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

Hi Wendie, how do you think about risk?
I have found that when sensations of something new stir within me, risk is right around the corner. Risk calls me out of what is comfortable and familiar and forces me into unchartered territory. One of the original words for risk is Rysigo. Its meaning was correlated with business ventures, “to dare, to undertake, to enterprise”. To me, taking risks means being bold, defying the odds, taking on new challenges, and most importantly, taking action. Risk is the change point. It is the moment of resolve, taking the first step through the door of opportunity that presents itself. When I was twenty-two years old I moved out to Los Angeles by myself. I didn’t have a job lined up, I only knew one person, and I had $6,000 in my bank account. Some might call that reckless not risky, but something had been stirring in me for a long time, and I had to see what possibilities were available to me if I opened myself to them. My survival job, while I pursued acting and writing, was personal training. Health and fitness had become a way of life for me. For most of my life, I had struggled with my weight. At the beginning of college, I weighed 220lbs. I finally got to the point where enough was enough and I needed to change. During the next two years, I worked hard, changed my eating habits, and started working out consistently. I lost 70lbs. So, when I moved to Los Angeles I chose a job where I knew I could help people do the same.
As time went on I realized what I loved the most about personal training was simply talking to my clients about their lives and encouraging them to reach their goals, in and out of the gym. What they were excited for, I was excited for. It opened a space for us to talk about who they wanted to be and what they wanted to create in their lives. I got to dream with them.
It was around that time that one of my mentors encouraged me to look into the life coaching program he had gone through. After doing some research I decided, this was the obvious next step in my life. I graduated from the Co-Active Training Insitute and became a life coach that specializes in health and mindset shifts.
While my path has been nothing but twist and turns, I don’t know who I would be if I had not been brave enough to venture out. In many ways, risk has been my constant companion, sitting in the passenger seat, encouraging me to attempt a new thing. For any creative person, presenting yourself or your work can feel extremely exposing, and much of the time it is met with criticism and rejection. Risk tells us to do it anyways. It tells us to keep showing up, be open to new things, new people, and new experiences. I think we are all called to bring forth the beautiful things inside ourselves. How else will we know what we are capable of?

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a holistic health and mindset coach and writer. I help my clients simplify their health routines so they can feel clarity and have the energy to pursue what they’re really passionate about. I teach mind-body connection – how emotions and mood directly affect our physical health and vice versa, how our biology and chemistry are intimately entwined in our emotions and mental stability. By making lasting changes to their thought life my clients create an environment for themselves that encourages emotional balance, mental freedom, and physical strength.

I’m passionate about getting in the trenches with each of my clients – digging deep into the messy to figure out what is really keeping them from reaching their goals. Sometimes it’s just a perspective shift and sometimes it’s a longer process of identifying undesired patterns and undoing them. No matter what the problem, I work to give my clients tools to help them when they feel lost or stuck.

This week I am launching my new Nutrition and Fitness Guide. It’s two downloadable PDFs. The Nutrition Guide focuses on an integrated approach to health and nutrition. Holistic health incorporates the needs of not just your body, but your mind, spirit, and emotions. It’s the understanding that these elements are not separate entities but instead work in conjunction with each other impacting your overall well-being and health. The guide teaches how to tune in to the needs of your body, set realistic expectations for your health goals, and create a healthy relationship with food. It includes information on: mind-body Connection, mindful eating, whole clean food vs. processed food, and macronutrients, pulse over 20 exercises to help you overcome limiting beliefs, reduce anxiety, and work through unhelpful eating patterns. The Fitness Guide a 6-week strength training and high-intensity interval training guide. Each week includes 4 strength training days organized as a split routine: (2 upper body days, 2 lower body days) Day 1: Biceps, Back, Abs, Day 2: Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, Abs, Day 3: Shoulders, Triceps, Chest, Abs, Day 4: Quads, Hamstrings, Glutes, Abs, pulse 2 full-body high-intensity interval training days that can be incorporated how you see fit.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and confused with life or you feel uncomfortable in your skin, I want to help! I believe your physical body is the vehicle for your purpose. As such, you need to fuel your mind and body correctly. This means actively engaging with your thoughts and behaviors and make adjustments when something isn’t working. I believe you can love the body you have and still want to change it. You don’t have to stay in the same frame of mind or in the same physical condition, just because it has been that way for a long time. It is your body and your life, you can make it whatever you want. Finally, I believe exercise is medicine. It doesn’t matter what type it is, as long as you are moving, you are on the path to healing yourself.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friend to Sqirl, Messhall, and Mama Shelter. We would hike Wisdom Tree, Griffith, and Malibu. We would spend time at the beach and drive the PCH, and probably at museums looking at art. Honestly, I just value being authentic and real with my friends, no matter what the activity it is. 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?

It took me a few years to really find my friend-family when I moved to LA, but I am so thankful I finally did. There is no way I would be where I am without the help, encouragement, and love of the people who surround me. Their open, generous, hearts and kind actions have made it possible for me to dream big dreams and pursue my crazy ambitions.

Website: www.wendieweldon.com

Instagram: @wendieweldon

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendie-weldon

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Wendie-Weldon/1293751215/

Image Credits
Lexii Jaye, Suzy Gorman, Chelsea Mudlo

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