10 Benefits of Self-Care

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

I have recently walked my own life-changing Camino in Spain and I firmly believe I could not have gone on my adventure and climbed those mountains without practicing self-care first.

I’m a new woman!

Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness Coach.
Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

In the months preceding my big trip, I made self-care my priority.

  1. I practiced my easy version of Intermittent Fasting and managed to release over 11 kilos (25 pounds)
  2. I built up my physical strength by working out and going on long wellness walks in my neighbourhood
  3. I also looked under the hood and re-calibrated my mindset. I started telling myself a new, more empowering story and my life changed exponentially, for the better!

Now, I continue to practice self-care in one shape or other every day and it’s part of my lifestyle.

Self-Care Works!

Self-care is any activity – like applying cream on your hands, or writing in a journal, or admiring a flower – that we do deliberately – in order to take care of our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.

Just to be clear, self-care is NOT being:

• lazy
• egotistical
• selfish
• self-centered
• narcissistic
• and it’s not another chore for you to get through!

(Not) All about me.
Self-Care is NOT being lazy, egotistical, selfish or narcissistic.

The benefits of self-care are far reaching!

10 Benefits of Self-Care

1. Peace of Mind

Self-care is about giving yourself attention, kindness and nourishment so you can be at peace with yourself and be present for your loved ones.

2. Compassion

Self-care starts from within and practicing self-care allows you to give yourself compassion and love – love that doesn’t depend on something or someone outside of you.

two green hearts.
Start with self-compassion. Photo by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

3. Healing

Self-care is a self-generating fountain and the beauty is, you are being both the giver and the receiver of loving kindness at the same time! You are both the healer and the healed!

4. Higher Self-Worth

Self-care is giving yourself the message that you are loveable, and you are worthy, and you matter, and you are safe, and you are enough – because that is the Truth!

5. Increased Longetivity & Quality of Life

One of my favourite clients, Myrtle, turned 102 in 2019! Myrtle is an inspiration to everyone she meets and if I ever reach my 100’s, I hope my quality of life is like hers and I hope yours is too. On-going self-care can really make a huge difference in the long run.

Happy New Year!

6. Friendlier Neighbours

Another bonus from self-care is when people see you taking care of yourself and treating yourself with kindness, they will treat you well also. If you carry yourself in a healthy way and believe you are worth it, others will mirror your positivity back to you and will be more friendly towards you.

7. Leadership

Also, when people start noticing your progress, they may even start to model your example (people like your kids, friends and co-workers) which will improve their health and relationships, and then the idea of self-care will ripple throughout the world, making the world a better place for us all.

8. Fun

Self-care is also fun! Can you picture yourself blending essential oils, or taking photos of flowers, or riding your bike like you did when you were a kid?

Man jumping fence.
Self-Care gives you the freedom to fly! Photo by Brodie Vissers, Burst

9. Freedom

Being healthy in body, mind and spirit gives you freedom to explore your world in whatever way you want. Self-care helps you let go of the shackles that have been weighing you down and allows you to travel light.

10. Giving from your Abundance

Ultimately, self-care is a way to fill up your own well and keep it replenished, so you can give to others from the overflow and from your abundance! That means, no more scraping from the bottom of the barrel!

Who is into giving from your abundance?

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is available to you once you start practicing self-care!

Good News!

I have created a 21-Day Self-Care Challenge
to help you with your self-care and
it starts on Monday, December 2, 2019!

Take the 21 day self-care challenge and start 2020 with a bang!
Sign up today!
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Just in time for the new year, the big 2020!

Here’s your chance to design your own custom self-care plan to calm your nerves and improve your health and start 2020 – a new year and a new decade – with a bang!

Bonuses for participating in the 21-Day Self-Care Challenge

  1. You will have an at-a-glance calendar of all of the daily self-care activities
  2. We will meet each day on Zoom at 12pm Mountain Time for a 15-minute check-in and energy boost
  3. You will have access to the 21-Day Self-Care Challenge Facebook group
  4. You are invited to schedule 2 complimentary, on-the-house, 60-minute wellness coaching sessions with me, Maria, in January 2020 (value of $450 CAD)
  5. And, by the end of this 21-Day Challenge, you will feel stronger, wiser, more vibrant and more empowered than ever before!
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All of this for just $245 CAD!

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About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a certified Wellness Coach and Storyteller with a background in spa therapy and self-care.

Maria specializes in helping women and the men in our lives to gain CLARITY, STRENGTH and FREEDOM on the journey of life: CLARITY about their vision, STRENGTH to keep going and FREEDOM to live their life the way they want.

Currently, Maria is looking to expand her reach and help others achieve their own wellness goals. Please visit MariaKoropecky.com to book your next Wellness Coaching session with Maria today.

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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!

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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

If you’d like to talk with me more about my Wellness Coaching services, especially if you’re interested in focusing on Intermittent Fasting and Wellness Walking to start, book an appointment for a Crystal Mapping Session today!

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I’ve Changed My Business Name to Ammolite Wellness Coaching!

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

Big News! Effective as of July 1, 2019, I’m so happy to announce that I’ve changed my business name from Crystal Clear Coaching to Ammolite Wellness Coaching!

Ammolite Wellness Coaching.

I hope you like the new name, Ammolite Wellness Coaching and logo I’ve created as much as I do! I particularly like how there are two m’s, two l’s and two s’s in the name!

The Symbol Works on 3 Levels:

In my mind, the symbol I drew for my Ammolite Wellness Coaching logo, works on three levels.

First, the colourful spiral represents the appearance of the rainbow-coloured Ammolite gemstone. Notice the rainbow pattern in the lines – it was a stroke of luck how I figured out how to do that in PhotoShop! – more on the significance of Ammolites here…

Second, the three-dimensional spiral path that travels and curves around a never-ending central point is both part of the structure of the Ammolite itself and is reminiscent of a labyrinth – more on the significance of spirals and labyrinths here…

Third, the circular shape in my Ammolite Wellness Coaching logo also looks like a brain which is a nod to mindfulness and to the modality and process of wellness coaching, as I see it! — more on the significance of wellness coaching here…

Pretty clever right?

Ammolite Wellness Coaching represents a fresh start for me and I’m looking forward to expanding my reach in the world with this new business name!

But rest assured, I’m keeping all of the good things from before, including the domain name www.MariaKoropecky.com (for now), Crystal Mapping, Colourful Self-Care, and high quality, Wellness Coaching sessions!

And even though I have a new business name, Ammolite Wellness Coaching, I’m still going to continue helping women and the men in our lives to feel stronger, wiser, more vibrant, and more empowered than ever before!

If you’d like to talk with me more about my Wellness Coaching services, especially if you’re interested in focusing on Intermittent Fasting and Wellness Walking to start, book an appointment for a Crystal Mapping Session today!

And let me know what you think of the new name, Ammolite Wellness Coaching and logo! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Seeking to Build a Wellness Meetup Leadership Team

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Calling all Wellness Professionals in Victoria, BC!

I have an idea for a Wellness Meetup-type Group that I’d like to launch here in Victoria by the start of summer, 2019.

by Matthew Henry from Burst

Essentially, as a Wellness Coach, I’d like to collaborate with other wellness professionals in the area like:

  1. Acupuncturists
  2. Aromatherapists
  3. Artists
  4. Athletes
  5. Authors
  6. Bloggers
  7. Caregivers
  8. Chair Massage Practitioners
  9. Chefs
  10. Chiropractors
  11. Counsellors
  12. Energy Healers
  13. Entrepreneurs
  14. Estheticians
  15. Event Planners
  16. Financial Planners
  17. Hair Stylists
  18. Health & Safety Officers
  19. Holistic Dentists
  20. Life Coaches
  21. Massage Therapists
  22. Motivational Speakers
  23. Musicians
  24. Nurses
  25. Nutritionists
  26. Personal Trainers
  27. Physio Therapists
  28. Reiki Masters
  29. Retreat Leaders
  30. Social Workers
  31. Spa Therapists
  32. Spiritual Advisors
  33. Teachers
  34. Tour Guides
  35. Veterinarians
  36. Wellness Store Staff Members
  37. Workplace Wellness Coordinators
  38. Workshop Facilitators
  39. Yoga Instructors, etc…
by Nick Chung from Burst

And create a monthly event that will allow us to showcase our wellness products and services to health & wellness enthusiasts here in the Greater Victoria area.

The yet-to-be-launched Meetup-type group will center around the importance of practicing daily Self-Care.

So if helping people practice self-care is part of your family-friendly business, join us!

Member participation involves attending a Wednesday night planning meeting and renting a booth at the Self-Care & Wellness Fair on Sundays, once a month.

You’ll also have opportunities to speak and give presentations to further extend your reach.

by Matthew Henry from Burst.

And of course you’ll get to know and have a chance to collaborate with other like-minded Wellness Professionals in a positive environment.

This is a big idea and I’m going to need some help getting it rolling!

So, if you’re a Wellness Professional based on Vancouver Island near Victoria, who’d like to:

• volunteer on this Wellness Meetup Leadership Team,
• get in on the ground floor of this opportunity,
• be the go-to practitioner in your field, and
• organically build your clientele here in Victoria,

please express your interest to me, Maria, by email.

Wellness Coach Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness.

In your email, let me know your area of expertise, why you like this idea, and anything you can contribute to Meetup group (like a venue for example) and we’ll arrange a time to meet.

Also, if you know someone who’d be so up for this, kindly share this blog post with them!

If by chance you’re only interested in joining the group once it’s up and running and not joining the leadership team, and would like to be notified of our next meeting, that’s OK, just send me your contact details and I’ll keep you posted.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

I believe this Wellness Professionals Group has tremendous potential!

Let’s make Victoria, BC the wellness and self-care capital of Canada!

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12 Things to Look for in a Great Wellness Coach

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Are you interested in healing a health concern in your life? Would you like to work with a Wellness Coach? If yes, you may also be wondering, “How on earth am I going to find a qualified wellness coach” and “where do I start?”

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

First, to find a qualified Wellness Coach, do an online search using the keywords “wellness coach” and “your city.” You might also like to add the words, “best” and “near me.”

Also, ask your friends and co-workers for a referral — maybe they know of someone who does a good job.

With today’s technology, you don’t necessarily have to live in the same city or area as your Wellness Coach, but scheduling appointments is much easier when you live in the same time zone.

Another good idea is to keep an eye out for upcoming live wellness-related workshops, talks, and events in your area. Hearing a Wellness Coach speak is a great way to preview their professional style and area of focus and it’s a wonderful chance to meet likeminded people, too!

Come up with a list of at least three names, (my brother told my mother to find three bids on her home renovations and I think that’s good advice when you’re thinking about hiring any professional services).

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Once you have your list, take the time to review their websites and then call them to see if you can set up a consultation appointment to meet them — either through online video, by phone, or in person — to see what they’re all about.

Consultation Appointment

As you’re meeting with a prospective Wellness Coach, look to see if they have the following qualities:

  1. Interpersonal skills: Do they make you feel comfortable? Do they establish a good connection with you? Do you like them enough to spend time with them?
  2. Communication skills: Are they explaining their work in a way that makes sense? Are they actively listening to what you have to say?
  3. Professional: Are they presenting themselves in a professional manner? Do they take pride in their appearance?
  4. Caring Personality: Do they have a friendly, calm, patient, and caring nature?
  5. Practice Self-Care: Are they walking their talk, practicing what they preach, and taking good care of themselves?
  6. Empathetic and Compassionate: Can you tell if they have an understanding of what it’s like to be in your shoes?
  7. Knowledgeable: Are they knowledgeable in their field of practice?
  8. Self Confidence: Do they know their own value and the value of their coaching services? Are they assertive enough? Are they good at solving problems and making decisions?
  9. Physical Stamina: Do they have the energy and stamina needed to keep up with the demands of their profession?
  10. Flexibility: Are they willing to be flexible to accommodate your needs?
  11. Trustworthy: Do they come across as honest, trustworthy, respectful, and reliable?
  12. Like their work: Do they enjoy what they do for a living and do they genuinely smile often?

Hopefully, you’ll have a check mark next to all of the above. Feel free to add you’re your own preferences to this list as well. You’ll also want to keep your eye out for any of the following red flags:

Red Flags

  1. Distracted by drama: Are they focusing on you, the client, or are they busy with something else?
  2. Closed Communication: Is it hard to reach them by phone or email? Are they dismissive or rude?
  3. Burnout: Are they showing signs of fatigue, depression, stress, and burn out?
  4. Frazzled: Are they unkempt? Are they organized? Are they running late?
  5. Arrogance & Snobbiness: Is their nose in the air? Is their ego in the way?
  6. Judginess: Do they make you feel bad about yourself by judging your appearance, age, state of health, lifestyle choices, marital status, etc?
  7. Exorbitant Fees or Bargain Pricing: Are their coaching fees in line with other life coaches and wellness coaches or are they way too low or way too high for the market?
  8. Gut Instinct: Do you have a bad feeling when you’re talking to them?

If the consultation goes well, go ahead and book your coaching sessions. But if any of these red flags show up, then go with the person you feel will help you the most.

Taking the time to arrange a consultation appointment and meeting a prospective wellness coach on the phone or in person is a great way to see if you click before you make any long-term commitments.

Working with a talented Wellness Coach is definitely worth the investment and I hope you find a great Wellness Coach who ticks all of the boxes!

Wellness Coach Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness.

And, if you’d like to meet me, Maria, for a complimentary consultation appointment to see if you’d like to work with me as a Wellness Coach, I’m currently offering Free Crystal Mapping Sessions. If you’re interested, please call or email me. I’d be happy to meet you online or in person (if you live in Victoria, BC) at your convenience.

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How to Save an Extra $1378 this Year

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Since we’re heading into a new year, I thought it would be nice to share a system to save an extra $1378 in 52 weeks.

Who couldn’t use an extra $1378 in their pocket one year from now?

piggy bank.
Matthew Henry, photographer

52-Week Money Challenge

It’s called the 52-Week Money Challenge.

You may have come across this 52-Week Money Challenge system before and you may have thought it was a good idea, but for some reason you didn’t follow through. Well, it’s a new year and a new you so let’s give it another try together!

And if you have managed to save money with this challenge in previous years, please let us know in the comments and share your tips on how to be a successful saver!

In my coaching conversations, I talk about practicing self-care often and saving money is part of a healthy Financial Self-Care plan. I highly recommend getting into the habit of paying yourself first and tucking away some money for your future!

Anyway, I’m planning to follow this 52-week Money Savings Challenge myself each week for the next 12 months and I’m inviting you to join me. It’ll be fun!

Instructions

There are 3 different ways that you can participate in this 52-Week Money Savings Challenge so don’t feel like you have to follow it to the original letter (Option #1) to be successful.

Option #1 — Original Method

  • Week: 1, Deposit: $1, Account Balance: $1
  • Week: 2, Deposit: $2, Account Balance: $3
  • Week: 3, Deposit: $3, Account Balance: $6
  • Week: 4, Deposit: $4, Account Balance: $10
  • Week: 5, Deposit: $5, Account Balance: $15
  • Week: 6, Deposit: $6, Account Balance: $21
  • Week: 7, Deposit: $7, Account Balance: $28
  • Week: 8, Deposit: $8, Account Balance: $36
  • Week: 9, Deposit: $9, Account Balance: $45
  • Week: 10, Deposit: $10, Account Balance: $55
  • Week: 11, Deposit: $11, Account Balance: $66
  • Week: 12, Deposit: $12, Account Balance: $78
  • Week: 13, Deposit: $13, Account Balance: $91
  • Week: 14, Deposit: $14, Account Balance: $105
  • Week: 15, Deposit: $15, Account Balance: $120
  • Week: 16, Deposit: $16, Account Balance: $136
  • Week: 17, Deposit: $17, Account Balance: $153
  • Week: 18, Deposit: $18, Account Balance: $171
  • Week: 19, Deposit: $19, Account Balance: $190
  • Week: 20, Deposit: $20, Account Balance: $210
  • Week: 21, Deposit: $21, Account Balance: $231
  • Week: 22, Deposit: $22, Account Balance: $253
  • Week: 23, Deposit: $23, Account Balance: $276
  • Week: 24, Deposit: $24, Account Balance: $300
  • Week: 25, Deposit: $25, Account Balance: $325
  • Week: 26, Deposit: $26, Account Balance: $351
  • Week: 27, Deposit: $27, Account Balance: $378
  • Week: 28, Deposit: $28, Account Balance: $406
  • Week: 29, Deposit: $29, Account Balance: $435
  • Week: 30, Deposit: $30, Account Balance: $465
  • Week: 31, Deposit: $31, Account Balance: $496
  • Week: 32, Deposit: $32, Account Balance: $528
  • Week: 33, Deposit: $33, Account Balance: $561
  • Week: 34, Deposit: $34, Account Balance: $595
  • Week: 35, Deposit: $35, Account Balance: $630
  • Week: 36, Deposit: $36, Account Balance: $666
  • Week: 37, Deposit: $37, Account Balance: $703
  • Week: 38, Deposit: $38, Account Balance: $741
  • Week: 39, Deposit: $39, Account Balance: $780
  • Week: 40, Deposit: $40, Account Balance: $820
  • Week: 41, Deposit: $41, Account Balance: $861
  • Week: 42, Deposit: $42, Account Balance: $903
  • Week: 43, Deposit: $43, Account Balance: $946
  • Week: 44, Deposit: $44, Account Balance: $990
  • Week: 45, Deposit: $45, Account Balance: $1035
  • Week: 46, Deposit: $46, Account Balance: $1081
  • Week: 47, Deposit: $47, Account Balance: $1128
  • Week: 48, Deposit: $48, Account Balance: $1176
  • Week: 49, Deposit: $49, Account Balance: $1225
  • Week: 50, Deposit: $50, Account Balance: $1275
  • Week: 51, Deposit: $51, Account Balance: $1326
  • Week: 52, Deposit: $52, Account Balance: $1378

Option #2 — Random Method

Option #2 uses the same chart as above, but instead of following the incremental order as outlined, you can pick any amount from the list and deposit that amount during any given week. You may want to get some of the bigger ones out of the way early so they don’t all pile up at the end and stop your progress. Just remember to check them off as you go!

Option #3 — Equal Installments Method

Option #3 is perhaps the easiest option of the them all. Some people stop doing the 52-Week Savings Challenge part-way through because they forget which week they’re on and how much they’re supposed to deposit at that time.

The answer is depositing the same amount into your savings account each week, every week. No pressure, no guesswork. In this case, if you still want to go for having an extra $1378 at the end of the year, just deposit $26.50 each week (or $1378/52 weeks) like clockwork for 52 straight weeks!

Whatever option you choose, have some fun with this. Remember you’re a creative and resourceful human being — you can find this extra cash if you keep your eyes open!

But if you happen to miss some weeks, that’s OK. Just pick up where you left off and keep going. Even a fraction of the $1378 is better than nothing!

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Tips to Save Money

First of all, in order to start saving money on a regular basis, it’s important to have a safe place to keep your cash. You can open up a designated Savings account at your bank. You can also save your cash in a special jar at home.

Just make sure you know your opening balance in your Savings account or piggy bank before you start adding cash so you know your starting point and then watch your savings grow from there!

Some experts suggest moving 10% of your paycheques into your savings account each time you get paid before you spend it anywhere else. You can set this up automatically with your bank.

You can also slide a certain dollar amount or percentage over to your savings account every time you use your debit card.

Also, if you get paid in tips, (which is free money in a way) try salting those coins and dollar bills away instead of spending them.

Another savings trick is to pay cash for everything. It’s old school but it may help you be more conscious of where you’re spending your money and how much you have on hand. Also, anytime you have some change leftover from your cash purchases, set it aside as well!

With cash, you also save your money because you’re not paying interest charges on top of the original purchase price for years on end on your credit cards. Why pay unnecessary bank charges?

Another savings tip comes after you buy something on sale. You know how your receipt often says, “You saved X-amount of dollars on your purchase?” Well, if you want, you can quickly move that same X-amount of dollars into your Savings account right after your shopping trip and actually save the money before you spend it on something you don’t really need. And then you’ve actually saved the money the store said you did!

If you’re starting with me today, you have until end of day on Saturday, January 5, 2019 to make your first deposit. Of course, you can start this anytime of year.

During this first week, think about what you’d like to do with your cash in 365 days. Knowing the why behind your effort and commitment to saving your money will help you stay focussed on your goals.

So, what is your intention for saving this money?

  • Are you saving money to go on a trip?
  • Are you paying for your own upcoming wedding?
  • Are you planning to put the cash towards a downpayment on a house or car?
  • Are you thinking of investing in yourself by going back to school or signing up for a coaching program?
  • Do you want to give this money as a gift to someone else?

Whatever you do, don’t say you’re saving money “for a rainy day” because that’s too vague and you’ll just end up creating a bunch of rainy days.

Save for something you’re excited about having one day. In our culture, we’re all about getting instant gratification but I invite you to train yourself to think beyond instant gratification and strive for the long-term. That’s what savings is all about!

Also, please resist the temptation to withdraw from your Savings Account before the end of the year! Keep it to DEPOSIT ONLY!

Add some Sparkle to this Savings Challenge

Also, as a bonus option, if you want to add some sparkle to your 52-week money savings challenge, you can:

  • Create a Pinterest Board or Vision Board
  • Say affirmations like, “My Savings account is growing and growing each day.”
  • Wear crystal jewellery such as Amazonite, Amber, Bloodstone, Citrine, Garnet, Green Aventurine, Jade, Morganite, Peridot, and Tiger’s Eye to remind yourself of your goals.
  • Use cloves as an essential oil and in cooking because it helps with prosperity.

Please let me know if you’d like to participate in this challenge and we can help each other stay on track. I’m looking forward to celebrating with you at the end of the year next year!

Good luck! Maria

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When Beliefs Become Corrupted

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed the other day, I came across this classic Mr. Bean video my friend had posted.

It’s from the Merry Christmas Mr. Bean TV episode where Mr. Bean can’t resist playing with a Christmas-themed display at a department store.

Here’s the clip from Merry Christmas Mr. Bean (1992) that I’m talking about.

The familiar Christmas scene starts off in a manger where the father, (Joseph), and mother, (Mary), are shushing the animals so they don’t wake the newborn baby, (Jesus). BTW, shushing animals is funny all by itself.

As more and more characters (who are obviously not from Bethlehem, 2000+ years ago) make their entrance and disrupt the peace and quiet, mayhem ensues and you’ve got a dinosaur, a robot, an angel, and a helicopter, and others, in the mix.

It’s a pretty ridiculous collection of misfits converging on a simple nativity scene, but still, it’s good, old-fashioned Christmas humour at its finest!

Anyway, as I was watching Mr. Bean move the toy figurines around the manger, I thought, as with all good art and comedy, there’s a deeper truth here at play.

Sure, Mr. Bean is like a child playing with his toys where imagination wins over standard rules of logic and historical accuracy — that’s wonderful! We should all dip into that well every now and then.

But underneath all of that, he’s pointing to… of all things… beliefs.

A belief is an idea that a person holds to be true and important.

And this video shows just how easily beliefs can escalate and get out of hand and not make sense anymore and if that’s the case, are they really worth defending so strongly?

Beliefs come up in coaching conversations all of the time. Beliefs, which include the stories we tell ourselves and the way we think, can significantly help us or hinder us in our lives. 

In coaching, we identify beliefs that may be interfering with what our clients are trying to accomplish and then help clear them out of the way. If you become aware of your beliefs, then you can change them for something better.

Beliefs can be very stubborn and to us, in our mind and experience, our own beliefs make perfect, logical sense. The more we repeat them, the more we believe them, and the more evidence we collect to confirm them.

Every now and then we have to take a look at our own beliefs to see if they’re still serving us. Perhaps in childhood, they served a purpose to help us survive, but now in adulthood, they’re interfering with our life and dreams for the future.

If you can take a look at the original belief before it took on a life of it’s own and got distorted and corrupted by other “ideas,” you can consciously choose to keep it or let it go — no tinkering or embellishments needed.

If the basic, original version still works, keep it, but if it no longer holds water and has become too complicated and corrupted, let it go.

The English major in me can see how Mr. Bean’s nativity sketch is actually a clever metaphor for how our personal beliefs get out of hand.

To Mr. Bean, building a nativity scene and adding sheep, army tanks, and Buckingham Palace Guards was a fun game with a beginning, middle, and ending and if you had managed to suspend your disbelief, the story would have been entertaining. But to the grouchy store clerk, the story was absurd and preposterous!

Your idea or belief may start off easy enough, (like a manger scene) and then all of a sudden, more and more stuff gets added to the story, stuff from out of the blue that doesn’t fit with the original intention, (like a helicopter flying overhead) and then as you’re watching this convoluted story unravel, you find yourself saying, “Whaattt? This doesn’t make any sense!”

And that’s how beliefs cause trouble.

As time moves on, more stories get piled up on more stories and some things get edited out and new generations interpret things differently and all of a sudden, 2000 years later, we celebrate the baby Jesus and Santa Claus at the same time.

And then Christmas, a truly sacred holy day, becomes controversial songs, late-night parties, over-indulging in food and drink, stress, buying stuff, and offending all kinds of people who have different religious, cultural, and political beliefs, that drags on for a month, and has completely lost its original message, which was:

a message of hope, joy, renewal, light, love, and peace to all.

If you’re celebrating Christmas this year, take some time to reflect on what it truly means to you.

Merry Christmas, Maria

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