I often get asked what my life looks like since becoming a Health Coach, so each month, I dedicate a post to what my schedule actually looks like. December was a lot of conferences, coaching, and finalizing my book edits! Plus, an incredible trip.
The first weekend in December, I attended TedX LA, where I got to hear from a variety of thought leaders, including a the first female private space explorer, Anousheh Ansari, who had an incredible story of following her dreams, and John Paul Dejoria, the Founder of John Paul Mitchell hair care. I attended as I wanted some inspiration, as my goal is to deliver my own TedX talk in the next year or two.
While I was only there for the weekend, I managed to get a few other things in besides the conference. I was staying with one of the coolest girls I know in LA, Sahara, and her pup, Chubby, who was keeping my company while I worked.
We went to Butcher’s Daughter for dinner one night, which was really good, and the space is beautiful.
Tony Robbins Date with Destiny
The following weekend, I flew down to Florida to attend Tony Robbin’s Date with Destiny.
A few years ago I went to his Unleash the Power Within conference, in an effort to learn from arguably the best coach in the world, around how to coach people to truly change their habits. I learned a lot, and improved my own coaching skills the first time.
This time around, I was going more for myself. How do I improve myself? What is holding me back?
It was an intense 6 days, but I left having learned a lot and excited to improve my life both professionally and personally. It brought to light areas where I was playing small or coming short, and helped me paint a picture of not just the person I want to be, but what I want to achieve in the next year. It was grueling, to be honest (15 hour+ days, no sleep, hardly any food breaks so you had to eat at your seat, sitting in a cold, windowless room for hours), but worth it in the end, as I find myself really applying many of the principles and things I learned in the conference.
What stuck with me the most were Tony’s ideas of a primary question, and the towards and away values that shape our life.
Our primary question is that broken record that plays in our head, which is the filter through which we make every decision. Mine was a limiting question – am I successful enough?
Having decided to be an entrepreneur, I realized, I’m constantly measuring my self-worth on how successful I am. Which as you can imagine, could be a serious road block to future success. If I didn’t feel “successful enough” for something, I may decide to not apply for something, or speak up, or reach out to people that could be helpful in furthering my mission to improve the way America eats.
I was able to change my question to “How can I serve the most people today?” By focusing on how I can help and how I can serve, it eliminates the hesitation of reaching out or putting myself out there, because my focus is no longer on me (and will I fail, am I good enough) but rather I’m on a mission to help people, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill that mission.
Our towards and away values also shape our decision making…and I realized, again, I had quite a few fear-based values that could or have been preventing me from truly achieving the life I want. Again, was able to turn them around to values I consciously chose to support a more fulfilling life.
The most magnificent thing, is that I really feel like my new values (or rather unearthed values) are really ingrained in me after this conference, which is quite remarkable. Tony calls this “programming” and I must say, it works!
I had to turn in my final round of edits for The Real Food Grocery Guide just before the new year, so went over the book again with a fine-tooth comb. I am so excited to share this with you guys (it will be released May 1st, but you can pre-order it on Amazon through the link above) and really think you will love it! I poured my heart into this baby, and it’s so incredible to watch it take shape.
Working with Clients
When I wasn’t at a conference, most of the month I spent working with clients over the phone or Skype. While of course I love working with all of my clients, I particularly love helping people reverse their acne, because using food to clear up my own acne is what got me interested in nutrition in the first place!
Trip to Dubai and Bali
The day after Christmas, I headed to Dubai to see my love (who moved back there in August). It was my first time visiting Dubai, or the Middle East. Dubai is definitely a dazzling place, with beautiful architecture, stunning views, and overall a city so clean you would eat off the floor.
It’s truly a melting pot of nationalities, and it’s so nice to see everyone co-exist peacefully together. I imagine New York was once like this. Now, New York is still a melting pot of nationalities, but everyone assimilates to New York culture: in the way we dress, what we do, how we live. In Dubai, it seems, people maintain their culture, their dress, and their customs, which I think is quite nice.
I was pleasantly surprised at the availability of healthy, and organic foods there, which you can check out in my Dubai recap. We then headed to Bali for a few days with his family, where I was in food heaven. You can check out my top healthy restaurant picks in Bali here.
Interviews & Articles
This month, I was interviewed by Talia of the Party in My Plants Podcast about how food affects our skin, specifically acne. It’s episode 13.
My post, How to Throw a Dinner Party Stress Free went up as part of my regular wellness column on ivankatrump.com.
The List also used some of my anti-acne advice in the post, Acne Mistakes You’re Probably Making & How to Fix Them
For more of what it is like to be a Health Coach, check out my diary for November, October, September, and August. If you’re interested in becoming a Health Coach, check out this post: How to Become a Health Coach.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.