and go back to school or start your own business? What is it about your current job that you do and don’t like? Reflecting on your current situation and talking to a coach can help you discover your purpose and interests. As your coach, I’ll ask those thought-provoking questions that make you re-examine how you’re living and what makes you happy.

Fear can also be a major contributor and can come in many forms. There is no doubt that change can be scary and comes with many unknowns and what ifs. But you can’t let these things hold you back and keep you from reaching your potential. What are some forms that your fear can take?

  • Fear of failure: What if you branch off on your own and don’t succeed? What if you take a different position and don’t like it? You will never know unless you try. Coaching can help you think things through before you take this step so that you’re feeling more confident in your decision. And what if you don’t succeed? You can always try something else.
  • Fear of financial problems: As the old cliché goes, “Money makes the world go ‘round.” We all want to feel financially secure and know that we can provide for ourselves and our family. Switching jobs or careers or going back to school can put stress on your finances. But in the end it may land you with a better paying job. With some strategic planning, you can find a way to make things way. You may need to think outside of the box.
  • Fear of the work involved: Starting your own business takes a lot of hard work. So does learning a new career. Don’t let this stand in your way of going after something you really want though. As your coach, I can help you learn to better manage your time and not feel so overwhelmed.
  • Fear of judgment: What will others think? Will they doubt your ability to succeed? While you want to surround yourself with positive and supportive individuals, you will always find some who are not. What matters most is what you think and what you are doing to change your life for the better. Let them worry about their own lives. Do what you need to do to find happiness and get yourself to a better place.

If you recognize these fears in yourself and are ready to make a change and create a life you love, engaging in coaching can be a valuable experience. As your coach I will help you work through the challenges you face and come up with a plan for your future. You don’t have to go it alone. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to get started turning your life around today.

Realizing Your Life’s Purpose and Potential


Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and the possibilities are endless. They have no limits and they dream big, aspiring to be something that they perceive will make them happy. They don’t stop to consider the path to their goal, they just know where they want to end up. Unfortunately many people lose this childlike wonder as they grow up and end up in a job that makes them miserable. They know that something needs to change but are unsure of where to start or are scared to take the risk.

What’s your vision?

How did you envision your life, career, and family as you were growing up? How does that compare to where you are now? Many people have strayed from their initial plans and that is fine as they have explored other interests. But are you doing what makes you happy? At some point perhaps your life took a turn and you realized that what you thought you wanted to do isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. In the back of your mind, have you always had that nagging thought that if you had more time, money, training, whatever it may be, that you would pursue a different career? If there was nothing holding you back, what would you choose to do with your life now?

What’s stopping you?

There are a million and one excuses not to change and this is why so many people remain exactly where they are. They think it’s easier that way. Is fear holding you back? Are you scared of failing, not being good enough, not knowing what you’re doing, or of what other people think? Have you let others fill your mind with self-limiting thoughts?

Oftentimes you are your own worst enemy and critic. It’s time to move past those negative thoughts and realize the power and potential that you hold. With the right guidance and strategies, you can overcome these challenges and take steps to create the life you always imagined.

Don’t settle

Stop for a moment and really think about where you are in life right now and where you want to be. Don’t settle for just being content. Strive to create a life you can fall in love with. One that energizes you to get up every morning and appreciate the opportunities each day presents. Think about what it is that would bring joy and happiness if there were nothing standing in your way. Make the decision that it is time for change.

As your coach, I can help you to realize your life’s purpose and goals. Together we can work through the challenges of your past and the limiting thought processes that are keeping you from getting to where you want to be. Or maybe you don’t know where you want to be, except that it isn’t where you are. I’ll ask you the tough and thought-provoking questions you need to stimulate change and then guide your way through this journey.

Find the confidence you need to move forward and get out of the rut that you are in. You deserve happiness, so why not let yourself find it? I can assist you in identifying and working through the challenges that are holding you back, whether they are personal, professional, financial, social, or health-related. What are you waiting for? Contact me today at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to find out more about how you can benefit from coaching and turn your life around.

6 Areas to Master to Live a Healthier, Happier, More Abundant Life

be-healthy-be-happy-be-you-tiful-hot-pink-white-kids-t-shirt_designAre you wholly satisfied with your life, or do you feel that there is room for improvement? Are you struggling to get out of a rut and find more purpose and fulfillment? Living a healthier, happier, more abundant life depends a lot on the choices you make each day and creating a well-balanced lifestyle. Many different components all work together and if one piece is missing, it can throw everything off. Here are six areas to focus on in your own life:

  1. Prayer/Meditation

Life can be hectic and stressful. Stepping back and finding inner peace can help you to take things in stride. Prayer and meditation can allow you to gain clarity and alleviate stress so that the day’s events are not weighing you down. Even a few minutes a day can make a difference in how you feel and how you approach the world around you.

  1. Healthy Diet

Phase out the unhealthy, processed foods you are putting in your body and start incorporating more vegetables and lean protein. Eat four to five organic meals each day that provide your body with the natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs. Stay hydrated by aiming to drink a gallon of water each day. Not only does it support cell function, it flushes out toxins. Consider high pH water for added benefit.

  1. Daily Exercise

We all know that moderate exercise is important for overall health and wellbeing. Make sure you are getting a combination of cardio and strength training. Yoga can be a great way to stretch your muscles, tone your core, and clear your mind. Mixing things up keeps it interesting and works your whole body. Exercise can boost your mood as well as support your immune system.

  1. Adequate Sleep

Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night and try to stick to a consistent schedule. Your body needs this time to repair itself and rest up for the next day. Not getting enough sleep can zap you of energy, suppress your immune system, take a toll on your mood, interfere with clear thinking, and contribute to weight gain.

  1. Positive Perspective

Choose to see the good in everyone. Look for the silver lining or bright side to each situation. Holding grudges and focusing on the negatives does nothing to improve your happiness or wellbeing. You’ll find that your relationships are more meaningful and beneficial when they are built on positive attributes. Negativity can have a detrimental impact on both your personal and professional life.

  1. Practice Gratitude

Find something to be grateful for every day. Go on gratitude walks or start a journal where you document things you are thankful for. Turning around your perspective to see the good and not take things for granted can make you more appreciative of life’s opportunities. When things seem to be going wrong, stop and reflect on the good things.

Mastering these six areas can benefit you not only in your personal life but also in your career. Making sure that you’re in good shape physically and mentally can go a long way. There may not be a perfect work-life balance, but you can find what works for you and helps you to live a life you love. As a coach, I can help you to improve upon each of these areas and more. You don’t have to stress about trying to change on your own. Let me guide you through the process and create strategies that fit your needs. To get started with your personalized coaching today, call me at (704) 819-3054 or email rachel@wellnessridge.com.

How a Business and Wellness Coach Can Benefit your Life


When people think of coaching, they often think of sports. But coaches can exist in many different forms. The goal of a coach is to help you improve – whether it is on the athletic field, in the gym, at the office, or in your personal life. As a business and wellness coach, I help people to leverage their natural strengths, abilities, and interests to drive their life forward in a positive direction.

Do you feel as though you are stuck in your personal or professional life? Are you not seeing the results that you know you are capable of achieving? You may be working your hardest but not bringing in the income you know you could. Or you’re slaving away at the gym and trying to eat right but still not losing those last few pounds. Coaching can help you to get back on track and realize changes that you can make to get results.

  • Finding Purpose

Over time it is easy to lose focus of what really matters in your life. You go through your day-to-day routines on autopilot. But when you stop to reflect, you realize you’re not fully satisfied with where you are in life. I will work with you to rediscover your life’s purpose and what makes you happy. Find your passion and truly enjoy what you do and where you are headed. Whether this means starting your own business, improving your skills to perform better in your current job, or working toward a career change, I can offer honest insight, direction, and advice.

  • Finding Clarity

The reason for your unhappiness or lack of productivity can stem from many things. Together we will explore the underlying causes of what is holding you back. Are you stressed? Overwhelmed? Lacking confidence or motivation? As your coach, I will spend time listening and asking questions to support you in discovering what challenges you are facing. Then we will create a plan that meets your needs and helps you to overcome these obstacles.

  • Finding Balance

Your mind, body, and spirit should be working together. If something is out of whack, it can affect how you function. Through wellness coaching you can make sure that you are treating your body well and staying healthy. This can in turn improve your mental outlook, reduce stress, and increase energy. When you feel better you tend to have a more positive attitude and can focus on being more productive in your personal and professional life. Achieve greater balance and unlock your potential.

Others have already experienced for themselves the benefits of getting coaching to turn their life around. Here is just one example of the difference it can make:

I would like to say a few words about Rachel Gilmore. I contacted her for assistance with emotional and physical issues in my life. Rachel listened patiently every time I had concerns or questions. She then made suggestions and advised me in a way that was very knowledgeable, made sense, and at the same time, she made sure to tailor a plan for me of products and services to the exact needs I presented with. I felt very much heard by Rachel and I felt secure in the advice and suggestions she gave me. She gave me full explanations as to her recommendations for me as well as personal examples of her life and journey in order to build trust and comfort. I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone that needs advice in the health and wellness/coaching field. — Maribel

If you are feeling stuck and are ready for a change, let me guide you through your journey. As a business and wellness coach, I will work with you to improve many aspects of your life so that you can find happiness and purpose once again. Take back control of your health and career by contacting me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com. Coaching can be a great way to get back on track and follow your dreams.

Love Yourself so you can Love your Life

26629-Be-In-Love-With-Your-LifeOne of the best things you can do in life is learn to love yourself unconditionally. In turn, this will help you learn to love others as well. Many people spend a great deal of time worrying about what others think of them, when what matters is what they think of themselves. No one is perfect and we all have things we wish we could change, but in the end, you are you. Loving yourself and others is an ongoing process and one that we are constantly learning from.

Get to know yourself: Spend time alone and figure out who you are, what you value, and what you want in your life. Explore things that interest you and see what makes you happy. Evaluate your life to determine what is and isn’t working. Sometimes unhealthy relationships, thoughts, or routines can keep you from seeing the best in yourself. Recognize that you are worthy of being loved.

Do what makes you happy: Put aside some time to do what makes you happy. Maybe it’s going for a run along your favorite trail, curling up with a book, painting, or volunteering in the community. Even if others don’t share your passion, do it because it’s something that you enjoy. You can make new friends who have similar interests and expand your connections.

Learn to forgive: This includes not only others, but also yourself. We all make mistakes, but dwelling on them can quickly bring you down and be a negative influence in your life. Allow yourself to come to terms and move on so that you can continue to grow and evolve. It can be difficult to make peace with things, but it is necessary for loving yourself and others unconditionally.

Treat yourself well: Surround yourself with people who bring you joy and are supportive. Build your energy from positive relationships. Exercise or meditate because it makes you feel happier and healthier, not because you feel you have to in order to please others. If there is something that you’re not happy with, take steps to change it because it’s something that you want for yourself.

Love others: Put your thoughts into action. Follow the Golden Rule of treating others as you would want to be treated. As you show them love, acceptance, and forgiveness, you are also bringing the same into your own life. Become a positive role model and show others how beneficial loving yourself and others can be. It is impossible to please everyone all the time, but at least you can be content in knowing that you are doing what you feel is right.

Have patience. Loving yourself and others does not happen overnight; it is a journey. If you’re ready to make changes in your life and focus on your health, happiness, and wellbeing, I am here to support you along the way. I can help you to boost your wellbeing through Isagenix® combined with individual coaching to keep you on track. Feel better about yourself and focus on making a brighter future. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com for more information or to get started.

Letting go of Jealousy and Finding Happiness

jealousy1Jealousy is a very normal feeling to have. A little bit of jealousy can act as a motivator and keep you pushing forward, while too much can actually hold you back and become an interruption in your life. We all look at others and wonder “why not me?” sometimes. So, why not you? Let go of your jealousy and learn to live a life you love and that makes you happy.

  • Resist the Urge to Compare Yourself

If you look hard enough, there will always be someone who is wealthier, more successful, healthier, smarter, more creative, or whatever other descriptors you can think of, than you. Stop putting yourself down by trying to measure up to these people. Everyone is at a different place in their life and has gone through different experiences that have made them who they are. When you start to feel jealous of someone else, take a step back and refocus. Think about all of your strengths, abilities, and achievements. Look at how far you have come in your life and where you want to be in the future.

  • Focus on your own Happiness

Stop for a moment to consider what it is that is making you feel jealous. Will having what another person has really make you happy? Look to your own life to decide what changes you need to make in order to improve your own happiness. Are you jealous of their promotion at work because you’re not content with your own career? Are you envious of how great someone looks in a certain outfit because you are struggling to lose a few more pounds? Focus on realistic changes that you can make that will give you renewed energy and motivation. Just because someone else appears happy, you have no idea what they are going through on the inside. Make your own happiness a priority.

  • Set Goals and Take Action

If you don’t like where your life is headed, do something to change it. Start exploring new job opportunities or take the leap and start your own business. Get involved in an exercise program and use a system like Isagenix® to help you release fat and improve your health. Set realistic goals for yourself so that you achieve what you want out of life. Stop talking and start doing. Don’t worry about what other people have or are doing – concentrate on what matters most in your life and where you’re headed. Stay positive!

Don’t let jealousy get the best of you – use it to become a better version of yourself. Be proud of who you are and realize that there are people out there who are jealous of you. Rather than letting jealousy make you feel angry, frustrated, depressed, or insecure, push these feelings aside and focus on your own strengths. We all have room to improve as well as areas where we excel. If you’re ready to make a career move and become your own boss, or are looking for the motivation to enhance your health, contact me today at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com. I can help you to live more abundantly and find more happiness in your life by embracing change.

4 Tips for Releasing Fear So you Can Keep Pushing Forward

FEARFear. It is one thing that holds us all back and can make us question ourselves. How often have you wanted to do something but worried about what others would think, what would happen, or if you would succeed? So often this can keep us from trying and reaching our full potential and happiness. By releasing your fears you can focus on making the most of every opportunity and following your dreams and ambitions.

  1. Start small.

You don’t have to reach your goal all at once. Taking smaller steps can make things seem less overwhelming and frightening. For instance, if you want to lose a few pounds, rather than cutting out all of your favorite foods and exercising excessively every day, start with smaller changes. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables and cut back on processed foods. Replace one meal a day with an IsaLean Shake. Take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Slowly you can work your way up to larger changes and will see positive results toward your goal.

Take a closer look at the things you fear and try to break them down into more manageable parts. Look for simple changes you can make and then move to more challenging ones. As you build your confidence, you can achieve greater things.

  1. Refocus yourself.

When you feel your fear rising, take a step back. Do some deep breathing exercises or meditation to help clear your mind. Once you have calmed yourself a bit and released some tension, try again. Allowing yourself to refocus can help you to see things from a new perspective. Think through the situation realistically. Often our minds jump to the worst case scenario, so taking a few minutes to collect yourself can let you see how you were overreacting.

  1. Forget perfect and just try.

Part of fear can be striving for perfection. You want everything to be just right, and if it’s not, you may think that you haven’t done your best or haven’t succeeded. Rather than holding yourself to these unrealistic standards, consider how far you have come just by trying. You will never know how far you can go if you don’t start somewhere. Maybe your latest business pitch doesn’t seal the deal, but it gives you something to build on. Learn from your mistakes and let them help you improve. Just because you didn’t land that account doesn’t mean you won’t get the next one.

  1. Talk it out.

Discussing your fears with a friend or loved one can help put them into perspective. Not only can you try to make more sense of what you are thinking and feeling, you can gather feedback and insight as well. Your friend may shed light on things in a way that you hadn’t considered before. They can also act as a support system to give you motivation and confidence. More often than not they want to see you succeed too.

So whether you’re looking to take the plunge and become your own boss, improve your health and wellbeing, or join a club you’ve been eyeing up, cast your fears aside and decide to take a chance. You will amaze yourself at what you can accomplish when you stop letting your fears control you. Let me help you conquer your fears of becoming an entrepreneur or turning your health around with Isagenix®. Call me at (704) 819-3054 or email rachel@wellnessridge.com to learn more.

Do you have the Willingness to Make Changes in your Life?

willingness_is_an_actionOur lives are full of wants. People want to lose weight, find a new job, go back to school, join a club, try a new hobby, and countless other things. The list goes on and on. Some of these “wants” may be life-altering, while some may be more minor. But as much as you want to do these things, how often do you really take the steps necessary to make them happen?

In order to change, you must have a willingness to make it happen and take chances. Willingness is a powerful emotion and motivator. Decide that you are not content to sit back and wait any longer. Explore how changing your views and stepping outside of your comfort zone can make a positive difference in your life.

Open Your Eyes

Being willing to see things differently and think differently can impact how you go about your day-to-day. Step back and look at something from another perspective. What you thought was a negative could actually turn out to be a positive. Having a narrow-minded view of the world keeps you from enjoying so much of what it has to offer. Before you jump to conclusions, evaluate the whole situation. Be willing to consider things from someone else’s point of view and give them the benefit of the doubt.

Be Yourself

How often do you adjust your thoughts, actions, and behaviors to please others? When was the last time you were true to yourself? We all need to have a willingness to be vulnerable and be ourselves with no apologies. It is your life, so find out what makes you happy. You are who you are and you should be comfortable in that. You can’t always please everyone and will drive yourself crazy trying. Make decisions and build friendships based on what you truly value and appreciate. Weed out unhealthy relationships that bring stress and unhappiness to your life.

Stop Talking and Start Acting

Rather than talking about what you want to do, take the steps to make it a reality. Be willing to keep an open mind and try new things. If you want to improve your health, start incorporating diet and exercise changes. Invest in a program like Isagenix® to support your efforts through natural products and help you stay on track. If you want to change jobs, actively update your resume and apply for new positions. Take a chance and pursue your desire to become an entrepreneur knowing that there is risk involved but pushing forward anyway. Connect with people who can mentor you along the way.

Keep an Open Mind

When you are willing to love all people in all situations and see the good in everyone, it can change your whole outlook on life. Release stress and tension by choosing to be positive. Give it a try and see how it affects your health and happiness. Think about how you feel when you’re surrounded by people who are smiling, laughing, and self confident, as opposed to those who are grumpy, miserable, and discontent. Be willing to keep an open mind and make choices that take you out of your comfort zone and force you to see things in a new way.

Life is unpredictable so learn to take it in stride and be willing to make changes. If you are serious about wanting to improve your health or become your own boss, I have an amazing opportunity that can support you in one or both areas. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to find out more and take a step in the right direction.