Meet Jessica Guzman


JESSICA GUZMAN

BORN IN MEXICO AND SETTLING IN THE UNITED STATES AS A YOUNG CHILD, JESSICA GAINED HER CITIZENSHIP AT THE AGE OF TEN YEARS OLD. JUST A FEW YEARS LATER A THIRTEEN, JESSICA BECAME PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST CHILD. DESPITE BEING A YOUNG TEEN MOM, JESSICA KEPT GOING AND CONTINUED TO PURSUE AN EDUCATION AND HAS CREATED A GREAT LIFE FOR HERSELF AND HER YOUNG ONES.

JESSICA OPENS UP WITH US ON WHAT IT WAS LIKE TURNING AWAY FROM PHARMACEUTICAL MEDICATION AND FOLLOWING A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALING AND HELPING HER ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS. SHE DISCUSSES WITH US HOW THE JOURNEY TO BEING A CERTIFIED HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH HAS BEEN AND WHAT HAS INSPIRED HER ALONG THE WAY.

 

Q: LET’S START WITH THE BASIC QUESTION. DID YOU PURSUE A HIGHER EDUCATION?

A: AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL I WAS UNSURE OF WHAT CAREER TO PURSUE BUT I KNEW THAT I WANTED BETTER FOR MYSELF AND MY SON. I DECIDED TO TRY THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ROUTE AND AT THE TIME DIDN’T QUITE FEEL LIKE THE CAREER PATH I HAD CHOSEN WAS RESONATING WITH ME! SO, I TOOK SOME TIME OFF AND SHORTLY AFTER DECIDED TO GET INTO A TRADE SCHOOL IN THE MEDICAL FIELD. I WENT FROM BEING A MEDICAL ASSISTANT TO THEN GOING BACK TO SCHOOL TO BECOME A LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE. I HAVE WORKED AS A NURSE FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS AND DURING THOSE 10 YEARS I WENT BACK TO COLLEGE TO GET CERTIFIED IN NUTRITION AND TOOK EXTRA PROGRAMS TO BECOME A HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH. I BELIEVE IN HIGHER EDUCATION BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY TO BE OPEN TO BEING A LIFE LEARNER!

Q: THROUGHOUT YOUR JOURNEY IN HIGHER EDUCATION, HOW AND WHEN DID YOU FIND YOUR PASSION? IN A FEW SHORT PHRASES, WHAT IS YOUR PASSION?

A: MY PASSION IN LIFE IS TO HELP GUIDE WOMEN THROUGH HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE COACHING TO TRULY GET TO THE CORE OF THEIR TRUE CRAVINGS AND WORK ON THEIR MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SO THAT THEY CAN STOP TOXIC BEHAVIORS LIKE EMOTIONAL EATING OR PUTTING A BAND-AID ON THEIR PAIN WITH  FOOD, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS.

Q: WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING TODAY?

A: I AM A CERTIFIED HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH WITH AN EMPHASIS ON EMOTIONAL EATING AND MENTAL HEALTH. I ABSOLUTELY DID NOT THINK I WOULD GET TO DO WHAT I DO NOW. SINCE I WAS A CHILD I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO HELP PEOPLE, MENTOR PEOPLE AND HELP HEAL. IN KINDERGARTEN, I WROTE THAT I WANTED TO BECOME A NURSE AND I DID BECOME THAT BUT BEING A HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH ALLOWS ME TO NOT ONLY FOCUS ON THE BODY BUT ALSO FOCUS ON THE MIND AND SPIRIT FOR OVERALL WELLBEING. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE WHAT I DO!

Q: LOOKING BACK ON YOUR JOURNEY, WHAT MOMENT OR EVENT MADE THE PATH YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO TAKE CLEARER?

A: LOOKING BACK, THERE WASN’T ONE PARTICULAR MOMENT THAT HAS LED ME HERE. THERE’S BEEN SO MANY MOMENTS IN MY LIFE THAT WERE A CATALYST TO WHERE I’M AT TODAY. BUT ONE THING THAT I CAN SHARE IS THAT I BEGAN MY HEALTH AND WELLNESS JOURNEY SHORTLY AFTER BECOMING PREGNANT WITH MY NOW EIGHT-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER. I SUFFERED OF ANXIETY AND PANIC ATTACKS. UNFORTUNATELY, I WAS PRESCRIBED ANXIETY MEDICATION. I OPTED NOT TO TAKE THAT MEDICATION AND INSTEAD RESEARCHED NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO RELIEVE STRESS AND ANXIETY. IT’S BEEN OVER 8 YEARS NOW AND I’M HAPPY I DIDN’T GO THE MEDICATION ROUTE.  IT HAS TAKEN ME A VERY LONG TIME TO FEEL MY BEST BUT MY GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT I TEACH WHAT I HAVE LEARNED SO THAT OTHERS DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER THIS LONG.

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY FAILURES, WHICH IN RETROSPECT, TURNED OUT TO BE LEADING YOU TOWARDS A BETTER DIRECTION?

A: I BELIEVE MY MOST RECENT FAILURE WAS TAKING A CHANCE ON INVESTING IN OPENING UP A WELLNESS CENTER. UNFORTUNATELY, I WAS NOT ABLE TO OPEN UP THAT WELLNESS CENTER EARLY LAST YEAR BUT THANKS TO THAT EXPERIENCE I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE THE TIME TO WORK ON MYSELF AND INVEST IN MY HEALING PROCESS AND THROUGH THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LEARN STUDY AND GROW. THAT HAS ALLOWED ME TO HAVE A CLEAR VISION OF WHAT I WOULD LIKE MY FUTURE WELLNESS CENTER TO BE AND HOW TO BE OF GREATER SERVICE TO MY CLIENTS AND COMMUNITY.

Q: WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE TO YOU? IS YOUR IDEA OF SUCCESS DIFFERENT FROM A PREVIOUS VERSION?

A: MY IDEA OF SUCCESS IS BEING ABLE TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CREATE THE LIFE THAT I WANT WHILE INSPIRING OTHERS TO HAVE FAITH AND HOPE IN THEMSELVES. MY IDEA OF SUCCESS IS KNOWING THAT I CAN BE OF SERVICE AND HAVE CREATED SOMETHING SO VALUABLE THAT PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO INVEST IN MY SERVICES AND BUSINESS AND BECAUSE I HAVE CREATED SO MUCH VALUE I AM ABLE TO INVEST BACK IN MY FAMILY, FRIENDS, COMMUNITY & FUTURE ENDEAVORS.

Q: WHAT IS A QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

A: “STILL I RISE” – MAYA ANGELOU

“BE PATIENT YET DISCIPLINED WITH YOUR JOURNEY”-JESSICA GUZMAN

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