About Anika

 “What’s the secret to Health & Happiness?”

 

I personally believe it is to find your passion and find out how to use that passion to help others.  I am deeply interested in what it takes to live a rich and meaningful life.  I have found that learning how to become more self aware and how to nourish one’s body is the foundation for a life well lived.  

Often it is through our own personal journey that leads to our professional one.  Let me share with you how I got started in personal development over 15 years ago.  My Mother is my biggest inspiration and not for everything that she did right.  It is the sad fact, that I watched my dear mother’s decline, while being helpless to change her, that stamped a burning desire to help other woman.

I read my first self-help book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, when I was 17 and trying to process my parents’ divorce. I wanted to understand what would make two people call it quits after more than 20 years of marriage. Seeing what the divorce did to my mother, I vowed to learn more about what makes and keeps someone HAPPY.  My Mom was gorgeous, intelligent, and yet so unhappy – so what was the missing link? I poured over books in the Self Help section of the book store and spent hours each night reading and pondering this question:

“What fulfills women? What makes and keeps a woman happy?”

During that time I felt so lost and alone. My dad was out of state dealing with legal drama and my mom fell into a deep depression. I was painfully insecure about who I was.  I felt like my whole world had been shattered. I was just a kid still on the brink of graduating high school and I had no idea how I was supposed to move on. I looked everywhere for answers. I studied the major religions and philosophies desperately looking for help.

A few years later, I was introduced to Landmark Education, a company offering personal development courses.  In those programs I saw that my life could be more than the sum of my past. I saw that there was a possibility of family reconciliation, which I wanted more than anything.

While I was personally experiencing success, my mother continued to do worse! My Mom was an alcoholic and I couldn’t make her want to get well and I had tried everything.  What I could do was take steps to ensure that I never fell victim to the family tradition of depression and alcoholism. I myself have never been an alcoholic. It’s a daily choice I make to turn towards the LIGHT. It took me years of self-study and practice to maintain a sense of optimism.  I am a devoted believer of MINDFULNESS.

Along the way I had also been learning about cleansing and detoxing, I became a certified nutritionist.  I tried a variety of cleanses and looking back, I think I was trying to heal my Mom through my own actions. I learned the hard way that was impossible.

At the end of my twenties I met my husband.  He is a gorgeous creature with the biggest heart I have ever known. He is a family therapist for children with autism.  After a year of marriage, we started “trying.” At 31, I conceived – but it was an ectopic pregnancy that ruptured, then rushed into emergency surgery,  I almost bled to death.

For the second time in my life, I felt like my world had shattered. We found out that it would be very difficult for us to have children after my surgery. I was mentally and physically weak and exhausted. My dream of having my own children was crushed. I questioned everything again. Who am I? What do I really want for my life? What will make be happy?  I have to confess, it was incredibly scary to look that honestly at myself and my life. 

The movie BRAVEHEART with Mel Gibson is my favorite and I want to be someone who lives their life with COURAGE. So I took a good look at myself.

I started working with an acupuncturist when I got home to recover from being in the hospital.  She advised that I start doing things like yoga, painting, walking and meditation. I’m a good student – so I did it all. I started taking yoga and painting classes almost immediately.

After all of the trauma, I wanted to learn more. I wanted to train myself to be able to give away the hope and power that I gleaned from my crazy experience. I believe we need to learn how to better take care of our bodies as well as our minds. From my own experience and studies, it is very much connected. How we take care of our health and well being impacts how we feel about ourselves.  How we honor ourselves will become a guide to the level of fulfillment we find in relationships.

I had already been coaching women on how to be empowered in their own lives for 10 years by this point.   Now I had a chance once again, to walk the walk. I spent 12 months working to achieve my yoga teacher’s certification  and certified nutritionist. I began teaching private classes to my clients. In 2013, my husband and I became vegan and gluten free. I do all of the cooking in my house, so I had a lot to learn. After a year, I maintain a vegan diet about 80% of the time (my husband is still 100%!).

It was earlier 2013, I hosted my first yoga retreat (after becoming certified by my own journey of healing) INSPIRATION HIT! I could empower women beyond just my local workshops and retreat, I could use the internet and make a bigger impact. Yay!

I felt an immediate connection to using social media to connect with women all over the world. From fun videos/blog posts with cooking and meditation tips to showing women how to practice SELF LOVE- with the 30 day challenge.

I am constantly learning, practicing, and developing myself so I may share what works. I certainly do not have it all figured out but I am willing to try. I do have a passion to keep at it and to pass along the ideas that help me be happy and in action after my dreams.

In the Summer of 2014, I lost my Mother in May to her disease. I miss her everyday but I know she is with me- whispering in my ear to GO FOR IT!  

It is my wish that I may honor her life by helping other woman live vibrant, fulfilling lives!  This is my calling, what I believe I was put on this earth to do.

Empower Women To Live Their Best & Brightest Life. I have a soft spot for  women who feel a little lost and insecure. It reminds me of myself and I want to be there for them and give them the tools to have a healthy, happy, meaningful life.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! It is an honor to be trusted. I would love to hear from you.  Tell me what you are working on in life. I want to know how I can support you.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Love,

Anika

 

 

 

 

 

5 comments on “About Anika

  1. I’d love for you to come to San Marcos and meet these wise healthy women. Anita carries this amazing cleanse from V.E. Irons, too. And I would like to do a Reconnective Healing session on you in my “Sanctuary Room” so you can experience why I am so amazed by it. I have my first paying client in a few minutes! Check out Healing Hands Holistic Health in Escondido. That’s where I’m studying massage. You are awesome!

  2. This is great, you are great, I can still hear your voice (after 8ish years?) telling me that I AM GREAT. I am sad at the loss of your mother, I am sorry I didn’t know and offer my condolences at the time. I am sad that her disease won and that she most likely never realized how amazing she was for having birthed you. I haven’t spoken to you in years, but the place you hold in my heart is still just as big. I love you. Please keep on being you. Please keep making the difference.

  3. Anika I miss the many hours we would talk about life and business, the time you took out of your busy schedule to meet over lunch and get your opinion on many occasions, I richly valued! Thanks to your listening ear and wise words spoken so elegantly you inspired me to dream bigger and go for it!! I’m living proof. You genuinely believed in me and that made me believe in myself. I always felt heard and seen by you yet never judged. You made it so easy to open up to with your sweet and gentle spirit.
    I’m excited to take the 21 day nutritional challenge with you I am expecting amazing results because I know your hearts desire is to serve and help women succeed in whatever they desire. I already know you put your heart and soul into creating this program. I already feel successful by making the commitment and I haven’t even started day one LOL
    Debbie Avey
    Your friend for life

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