Welcome! I’m DeAnna, nice to meet you! You can call me D, ’cause we’re friends now.
I’m a board certified holistic health coach + life coachette + idea generator + positive change agent + writer + explorer + speaker + blogger + foodie + amateur natural foods chef + aspiring yogi/spin instructor + dog lover + happiness instigator.
I am also a native New Yorker (loving life in Park Slope, whhhat up Brooklyn!) with city girl ways and a deep love for nature. I have an adorable rescue pup Harlow (who was named for my grandma, prepare for lots of puppy pics) and love to spend as much of my free time as possible outdoors or making a delicious mess in the kitchen.
(Preferably with a tasty green drink in hand, although that part’s optional.)
If we’re talking street cred…
- Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
- Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and Coaching Circle Mentor Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition
- Trained Life Coach, Coach U
- Mentor Coach + Wellness Ambassador, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
- Member of…
- Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Communications and Leadership Development from the University of Rhode Island (Go Rhody!)
- I’ve worked in public relations, marketing, business development, entertainment, event planning and served/managed a family-owned Greek restaurant (cool, huh?)
- Officially opened the doors to my own small biz, CreateYourGreatlife.com in 2008.
And, a whole lotta life cred (that’s the most important kind anyway, right?)
How I got here…
Growing up on the north shore of Long Island, NY my life was full of family, travel and loving memories. My dad owned a family-run Greek restaurant, so you can imagine most of my memories took place around a dinner table. As the middle child, I was an overachiever, a perfectionist, and praised for it often. At a young age I wanted to see those around me happy. Looking back, I was an extreme people pleaser and often confused my own wants and needs with the wants and needs of others. Somewhere along the line I associated outer achievements with worthiness (no bueno for your self-esteem, if you know what I mean).
On the outside everything looked great… I was well liked, excelled in school and sports and had lots of friends. However, over time, my need for external validation became insatiable and unhealthy. This had me “looking for love” in all of the wrong places… food, alcohol, bad relationships, you get the drift.
My early 20s were full of self-doubt, negative self-talk, cruel perfectionism, body image issues, disordered eating, chaotic relationships, anxiety, depression and lots of confusion around what I would do with my life. No fun. As I continued to achieve on the outside I still felt empty on the inside.
The clincher is that since I was able to keep up the image of a bubbly, straight-laced, “perfectly happy” facade, I was able to keep my internal distress a complete secret. I was afraid to get help, afraid to be exposed for having flaws; I was completely stuck and knew there had to be another way.
Like magic, a flyer for a “women’s wellness workshop” made its way to my inbox. A few minutes into the workshop I heard the quote “suffering is optional” …and it completely rocked my world.
“Wait a second,” I thought. “I have a CHOICE in all of this? It doesn’t HAVE to be that way??” It was like the sun had peaked through the clouds after a long, dark and dreary rainy season. I felt invigorated and alive. Something clicked and my head + heart aligned.
That day it became imminently clear that by living for others, instead of for me, everything in my life – including friendships, romantic relationships, and my body – was suffering.
From then on, I immersed myself in changing my life from the inside out. In a lot of ways my thoughts and actions were brought back to the basics. I asked for help. Looked for ways to speak and act my truth. I got a big healthy dose of acceptance and acknowledged that I was the obstacle in my own way and that I was ready to change. I started to focus my attention inward and take exceptionally good care of myself.
Little by little everything around me started to change as well and the hole inside of my heart slowly healed. Negative self-talk was replaced with positive affirmation. Unhealthy habits were replaced by CONSCIOUS CHOICES.
Things changed in the kitchen too. I slowly made healthy swaps in the kitchen and eventually that extra 15 lbs. I had been holding onto fell off. My body craved whole foods, water, greens and to be nurtured. I went from suffering from depression, sinus infections, insomnia, bloating and fatigue (all of the time) to having a ton more energy, sleeping better, clearing up my sinuses and enjoying better digestion. All of this contributed to my sense of self-worth and gave me the confidence to be my true authentic self.
As I worked on myself from the inside out, everything started to change. Slowly but surely my outer world started to reflect my inner self-love, confidence and integrity.
I’ve learned that you’ve got to step outside of your comfort zone in order to
FIND YOUR SWEET SPOT
Today, my life is devoted to inspiring action in others and showing people what they are capable of.
I know it’s possible because I’ve been right where you are.
Each and every day, I help my clients find unmistakable clarity, fierce focus and the heart-pounding courage to truly embrace life. I love helping people connect to their core purposes, realize their dreams and experience once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
As your coach, I’ll give you the tools to see things more clearly, live a life of integrity and make courageous choices to help ALIGN YOUR CURRENT LIFE WITH YOUR SHANGRI-LA!
Bottom line, I don’t fit into one perfect little box, and I don’t expect you to either. I truly believe at my core that each of us have the ability to create our lives on our own terms. Thank you for being a part of mine.
With Love + Gratitude,