Portraying an Image

We are so much more than our fears allow us to be.

The fear of being judged prevents most individuals from living their dreams, taking risks, wearing comfortable clothing, going on a trip alone, falling in love, ditching the destructive relationship and pretty much every aspect of life.  We stifle our lust for adventure.  Our identity, our passions, our truth becomes hidden behind the illusion of What Will People Think.

A week into my enrollment to become a certified Health Coach, I uncovered that I have been traveling in this direction for a years.  I just didn’t know it.  When I stopped looking outside of myself for my life’s purpose, the answers appeared and the inner compass exposed my calling.   One of those signs came from a simple three-ingredient Christmas treat that ravished my body in an allergic reaction and one more food item was added to my list of never-touch-that-again.  The need to explore healthy options grows and is the driving force behind my desire to help others with their food intolerances.  I want to know how our diet affects our health.

As I wrote my thoughts in a journal, a question surfaced – If I am a Health Coach, don’t I have an image to uphold?  Does this mean the grocery store clerk is going to judge me harshly because I have a bottle of wine, a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of chocolate bars on the conveyer belt, or is she going to smile sympathetically and know it’s that time of the month?  Does this mean I have to run marathons or become a yoga instructor?  What if I post things contradictory to a healthy lifestyle on Facebook?


The fear of being judged can be overwhelming and it stifles our authentic self.


My intent as a Health Coach and author is to assist people explore healthy eating options tailored them and to find balance in the four elements of life – career, relationship, spirituality, physical activity.

I am, just like you, a work in process.  Life is forever evolving.  I plan to share my stories, knowledge and keep an open mind to new possibilities.  As far as my image, just know that I am sassy, I am a momma of two sons (and their beautiful wives) and a grandma to three boys, I am a writer, I love to giggle, I am bull-headed, I swear, I love deeply and the rest I’ll leave to your imagination.

Life is an amazing adventure…

My Two Minute Commercial

ShakleeHealthy living has become a matter of survival for me. What started as a quest to learn more about natural remedies versus chemical cures has become vital. There are very few prescription and over-the-counter medications I can ingest. Years ago my pharmacist told me to place my right hand on his counter, raise my left hand and swear I would take no new meds before bed. Yes, the reaction I had was that severe. Changing the foods I eat and exploring my options has kept my immune system strong and me relatively healthy. In researching products (such as supplements, skin and hair care) to strengthen my immune system – I was lead back to Shaklee.

In regards to cleaning my home, I have to be careful of how I use chemicals to clean the bathrooms (especially the soap scum removers for the shower), shampoo the carpets, greasy hand cleaners and so forth. Chlorine was one of the first major chemicals I became allergic to when I was about twelve or thirteen. Let me tell ya it’s not fun to be the one in a group of peers unable to breathe or see because my eyes had swollen shut because I went swimming in the Civic Center indoor pool. In researching Earth-friendly cleaning products – somehow I always came back to Shaklee.

But this is not about me. It’s about the passion deep within wishing to better the lives of others. How can I assist in enriching the lives of someone else to be healthier? How can I help family, friends, complete strangers to improve their environment? I am grateful you took the time to learn a little more about me. If you would like to learn more about Shaklee, please ask or visit my site ckkochis.myshaklee.com . Thank you.