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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?

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Taking the Good & the Bad: Learning to Accept who you are

2271316676_32e13c5759A lot of our happiness comes from within, whether we realize it or not. Many people focus too much of their time and energy looking at the negatives instead of the positives. They see themselves as somehow less than others and are always trying to measure up. If you are always comparing yourself to someone else, you will never be truly happy. And if you think about it, there are probably people out there who are comparing themselves to you. Learn to accept yourself for who you are and have confidence in that person.

Embrace your “imperfections”

Everyone has things that they don’t like about themselves. Things that they perceive as flaws. But who’s to say that these are necessarily negatives? What you view as a flaw, someone else could see as a strength. Make a list of what you see as your own pros and cons. Then re-evaluate the cons list and see if you can view these items from a more positive perspective. Are you shy or introverted? That could also mean that you are a great a listener. Do you procrastinate? Maybe that means you’re more apt to think things through instead of making rash or impulsive decisions. It’s all a matter of how you look at it.

Stop comparing yourself to others

Everyone is unique. That is what makes the world an interesting place. Why would you want to be anyone other than who you are? The next time you find you’re comparing yourself to someone else, take a step back. Consider your own strengths and what it is you do really well. It’s okay to pat yourself on the back and give yourself encouragement. Keep reminding yourself of what makes you stand out and why you are amazing. The person you were comparing yourself to probably has their own insecurities and doesn’t see themselves as perfect either.

Learn from your mistakes

Don’t beat yourself down when things don’t go right. Use it as a learning opportunity. There are always things that we can improve upon. For each thing you think went wrong, find at least one thing that went right. Slowly you can turn what you see as weaknesses into strengths. Also, know when things are out of your control. There are some things in life you just can’t change, so don’t stress yourself over them.

Change because it’s something you want

If there are things in your life you are unhappy with, make changes because they are something that you want, not because you think it would please others. What would make you happy? Improving your health? Furthering your education? Finding a new job where you can thrive? Reflect on your own life and goals and then take action.

As your coach, I can help you to better understand yourself and find your purpose in life. Together we can work through these challenges and put strategies in place to help you get to where you want to be. With each step you will see your life beginning to change and this can give you more confidence and motivation. If you’re ready to turn your life around, contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to find out more about how you can benefit from coaching. Make your life all that you want to it to be and more.

Seeing the Bright Side: Becoming a More Positive Person

7-everyday-may-not-be-good-positive-quotes_largeHave you ever spent time around people who simply bring you down? Negativity can impact many aspects of your life. It can take a toll on your mental and physical health as well as your relationships and career. Becoming a more positive person does not mean that you overlook the negative things that happen in life, just that you choose to take the high road and make the best of the situation. Consciously making an effort to become more positive can pay off and there are several strategies to help you turn your outlook around.

Change your perspective: You can choose to dwell on the negatives, or you can look for the silver lining. How you approach different situations is reflected in your attitude. If you make it a point to find the bright side and look at what is going right instead of only seeing what is going wrong, it can help you to stay more positive. The more you do this, the more ingrained it will become and soon you will find that when things go wrong, they don’t bother you as much. Put your energy into the things you can change instead of the things you can’t.

Surround yourself with positive people: Consider the company you keep. Are the people you associate with ones that motivate and encourage you, or ones that are always grumbling and complaining? It’s easy to have a negative outlook when you are surrounded by others who do. Instead, spend time with friends who are upbeat and make the best of what comes their way. If you want to push yourself and achieve your dreams and goals, find like-minded individuals who will help you to get there, not stand in your way.

Smile: It sounds silly, but putting on a smile can change how you feel. Look at how it influences those around and can brighten someone’s day. It’s hard to feel stressed and negative when you look around and see smiling faces. Standing tall, keeping your shoulders back, and picking up your chin can make a difference as well. Your posture can influence your attitude. When you’re feeling defeated or frustrated, you probably hunch your shoulders and look down. Make a conscious effort to stand tall even when you don’t feel like it.

Reinforce positive thoughts: There’s nothing wrong with complimenting and encouraging yourself. Remind yourself of your successes and your strengths. Tell yourself positive things every day and believe what you are saying. Practicing mindfulness can help as well. Cast aside negative thoughts and doubts and know that you are amazing and talented. Visualize success and have a few mantras that keep you motivated.

Positive thinking is a habit. It takes practice and time to make it routine. As you start incorporating these strategies and changing the way you see yourself and the world, you will notice a difference. It is never too late to turn your life around and become a more positive person. Let me help you create a life you love through one-on-one coaching. As your coach, I can support you in becoming more positive and realizing your potential. Get out of the rut you are in and make more of your life and career. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to get started!

Why You Are Worthy of Happiness

1425352407974It is amazing how many people go through their day-to-day congratulating others on their successes and supporting their happiness but take for granted their own. There are nagging thoughts in the back of their mind that tell them they don’t deserve happiness or nothing good ever happens to them. Perhaps they think positive events are a fluke.

But why shouldn’t you be happy? Why shouldn’t you have the same opportunities as others and celebrate your successes? The answer is: you should. You are worthy and deserving of happiness and should fight for it.

  • You have worked hard to get where you are

You haven’t gotten to this point in your life by accident. All of your education, training, challenges, successes, and decisions have gotten you here. Every day you care for your family, strive to do your best at work, and support others. It can be a thankless job, so when something good comes along, take advantage of it and be appreciative. That promotion at work can be yours and you can live the life you’ve dreamed of.

  • Everyone makes mistakes

No one is perfect. We have all made mistakes, but they should not define us. Let go of past failures and use them as learning experiences. Don’t let them be a black mark that holds you back and makes you feel unworthy of the good things that come your way. Other people have made mistakes as well and then gone on to pick themselves back up and turn their life around. In the grand scheme of things, your errors are probably more significant in your mind than in anyone else’s.

  • Everything happens for a reason

The good, the bad, the happy, the sad, they all happen for a reason. We may not always understand these reasons at first, but they are there. When something good comes your way, be accepting of it and embrace it. If you are faced with a challenge or disappointment, know that it didn’t work out because something better will come along. Have faith and patience. Keep an open mind and look for that silver lining.

  • You are not less than anyone else

Your life matters just as much as anyone else’s. You have a purpose and a reason for being here. Think about how much joy, encouragement, leadership, guidance, and more that you bring to others. Let them do the same for you. If you are not happy in your own life, it can be more difficult to connect with others and realize your purpose. Be proud of who you are. We all have things that make us special and unique. Embrace them. You are who you are and others should love and respect you for it.

If you are not living your life to the fullest, let me help you find your way. As your coach, I can support you in realizing your purpose, exploring your potential, and turning your life around. Don’t settle for just getting by; let yourself thrive. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to learn more about how you can benefit from coaching.

Turn your Life into one you Love

life-quotes-picsAre you guilty of settling for just being content? Of doing enough to get by and enjoying the present but not really living in it and making the most of your life? If you could cast everything else aside and focus on being truly happy, what would that look like? How would your life change? Decide today that you are tired of being in a rut and ready to turn your life around. As your coach, I can help you navigate this journey and explore what you really want in life.

As you start making a conscious effort to be more, do more, and love more, keep the following in mind:

  • Realize you are worthy

Too often we compare ourselves to others to try to see how we measure up. We envy their successes and come up with excuses as to why we don’t have the same. I’m not this, I don’t have that, or I haven’t done whatever. Let go of self-destructive thoughts and realize that you are worthy of happiness and deserving of a life you love. It is time to overcome the barriers that are holding you back and keeping you down.

  • Let go of negativity

Things go wrong. People hurt us. That is part of life. But if you are constantly dwelling on the negatives and holding grudges, that will keep you from appreciating the positives. Come to terms with these issues and let yourself move on. Make amends, practice forgiveness, and try to see the silver lining. There are always multiple sides to any situation, so keep a perspective that the struggles you have endured have made you stronger and brought you to where you are today. Find your inner peace.

  • Be willing to change

Turning your life around takes work. You have to push yourself out of old routines and habits and start developing new ones. This means keeping an open mind and being willing to change what isn’t working. When things get tough, don’t let yourself slip back into doing what is easiest. Learn from your mistakes and use them as lessons for the future. Stay strong and find people who support and encourage you in your journey.

  • Take care of your whole self

Part of living a life you love is being healthy in all regards. Make sure that you are maintaining a healthy diet that fuels your body with energy and keeps you strong. Eating right can make a big difference in how you feel. With that comes engaging in regular exercise to stay fit, reduce stress, and boost your mood. Create a routine that works for you. Don’t forget about your social and emotional health as well. Surround yourself with positive people who love and respect you. People who make you feel good about yourself.

  • Be patient

Change takes time. Your life didn’t become what it is overnight, so don’t expect it be changed that quickly either. Have patience and confidence that you are on the right path. Slowly you will begin noticing a difference and start to see how far you have come. Use this as motivation and drive to keep going. You are worth it and you do deserve to live a life you love.

If you’re ready to make a change and break out of just being content, contact me about how coaching can help. Together we will get you to a place where you can thrive and make the most of your future. Contact me at (704) 819-3054 or rachel@wellnessridge.com to get started today!

Reexamining Your Career Path: Find Your Way to Happiness

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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

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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

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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.