About MindBody 360

 

Shelley8

I wanted to start a blog for the woman who has seen a lot and lived a lot, but is always curious and excited — perhaps even a little scared — about the possibility for change and transformation.

MindBody360 is where I share ideas about how women can reach their full potential on both a personal and professional level.

I start with self-care and stress-management. When we feel  energized and enjoy vibrant health we are more able to tackle deeper levels of personal development like the power of our thoughts and defining our sense of purpose.

The Mission?

My mission is not to speak to women as though they need to be “fixed,” but to inspire them to want to meet their true potential — be that physically, emotionally, or spiritually. The site is about inspiration, not shaming. Or judgments, or competition for that matter. We’re all on this journey together and whether it’s through information about self-care, stress-management, or online courses, the goal is to always help people deepen their engagement with themselves, their lives, and their purpose.

How did I get here?

I became a certified Holistic Health Counselor eight years ago and developed a practice with both private and corporate clients. Prior to that I held Editorial Director positions at WorkingWoman.com, SpaFinder.com, and my last corporate job was as Vice President, Online Marketing and Sales at The Leading Hotels of the World. I know both sides of the life of the busy executive. The excitement and engagement, but also the ways in which stress, negative self-talk, and poor self-care can lead to burn-out. I wanted to bring together my passions to this blog:  making health information accessible, personal development strategies that work, and life-long learning opportunities that really bring results. When we invest in ourselves, we’re on the road to achieving what I like to describe as holistic success. The feeling of balance in the various parts of your life: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, professional, and in your relationships. So often, the first step is improving how we take care of ourselves on a nutritional level. This is the gateway. Once we start to feel more energized and healthy, the curiosity continues with how we think, how we communicate, defining our purpose, and so much more.

How do we bring our best self to pursue our passions?

  1. Self-care
  2. Self-inquiry
  3. Lifelong learning

We build a strong foundation through intentional self-cultivation. And, always remember, transformation can happen anywhere from a sweat lodge to sitting in front of your laptop.

How does it all come together? 

I love connecting women with compelling content that might resonate with their own personal journey. On a deeper level, my interest is in sharing knowledge, fostering community, and helping people map out and reach their goals.

Education and other pursuits?

I have a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. I received my nutrition counseling training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and am a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program. I was also a contributing columnist on AOLjobs.com. I’m a speaker and event facilitator and am deeply committed to empowering women and girls.

For more about my professional background and consulting services, click here.

Oh! I live in Paris, France. 

My family relocated here in early 2016. What a ride! Just when you think you’ve seen (or eaten!) THE most incredible thing, sure enough, another incredible thing (shops, doors, gardens, exquisitely manicured dogs…) pops up. And, then there are the bumps along the way. Cultural differences (“Yes, I actually would like to make a dinner reservation for 6pm.”), words I think I’ve pronounced perfectly but are repeated back to me (“But, that’s what I just said…”), new schools with more  vacations and holidays than any mere-mortal-of-a-parent knows what to do with, to name a few. It can be incredibly humbling, but also pretty magical. It also helps that I feel like we are now finally settled in and living our lives — not still trying to figure out how to communicate with the plumber! (Big exhale.) From time to time I will share more about life in Paris on the blog!

 

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