Coaching is a Creating Conversation

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

What do you want to create in your life?

When I first discovered that creativity is at the heart of coaching, I lit up!

I like to think of wellness coaching as a forward-thinking conversation where you have the opportunity to paint a vivid picture in your imagination of what you want to experience…

And then… somehow… through the magic of the Universe and your own effort and allowing, you’re able to watch your idea come to life in your current reality!

It’s truly an amazing feeling to step inside a real life version of what you first saw in your mind’s eye in your coaching conversation.

To illustrate the coaching process, here’s a clip from the movie, Elizabeth the Golden Age: The New World, where Sir Walter Raleigh describes the New World to Queen Elizabeth I.

Sir Walter Raleigh describes his Imagined Future to Queen Elizabeth I in the movie, Elizabeth the Golden Age: The New World.

[from minute 01:27]

SWR: Can you imagine what it is to cross an ocean? For weeks you see nothing but the horizon, perfect and empty. You live in the grip of fear, fear of storms, fear of sickness on board, fear of the immensity. So, you must drive that fear down deep into your belly. Study your chance. What’s your compass? Pray for a fair wind… and hope. Pure, naked, fragile hope.

[interruption]

QE: Let them wait. Go on Mr. Raleigh, you were hoping?

SWR: At first it’s no more than a haze on the horizon… so you watch. You watch. Then it’s a smudge, a shadow on the far water for a day, for another day. The stain slowly spreads along the horizon taking form until on the third day, you let yourself believe. You dare to whisper the word, “land.” Life, life, resurrection, the true adventure coming out of the vast unknown, out of the immensity into new life. That, your Majesty, is the New World.

QE: I like your immensities. Your ocean is an image of eternity. Such great spaces make us small. Do we discover the new world, Mr. Raleigh, or does the new world discover us?

SWR: You speak like a true Explorer.

What’s on your horizon? Photo by Maria Koropecky

Each day brings us a fresh chance to create and discover a new world!

So… I’m going to ask you again… “What do you want to create in your life?”

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!

Self-Care Ideas for Each Type of Intelligence

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

When you hear the word “intelligent,” what comes to mind?

Toronto Reference Library
Love the Toronto Reference Library! Photo by Matthew Henry, Burst

Brainy, whiz kid, genius, prodigy, brilliant, smart, or my personal favourite, rocket scientist…

I always think, “good at math” first but I know there’s way more to intelligence than being able to ace a calculus exam.

Chances are that if you weren’t good at “reading and writing and ‘rithmetic” (as the old song goes), you felt like something was wrong with you and school was a chore that you had to endure until you could escape.

Sadly, many people slip through the cracks and never graduate even though they’re smart and brilliant in their own way.

What if our education system nurtured and celebrated kids with different intelligences other than the traditional, linear thinking ones?

What if kids with a knack for growing vegetables in a garden, or reading other people’s energy, or inventing new games to play, had room to explore their talents in the classroom, too?

In 1983, American psychologist, Howard Gardener, described 9 types of intelligence:

  • Naturalists (like animals and plants)
  • Musicals (like playing with sounds)
  • Logical-Mathematicals (are good with numbers and problem solving)
  • Existentials (will ask life’s big questions)
  • Interpersonals (are people-people)
  • Bodily-Kinesthetics (are physically coordinated)
  • Linguistics (like playing with words)
  • Intrapersonals (are self-aware)
  • Spatials (can visualize in 3D)

If any of these intelligences resonate with you, I’ve come up with a list of self-care activities that you can weave into your life – starting today – that will play to your strengths and preferences and will be like music to your ears!

Honouring and understanding your own intelligences and ways of being and of perceiving the world, is empowering!

And if you happen to stumble upon a self-care activity and a career that speaks directly to your intelligence, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot and you’ll be able to soar to new heights!

1. Naturalist Intelligence

Naturalists relish interacting with the natural world and have an affinity for plants, animals, rocks, and Mother Earth.

Good Careers: Botanist, Chef, Geologist, Naturalist, Veterinarian, Wilderness Guide

Self-Care Ideas: going on a nature walk, wearing crystal jewellery, petting a cat or dog

Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness Coach with Dragonfly.
Naturalists have a way of communicating with wildlife.

2. Musical Intelligence

Musical geniuses have rhythm! They work with sound and can create emotional responses by changing notes, pitch, rhythm, timbre, and the tone of a song. They’re also sensitive listeners and can pick up on nuances others may miss.

Good Careers: composers, conductors, folio artists, musicians, performers, rock stars, song writers

Self-Care Ideas: going to a concert, listening to music, writing poetry, singing in a choir, playing an instrument

3. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability to solve problems by coming up with theories then calculating, quantifying, and figuring out the number sequences that work. Math is the language of the Universe and it helps us to perceive relationships, connections, and patterns and it brings abstract concepts to life.

Good Careers: accountants, bakers, computer programmers, detectives, entrepreneurs, financial advisors, inventors, mathematicians, realtors, scientists.

Self-Care Ideas: Working on a crossword puzzle, reading a murder mystery book, organizing a collection

4. Existential Intelligence

Existential Intelligence is about asking the deep questions of human existence like: What is the meaning of life? Where do we go when we die? and How did this whole she-bang start?

Good Careers: astronomers, life coaches, monks, nuns, philosophers, priests, rabbis, spiritual teachers, writers, yogis

Self-Care Ideas: Looking at the stars in the night sky, meditating, journaling, travelling to sacred places

Saint Mother Teresa 3rd class relic.
Saint Mother Theresa

5. Interpersonal Intelligence

People with Interpersonal intelligence are good with people and have the ability to connect and communicate well with others. People-people are the leaders among us, know how to read feelings and motives, and are good at influencing others.

Good Careers: actors, life coaches, politicians, social workers, teachers, talk show hosts

Self-Care Ideas: hosting a party, putting on a play, talking with friends, teaching concepts to another person

6. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

People with Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence are very aware of how their body moves through space and time. It’s about having hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and balance. It’s also about learning by doing and feeling.

Good Careers: athletes, dancers, magicians, massage therapists, personal trainers, surgeons

Self-Care Ideas: dancing, getting or giving a massage, playing a game of tennis

7. Linguistic Intelligence

People with Linguistic intelligence have the gift of the gab and also write well. They have the ability to express ideas and concepts in meaningful ways. They like communicating with all kinds of people and playing with words – for Linguistics, puns are fun!

Good Careers: journalists, life coaches, novelists, poets, public speakers, standup comics

Self-Care Ideas: journaling, reading, telling stories, writing a blog post

Journalling is very therapeutic. Photo by Samantha Hurley from Burst

8. Intra-personal Intelligence

Intra-personal intelligence is a personal awareness. It’s the ability to understand and appreciate your own thoughts and feelings and by extension, the human condition.

Good Careers: astronomers, life coaches, monks, nuns, philosophers, priests, rabbis, spiritual teachers, writers, yogis

Self-Care Ideas: meditation, reading, taking a yoga class, travelling, writing

9. Spatial Intelligence

Spatial intelligence is the ability to visualize in three dimensions. People with this intelligence are the artists among us and they can rotate an object in their imagination and see it from all angles, as if they’re physically holding it in their hands.

Good Careers: architects, artists, designers, engineers, painters, pilots, sailors, sculptors

Self-Care Ideas: Day dreaming, doing a jigsaw puzzle, drawing pictures, play a game of pool, walking a labyrinth

sketching heart in book.
Artists help us see new perspectives!

How many of these intelligences do you recognize in yourself?

Hopefully my summaries of the 9 Intelligences will help you gain some personal awareness of what makes you special and unique in our diverse world.

I’m sure you’ll find that you have an affinity for more than one of these intelligences and they each complement each other in some way.

The truth is, you can be successful in life with any combination of these intelligences.

Don’t ever let anyone else make you feel bad or wrong about your unique talents and gifts and your way of processing information! The world needs what you have to offer, so shine your light!

Whenever you feel down, keep this in mind: If we were all just good at math, the world would be a really boring place!

Keep Art and Jim in school!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!

9 Tips to Minimize Jet Lag

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

I’ve got travel on my mind! I’m heading to Spain in September to walk the Camino and I thought it would be nice to write a blog post on how to minimize jet lag.

The formal name for Jet lag is “desynchronosis” which is a fancy way of saying, “out of sync” which makes sense. It’s also called “flight fatigue.”

Don't let jet lag keep you grounded.

Wherever you travel, don’t let jet lag keep you grounded!

Jet Lag is not fun. Thank goodness it’s only temporary! This sleep disorder happens when our body’s natural circadian rhythms aren’t matching up with the local time and the delay can feel quite debilitating.

Symptoms of Jet Lag include:

  1. fatigue
  2. digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea, and nausea
  3. dehydration
  4. anxiety
  5. disorientation, confusion, and inability to concentrate
  6. dizziness and grogginess
  7. headache
  8. irritability
  9. sweating
  10. general malaise
  11. mild depression
  12. insomnia, disrupted sleep, and irregular sleep patterns

Depending on whether you’re heading West or East and the time of day you’re travelling, it takes about one day for each time zone you’ve crossed to realign your body clock to your new (or regular) time zone.

Although some jet lag is unavoidable while traveling great distances by airplane, it’s still possible to keep disruption to a minimum and get the circadian rhythms humming again sooner rather than later.

9 Tips to Minimize Jet Lag

#1 Stay Hydrated

Cabin air can be very dehydrating and being dehydrated is already uncomfortable. Symptoms from dehydration overlap with symptoms of jet lag and you don’t want to amplify your jet lag by starting off as weak and dehydrated.

So, even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink at least one glass of water for every hour you’re in the air. Also, avoid drinking too much caffeine or alcohol during your flight.

#2 Use Ginger

Ginger is good for nausea and headaches so if you can, bring some ginger essential oil with you (perhaps in a pump spray bottle), or drink ginger ale or ginger tea, or eat some Sushi with pickled ginger before your flight at the airport.

#3 Consider Melatonin

To ease your transition to the new time zone and to reset your body clock, consider taking melatonin, either as a nonprescription drug or from a food source like cherries.

#4 Try Reflexology

Speaking of melatonin, you can also use Reflexology to stimulate the production of this sleep-regulating hormone by applying pressure to the Pineal gland points on your hands, feet, or ears.

To work this reflexology point on the feet, use your index finger and press in and down on the outside edge (or medial side) of your big toe, just above the midway bump at the base of the nail.

#5 Get some pre-flight Wellness Coaching

If you’re feeling anxious about flying and are a nervous traveller, book a session with a wellness coach like me before your trip. A coach can be very calming and reassuring.

On top of that, voicing your concerns and imagining a smooth flight without any complications, including jet lag, ahead of time, will also work wonders.

#6 Wear Gemstone Jewellery

Travellers have been carrying healing crystals for their protective and healing properties on their journeys for thousands of years. Wearing gemstone and crystal jewellery is an excellent and easy way to ensure a safe and pleasant voyage. Crystal jewellery also looks nice and makes a great conversation starter.

  • I recommend Turquoise to safeguard your possessions and to facilitate communication
  • Yellow Jasper to calm nausea or motion sickness
  • Silvery-black Hematite to help get rid of let lag.
  • Of course, there’s also the perfectly-named Jet stone which offers protection, helps clear negativity, and brings good luck.
Crystals for Jet Lag.
Crystals for Jet Lag. Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach.

#7 Get Up & Stretch

Every few hours, take about 15 minutes to stretch your muscles from head to toe. Roll your neck, shoulders, wrists, and ankles and twist at your waist from side to side. All the better if you practice yoga.

You can stretch while seated of course, but it’s even better when you get up midflight and walk up and down the aisle a few times to get your circulation going and stretch while standing up.

#8 Go Outside When You Can

Once you arrive, spend time outside in nature and then you’ll receive natural cues from the environment that will help your body reset itself to your new surroundings.

Also, if you happen to catch some rays, you’ll also get some Vitamin D which will help boost your immunity.

#9 Get a Massage

I recommend getting a massage to minimize the amount of time it takes to recover from jet lag. Nowadays, you can get a chair massage at the airport or you can book a more extravagant massage at a spa at your destination. Either way, a massage will help you release tension and sleep better at night.

I hope these 9 tips will help you reduce and even avoid jet lag on your next trip. And if you have any tips to share, feel free to add your comments about minimizing jet lag below. Thanks!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!

I Love Myself, Therefore…

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

Several years ago around 2005, I was working as a housekeeper at a fancy B&B and I started to develop a sore shoulder from vacuuming too much. Occupational hazard, I guess. 🙂 The dull ache was interfering with my availability for work, so I went to see a healer called Magdalena.

Magdalena introduced me to energy healing and come to think of it, I haven’t had any problems with my shoulder since.

I remember after my visit with Magdalena, she read Louise Hay’s “Self Love Affirmation” to me and I have re-read the words and have thought about what self love looks like many times over the years.


I Love Myself, Therefore

Deep at the center of my being, there is an infinite well of love.
I now allow this love to flow to the surface. It fills my heart, my body, my mind, my consciousness, my very being, and radiates out from me in all directions and returns to me multiplied. The more love I use and give, the more I have to give. The supply is endless. The use of love makes me feel good, it is an expression of my inner joy.
I love myself; therefore, I take loving care of my body. I lovingly feed it nourishing foods and beverages, I lovingly groom it and dress it, and my body lovingly responds to me with vibrant health and energy.
I love myself; therefore I provide for myself a comfortable home, one that fills all my needs and is a pleasure to be in. I fill the rooms with the vibration of love so that all who enter, myself included, will feel this love and be nourished by it.
I love myself; therefore I work at a job I truly enjoy doing, one that uses my creative talents and abilities, working with and for people I love and who love me, and earning a good income.
I love myself; therefore, I behave and think in a loving way to all people for I know that that which I give out returns to me multiplied. I only attract loving people in my world, for they are a mirror of what I am.
I love myself; therefore I forgive and totally release the past and all past experiences and I am free.
I love myself; therefore I live totally in the now, experiencing each moment as good and knowing that my future is bright and joyous and secure, for I am a beloved child of the Universe and the Universe lovingly takes care of me now and forever more.
And so it is.

~ Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life

Thank you, Louise Hay. There’s so much around self love to explore including:

  • self care
  • self acceptance
  • self worth
  • self esteem
  • self respect
  • self compassion
  • self healing
  • self forgiveness
  • self talk
  • giving thanks
  • being present, and
  • divine love.

What would it be like if you were to feel incredibly loving toward yourself?

One day I asked myself this question in my journal and this is the answer I received:

Show up and dance with me!

What if I felt like I AM an empowered woman of the Universe, standing strong and wise, first? What if I presented myself as a whole being, fully and completely loving, trusting, and accepting myself in this grande Universe now?

I’d be smiling. I’d be taking action steps from a place of strength and power. I’d feel lighter. I’d trust myself and my footing, I’d trust the moment, I’d trust my partner, and I’d trust the music that surrounds us and is within us. That would be amazing!

OK. Let’s be amazing!

Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

Self love is a radical concept!

In my experience, people have been talking about self love for years, but I’d like to put my own spin on it. It’s not enough to know about self love; now’s the time to actually feel it for yourself.

So how do you go about loving yourself and how do you know you love yourself?

I used to find it hard to believe myself when I said to myself, “I love you, Maria.”

I also didn’t acknowledge or even remember all of the things I did that would be considered acts of self love, like

  • leaving an unhealthy situation, or
  • writing in my journal, or
  • paying my bills on time, or
  • choosing wholesome, organic vegetables over potato chips, or
  • not putting poison into my body like cigarette smoke or alcohol, or
  • putting on sunscreen before I walk outside, or
  • any number of seemingly little things that add up over time.

I couldn’t quite feel the love even though I had been taking pretty good care of myself.

Then something clicked! I realized I wasn’t using my own personal love language!

You’re probably familiar with the book, “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate” (1992) by Gary Chapman.

As a refresher, Gary Chapman’s, 5 Love Languages that help people express and experience love are:

  1. receiving gifts
  2. quality time
  3. words of affirmation
  4. acts of service, and
  5. physical touch.

How do you like to show your love to the people and animals in your life? Your go-to’s are a clue about how you can show love towards yourself and receive the message loud and clear!

I think revisiting “5 Love Languages” is a good place to start but this time, instead of expressing them to others, try applying them to yourself.

That’s what I did and you know what I figured out? My personal love language doesn’t exactly fit in any of these five categories. (I left a clue in my journal entry above about what my love language is).

Sure, I’m able to give and receive love by giving my time, energy, healing touch, or words of encouragement to myself and others, but what I personally really respond to is music!

Jazzercise front row center.

I love to sing and dance and I’ve had a soundtrack playing in the background of my life since day one with my mother singing to me.

I especially love it when I hear a song on the radio that speaks to whatever is going on in my life, as if angels were giving me a special message.

I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed singing and dancing until this past Easter when my sister-in-law, Veronica, and I had an impromptu, sing-a-long, karaoke (of sorts) evening together.

She was outside on the deck and I joined her. I started humming a tune and she asked, “What are you singing?”

Then she looked the lyrics up online and before we knew it, we downloaded a 1970’s-80’s playlist and were singing all kinds of songs including, Air Supply’s, “I’m all out of love” and Queen’s, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

So fun!

We danced and sang at the top of our lungs and I pretended the trees were our audience. Any inhibitions I may have had blew away with the wind!

We didn’t care what the rest of the family was thinking or if the neighbours were bothered. It was truly a liberating and healing experience!

Thanks, Veronica for playing along! I’ll cherish that memory of us singing together for the rest of my life!

These days, music, singing, and dancing are the best ways for me to communicate straight to my own heart and actually feel love towards myself. It’s my way of giving and receiving love and feeling love from the inside out!

So, if I’m ever feeling low or discouraged, I sing my heart out! Singing songs allows me to feel the love and once again, I know deep down in my heart that I love myself unconditionally.

I am lovable and worthy.
“I am lovable & worthy.” Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach.

Once I started singing outloud and dancing like when I was 6 years old, the more I began release some pent up emotions and to love myself on a deeper level.

No matter how you approach it, loving yourself is a powerful source for good! You have to love yourself first before you can truly enjoy the blessings of life.

If you don’t love yourself first from the inside out, you will have trouble creating what you want, and if you do find some success, you will not feel fulfilled.

Don’t settle for a dull, ho hum, or uninspired existence.

Remember to love yourself first!

If you’d like to know the best recipe for an amazing life,

  • contemplate the idea of self love,
  • communicate to yourself in your own love language, and
  • love yourself wholeheartedly!

And on that note, I’d like to add to Louise Hay’s lyrics from above:

I love myself; therefore, I sing and dance to my heart’s content!

How about you? Do you like music as much as I do? Do you have a favourite song that always lifts your spirits? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!


Bonus Journaling Prompt

Bonus Journal Prompt.

We often forget the nice things we do for ourselves each day.

To keep the well of self love topped up and to remind yourself that you’re lovable, worthy, and enough just as you are right now, with or without this, that, or the other, consider exploring the topic of self love in your journal (along with your gratitudes, if you want).

Loving yourself has to come from you, for you – not from anyone outside of you.

Make the decision to know you accept yourself just as you are without looking to anyone else for validation, permission, or approval.

Keeping a journal of your self love journey is a sign of a healthy person. Journalling is not about beating yourself up for making mistakes, or complaining about the people in your life or what’s not working.

Part of loving yourself means building a positive case for yourself. You can start collecting evidence that you’re a wonderful and amazing person by recording all of the lovely things you do each day.

I know there’s something that you’ve done today already that is sweet and generous. The next time you catch yourself doing something kind and loving toward yourself, “Say, I’m going to put that in my journal!”

Each day in your journal, start with, “I love myself for…”

Like: “I love myself for taking the stairs instead of the elevator today.”
Or, “I love myself for the witty comment I said at work and everyone burst our laughing.”
Or, “I love myself for listening to my intuition.”

It all counts!

Add gratitudes to your list and you’re off to the races! Green lights all the way!

Keep a running list in your journal of positive things about yourself, such as favours you’ve done, positive qualities you have, and things you like about yourself and then you can refer to your list anytime you need a little boost in your self esteem.

The beauty is, eventually, you won’t need to find more reasons to love yourself and you’ll naturally reach a point where you’ll simply say, “I Love Myself.”

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How to Get Funding for your Wellness Coaching Sessions with Maria

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

Are you interested in working with a Wellness Coach but feel it’s too expensive?

Well, I have a solution that will put high quality wellness coaching within reach even if you’re living on a shoestring budget.

Since I started my wellness coaching business in 2015, I’ve wanted to make my wellness coaching accessible to as many people as possible, especially to people who would really appreciate and benefit from the coaching experience.

As a Wellness Coach, I sincerely want to help people feel stronger, wiser, more vibrant, and more empowered than ever before!

I quickly found out that signing up for wellness coaching sessions or programs is not a viable option for many people because the hourly rates just seem too high, no matter how amazing the coach and coaching is.

After years of scratching my head, I’ve finally found a way to offer my wellness coaching at a fair and affordable price to any Canadian, no matter their income level. It’s win-win!

Introducing Which Doctor!

I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined the Neurological Wellness Association (NWA) and am now a featured practitioner in Which Doctor, a practitioner network for wellness professionals in Canada!

The beauty is, Which Doctor bridges the funding gap for people who want alternative health treatments and services but would otherwise not be able to afford them.

Which Doctor is a legitimate way to get funding for your wellness coaching sessions with me, Wellness Coach Maria.

Simply Request Funding!

By clicking on the Request Funding button on my Ammolite Wellness Coaching website on the sidebar, you can get funding for your Wellness Coaching sessions with me – up to 95% of the cost!

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With Which Doctor…

  • Now there’s no excuse!
  • You don’t have to walk away from a good wellness coach anymore!
  • Saying “I can’t afford it” no longer applies!
  • Now you have green lights all the way…

So, what are you waiting for? Give me a call and let’s work together!

About the Neurological Wellness Association

The Neurological Wellness Association is a Canada-wide, not-for-profit, membership organization that provides access to alternative health services that are not currently paid for by the Canadian government.

So, if you’re someone who requires assistance with a serious health condition, (like being overweight which can lead to mobility issues, Diabetes, sleep disorders, or heart problems for example) you can go to the NWA website and find a wellness practitioner who can help you.

In the NWA healing community, you can view profiles, purchase products, make appointments, and even apply for funding for your treatments!

Just look for me, “Maria Koropecky, Victoria Wellness Coach & Mobile Spa Therapist,” in the Which Doctor practitioner network, on the Neurological Wellness Association page, and book an appointment.

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Anyone can be a member of the NWA group and anyone with a serious health condition and a need for financial assistance is eligible for a subsidy. There are paid and free memberships.

Membership also includes several other great benefits such as an excellent corporate cell phone plan and a wholesale health foods store.

Which Doctor showcases an array of health service providers in their directory like:

Creating Wellness ebook by Maria Koropecky.
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  • Health Coaches
  • Life Coaches
  • Metaphysical Energy Healers
  • Massage Therapists (RMTs)
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Providers
  • Care Givers
  • Hypnotists
  • Clinical Counselors
  • Naturopathic Doctors
  • Homeopaths
  • Chiropractors
  • Acupuncturists
  • Hearing Specialists
  • Optical Specialists
  • Dentists
  • Yoga Instructors
  • Personal Trainers

And now you can find me, Maria Koropecky, Victoria Wellness Coach & Mobile Spa Therapist, in the Witch Doctor practitioner network, also!

Neurological Wellness Association is growing across our country. Our intention is to create an alternative health services network for all Canadians to use.

NWA started in British Columbia in 2010. Initially the purpose of this group was to help promote the value of nutritional therapy for people who were living with neurological conditions but we’ve since found there’s a growing need in other areas as well.

We feel any service that has a health benefit for a person in need should be available. So, now there’s a health services network to fund services that aren’t on the government’s list.

When "I" is replaced with "we" even illness becomes wellness.

How the NWA Works

Health service providers in the network offer a discount on their services, typically this discount is 25%. That discount is available to any member of our service. People with resources pay $50 per year to join, people without recourses do not pay.

Individuals who are living with a serious medical condition can apply for funding for their chosen service, if they cannot afford the costs beyond the discount.

The approved funding can be anywhere from 5%-95% of the total cost of treatment, with the larger subsides going to the people in the most need. To date, subsides as large as $25,000 or as small as $7 have been covered.

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NWA will do what we can for any person regardless of diagnosis and we offer services as common as dental, counselling, or naturopathic visits. We also provide services that are uncommon such as metaphysical healers. Our role is to provide people with options and when a person decides to act, our role is to fund that person appropriately.

For more information on getting funding for alternative health treatments in Canada, please visit www.wellnessassociation.org.

I sincerely hope you look into NWA to help cover your wellness coaching sessions with me.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Maria

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My Thoughts on “Footprints: The Path of Your Life” Movie

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

I’ve just realized that in two short months, I’ll be flying to Spain to walk the Camino. There’s still so much to do to prepare!

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined," Henry David Thoreau
Photo by Mark Koropecky

Although I’m not yet physically on the trail, I feel I’ve already started my pilgrimage.

I’ve been talking with many people who have already walked the Camino and on Monday, perhaps the first person to plant the seed of going on this journey for me, one of my friends, Alexander, came over to watch the movie, “The Way” with me and my mom.

My mother had also invited Caroline, who had also walked the Camino, and Peter and his mother, who were interested in seeing the movie.

Well, somehow, we had gotten off to a rough start. We couldn’t get the DVD player to work and once we put the disc into an old laptop, not everybody could hear the dialogue and see the screen. Our old technology just wasn’t working and it was an exercise in frustration!

Finally, we decided to switch gears and watch another movie on the same subject on Netflix called, “Footprints: The Path of Your Life.”

Footprints is a documentary that follows a group of 10 men while they walk the Camino de Santiago with their Parish Priest.

crossing street.
Photo by Matthew Henry, Burst

I suppose fighting with the technology and then figuring out that we could watch another movie on another platform was a lesson in not forcing something to go in a certain way and letting another option – a better one – emerge instead.

Once we made that choice, the energy in the room calmed down somewhat.

As it turned out, Footprints was actually the better choice for us to watch because it was more “realistic” of what I could expect on my journey, according to Alexander and Caroline.

In the beginning, each of the men were really struggling with their own fears and challenges and sadly, a few of the men in the group had to bow out and leave early.

man waiting at airport.
Photo by Matthew Henry, Burst

That’s what happens with any new, ambitious project – stuff comes up. We have all of the best of intentions but somehow, all of this emotional baggage that has been buried deep down over a lifetime, gets stirred up. That’s the struggle! It’s how we deal with all our stuff that we’ve collected over the years that will make our break us.

The fear and the obstacles are saying, “I know you want to get to Santiago de Compostela, [for example] but here’s what you have to deal with first, and once you face this garbage head on and clear it out of the way, the world will be your oyster and you can be, do, or have whatever you want!”

For some of the men in the movie, it was too much too soon. The stuff that came up for them was too much to bear. I know they gave it their best and it wasn’t an easy decision to make to not finish. I hope they have a chance to try again and succeed.

Photo by Scott Murdoch, Burst

But after a couple of weeks and many miles under their belts, the remaining men got a rhythm and got stronger.

By the end of their 500 mile, 40-day journey, they were laughing and dancing and walking barefoot! It was beautiful to watch the men go through their spiritual transformation!

I think the turning point occurred for the group after they saw the cross of Jesus with their own eyes – which would have been amazing! – and then suddenly the men were inspired to work together as a group, not letting the weakest fall behind.

That’s the choice we all have – either we continue to carry our heavy baggage that is weighing us down and give up on our dreams, or we face our challenges and let them go and leave them at the side of the road and move on and help others along their way as well.

Going on a pilgrimage gives us the opportunity to release our rocks and burdens, once for all!

And in the same spirit, working with a Wellness Coach like me would also be valuable.

Photo by Mitul Shah, Burst

Both coaching and pilgrimages open up new options that we may not have seen before (like watching a different movie at the last minute like we had) and give us the chance to make new choices and start fresh.

If we can make it through that initial turbulence and interference, we’ll be stronger for the rest of the journey.

That’s where the expression, “what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” comes from!

And with wellness coaching, there’s extra support during the rough patches so you don’t have to travel alone.

Have you ever noticed that fear is built into interference? Some people let the fear interfere and stop them from experiencing a blissful miracle because whatever came up was just too much. The turbulence was too scary and the plane was shaking too hard!

Meanwhile, other people on the same flight will just push through and keep going and make it through with flying colours.

Man jumping fence.
Photo by Brodie Vissers, Burst

So I asked myself, “What kind of person am I?” Will I let fear stop me in my tracks as I’m attempting a challenging leg on my journey? Will I let those excuses block my path and give me an out to turn around and go home?

Or will I rise to the challenge and dig deep and keep moving?

That’s why I think the pilgrimage has already started for me. The more emotional baggage I can release before I physically set foot on the Camino, the easier and the lighter the walk will be.

I’m not going to let potential turbulence keep me from getting on that flight or let fear stop me from living my best life!

Buen Camino, Maria

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If They Can Do It, So Can I!

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

Have you ever come up with an off-the-wall, harebrained goal for yourself, a dream that was so out there, so against-the-odds of seeing the light of day, that most people would never even think of it, much less attempt it, yet for some reason you were compelled to see it through?

walking path curving right.
Path to the Unknown. Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach.

Perhaps it was something like Alex and Andrew’s idea to clean up plastic from our oceans which lead to 4ocean, a global movement!

Or perhaps it was something like Lorna Byrne who never finished primary school because of her dyslexia, and now she writes best-selling books about angels.

I recently attended an inspiring talk given by a woman named Casey who, while riding her bike in 2009, was struck by a car, which left one side of her body non-functioning. She has been relying on a wheelchair for mobility ever since.

Well, Casey came up with one such inspired goal and this past May, she managed to complete an ambitious, amazing, and extraordinary achievement in her wheelchair!

Casey and her husband, Jason, went on an adventure of a lifetime and together for five days, they crossed the Camino de Santiago to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela!

Wow!

map of El Camino.
Map of the Camino with Ponferrada highlighted.
Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach.

History of the El Camino

The Camino de Santiago (Pilgrimage of Compostela), known in English as “the Way of Saint James,” is an interlacing network of trails for pilgrims which eventually leads to the Shrine of the Apostle Saint James the Great, in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain.

By the way, Saint James was one of the 12 apostles of Jesus and he is also the patron saint of pilgrims. Saint James’ feast day is observed on July 25th – which is coming up soon – and I’m planning to go on a walk and BBQ with the Canadian Company of Pilgrims, Victoria chapter, to celebrate.

People have been walking the El Camino trails since the 9th Century, often for spiritual or religious reasons, but not necessarily, especially these days.

The El Camino network of trails, which travels through Spain, France, and Portugal and further into Europe, is also popular among hikers, cycling enthusiasts, horseback riders, solo travellers, and tour groups.

Mountains in Spain. Photo by Matthew Henry, Burst.

People come from all over the world to have a pilgrim’s experience on the El Camino. There’s something mystical and sacred about travelling day after day after day, rain or shine, along a well-worn route, in the footsteps of millions of others who came before you, with just the clothes on your back and stopping for meals and rest, until you ultimately reach your destination.

Going on a pilgrimage should be available to anyone who wants to go, but unfortunately, the trails are not designed for wheelchairs.

During her talk, Casey described some of the challenges she faced. Just getting to Europe from Victoria, Canada, by airplane would have been difficult enough.

She planned this trip for a year and she and her husband trained to prepare themselves as best they could for the obstacle course ahead of them.

While on the trail, Casey and her loving husband, Jason, (who didn’t come for his own reasons and only came to help her), encountered rocks the size of watermelons on the road, passages too narrow for her chair to go through, streams blocking the way, mud, stairs, uphills, downhills, tight washrooms, hot sun, rain, and once she even fell, but somehow they managed to get through it all and lived to tell the tale!

For the most part, Casey’s husband pushed her chair along the dusty, gravelly roads but they also relied on pulleys, friends, pilgrims, and strangers to help them along the way.

They ended up becoming trail celebrities with every new photo that was taken.

In a way, they enhanced other people’s pilgrimages too by giving them the opportunity to give back and be of service to someone who they met on their path, who was in need.

I’m sure it was a very spiritual experience in its own way and miracles did happen! Casey and Jason made many new friends, one of whom they found by chance who is also from the Victoria, BC area! Small world!

Cover of Tapas Cookbook. Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach.

Going on a Pilgrimage isn’t for Lightweights

As Casey said to me, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

Casey’s experience just goes to show, that even when there are rocks and hills and mud in the way and even if you cry and you argue out of sheer frustration, there’s a way to get through it. Don’t give up! You can do this!

There are plenty of challenges that come up, that are hard for anyone to get their head around. I can think of a thousand excuses not to embark on such a journey but now that I’ve met Casey and her husband, those excuses don’t hold any water.

If they can do it, I can do it!

My Own Pilgrimage

So, I’m excited to say that thanks to a gift for my 50th birthday from my generous family, I’ve got my tickets and I’m heading to Madrid, Spain, on September 17, 2019!

passports.
I’m so grateful I’m Canadian and I have the freedom to travel.
Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach.

I’ll be gone for two weeks, starting my walk from Ponferrada and then I’m going to walk with my backpack for about 275 kilometres (20-30 kilometres a day) through Spain, to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela!

It’s going to be amazing! I’m looking to have a spiritual experience however it shows up for me and I can’t wait to meet the people who will be walking along side me on the road.

“Hola, buenos días.”

And I’m planning to blog about my experience here in my Ammolite Goddess blog so you can follow my adventure.

Open Invitation

If walking the El Camino sounds like something you’d like to do, I recommend watching the movie, “The Way,” a 2010 film directed, produced, and written by Emilio Estevez, starring his father Martin Sheen, among others.

If you’re feeling called to do this, find a way!

To make things easier, I’m inviting you to join me in September. There’s still time to train and buy your gear and plan your trip!

As an added bonus, if you walk with me, I’ll be happy to give you your choice of foot and/or neck and shoulder massages every night! Just my way of giving back.

Also, as my friends had done for me, it will be my honour to take your prayers with me so if you’d like for me to pray for you or your loved ones, just contact me and I’ll add you to the list. There’s no charge for this and I’m happy to take your petitions the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and lift them in mediation and prayer.

I’ve been walking nearly every day to get in shape for my journey and I’m so grateful to my brother and nephew and my friend Jenny from California who have already gone on 3-5K nature hikes with me this summer. I consider them as part of my pilgrimage!

I’m open to walking with anyone else who is interested, either to help me prepare for my trip or to actually go with me to Spain! Let me know if you want to talk more about this.

Consider this an invitation. If you’re reading this post, it may be a sign that you’re meant to do this, too.

Don’t let excuses stop you from challenging yourself and experiencing something amazing and wonderful! If Casey can do it in a wheelchair, then we can finish the El Camino too!

Contact me if you’re interested!

Buen Camino, Maria

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Here Comes the Sun!

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined,

Henry David Thoreau
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined," Henry David Thoreau
Maria standing on a rock at Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Mark Koropecky

Wherever you are on the planet, on this 21st day of June, I’d like to wish you a beautiful, sunshiny day, and a fun, busy, and productive summer!

Today is the day in the Northern Hemisphere when we get the most daylight hours in the whole year and it just inspires everyone to wake up, stretch, and go outside!

Sunshine and summertime go hand in hand. Sunshine brings golden yellow light into our lives and the colour of yellow is all about personal power, confidence, and ambition!

Tapping into cheery yellow energy, via standing in the sunshine and our own solar plexus, helps connect us to joy, belly laughs, our gut instinct, and the Divine Masculine.

Summer is the time of year to go out there and take action towards your goals and dreams!

Let the long, bright days of the summer season inspire you to go to work and be seen in the light of day for the talented person you are. Be confident expressing your creativity as you earn a living. Go ahead and work up a sweat, get in shape, and get a healthy tan!

The sun shines on all of us equally!

Alternatively, if we don’t have enough sunshiny, yellow, summertime energy in our lives, we may experience low self-esteem, poor vision, a big Ego, difficulty going to work, a hard time making decisions, problems with digestion, or anger or control issues.

If that’s the case, you can remedy those issues quickly by choosing self-care activities that will help you feel full of energy and confidence and will get you out of the house and out in the world at large!

To inspire you to go outside already, please enjoy the photos I took of sunshine in all of its glory when I went to Sooke Potholes with my brother and nephew on June 15, 2019.

Sooke River, BC
Sooke Potholes near Victoria, BC.
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sunlight thru trees at Sooke Potholes.
Sunlight through trees near Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sunshine reflecting in the water.
Sunshine reflecting in the water showing us waves and particles!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
heart shaped pool at Sooke Potholes.
I couldn’t resist taking this heart-shaped photo at Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Maria Koropecky
Clear green water at Sooke Potholes.
Look how clear the water is at Sooke Potholes!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sunlight thru tree near Sooke Potholes.
Notice the solar flares dancing in the leaves of this tall tree!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
sun reflecting in the water.
The sun insisted on getting into this picture!
Photo by Maria Koropecky
Amidst the tall trees.
Tree friends standing with me in this photo near Sooke Potholes.
Photo by Mark Koropecky

Ultimately, summer is the time of year to make hay while the sun shines!

So go out there and get busy! It’s your time to shine! You can rest all you want in winter. 🙂

Crystal Mapping Sessions

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Morning Turmeric Drink Recipe

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

I’m so happy to say that since I’ve stopped eating snacks and desserts three months ago, I’ve lost 20 pounds and am able to run 14 minutes straight on the treadmill!

If you’re curious to read the whole story, please read my blog post, “Intermittent Fasting: How I Lost 12 Pounds During Lent.”

Morning Turmeric Detox Drink Recipe.

Here’s a recipe for a warm Turmeric Drink that has helped me along. My friend told me about this concoction and although I don’t drink it every day, I believe it’s a good drink to put on the menu every now and then.

I personally like the sourness of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar but the honey certainly helps balance things out.

A note on honey — whenever you can, eat local honey made by local bees. It will help you get acclimatized to your environment and may even reduce your allergy symptoms! Thanks, Bees!

As for the Cayenne pepper — that special kick will help you absorb the Vitamin C and the nutrients in the drink, so make sure to include it in your recipe.

I hope you make this drink for yourself. If you do, let me know how you like it. And don’t think it’s just for the morning — I personally like to drink it at lunch time.

And if you want some wellness coaching in regards to losing extra body weight in a sustainable and healthy way, by all means, contact me and make an appointment. I’d be happy to share from my experience with Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss.

Morning Turmeric Drink

Ingredients:

1 cup hot water
freshly squeezed juice from half a lemon
1 TB local honey (or real Maple syrup)
1-2 TB Apple Cider Vinegar (make sure it’s the kind with the “Mother”)
1/4 tsp Turmeric spice powder
pinch of Cayenne Pepper (or Black Pepper)

Method:

Boil the water. I like to set my kettle to 95 degrees Celsius. In the meantime, squeeze the juice from half a Lemon into a mug. Add Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, and Cayenne Pepper. Pour the hot water into the cup over the rest of the ingredients. Mix, taste, adjust seasonings if necessary, and enjoy!

Is Self-Care Selfish?

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Is self-care selfish? No, no, it is not.

(Not) All about me.

Even though practicing self-care is not selfish, for some reason, many of us feel uncomfortable about putting ourselves first on our own list and taking the time to take care of ourselves.

We’ve got to turn this thinking around because at the end of the day, if we don’t nurture our own body, mind, and spirit, and take care of ourselves, like we would a child, a family pet, or a even a plant, we won’t have anything more to give to anyone else.

Self-Care vs. Selfishness

There’s a big difference in attitude between self-care and selfishness.

Self-care is about giving attention, kindness, and nourishment to yourself so you can be at peace with yourself and be fully present for the people you love.

Being selfish is about focusing solely on one’s own ego, interests, agenda, gains, and superiority without concern for anyone else’s needs or preferences.

Selfish people don’t think about giving to others. It just doesn’t occur to them.

But Don’t Give Too Much Either!

There are also people who want to give and are very generous — they’ll give the shirt off their back, so to speak, — but they don’t have enough for themselves.

Giving from a place of lack is also misguided. If you have an extra shirt and you’re not using it, than that’s one thing, share it with someone else if you want.

But if you only have one shirt and you give your one shirt to someone who already has a shirt, leaving yourself without any shirts, to face the elements without any cover, than there’s a problem.

If you’re scrambling and struggling while you’re trying to give to others, than you’re not being fair to yourself and eventually you’re going to burn out. And then what are you going to do?

Leaving yourself with some measly crumbs or with nothing at all is not what generosity and self-care are about. Sadly, people who are depleted give too much because they don’t feel like they’re enough.

I think abundance and scarcity are two sides of the same coin.
The opposite of scarcity is enough, or what I call wholeheartedness, vulnerability, and worthiness; facing uncertainty, exposure, and emotional risks; and knowing that I am enough,

~ Brené Brown

Say it with me: “I AM ENOUGH. I am enough and I am worthy – right here, right now… today… exactly as I am!

Use Fountains as Reminders & Give from Your Abundance!

"Never give from the depth of your well but from your overflow." Rumi

“Never give from the depths of your well but from your overflow.”

Mystical poet Rumi

Give from your abundance! I strongly agree!

Giving generously is at its best when it comes from your abundance, like from the interest in your bank account rather than from the principle. Never give the goose away!

If you have extra of anything, by all means, give it to someone who will appreciate it.

For example, everyone has an excess of hugs and smiles to give and I’m sure everyone has at least one talent that they can share with others.

Give your gifts freely and with joy. Give from a place of having enough and that you are enough already.

However, if you don’t have it to begin with, things like time, money, or energy, don’t try to scrape the bottom of the barrel and think you’re being helpful.

In other words, fountains can’t fount if there’s nothing for them to draw from.

My point is, we’ve got to fill up our own well and keep it overflowing and fill our own needs first before we can give to and help others.

That’s where self-care comes in. Taking care of ourselves keeps our wells topped up. (Notice how the words “wells” and “wellness” are related). 🙂

There’s a Crystal for that…

Rose Quartz & Rainbows.
Wearing Rose Quartz jewelry helps remind us that we’re loveable and worthy.

If you’ve seen my “Let the Crystal Light the Way” video, you’ll know that Rose Quartz is all about self-care and self-love.

I often see one my coaching clients wear her lovely rose quartz earrings when we meet! That’s a simple act of self-care that anyone can practice.

Wellness Coaching Services Available with Maria by Appointment

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all of the things you have to do and all of the people you feel you have to please, and you don’t have any time or energy left for yourself, I’d love to help you as a wellness coach.

I strongly believe that practicing self-care goes hand in hand with wellness coaching and it would be my honour to help you feel more loving towards yourself and others.

Wellness Coach Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness.

Please contact me today and let’s talk!

It’s time you put yourself first in your own life!

Crystal Mapping Sessions

Would you like to have some spiritual guidance on this topic? Consider signing up for a Crystal Mapping Session with Spa Therapist and Wellness Coach, Maria Koropecky. Email Maria to book your Crystal Mapping Session today!