Today we’d like to introduce you to CoDi Stenson.
CoDi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
The way that I was led to the wellness industry was an interesting journey. I spent 17 years in both the national security and corporate worlds working in cybersecurity. It was years of long hours, high-stress situations, and putting myself last. I was one of those women who lived for their jobs and worked incredibly hard. For years I also defined myself by my job and my accomplishments. I have two master’s degrees, have worked at the Pentagon and at major Fortune 100 & 500 companies and on paper, my life looked great. But on the inside, I was barely holding it together. I always put work before relationships, happiness and even my health and eventually, it all caught up with me and I found myself crashing and starting to experience autoimmune related issues that lead to things like weight gain, acne and a host of other issues.
That was when I decided I needed to take control of my life and my health. I worked with both Western and Eastern medical doctors and while they helped some, there were still some missing pieces of the puzzle, so I dove in deep and became a research junkie. I learned everything I could about my issues and what I could do to help heal myself and get myself back on track. Once I was healing, other people in my life started to take notice and ask me for advice and that is what led me to health coaching. I originally started my coaching practice out by specializing in helping people with autoimmune issues and then expanded into helping people with any issue they were seeking help for. After becoming a certified health coach, I eventually added life coaching to my practice as well. Now my goal is to work with people to help them learn to de-stress and focus on self-care BEFORE they ever get to the point where they would need a health coach. So many of us, especially women, put so much pressure on ourselves to have a successful career, be the best mom, friend, daughter etc. that we end up putting ourselves dead last. But that is a losing strategy and eventually, it will catch up with you just like it did me.
This is why I started Resilient Mind & Body. I started it two years ago as a side project while I was still working in the corporate world but in May, I officially left my corporate job to focus on my company full-time. I get such fulfillment helping people live their best lives, find their passion and take back control of their health and step in to becoming the person who they have always wanted to be that I want it to be my full-time focus. I am continuing to expand my company and my skillset and in addition to coaching, I have recently begun developing corporate wellness programs and I am also in the process of finishing up Pilates teacher training.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Saying that this has been an easy journey would not be accurate at all! The road has been rough and sometimes scary especially recently. Leaving the full-time career that I spent so many years developing was terrifying. I went from having a great salary, full benefits, and job security to literally being on my own. Also, leaving a hot career field like cybersecurity elicited a lot of concern from others. People just don’t walk away from a field that is that in demand. It amazed me how many people in my network reached out to me to ask what in the world I was thinking once I announced I was leaving the field.
People seemed to think that I had lost my mind or had had some type of breakdown. But I just needed to follow my passion and I was getting so much more joy from the coaching I was doing on the side that I wanted to pursue it full-time. I am not someone who does well when they lack passion, and I just no longer felt the passion and joy in cyber security that I once did, so I decided to make the leap. I didn’t want to let the fear of not having a regular full-time salary or job security hold me back from doing something I felt I was meant to be doing.
When something seems scary to me, I typically take that as a challenge and face it head-on. Of course, I have made some mistakes along the way, but I do not count those as failures. To me, that just gives me more information on how to succeed in the future!
Resilient Mind & Body – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Resilient Mind & Body is a holistic wellness company. I offer both life and health coaching. I work individually with clients to help them overcome any issues they may be dealing with and help them live their best lives! I do not believe in a one size fits all approach to coaching. In my experience, everyone has their own unique issues they are dealing with.
My goal is to listen to clients and work with them to come up with sustainable behavior changes that will help them move forward in the most positive way possible. As a coach, I try to educate, motivate and guide my clients towards lifestyle and behavior choices that support optimal well-being.
In addition to individual coaching, I have also started to partner with various resorts around the area to offer coaching services as part of their wellness and spa menus and have also started to develop corporate wellness programs and provide some executive coaching as well. So much of employee illness, turnover and/or employee dissatisfaction is stress related. If I can help leaders within companies recognize that and work with them to offer services and teach them how to support their employees, it is great for their bottom line.
Teaching people to de-stress, or at a minimum at least handle stress better and working with them on work/life integration is one of the most powerful things you can do for your company. And training leader in emotional intelligence and social intelligence goes a long way to make a significant difference.
And finally, I have recently been on the path to become a Pilates teacher. I am in the process of finishing up my student teaching hours and will be fully certified shortly. I have studied Pilates for over 10 years and love the mind/body connection it offers and feel that is an incredible powerful tool for people to use to enhance their health and their overall well-being.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
My definition of success is based on things that are hard to quantify. I base my success on happiness, fulfillment and whether or not I have made a difference in people’s lives and whether or not I feel that I am living authentically.
Coming from the corporate world that has been a big change. Traditionally, success is often based on a salary or a title and while there may not be anything wrong with that, it isn’t what motivates me any longer. If I feel like I have helped a client make a shift or have a breakthrough, then I consider that a success and nothing makes me happier or more fulfilled.
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