Monday, May 8, 2017

Rising Woman~ Faith Shevlin

Our next rising woman is very near and dear to my heart. Faith and I met briefly a couple of years ago at the Grand Opening of Nourish Medical Center. Shortly after, we became coworkers at Nourish and worked side by side for about a year and a half. Faith has been one of those people for me who are just so easy to love. We've connected on so many levels and have grown so close. She is just a true soul sister to me and I'm so thankful to have her participate in the Rising Woman Project. I'm also super excited to share that Faith interviewed me on her podcast last weekend and that will be coming out soon. What an honor to share our stories with each other and our communities.


Who are you and what do you do for a living?
My name is Faith Shevlin. I am a mind-body coach, holistic nutritionist and spiritual/intuitive mentor. By combining my expertise in nutrition and health, with personal growth and life coaching, I guide my clients through their own transformational journeys. I find incredible joy in inspiring others to take ownership of their own health and well-being so that they can live in full expression of who they really are.

My mission is to help women embrace who they are, access and trust the wisdom within themselves and connect with their own divinity.

I am the creator and host of a podcast, IMperfectly Healthy: where the psychology, science and spirituality of health and wholeness meet. I also love using, sharing and teaching others how to use essential oils as a tool in supporting well-being on all levels!          

What is your story?
The doorway to my own transformation came via the trifecta of struggling with my body image, relationship with food and chronic health issues. I started emotional eating, and having health problems, when I was very young. As a sensitive middle child, with an active and wild older brother and a rambunctious, self-expressed little sister, I felt invisible. I was really shy. I didn’t know how to ask for what I needed or how to express my emotions. Hiding was my to-go strategy. I was pretty much afraid of everything and terrified of rejection. (note: I came into this life with most of these fears, beliefs and insecurities) I became obsessed with food to cope with my emotions and anxiety as a young girl.  

My body and weight become an issue for me when I was in sixth grade. I was the first girl in my class to develop curves. This was so embarrassing for me. Being as shy as I was, the attention I started getting made me so uncomfortable.

This battle within myself, over food and my body, really took over my life (secretly). It was something that consumed me every day, every meal really. I was constantly obsessing over what I was eating and not eating, how many calories I was burning a day, the size of my clothes, comparing myself to other girls bodies, over-exercising, and mentally bashing what I would see in the mirror.

This went on throughout high school. I chose to pursue studying nutrition in college. I thought, if I could figure this food and weight thing out, then I would finally be happy and feel good about myself. I continued to struggle with food and my body while I got my bachelors and masters in food and nutrition. I then went on to become a Registered Dietitian.

My education did not help my emotional eating or body shame. I continued on the on-and-off-again pattern of dieting. I would put myself on really rigid eating plans and force myself to work out hard. Then I'd fall off and indulge in all the foods I “wasn’t allowed” to eat. I was in a constant search outside of myself for the answers to my “problems.”  

My body was my excuse to not fully engage in life. I can’t have fun until I lose weight. I can’t be confident until I lose weight. I can’t be myself until I lose weight. I can’t speak up until I lose weight. I can’t be sensual until I lose weight. I can’t have a healthy, loving relationship until I lose weight. I can’t pursue my dream job until I lose weight….

This internal shitshow (for lack of a better word), manifested in a number of physical problems. Throughout my 20’s I suffered with digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, acne, chronic infections and fatigue. While at the time, I thought these health issues were to blame for my weight and body issues, when in fact it was the other way around. My relationship with food and my body had created these physical challenges.

In my search to find solutions to my health and body issues, I was introduced to holistic healing. I started learning how our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual selves are one. These components must all be addressed and honored to truly be in optimal health and well-being.

I spent the next several years delving into personal growth, spirituality, the mind-body connection and metaphysics. I had to unravel the misunderstandings I had about my childhood, myself, others and life. I became a certified holistic health coach and worked with a number of teachers in these areas. It was in these studies, that everything shifted for me. I am so grateful for the journey I had to go on, because it has taught me soooo much about myself, life and the human experience. I use all I have learned along the way to help women break through all of this MUCH faster than I did.  

What have you overcome to get where you are today?
Beneath the physical struggles (mentioned above), were self-doubt, insecurity, self-judgment, comparison, and many fears (men, my power, being seen, rejection, success, etc). I know for sure, my physical challenges were/are manifestations of my inner world. My life has been, and continues to be, a journey of transcendence from victim to leader.

Creating and producing my podcast, IMperfectly Healthy, is one of my greatest joys right now. I had to overcome some serious fears and self-limiting stories to start it. “I hate my voice. I am an awful speaker. No one cares what about what I have to say. No one will want to be on my show. I will look like an idiot,” are a few of the thoughts I had to move beyond. I remember being sooo nervous just sitting in my room alone and having to record myself speaking. Breaking through all of that feels SO good. The voices are still there at times. They just don’t have power over me, or stop me. Being able to have amazing guests on, chat about my favorite things in life, and to help others by doing so is sooo rewarding!

Did you ever feel like giving up? When you felt like giving up, what did you do?
There are times I wish I would want to give up, lol.  Yet, there is this deep calling and driving force that keeps me going. Turning back is not an option. That is the only way I can describe it. Sometimes it feels like I have so far to go, so much I want to do. During those times, I slow down and get present. I reconnect with myself, my heart and Spirit to remember to embrace the journey. Stepping back and putting life into perspective helps me step out of the mental drama and stories when they get going.

What are your gifts and how did you discover them?
My gifts?  I have no idea, lol.  I tried to skip this question and Mimi wouldn’t let me. I can say what I love most is guiding and supporting others in connecting with themselves, discovering their own answers and truth, and becoming who they really are. I have been told I hold a loving, compassionate space for others healing very well.  Through all my years of study and my own experiences, I have gathered quite a bit of knowledge, wisdom and tools. In working with clients, I pull from it all to help them individually. My podcast guests tell me I am a natural interviewer =) With the support of my own mentors, I am currently on the path of further developing my medical intuitive abilities.  

What are some of the tools and resources you have used to work through and overcome those struggles? (books, counselors, workshops, programs, coaches, etc.)
I have used, and continue to use, sooo many tools and resources in my life. A few of my  favorite authors/teachers include Eckhart Tolle, Caroline Myss, Brene Brown, Alison Armstrong, Medical Medium, Abraham Hicks, and so many more. I have been blessed to work with a number of personal spiritual/intuitive mentors over the last 8 years in areas such as EFT tapping, intuition, Theta Healing, Reiki, meditation, breath work and more.. Working one-on-one with someone is crucial! I am also a huge fan of group programs and workshops.  Some of my favorites have been Landmark, Sister Circle with Tanya Lynn, The Holy Shift with Heather Lindenmenn, Man Breakthrough with Kute Blackson, and Theta Healing with Beatrice Calise. Tools I regularly use are meditation, self-expressive movement, breath work, yoga, inspiration talks and podcasts, oracle cards, crystals, essential oils, EFT tapping and “divine chats.”


Who in life do you rely on to keep you uplifted and on your path?
Relationships are soooo key.  I surround myself with like-minded people that are also committed to their own growth path. The more I step into my authentic expression and take heart-inspired action, the more amazing people come into my life. I tend to be fed most by one-on-one quality time, or super small groups. Large social gatherings and/or events aren’t really my thing.  My AH-mazing family and close friends are everything. There is nothing like having heart-to-hearts, pep talks and holding space for those I love. I am so grateful for my parents, sister, brother and soul friends. Spend time with others that speak your language, lift you up and inspire you to be who you really are. Remember, you get to chose who you spend your time with. Choose wisely.

What do you want other women to know who are feeling lost, and/or experiencing their own tragedy and/or struggles?
I see struggles, tragedy and/or feeling lost as an invitation to go within. The hard times are calling you to slow down, connect with yourself, nurture your relationship with the divine and hold yourself in the arms of love, compassion and faith. We are all humans enrolled in Earth School. We are here to learn, grow, heal and evolve. Trust life. Trust your life and know that, “life gives you what is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness” (Eckhart Tolle). From that stance, you have choice. Choice is your power. Call on the courage to take responsibility for how you show up in life, no matter what life hands you. You got this!


To learn more about Faith or to inquire about working with her, please visit her website:

Definitely check out Faith's podcast, IMperfectly Healthy:
Podcast app link: www.bit.ly/faithshevlin

Thank you Faith for being part of the Rising Woman Project. You are a gift and I'm so thankful to have you in my life.

xoxo

2 comments:

  1. Wow, such a beautiful, authentic and inspiring expression from Faith. What a powerful project Mimi, and such powerful words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing and creating <3

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