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JENIFER ZAHARI 

 

Born and raised in a little town in Wisconsin with a rather large family, I have always had a passion for people. More than that, I have always wanted to help people smile. At home, I was generally the easy going one that would try to lift everyone’s spirits especially if I thought they were having a hard day. From the time I was a little girl I knew I wanted to create and do something that included others. I am grateful to have had the chance to work with thousands of people in my career in leadership and sales. It was clear to me that getting a certification to be a coach and bringing all the things I learned from working with others coupled with my life experiences, just made sense. In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband, son, family, friends, really anyone. I enjoy spending time and getting to know people. I am generally that person who will strike up a conversation in random places. I also enjoy anything active and outdoors, walking, weight training, running, hiking, biking, swimming, and traveling. And, I was in a really dark place for a while in life. I believe I was in about the fourth grade when my anxiety, insecurities, and self-doubt started building. I was raised that you had to be strong. We didn’t really show feelings or talk about them much when I was a kid. All I believed was no matter what was going on inside, outside should be strong and confident. Silently, I often questioned what other people would think if they really knew what was going on inside. As I was building my family and career, everything inside kept growing. Don’t get me wrong, I have had a great life but the anxiety and insecurities in many situations, showed up loud and strong. It was shortly after my 36th birthday. I learned I had a 4cm tumor in my throat. The year following my diagnosis and surgery was bad, it was really bad. The anxiety and depression I felt throughout the years skyrocketed. I had taken a promotion shortly before this, now traveling 2-3-4 days a week, it all took a major toll on my physical and mental well-being. On top of it all, my husband and I were not in a good place, I honestly did not know if we were going to make it. He took the news about my cancer really hard, I felt like I had to be the rock for all of us. No matter where I was, home or work, I didn’t feel like I ever had peace. It was a constant state of anxiousness, stress, it was a very lonely place. Life was so heavy, it felt like I was pulling a huge anchor behind me day in and day out. I needed someone to lean on. I was the one that always had to show up strong and confident, I could not possibly let anyone see me show weakness, at least that is how I felt. I couldn’t see a happy future in my work, in my relationship. And, I kept piling on the negative which added to the anxiety. Then it happened, what I now refer to as the most pivotal point in my life. I was at one of my offices on a call standing on the balcony of the second floor and thought, “what if I jump off”? There were several more severe times after this one, it is when I knew I had to figure it out. I knew leaving my son behind without his mom was simply not an option for me. My focus really was him at that point. I had to fight to be here for him, until I got enough “will to live” back to fight for me. This is when I started taking a LOT of action. I looked back to my life and reminded myself of every single time I demonstrated strength and resilience. I started reading every book I could get my hands on to learn how to resolve my anxiety and stress. I knew I had to get to the core of where it all started. I listened to a lot of podcasts and motivational stuff. Some helped more than others and really it all looked like a big rollercoaster of ups and downs. I hired a coach to help me work through it, I knew I needed someone to help guide me, someone to help me see what my blind spots were. Someone that could give me an outside perspective. I also started working with energy healers to further release negative emotions and regain my internal energy. I learned how to use my voice and get comfortable being me. It has been the most empowering shift in my whole life. Are you ready to get comfortable, being you? I can tell you now, seven years from that fateful day that I learned I had cancer, I am stronger than I have ever been in life and I am so grateful for having the internal fight to take action and the people along the way that helped me heal”. Friends, it is my mission to bring all my experience and knowledge forward to help people to their “happy” in life. If you are ready to let go of the guilt, anxiety, pain, uncertainty, if you are ready to be happy and at peace with your life, I invite you to get in touch with me. I would love to connect.