I'm Patricia, a holistic Health Coach certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and the International Association of Health Coaches.
With qualifications in nutrition, lifestyle, hormone health and career coaching combined with nearly 15 years of experience as a corporate professional, I support busy, career-driven people in building their foundation for success through the optimization and prioritization of their health and well-being.
Having been a corporate professional in banking for almost 15 years as Business Manager and HR Business Partner means that I understand your world and have experienced the opportunities I can support you with. It is through my personal journey that I discovered my passion: Supporting, motivating, inspiring, collaborating and coaching individuals and groups on their mission to achieving maximum success personally and professionally through health and well-being.
What's my story?
For a long time I thought I was healthy and from the outside it looked like I had it all: a successful, fast-paced career in my 20s, doing sports at least 5 times a week, a good social life, sleeping very little, always managing, always performing, always delivering, always available.
Just because it looked good, does not mean it felt good. What most people did not know, was that I struggled with anxiety, work-life balance, perfectionism, loneliness, unhealthy habits, thoughts and choices for as long as I could remember. These topics are not suitable for a successful professional nor our society, hence they are generally hidden. I was educated, curious and always sought out new ways to deal with my challenges. While I knew what I should do, I did not know how. Too much information, too little time and definitely no understanding that I needed to make myself a priority beyond work and exercise. It was easier to keep going and pretend, than to listen to the signals my body was sending me.
I also had not been clear on what my goals were, my version of success. I was persistently distracted and focused on what success was as defined by others. I saw only what I should not do, not what I could do; obligation instead of choice.
Becoming an HR Business Partner at a universal bank and coaching others on goal-setting, motivation, and mindset, helped me to learn that when I have personal clarity on my vision, I am ready to make the small and big changes required. I also realized in 2016 that I was completely unhappy with everything in my life. Within 6 months, I looked for and found a fresh start with my family, left a relationship, changed my job and changed my diet. In the process I discovered who I am, what I want, what I love and most importantly, what I need - or so I thought. Over the next three years I got more and more sick and frantically went from doctor to doctor, never feeling like anyone really took time to listen, looked at the full picture or gave me honest advice. It was easier to fix symptoms with medicine, assign rigid diets, tell me it's a burn-out, or keep me bound to services that required me to come back. It got to the point where my body shut down: inflammations, intolerances, allergies, indigestion, amenorrhea, severe muscle and joint paint and ultimately exhaustion. I started believing that perhaps I really am crazy. I wanted answers and help, not anti-depressants, herbs or antibiotics.
In the end, through studying and finally giving my body the rest it needed, I found out the cause of these 3-year downward health spiral myself and subsequently the right doctor to conduct two surgeries. My path to mental, physical and social health was long and challenging, but I do believe that everything happens for a reason. Challenges are opportunities and pains are signposts, but for a long time I was not willing to listen. Once I did, the more health I created in my mind, body and soul, the more life gave back to me and the less time and money I spent trying to escape it. I was lucky to discover early enough that health is wealth, which is why I named my company accordingly.
If you want to learn more about the challenges in my life mentioned above, here are a few blog posts you may find interesting:
The three year downward spiral without knowing why: "Pain is Purpose"
Having faced many health challenges myself and knowing how lonely, confusing and overwhelming it can be, I promise you my utmost commitment to relentlessly guide and support you in your path to health and well-being for personal and professional success.