“I first came to Alex with a vision of transitioning from having what had become almost two full-time jobs to leave one and focus on my passion within the other, I had no clue as to how I was going to get there… there were obstacles both financially and mentally as well as with my self-talk. Alex was able to help me map things out in a very clear concise way that gave me the strength to better manage the anxiety and stress that I felt buried in. I needed to first be able to see the path of where I was going clearly – she helped me carve that path by setting deadlines and talking about what I was wanting to accomplish; painting that picture in a positive light.
I realized I had a lot of negativity with myself about what I felt I was capable of, Alex helped me realize and see the other side – it was a mindset shift that needed to happen to better support my own needs and to not allow external pressures and stresses weigh me town as that was holding me back as well.
What I thought was going to be impossible; adding more things to my schedule! She so calmly but directly walked me through creating non-negotiable tasks for my own personal well being: exercise/reading/art – things that I enjoy and feel are nourishing I couldn’t see how I would ever fit them in! Over just the first few weeks things became more clear because I was slowly creating little tiny slots of time for myself.
It was the first few steps of the transformation I wanted to see in myself and I was very proud. Creating a daily “mantra”, writing down my ideas and struggles too allowed for me to see where I could make more progress. I had the strength but had not accessed that part of my brain in some time as I was clouded by stress and anxiety – feelings of being overwhelmed. In the weeks leading up to my first appointment with Alex, I recall having a sense that I was drowning, not being able to breathe when talking with friends about simple things even just go out together… I was in the mindset that if I added one more thing I would just explode and couldn’t handle it. Not one more thing.
Creating a structure for myself, my schedule and my priorities allowed for me to begin to breathe again, checking in with Alex as needed and meeting with her weekly kept me on track for where I knew I was going now. I took new obstacles with stride and could see how my transition would all come together. I am so proud to say that I set out to meet my goals on time, Alex offered incredible support for me when I felt something was unattainable to remind me that it was “me” creating the roadblock to my own destiny.”
Heather, Pilates Instructor, Boulder CO