We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenn Edgar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenn, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
When you work with a health coach, you are working with a guide, an accountability partner. They don’t tell you what you need to do, however, based on your personal goals they will help you narrow down 1-2 to focus on and provide recommendations. It’s similar to hiring a personal trainer, except instead of working on specific physical fitness goals, you are working on goals that span all realms of health.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It all started when I began my own wellness journey. I worked with two health coaches and began to dig deep. I learned how to listen to my body and give it what it needed—not only through nutrition and movement, but through all areas of my life. My own journey inspired me to help others find their path too. The biggest thing I have learned is that it will always be a journey–becoming holistically healthy is not a one-stop destination. I am always on my own journey to being the most well I can be, but I do stumble too. What I am proud of is that because I am on my own journey too, I am relatable. It’s not easy, and we always need support of others.
I am a certified health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I have spent close to two decades working in education, but was inspired to expand my breadth into the wellness field after working alongside my own health coach. In the time I worked with them, I learned how to truly invest in and care for my body and as a result I gained confidence, created better boundaries, lost weight, and found the foods that nourished my body. That journey was so transformational that I pursued certification so that I could help others on their personal wellness journey.
I am not a full-time wellness and lifestyle coach, but there may come a day where I can be. It’s difficult to start your own business, especially when you already work full-time elsewhere. Additionally, as I strive to maintain balance in my life, as well as remove toxic elements, those add additional challenges–If I work constantly, that throws other areas of my life out of balance. Social media has become toxic (and addictive, for some), and choosing not to have much of a social media presence is hard as a business owner, but it definitely helps my mental and emotional health. It’s a constant balancing act, as I strive to practice what I preach.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take my friend out on one of the 600+ miles of bike trails in the Denver-Metro area–my favorite stretch is the Mary Carter Green trail. Additionally, we’d do some stand-up paddle boarding at Chatfield, and check out some of my favorite local breweries–Baere Brewing in Denver and Holidaily in Golden. Depending on the time of year (and COVID restrictions), catching an Avs game or maybe browsing The Tattered Cover.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My path to becoming a certified health coach was inspired by Kelsey Lamb, of Kelsey Lamb Wellness, and Betty Jean Bell of Being Badass. Both of these amazing women helped me heal, and that process helped me realize I wanted to help others heal as well.