Game Changer Interview: Beth Federico

Game Changer Interview: Beth Federico

Name of Your Business

Healthy Upgrade.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

My heart-centered mission is to empower others to heal themselves through disease management or, ideally, disease prevention.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is someone who needs help taking back control of their health. They may be looking for guidance on how to begin an exercise program, or assistance with building a meal plan. Maybe their body is changing (despite their best efforts) and they can’t seem to identify why, what changed, and how to make change. Perhaps they have a recent diagnosis (i.e. high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity etc) that puts them at risk for disease. All of these profiles describe who my ideal client is. They all need guidance and support (albeit in different ways) from a qualified professional such as myself who has experience and compassion specific to their diagnosis.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

The love and joy I have for my profession shines brightly with every person I am fortunate enough to work with. My 23 years as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist presents a unique opportunity for me to assist others within diverse disease or health states. My compassion, enthusiasm, clinical knowledge and experience(s) work in tandem with years spent as a Group Exercise Instructor and Personal Trainer to offer an exceptional level of expertise to a diverse group of individuals.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

I admired, and still admire my Grandmother for overcoming a great deal of trauma and becoming a successful and wealthy businesswoman later in life. I admire people who were (or are) famous for their kindness, and to this day I find myself striving to be the same. I had more than one role model, the ones I remember most clearly: Mother Teresa, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque, Oprah.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

The spa! Or anywhere tropical with my husband.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Meditation.
2. Spa treatment.
3. New pair of sneakers!

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I express myself creatively through cooking and recipe design. I love to create a meal or recipe that optimizes nutrition and taste. It makes me happy to see my family surprised at how healthy a meal is, because it “didn’t taste healthy…” (which is a narrative I’m working hard to reverse!).

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

“You are a Badass”: It was the perfect mix of humor, relatability and it really helped me see my worth.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Forrest Gump: I love its depiction of every single raw human emotion we could possibly feel, while intertwining historical events from a “real” perspective.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“She believed she could so she did.”

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Completing 2 Boston Marathons.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Even when it doesn’t seem like it, there are always spirit guides around protecting you and setting you up for something bigger and better. You have to trust and believe. The Law of Attraction is REAL.

Advice to Younger Self?

Breathe. Its ok to eat. 🙁

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love being physically fit and sharing my enthusiasm for wellness with others. I am a great coach and motivator.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Connect with as many of us as you can.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

You deserve to live a life filled with good health and longevity! We are programmed to believe when our health changes, it’s reflective of something we did or didn’t do. This is FALSE. Working with a health coach to optimize your health today is not a form of punishment, in fact it is the greatest form of self love there is! You deserve it and you are worth it!

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Game Changer Interview: Christine Chapman

Game Changer Interview: Christine Chapman

Name of Your Business

Chapman Education, LLC and College Axis Project (501c3).

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

I believe I was meant to work with and support students and their families. I have had the opportunity to really do this in a one-on-one setting through Chapman Education, LLC and I am thrilled to now have the nonprofit to help students in a blended setting where students who have socioeconomic means are able to connect with and learn alongside those who may not have means and may need financial aid. The goal is to be able to serve all students regardless of their background, as I have always believed that College Counseling and personalized assistance is something all students deserve to receive.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is a student and family who is looking for their best possible educational match and who want to be thoughtfully guided through the process of identifying these schools and putting forth their best and empowered selves to achieve their goals.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Thoughtful 1:1 guidance regarding the process and expertise around building the strongest profile possible for each student and guiding them through a process methodically and honestly. The nonprofit offers a library of resources and a free meeting that helps the student focus on their specific process, timeline and answers any questions about the process and the profile that students may have.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

I guess my mom, the penultimate survivor…at least when I was growing up. Later in life–Kathy Smith, who taught me unconditional love and what it means to be a good parent.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

On my mat, in a heated 97 degree yoga studio. Also, walking in the woods or by the ocean.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Nails and toes, massages.
2. Daily yoga and physical exercise.
3. Facials monthly.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I sing, I write, I read.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Untamed. By Glennon Doyle. I LOVE memoirs of women who through overcoming difficulty and raising self awareness, find themselves and their path/place in the world.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Good Will Hunting. The Greatest Showman.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

“You are exactly where you are supposed to be.” and Maya Angelou’s “Always do your best, until you know better. Then do better.”

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Being the mom of Henry and Cece. My children.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

When you let go of what no longer serves you, you are given the opportunity to make space for what you deserve. And mindset is everything.

Advice to Younger Self?

It’s hard, this thing called life, and you will go through many trials and tribulations but you will be stronger every time you overcome each hurdle. Keep going. Don’t give up.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

Connection. I love that I can talk to anyone and that I have this capacity to be able to be anyone and everyone’s cheerleader. It makes my relationships that much fuller.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

Do it. It’s a great community and there are people within the community who will embrace you with open arms. It is through the power and connection to a strong tribe that you feel held and safe and are given the capacity to grow.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I’m super excited to meet you all and to share my own gifts and expertise and to take full advantage of the opportunity to learn more about each and every one of you.  Visit www.chapmaneducation.org and www.thecollegeaxisproject.org

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Game Changer Interview: Melissa Cossette

Game Changer Interview: Melissa Cossette

Name of Your Business

MAXevent.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

Planning is my super-power and I love helping people to plan their own meaningful events so their personal touch shines through. When I am working with my clients I am building relationships with them, and I find that fulfilling. The satisfaction of helping people to achieve things they couldn’t do on their own is awesome motivation.

People should get to plan a truly memorable celebration and not have to sacrifice their own sanity and peace of mind in the process.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

She is a smart, capable woman who has a full plate to balance everyday. She juggles all the balls expertly (even the curve balls), but she also knows she is not an expert at everything.

She comes to MAXevent for help because she doesn’t want to chance missing the finer details. She will feel confident she is making sounds decisions without losing valuable time spinning her wheels.

She walks confidently into her event day with excitement and anticipation, knowing this party will be everything she wanted it to be and more!

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

I offer event planning consultation packages for people who want to plan larger-scale social events (think milestone birthday or anniversary, retirement, celebration of life, company holiday party). We plan with you, not for you!

When clients work with us they are able to keep their personal stamp on their celebration with the confidence and expertise of having a certified professional event planner in their back pocket.

When you want to plan a party and don’t quite know how to get from soup to nuts, but also know you do not want to hand this one over to an event planner, MAXevent is the service for you!

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

I always looked up to my step-mom because she was a leader of her time for women in STEM. She approached everyday with positivity and purpose. She blazed trails and celebrated life, family, and womankind. She was there for me throughout my early life with many lessons, both tough and inspiring. She battled breast cancer like a true warrior, never giving up until she faced the last moments of her life. She was 54 years old.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

Always the beach. The sun, breezy sea air, sand, water and waves…all of it just speaks to my soul and clears my perspective.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Yummy food and drinks.
2. Massage.
3. Whitespace.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Through making home decor updates, doing yard work, or tackling small renovation projects.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl. Because perspective is everything.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Gladiator is what instantly comes to mind whenever I am asked this question. It seems I like stories about overcoming the impossible through sheer will, self-belief, and determination.

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

You got this.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

My life today feels like a huge accomplishment. There was a time not so long ago when I was in a terrible place physically, mentally, and emotionally. I am proud of the strength I was able to conjure to leave a bad situation, and still I keep going every day toward fulfilling my dreams.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Never say never.

Advice to Younger Self?

There is a purpose and a plan. Some days will really suck. Other days it will feel like you can conquer the world. Ride the waves without fear and hold on when it gets rocky. Your life will be everything you believe it can be.

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My determination to keep moving forward with purpose and intent. I love this because my daughters watch and see that women are super heroes. And not only because of what we are able to manage everyday, but because we have limitless potential. I want them to always believe anything is possible for them too.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

If you are looking for a tribe you will find one here. There are so many amazing women that share a belief in the importance of community, self-care, and healing.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

I took the leap and started a businesses during a pandemic because I truly believe that life is better when we celebrate it together. The luxury of time is not guaranteed for anyone and I want to give everyone the opportunity to create experiences they will remember for a lifetime.

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Game Changer Interview: Christina Rodrigues

Game Changer Interview: Christina Rodrigues

Name of Your Business

Shades of Healing.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

Using various healing modalities, with a foundation in Reiki has been impactful for me, personally. I fuel my own spiritual practice with so much love and passion because my goal is to help my clients discover the transformational power they already posses within. My own journey constantly reminds me of how far I have come and how I know I can help others do the same.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal Reiki client is anyone who is open to energy healing. My ideal spiritual life coaching client, is someone who is eager and ready to develop spiritually.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Reiki Sessions (live and virtual), spiritual life coaching, and I am also a Curandera in training.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

Not sure I had a role model growing up. However, seeing how women empower other women has been inspiring.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

Being alone in nature.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Reiki
2. Spa days
3. Hiking

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Writing, drawing.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Journey of Souls by Michael Newton. It was truly fascinating reading about people and their experiences with past life memories.

Favorite Movie and Why?

COCO. The culture, the animation, the characters. It loosely reminds me of my grandmother, and she was extremely special to me. It’s also just such a cute movie!

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

Whats for you, will always be for you.

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

Opening my own spiritual practice.

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

The Universe WILL deliver, on her time – not yours!

Advice to Younger Self?

If it isn’t helping you grow, let it go!

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I am a genuinely kind hearted person 🙂

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

I am really new here but it seems like there are a ton of different amazing benefits. I can’t wait to explore …

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Game Changer Interview: Samantha Steinhage

Game Changer Interview: Samantha Steinhage

Name of Your Business

radius financial group.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

My work allows me to provide guidance and education during one of the biggest milestones in a person’s life, buying a home. My purpose in life is to help others in a way that sparks joy for both myself and for them and I believe that my role allows me to do that. Creating a memorable and educational experience for others when it comes to home buying is something that I pride myself in. I truly believe in helping each person achieve their homeownership dream and I am honored to be a part of their journey. In return they will forever a be a part of my “family” as I treat each person the same way as I would treat my own blood.

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

My ideal client is anyone who wants an authentic human experience in their home buying or refinance journey. Of course someone can go online, click a button and get a mortgage. My ideal client is the person who wants to understand the “why” behind what they are doing and who would like to be educated and excited along the way. The majority of my clientele are single women. The mortgage industry is notoriously and historically male-dominated, and many women simply feel uncomfortable exploring the real estate world as a result. I want each woman I speak with to feel empowered to take their wealth into their own hands and make their homeownership dreams come true.

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

radius financial group provides conventional loan programs, government loan programs (FHA, VA, USDA), jumbo loan programs and more. We look to find solutions for those round pegs that can’t quite fit into a square hole.

Who Was Your Role Model Growing Up? How Did That Person’s Actions Impact You?

My Mom was and is my role model. She is a nurse by trade, now a Vice President of our hospital. She worked full-time, while having 4 kids and eventually obtained her double masters degree while I was in high school. To me, she is everything.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

I like to go to the beach at sunset when it is quiet and still. It is where I go to put my feet in the sand and reground.

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Riding my Peloton.
2. Dancing at Zumba.
3. many, many massage appointments.

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

I enjoy singing, dancing and any type of craft project. I like to refurbish wood furniture and I enjoy hand-lettering as well.

Last Memorable Book You Read and Why?

Where The Crawdads Sing – I thought it was so beautiful that I’ve read it multiple times.

Favorite Movie and Why?

Nightmare Before Christmas – It’s a perfect musical that doubles as a Halloween movie and a Christmas movie!

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

There’s only us, there’s only this, forget regret or life is your’s to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today. – RENT

Accomplishment Are You Most Proud of?

My daughter! Becoming a mother has been the wildest adventure. I knew being a mother was not for the weak, but I never fully understood all of the emotional and physical layers that came with it. I am proud of her every day!

Best Lesson Learned in Life So Far?

Life is hard, but you get to choose your “hard”.

Advice to Younger Self?

Transferring your credit card balance to a new credit card with 0% intro financing may feel like you’re cheating “the man” but it will catch up to you and you will pay for it. Haha. Don’t spend money you don’t actually have!

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

I love my ability to read people and situations. It has allowed me to create stronger connections with others around me, form super strong friendships, and to also create a welcoming environment for those who may feel uncomfortable in a situation.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

As an adult it can be so difficult to find others who are like-minded and as enthusiastic about their craft as you are about yours, but SheBreathes has put those women together in one space for us! Absolutely join.

Any Message You Have for Our Community?

Discussing personal finances and goals can be intimidating, and I’ve been there myself as well. It is an entirely different type of vulnerability. I value the trust that the people I work with put in me and will do all I can so that they feel comfortable. There is no stronger tribe than a group of women who wish to see each other succeed and celebrating the success of others lifts my heart in a way that I cannot describe. I’m happy to be a part of this tribe.

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Game Changer Interview: Raman Magay

Game Changer Interview: Raman Magay

Name of Your Business

The Body Project.

How Does Your Work Enable You to Connect to and Fulfill Your Life Purpose/Passion?

Movement, health, and wellness have all been deeply ingrained in how I live my life. After struggling with several health issues, I knew there had to be a more effective and natural ways to heal from the inside out. I believe that the body has the innate ability to rejuvenate and heal itself given the proper resources. My passion is to share these resources with others who would like to live a more vibrant, joyful, present and empowered life! 

Who Is Your Ideal Client and Why?

Does this sound like you?

I have…

hair loss

 blood sugar issues

cardiovascular support 

bloating/diarrhea

constipation

food sensitivities and /or allergies

skin conditions

fatigue

weight gain

joint and muscle pain

headaches

cramps

anxiety/ depression

brain fog

chronic illness

Are you struggling with chronic digestive pain or hormonal symptoms that prevent you from doing what you love? Have you been to multiple doctors or alternative health care practitioners, feeling that they don’t have the answers or solutions to your help you?

Then Restorative Wellness Solutions is for YOU! Reclaim your vitality and and take charge of your health!

What Unique Offerings Do You Provide?

Functional Nutrition

Through a combination of advanced laboratory testing and targeted supplementation along with a foundation of a nutrient rich diet, and lifestyle modifications, we will work together to address the root causes of your symptoms and provide the fuel and essential building blocks that your body needs to thrive.

Favorite Place to Escape and Refuel?

A yoga retreat by the ocean in the Caribbean!

Top 3 Ways to Treat Yourself to Self-Care?

1. Daily Purposeful Movement/Exercise
2. Delicious Healthy food that nourishes my soul
3. Connecting with my family

How Do You Express Yourself Creatively?

Teaching yoga classes!

“Go to” Quote or Mantra that Grounds You?

I have two!

What you have to give, the world needs.

How you do anything is how you do everything!

Advice to Younger Self?

Connect, live, and love more!

What Do You Love Best About Yourself (physical trait or personality characteristic) and Why?

My dedication to movement and self-care and my passion to teach others how to do the same for themselves.

Any Advice for Women Considering Joining the SheBreathes Collaborative?

If your thinking about it, just do it!  

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