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Meet Nicole Matthiesen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Matthiesen.

Hi Nicole, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Hello! I’m a wellness coach and Ayurvedic health advisor here in Los Angeles, but I’ve had a long and winding road to this career.

Having had most of my immediate family members currently (or at some point) working in allopathic (Western) medicine, I never thought too much about alternative healing modalities. Even though I’d had more than a few unpleasant experiences with my own doctors, I didn’t believe I had other choices.

But that changed in 2014 when I was told I had I.B.S. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). The doctor also told me IBS was incurable, and they weren’t really sure how to treat it.

I got home from the doctor’s office that afternoon and something in me just said, “No.” This was not how I was going to live the rest of my life. Part of me knew there had to be another way; that I still had the potential to heal. So I began exploring alternative medicine. And what I discovered was a healing tradition so profound, my entire life changed.

Ayurveda is the world’s oldest holistic healing system and sister science to yoga. I had vaguely heard about it from one of my yoga teachers and decided to do more research. As it happens, I was just 5 miles away from a school of Ayurveda. And this is where my journey began. As I started learning and embracing the Ayurvedic lifestyle, I noticed healing happening on many levels. I decided to get serious and worked with an Ayurvedic practitioner. And after about two years of following a disciplined Ayurvedic regimen, I felt better than I had in my entire life.

That “incurable” I.B.S.? I haven’t seen a sign of it since February 2017.

And that was just the start of the healing I received from Ayurveda:

A skin rash I’d had for three years disappeared.

The seasonal allergies I’d had all my life, gone.

The hormonal imbalances that created mood instability and cyclical depression for me since I was a teenager also went away.

Ultimately, Life just got easier. More joyful. And best of all, it became clear to me that I needed to leave my corporate career and share this healing tradition with others to help them heal and thrive.

Today, my life’s mission is to help the overworked and overwhelmed create and stick to a healthier lifestyle and mindset, so they can thrive and shine personally and professionally and live a life aligned with their true nature and purpose.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It definitely has not been a smooth road! Healing is a journey like no other. We are called to face our demons and the social/cultural conditioning we believe is keeping us safe. While I experienced this during my own healing journey, it was quite another thing to see it in others and support them through it.

For example, when I first started as an Ayurvedic health advisor, I had some great clients who were very interested in Ayurveda. I loved talking about and sharing Ayurvedic recommendations for lifestyle habits and diet with them. They were all so receptive and excited about making these changes. But when it came time for our follow-up call, they hadn’t implemented most, and sometimes NONE, of the recommendations. And they had no idea why!

I learned quickly that even when people really want to heal and seem highly motivated, making change is a much bigger hurdle for people than I had imagined.

All this time, I thought it was just me who had trouble creating healthier habits!

This is what drew me to becoming a coach and gaining a better understanding of the psychology behind how people change. In fact, I’ve devoted (and continue to devote) a great deal of time and effort learning everything I can about this topic.

Turns out we are incredibly complex creatures and change is one of the most courageous things we can attempt to do. Having support makes the process so much easier and I am honored to be able to be that support for others.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
First, I’m an Ayurvedic health advisor. Essentially this means I look at a person’s entire life (work, family, stress levels, daily activities, health history, family health history and more) to gain a better understanding of the root cause of any imbalance they may be experiencing. Using the Ayurvedic framework of healing, I make recommendations for foods and lifestyle practices that will help them return to balance and heal.

I’m also a coach, which allows me to support others in making these healthy changes. And because of my Ayurvedic background, I’ve gained some valuable insights into approaching habit change from a holistic perspective. This has allowed me to create a unique methodology for habit formation that is balanced, more easeful, and supports people in making changes they can sustain for a lifetime.

In my early days, I watched some of my clients really struggle with habit change, while others, despite a few bumps in the road, seemed to have an easier time with it. My curiosity about why this was happening led to me creating two courses that support people in developing the skills that allow them to more easily let go of old habits, stop beating themselves up and create new habits in a more relaxed and (dare I say it?) fun way! This more sustainable method of habit formation fosters long-term change to habits and mindset. And the bonus of these courses is that what my clients learn here they can take into all areas of their lives.

We all have a different way of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success for me is not about achieving anything in particular but being courageous enough to heal yourself, grow, learn to love yourself and always be open, available, and willing to do what life is calling you to do next.

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