We had the good fortune of connecting with Mel Rosenstock and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mel, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Happiness isn’t getting what you want. It’s wanting what you already have.” – Anonymous To me it means that happiness is a choice we make, day in and day out. So often we are living in the future, and setting parameters that we’ll be happy when this happens or when that happens, and we miss out on the living that is right here and now. We all think we want the next best thing, be it a better job, more money, the perfect relationship, etc., and in so doing, we are dismissing what we already have, and not appreciating all the goodness there is now. I love that it puts me in the driver seat of my happiness, and I am not subject to anyone else’s definition of it. I also love that it centers me to be grateful for what I do have and by appreciating it, that in and of itself, will bring me more goodness and more happiness. This quote holds the key!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a Certified International Health Coach (CIHC), specializing in helping women to prioritize their health and thrive in optimal wellbeing. I help women to create sustainable habits that optimize their health, happiness, and overall wellbeing. My work helps women going through transitional phases of life (career change, motherhood, divorce, loss, etc.) to empower them to own their worthiness and to create a life where their own health and wellbeing are the top priority. I give them the tools they need to increase their energy, lose weight, feel comfortable in their skin, and create permanent healthy habits. What sets me apart from others is my focus on emotional wellness. Emotional wellbeing holds the key to many of the physical aspects of wellness that people focus upon. When you take the time to think about and take care of your emotional health, the byproduct becomes the achievement of the physical goals you were seeking, be it weight loss, increased energy, lowered stress levels, and feeling good in your body. I am most proud of the creation of my online group program called, “Worthy & Well,” empowering women to embody their worth, prioritize their health and wellbeing, and break free from mediocrity to create a life that nourishes their soul. I am also a proud bestselling author of a collaborative book, “It’s Not About the Food.” Getting to where I am today has not been easy, but I wouldn’t change it for anything, as the gift is in the challenge. Growth and opportunities arise from the challenges. It’s the challenges that teach me exactly what it is I need to learn and fuel me to keep growing and learning. The lessons I have learned along the way are: stay in my own lane and do not fall into the comparison trap; ask for help, as we are not meant to go it alone; and to start before you’re ready, as you know more than you think and you know enough to start. Progress over perfection wins out, every single time. What I want the world to know about me and my story is the single most important decision I made embarking on this journey was choosing myself, first and foremost. Making the choice that what I wanted in and from my life mattered, and it didn’t have to come at the expense of others. I chose myself and my own happiness and that has made all of the difference, not just in my life, but in the life of my family too. I would want everyone to know they deserve happiness and they are 100% worthy of it, simply because they are alive. Worthiness is not earned, it is inherent and that is a huge part of my mission and story, to help women believe it and embody it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love staying local in my neighborhood and frequenting the spots on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica. I also cannot survive without a daily dose of nature and being active outdoors, so we would definitely be hitting up the hiking trails in the Santa Monica Mountains, and going for walks on the bluffs or down to the ocean. The beach is a must, as are the mountains! I love having margaritas at Prima Cocina or Margo’s on Montana Ave., and shopping at the quaint shops there.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are several people and groups of people, with whom this would never have been possible if not for them. First and foremost, my husband and children. Having their support, encouragement and love has made all of the difference. Also, without a doubt, my friends are my rock. I can always count on them to be brutally honest without sugar coating it and telling me what I need to hear, even if it’s not what I want to hear. My friends give me constant encouragement and support, and they deserve massive credit! I also belong to a couple of women’s entrepreneur groups/masterminds, which offer tremendous mentorship and feedback. Quite honestly, without any of these people, my story would be a dead end. Business building/entrepreneurship is not something to be done alone and without help. My success belongs to these people who lift me up, support and encourage me, and love me, no matter what!