We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Gordon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Taylor, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
This question is always so interesting because for the longest time I did not intend to turn this into my own business. While working my way through my own health journey , I found myself sharing the things that I did to support me with others and It quickly became clear to me that this was a part of my purpose. I realized that I would be doing myself and others a disservice by not exploring this on a larger level. The work that I do as a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach is so special to me, because it’s not just a trade that I learned; I have and am living it in real time. Everything that I share are things that have changed my life and that I continue to use to this day. As I learn them I share them! The thought behind starting my coaching business was to be of service, to support those that I saw pieces of myself in, I saw a need and I am fighting to fill it. As someone who has battled chronic invisible illness, and who struggled for years without answers , I didn’t want to see anyone else have to struggle in the same way. I wanted to be an advocate for the people who couldn’t quite put into words, but felt as though they were at war with their bodies daily.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What a full question! Lets see, as a holistic health coach I realized that there were a lot of people who were seemingly doing the same thing that I was doing, which intimidated me at first and then I heard this beautiful reminder, paraphrasing, “the market is only oversaturated when you’re not being yourself on your path” . I came to realize that while there may be many coaches, which we need because there’s no way I could reach everyone, nor am for everyone, not one person has walked MY path. Not one person has lived in my body, which has been my biggest inspiration for my work. I truly believe that this is what sets me apart. The work I offer as a holistic health and wellness coach is not only from a professional place, but from a very personal place. I have used and continued to use myself as my case study. Everything that I have experienced battling chronic invisible illness I now pour into helping others through theirs. I’m so extremely proud of the wellness workshops that I have curated myself, bringing the knowledge of healing our bodies and our lives to those that may have thought it was not for them. I am also a part of a collective called “My Warrior Life” and we put together therapeutic healing experiences, workshops, and retreats for women looking to gain a better understanding of who they are holistically without anyone else’s influence. That work is so incredibly fulfilling . It certainly has not been an easy path to entrepreneurship , waking up daily knowing that you are the only person responsible for your life, career, direction etc can be a daunting task, and it never truly stops! It has been the most difficult and most rewarding decision I have ever made for myself! Each day presents its own set of challenges, whether it be funding, reaching out to potential clients, a lull in clients, putting myself in a position to advance my learning in this area, self doubt creeping in or just a zoom call not connecting . Each day I have to wake up very intentionally, checking in, asking my body what it is in need of, grounding myself and reminding myself of what is underneath my why. Knowing that I want to help people simply isn’t enough, because there are days when I just don’t feel like it, but I get to do it anyway. So, affirming myself and thinking back to when I was in the depths of an illness that I felt had full control, the thoughts that were in my mind, the lack of trust I had, the depression and anxiety, the devastation, the hopelessness, the desperation I felt wishing someone understood and could help, I use that because If i can be a catalyst in someone else’s healing so that they don’t have to experience even just one of those things i’m fulfilling my purpose. That is forever underneath my why, what did I wish I had when I was at my lowest and how can I coach someone else on how to pour in and fill that space. There are so many things that I continue to learn, just like each day presents its set of challenges , it always comes through with beautiful lessons. I think one of the biggest lessons has been learning that there is in fact always a lesson. Also, to seek that out in everything , it helps to keep me from falling victim to the challenges. My grandpa told me, “it’s only a problem if you absolutely cannot find a solution, other than that it’s just a challenge for you to face”. Before I deem it a problem, I seek a solution. And even just in that there is always a lesson to be found. Another thing that I’ve learned that I think is extremely important is that my entrepreneurial growth will only be as exponential as my personal growth, they are truly parallel, so I have made it a point to take a deep dive into my own personal healing and development. Extracting old wounds, stories and beliefs, getting more insight on why I do the things I do, move the way I move, what makes me tick, what calms my soul, what fills me, what depletes me, so so many worthiness conversations; it is truly a forever game and because I want to be able to share this work forever, I will continue this internal work forever no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it may get. My story has been the open door to my continued healing and the healing I’m able to share with others. It started with me simply trying to change the way I ate because I knew it would reduce my pain and it morphed over time to me realizing that the way I ate was simply a reflection of the way I was nourishing my whole life. It was so much bigger than what I originally thought, it had to be holistic care, and I’m so thankful because my body has allowed me to heal so many parts of my life. Divinely Wholesome isn’t just a brand, it is my life and so many others. It is a constant reminder that no matter what ailment you are facing, no matter the diagnosis, no matter the symptom or flare, you are whole in a divine space. Yes, we are having a human experience, but we are divine spiritual beings that as Preston Smiles says are “perfect, whole and complete, and not yet finished”. I create a space for people that gives them the safety and freedom to relearn to nourish their whole beings. Rebuilding trust, learning the art of listening to their bodies and then being able to make conscious choices that support the life they want to live. That is the work we do together! My story is nowhere near finished, it will continue to evolve and I can not wait to see where else this healing journey takes me. It is such a blessing to be able to support others in theirs along the way. I always say, you never know how sharing a piece of your story will help someone else turn the page in theirs, the most important thing i’ve learned and that lands at the helm of Divinely Wholesome is to never stop sharing. All that i’ve been through is not just for me. Connecting with others and learning how to remain authentic and vulnerable in this space has brought me to be able to meet the most beautiful souls. Watching them heal is worth it every time!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ohhhh, this is so hard! California is just so expansive. Ok! So I love the water, we would definitely be by the beach, it’s always so healing for me. Sometimes it’s even easy to take for granted because it’s so accessible. I think I would take them down to the San Diego area. It’s not a far drive, there’s the beach, great food, hikes, amazing views, great weather . One of my favorite spots to eat in that area is called The Fig Tree Cafe. Although I am someone who loves a good plan, lol I also really enjoy exploring different areas, finding coffee shops is one of my favorite things to do and a great one with a small business shop attached is called “Communal Coffee” . I’m also a vocalist and love music so we would definitely find some great live music venues, dance and just enjoy each other’s company. I’m pretty low key, so outside of those few things we would spend the time exploring, eating good mexican food , drinking good wine singing and being in relaxation bliss!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are a couple people that I can think of that have played massive roles in my story. My immediate family, for one, who have all been the most supportive foundation, no matter which direction I decided to go in, they have been all in. My Integrative medicine doctor, Dr Wellhausen played such an instrumental role, not only in my healing but in helping me uncover this part of my path. I was blessed to have worked in her office (after being her patient) for about 2 years, she mentored me and to this day continues to take such amazing care of me and my body. I was given the opportunity to hold nutritional consults with patients and this helped me to see , before i even knew it) that I was on the right path. I am forever grateful for her influence in my life and being divinely led to her. The other person that has played a large roll in my story is Amy Yamada, she is an incredible business coach and mentor. I was able to see her speak at a business conference and then attend her Retreat, and it completely changed the way I looked at “business” . It taught me how to first connect deeply with people in order to garner not only my, but their most authentic self. This has made my path that much more full and my message that much more impactful! Without these wonderful woman and the beautiful humans that I get to call my best friends I’m not sure that I would have the will to continue on those difficult days ! I’m so thankful for community!

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Ashley Streff

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