Founder of Saudade & Coach
At my core, I am nurturer. I find joy in creating a safe space for others to cultivate an awareness about themselves and make healthy lifestyle changes. From experience, I know that physical change can evoke inner growth and discovery. One of my coaching strengths is organizing information, and helping clients break down goals into manageable tasks they can accomplish. My clients feel heard, supported, and in a partnership with someone who truly wants them to achieve their goals.
- Masters of Health and Wellness Coaching with a concentration in Nutrition from Maryland University for Integrative Health.
- Certification of Integrative Health Coach at the Institute of Integrative Health.
- Member of the International Coaching Federation.
- Undergraduate degree is in psychology and education from Saint Michael's University.
I had the incredible opportunity to spend 10 years overseas working as an elementary teacher at International Schools. I have lived in four different countries: Brazil, Senegal, Argentina, and the U.A.E. This is an experience that I never could have imagined for myself. I grew up in a small American town in Maine, as a shy, but self-assured kid. As an undergraduate student my sister told me that I HAD to study abroad. This idea was completely scary to me but my older sister was bossy and usually right, so I took the leap and spent a semester in South Africa. As you can guess I had a life changing experience. I learned more about myself and the world in that 6 months then I did in all of my education.
When I was offered my first job to teach overseas, I hesitated, but because of my amazing study abroad experience I accepted the job. It felt like the most selfish decision I had ever made in my life, to leave my family and friends behind and explore the world because it's what I wanted and needed to grow. Since I graduated college I haven't lived in the same city for more than 3 years. I have become an expert in transitioning to new locations and adapting to new lifestyles.
After 14 years of being an elementary teacher, I knew that I wanted to incorporate my other passions of health, wellness, and self-discovery into my teachings. I went back to school to study how I could be a learning facilitator for others on their path to a healthier, whole-hearted lifestyle.
I have expertise in nutrition and passion for creating practical ways to cook whole foods. I love cooking because it's a way for me to create and share with others. In my spare time, you will find me hiking with my two dogs, at yoga class, curled up with a good book, trying a new recipe, crafting, on a run, or basking in the sunshine near water.
Photography provided by Leah Fisher Arsenault