Today we’d like to introduce you to Whitney Hughes.
Whitney, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I always knew I wanted to be in the helping professions, but was unsure to what capacity (I had a childhood dream of becoming a doctor, lol). While in college, a semester-long assignment, in a leadership management course, was to create a mock business; I took the assignment very seriously, as entrepreneurship has always called to me. I even went out & secured the trademark name, as I had an intention to actualize this business. However, it sat in a corner collecting dust for almost four years. At the time, my health began to rapidly decline. Many unfamiliar experiences started occurring leaving me even more fearful. I developed severe panic attacks & anxiety, had frequent cardiologist visits (at age 25), major depression, & new phobias I didn’t understand. My external world was a direct reflection of my internal world – confusion, chaos & pain. Little did I know, the Universe was on my side. I was blessed, in a very synchronistic way, to have been introduced to my mentor & now a friend. She really rattled my world & helped me see my potential & understand that I actually had control of my reality, my environment & circumstances. It was then I discovered the powerful connection between our minds & bodies. I began down the road of healing myself from the inside out. I started realizing the awareness around this phenomena was not as popularly known as it should be, & part of my purpose here is to raise self-awareness, guiding people on an internal journey of healing emotionally, physically & spiritually, realizing their potential (in unconventional, unique, creative & fun ways). I was divinely guided step-by-step, forcing myself outside my comfort zone, meeting new people, being presented with opportunities all that have to lead me to where I am today. Almost two years ago now, I began making my dream my reality.
Has it been a smooth road?
I believe, from challenge comes strength & growth. There have been many struggles along the way, & with growth comes new hurdles & lessons to overcome, but it’s all a part of the journey. Many times, I wanted to give up when presented by fear, self-doubt, worry, failure… your typical roadblocks & then some. For me, it’s knowing my purpose & mission is for something far greater than myself, & I’ve experienced the beauty & abundance on the other side of fear. I’ve learned it’s temporary & great rewards come through perseverance no matter how big & scary the challenge may seem. Perspective is huge! Embrace & flow, meeting challenge or the unknown with thrill & excitement, or resist & stall, holding on to a false sense of control, pushing against fear. Nature & the power of surrender have been my greatest teachers.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Dynamic SOULutions for Wellness story. Tell us more about the business.
Dynamic SOULutions for Wellness came to me through a typo, & immediately it became apparent what was missing – a spiritual component. Mind-body work is highly spiritual & interrelated. Our bodies are communicating with us constantly, & we’ve learned to drown them out or temporarily shut them up by masking symptoms; I’m here to show you there is another way. Every physical ailment stems from thought, emotion or belief, it’s only a matter of time before you see it manifest. As a mind-body wellness coach, I empower & assist my clients in finding a balance between their physical bodies & spiritual bodies, knowing their power & potential. I consider myself a guide (or “illumination” expert), in a very external world, to an internal journey of self-discovery at a soul level. I offer unconventional & holistic methods that allow most to reconnect with their True Selves. Most of our beliefs & labels were downloaded from childhood, our parents, society, etc., & are limiting our growth & full potential. I help people rip off the masks, reclaim their power, own their truth & step into their most authentic selves. Whether you’re navigating new territory, stuck in repeating cycles, or simply want to optimize your potentials, my methods & tools often allow my clients to see with new lenses. Change & transformation can often be viewed as scary or intimidating, but we’re in this together; I walk alongside my clients every step of the way (they just have to be willing to do the work). When we heal one, we heal all. I believe one of my greatest gifts is through my natural ability to allow people to feel safe & comfortable, to be fully seen, heard & understood (especially in vulnerable context) for their truest authentic selves. It brings me great joy when I can see someone step into their power, remembering who they are for themselves – they begin to glow immediately. We are all living, learning, loving, healing & growing, so why not do it authentically, confidently & fully! My approach often leads my clients to a shift in perspective, resulting in freedom & fulfillment. I am so excited about my own continual growth, so I can continue showing up for others. I am looking forward to sharing my creative offerings with the world! I’m currently working on taking my workshops & retreats beyond Phoenix, & the surrounding area. Travel & nature are very close to my heart & I’m creating expansion through authentic connection to make that opportunity come to life. I also just launched a subscription service -The Mindful Moon Box! I’m stoked to see how it grows. The intention is to learn from the cyclic rhythm of nature (in a fun, creative way) & how we can apply its philosophy for personal growth & achievement; offering advice, practices, rituals & activities centered around mindfulness each month. When we become more in-tune with our own energy & the energy around us & learn to use it to our potential, we begin to witness the magic unfold.
Tell us about your childhood, what were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was more on the reserved side; very quiet & shy, however, always observing. I was very active & loved sports. I had a huge competitive side. Being outdoors in nature always brought me my greatest joy, & it still does to this day! I had a wide array of interests growing up (but that hasn’t changed much, haha). I was very interested in language, culture, travel & photography, as well as science & medicine. I was also fascinated by the art of the cuisine world & absolutely loved cooking & baking – I just loved to learn; anything & everything. I was always told I had a bright light & calming nature, & was often found smiling & laughing (sometimes awkwardly, lol). I enjoyed reading, writing, dreaming & creating, & am finally learning (now as an adult) how to come out of my shell & share my gifts, bright spirit & creative nature with the world.
- Website: whitneyhugheswellness.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @the_whitneymarie
- Facebook: Dynamic SOULutions for Wellness