I met Mandy through WMC Project - Seattle host and owner of FUELhouse, Molly Scott (also a total crush that you'll be meeting soon too). Molly couldn't say better things about Mandy and her coaching business and recommended Mandy for a presenter spot at WMC Project - Seattle. Many and I jumped on the phone and I instantly wished that she didn't live on the other side of the country because I think we would have a lot of freaking fun together.
Anyways, Mandy offers empowerment coaching services for women looking to create a deeper connection to themselves by identifying their values, learning about vulnerability and finding the courage to share their stories. Sound a little Brene Brown-ish to ya? Well, yeah, she's a Brene Brown Facilitator with a a heart-centered approach that focuses on connection and inner exploration, and attention to attainable results. So basically, she's awesome and I can't wait to connect with her more and learn from her at the event this July!
Do yourself a favor and get connected with Mandy!
What do you do?
I am a certified Daring Way Facilitator, using the research of Dr. Brené Brown to facilitate discussions and workshops for women to explore topics such as shame, vulnerability, and courage in their own lives. I am also an instructor, teaching Human Communication courses at Bellevue College.
What else do you do?
I am a mama to a 3.5 year old little boy who teaches me (and challenges me) every single day. I'm a wife to a wonderful man that supports me in all of my multipassionate dreams. I'm also a wannabe gardner.
How do you define the word 'strength'?
Strength is the ability to own your energy, both mentally and physically.
How did you discover your passion?
Ha! Through the most difficult experience in my life. After having my son I experienced terrifying postpartum depression; I was still teaching but feeling a lot of lack in my life. I was reading Brené Brown's Rising Strong and working with a great therapist who helped me discover that I wanted to be able to teach the things that I was struggling with the most. In order to be eligible to facilitate Dr. Brown's work I had to first earn my life coaching certification. The rest, as they say, is history.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
I chase my tiny human around. I work out with a trainer a couple of times a week, and when life gets really busy I always make sure to park far away and take the stairs.
What do you recommend for someone starting out?
LOL. I am a great representation of "work in progress" and am not qualified to answer this question. BUT - I will say support is totally necessary, be it from a coach, an accountability buddy, a trainer, or joining a group!
How do you define 'fitness'?
It's feeling. Mentally and physically. It's feeling strong and able.
Where do you see the future of fitness?
I hope that we can start having more conversations about how physical and mental health work together. I think they influence each other and we can see whole being results when we treat them like a couple.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
YES! My mom always told me "a body in motion stays in motion" and when I live like this I am always a happier person. And when I am happy, I am confident.
What motivates the crap out of you?
My playlists for working out have everything from Marilyn Manson to Girl Talk. The shifts from rock to metal to dance music always make me feel giddy. I am incredibly motivated by Brené Brown - her work and research literally changed my life, but I also just admire the way she keeps it real.
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
Stay in your own lane. Seriously. Don't worry about the exits others are taking, how fast they are going, or what they are driving in their lives. So much wasted energy.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
There is power in your story!