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This should be required coursework for all mamas; it truly saved me.

I feel like there is this unspoken stigma on women who don’t instantly assimilate to motherhood like it is their calling, and when becoming a mama unexpectedly kicked me in the pants the way it did, the guilt and shame I felt was crippling. I didn’t know where to begin to be the mama I envisioned and my son deserved, and I spent most days terrified of this new life, lost, lonely, and slowly sinking into the role of martyr. That initial email I sent to Mercedes was the first time I had articulated my struggles, and her response was the first time I felt like I wasn’t alone or crazy. After our first official call, I thought the goals we set looked like a pipe dream; although talking to Mercedes was so comforting, I couldn’t believe my life would be that different in six months. Miraculously, one by one, we checked off all of those goals, then made new, bigger ones, and checked those off as well. Today I am stronger, calmer, braver, and more mindful than I have ever been in my life. Mercedes is truly gifted in what she does, and the gratitude I feel for the changes in my life that were only possible because of her empathetic and insightful guidance, is endless. Thank you for helping me to not only become the woman, wife, and mama I want to be, but teaching me how to find beauty, grace, and pride in the process!

 -Jill

Mike & Dianne (29)I got way more out of this than I ever expected.  It’s amazing the things you find when you peel away the surface and dig around.

Before I started working with Mercedes, I felt out of control in all areas of my life. I needed organization, prioritization and a sense of peace and calm. By the end of the second session, I knew her program was exactly what I needed. Taking that first step wasn’t easy because it required me to get out of my comfort zone, but that zone just wasn’t working for me anymore. I learned that inner dialogue is key before outwardly using my words or actions. Previously, my actions would be based on my feelings and I believed that was just the way it was. I never realized that I can actually do something about it. Now I have the tools to deal with things in a healthier way. There is much less pressure on me because I’m letting go of things that are out of my control. In turn, my physical, emotional and mental stress have all improved. I would recommend it to those who are always inside their heads, impatient, quick to react or unhappy with themselves. This program would benefit anyone who wants to be more in tune with themselves and be the person they wish they could be.

-Dianne

IMG_20160604_131312I am the happiest I have been in months, and not only has my parenting style flourished but my marriage is even stronger.  Mercedes has given me so much and has helped me grow more than I could have imagined.

The person I was before I was a mom, was someone that I liked. But when I became a mom, the “me” went away, and I became “just” mom.  I felt like I lost part of who I was and I didn’t like how being a mom made me feel. I felt like I was sinking into a hole that was impossible to get out of, and worse, that the world expected me to stay in.  Through working with Mercedes, I found myself again, but I also found the mom in me that I like and admire. Through our discussions and the exercises she set for me I’ve blended both my honest and authentic sense of self with the mom I’ve always wanted and imagined I would be.  After every session I would have a renewed sense of who I was meant to be, and every day I grew more confident in being true to myself.

-Megan

 

 

pam and babyHow can I sum up what working with Mercedes has done for me in just a paragraph when it literally changed the entire course of my life?

When I started working with Mercedes in hopes that she could help me with insomnia, but I felt like I had tried everything and wasn’t sure she could tell me anything I didn’t already know. After each session I felt invigorated and couldn’t wait to tell my husband about our discussions.  We delved into topics I had never heard or thought about before. Mercedes had me do guided exercises that made me contemplate my life direction and what parts of it were hindering me from ultimate happiness. Plus, I was trying amazing new foods!  As I got deeper into the program I realized just how much help my health needed.  By the end, my life was forever changed and I am continuing every day to move in the direction of true health and happiness! Thank you, Mercedes, for giving me the knowledge of what true health entails – you have changed my life and I hope that I can help others change theirs!

 -Pam

 

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To say that my life has changed is an understatement.

A good deal of fear has always ruled my life, but on a day of courage I clicked the button to contact Mercedes.  That was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  My initial intent in working with Mercedes was to heal my skin (severe adult acne after getting off of birth control) and have a better relationship with food.  What I got was so much more.  Through her coaching, I now have a healthy relationship with food and clear skin.  The most important part of my journey, though, was working on the darker issues I was holding on to (eg. mild depression, poor body image, “shoulds”, etc.).  With her guidance, I am working through those issues and am now a happier, healthier individual that can recognize when I need to take time to show myself some love.   

-Amy

 

 

 

lauraBefore I met Mercedes, I was on 40mg of antidepressants a day, had no clue how to eat, felt tired all of the time and was overweight. While working with her, I learned how to listen to my cravings, weaned myself off of my meds with holistic alternatives and have started my journey of becoming a coach just like her!

I am so thankful of the time I’ve spent learning how to appreciate my body for what it is instead of depriving myself of food and self-love.

-Laura

 

 

katie When I first made the decision to work with Mercedes for six months, I envisioned that Mercedes would somehow magically transform me into the epitome of a Wellness Warrior.  At the end of the six months I’d be waking up every day at 5 AM looking like the divine and by 7 AM I’d already have meditated for world peace, made the healthiest fresh juice known to man, read an entire self help book and magically absorbed it’s knowledge, detoxed the crap out of toxins, cleaned my house to look like a HGTV remodel, and all while running five miles in order to get some cardio in.  Needless to say I had some un-real expectations.

I never could have imagined the ways in which working with Mercedes would affect me. That for the first time in my life I’d handle stress well.  That I’d be consistent with my daily self care.  That I’d have a positive relationship with my food and my body.  That I’d have a more positive outlook on everything.  That I’d have sustained energy throughout the day.  That I’d make the best decisions for the real me, not the me that I “should” be.   It has been utter magic.

I was the type of person who put a lot of pressure on myself to be a certain way.  I am a Pilates practitioner and felt that in order to be taken seriously at my job that I needed to be the perfect example of health.  I had all of the tools at home that I needed but no real idea how to use them.  Mercedes helped me figure out how to create what I truly wanted, versus failing to do what I felt like I should.  It has been life-changing to have an objective person in my life who has my genuine well-being at heart.  Mercedes was able to point out things that I would have taken personally had a friend mentioned them. Having that kind of input into my life has been invaluable.

-Katie

 

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I learned more about health and wellness in the 6 months with Mercedes than I have in my whole life.

Mercedes helped me realize the need to “do the research” so I could be better equipped to advocate for the health and wellbeing of my family, especially my children.  I’ve become a stronger advocate for making the “right choices”, not the “most popular”.  Mercedes showed constant compassion and support as I was (and still am) taking baby steps to a healthier, more-informed lifestyle.  If she doesn’t have an answer, she works hard to get one.  Her passion to better the lives of others is admirable, and I’m proud to call her my friend and coach!

-Megan