Trying to get healthy and stay healthy is f-ing hard! Everybody struggles with some aspect of it, no matter what they look like or what they tell you. There is no magic formula - a healthy lifestyle is a choice we need to make daily. This podcast is here to support, inform and entertain you on your journey toward health.
From Amy: I started my professional life in 1995 as a Registered Nurse with an Associate’s degree in Nursing. I loved my time at the bedside taking care of, educating, providing dignity, and comforting patients and their families. In 1999, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester (NY), and in 2002 finished my Master of Science in Nursing degree, becoming a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner. Later that year I was honored to pass my board exam and be a national board-certified Adult, Acute Care, Critical Care Advanced Practice Nurse.
Meanwhile, in my personal life, I became a mom in March of 2001 (Maggie), October of 2002 (Max), and again in November of 2004 (Molly)! It was a busy time and I chose to leave my nursing career for the moment and take on being a full-time Mom. In addition to being with the children, I found two passions: CrossFit, when I became an athlete, trainer, and eventually gym owner, and Hickory Day School, where I was president of the board and volunteer.
As the children grew and my life shifted, I looked to reignite my professional life. I never let go of the nurse in me and now I had a new love for training people at CrossFit as well. I knew I loved both roles for the same reason — I got to educate and inspire people to take control of their health, have more confidence and self-efficacy, and thrive in their lives!
I just wasn’t sure the best way for me to make this a career…
Then BOOM! The perfect email at the perfect time perfectly intersected my passions. I opened an email from Duke Integrative Medicine offering the Health and Wellness Coaching program and I was lit!! Health coaching was my next big chapter. I attended the Foundation and Certification program offered at Duke over the next year (2019-2020) and Healthy Living Coaching was born!
Since then I have worked with people to create inspired health for lit up living! It has been a calling for me and a privilege to walk alongside people as they take responsibility and power in areas of their health that have been lagging behind. Together, we go from defeated, anxious and out of control of their health to in control, “lighter” (in both ways!) and finding everyday joy.
Dr. Zach Shaw and Upper Cervical Care Chiropractic: What Is It and How Does It Impact My Health?
Amy and Zach sit down to share an initial look at upper cervical care chiropractic therapy. This specialty chiropractic care altered Amy's lower back pain in a big way and had a surprising result on her seizure occurrences! Listen in and expand your "health toolkit".
Bracing for the Holidays? Here's a Guide to Find JOY and Meaning This Season!
In this easy listen, Amy dials in on creating JOY and Meaning in the busyness of the coming holiday season, particularly with family times. Are you bracing for the holidays? Dreading the go-go-go pace, the obligations, the stressful interactions? Would you rather have stillness, peace, and connection? Give this one a listen to set your intentions to create the seasonal experience you really yearn for.
All Things Dance!
Healthy AF welcomes Summer McPherson from Wilmington Latin Dance where they explore all things dance. Summer shares her first experience with dance at Charlotte Latin Dance and the journey that led her to open the sister studio, Wilmington Latin Dance. Then, of course, there's the juice - the freedom, expression, confidence, and connection found in dance! If you are looking to move as a healthy life behavior, jump in and listen. You'll hear the benefits of structured and unstructured dance, partnered dance, and straight free-flowing movement.
JOY, SUNSHINE, and CHOICE
In this episode, we meet Lauren Burke from PowerHouse Happy. Lauren is a life, leadership, and business coach who is always in CHOICE and bringing the JOY! Get your wheels turning on your own "stuck spots" as Lauren and I swap empowerment tools from our coaching practices and lives.
ATOMIC HABITS: Identity of Behavioral Change
In another mother-daughter duo power episode (say that ten times fast!), Amy & Maggie talk about the concept of identity as described in James Clear’s book Atomic Habits. They discuss how identity is formed, how it can be useful in setting desired habits, and, if not set intentionally, how it can be a deterrent for behavioral change.
Dr. Mackenzie Jones, Functional Medicine and JOY
In this episode, I visit with Mackenzie Jones, DNP, FNP-BC. This lady is the real deal! She shares her own health story, a journey into functional medicine that helped her overcome debilitating IBS and ulcerative colitis. From that experience, Mackenzie, after earning her DNP, began specializing in functional medicine as a nurse practitioner. She is committed to a promise she made herself - “[Functional Medicine] is what I am going to devote my life to, helping others heal." You'll find nuggets on sleep, stress relief, the value of routine, magnesium types and uses, when to exercise and when to rest, and nutrition challenges and supplements. We went everywhere on this one!
Love listening to the content thats being discussed on this podcast. Keep it up ladies!
Words and the Meaning We Attach to Them
This most recent podcast was especially hopeful and inspiring. Thank you, Fran. Evknox
Optimizing Vitality and Longevity
I found this podcast to be interesting, informative and very well put together