We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawna Moulton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shawna, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
First and foremost, the most important thing that I have done as a parent is to share the Gospel with them and living it at all times. I am flawed and mess up frequently so the next important thing I do is take ownership when I miss the mark, apologize and ask for forgiveness. I believe it’s important to teach my kids to own their mess, learn from it, apologize for it, and grow from it. I believe modeling this for our children has shaped them into empathetic, responsible, resilient individuals, whom I LOVE to be around.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In 2018 a friend told me to become a LPC. I laughed and said, “No way! I am not smart enough! I could never get into graduate school!” I actually believed that to be true. School had always been difficult and while I did graduate from college, it was challenging, but this thought was stuck in my head….I mean I did love helping people. So, I went and signed up for the GRE. I didn’t tell a soul because if I failed, I didn’t want anyone to know. I studied and took the test two weeks later and PASSED!! Holy smokes! No way, I thought! Maybe I’m not dumb….So I proceeded to apply for graduate school, got accepted, registered and then everything came to a halt. I felt so strongly that I should not go through with it. I felt like the Lord truly was trying to get me to believe that I was not dumb. My mindset changed at that point. I CAN DO ANYTHING I SET MY MIND TO!
In 2019 I was feeling stir crazy, I was in year 9 of teaching. While I didn’t want to be a therapist, it was still a deep desire of mine to work with people by helping them become the best version of themself. I did some research and decided to proceed with The John Maxwell Life Coaching Program, where I became a Certified Life Coach, Speaker, and Trainer.
In early 2020 I began coaching clients, shortly thereafter Covid hit and my business took off. As a teacher we were sent home for the remainder of the year so it was truly win-win for me…until I went back into the classroom in the Fall where I was teaching face-to-face and virtually every single day, every single period. It was taking a toll on me. Something had to give and the most logical was to put my life coaching in the back seat.
I was progressively disliking teaching more and more. In January 2021 I found myself to be the most unhealthy that I have ever been. When I went to get dressed after the Christmas break my clothes physically would not go on. I knew I needed to do something, but I had tried everything and honestly had very little motivation until I saw my friend’s, Ashlie Rich’s, weight loss story. I immediately sent her a message asking what the heck she was doing. She called me, shared, and I started a few days later. I lost 35 pounds in 3 months and I have since gone on to lose 50 pounds. Everyone was asking what I was doing so I referred them to my amazing health coach. She then said, “Look, I am happy to coach them, but they’re your friends and family, they know, like and trust you….and it’s a layer of accountability for you.” I knew that I didn’t want to go back to the way I was so I decided to explore what coaching would look like for me. Over the next several months I became a Certified Health Coach.
By the time fall 2021 came around I was so done with teaching. So much had changed since I had started. I no longer felt like I was able to make the impact that I once had. I started working with Molly and Jon Rutty, my Business Coaches. I expressed that I was ready to leave teaching and that I would need to replace my income. We work together several times a month to ensure that I can hit my goals. I resigned from teaching July 1, 2022.
It is terrifying to leave a secure paycheck but I knew it was time to take the leap of faith and go all in with my Life and Health Coaching business. It has not been easy. I work every single day! Not all day, but every day and it is so rewarding.
What sets me apart from others is that I am very approachable, relatable, and welcoming personality that you are sure to connect and feel comfortable sharing with. I take the time to listen and truly understand your needs and challenges. I accept you for who and where you are and will help you identify and overcome the barriers that have held you back from setting and achieving your goals. I take a holistic approach to help you make important, lasting lifestyle changes to improve your physical and emotional wellbeing, incrementally, one small shift at a time – the key is one small shift at a time where you do not feel overwhelmed. I help you change the way you see yourself and push you to go in the direction to achieve your goals. I provide high-level coaching and accountability and will challenge you to take action and to stretch outside of your current comfort zone which will result in your transformation. I will help you move from where you are now to where you want to be and then navigates obstacles, challenges, and opportunities that appear along the way.
Some lessons that I have learned along the way are:
1) It turns out, I’m not dumb! Haha! No, seriously! This was a gamechanger for me! The realization that I can actually achieve whatever I truly desire is life-giving.
2) We all have a story. It is important and it needs to be told – ALL of it! The good, the bad, and the ugly because nothing is wasted!
3) My business is not about me! It is all about you, my client. Whatever your goal is, is my goal and I will show you how to get there.
4) Communication is key in both my personal and professional World – say what you need, NO ONE can read your mind!
5) When people tell me no, they’re not telling ME no, they’re telling themselves no. That’s okay! I will be right here when they are ready.
If there is one thing that I want you to remember from my story it would be that I see you. You matter. YOU, my beautiful friend, YOU are made for a purpose! You are so valuable. You are worthy. You are loved. You were made wonderfully complex. Think about that! Yes! All of your emotions, all of your goodness, all of your jacked upness (that’s a word now) ALL of it is for a purpose! And if you are still breathing, you are not yet done. So, please, please – don’t give up!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend were coming….oh boy!
Saturday – I pick them up from the airport and we swing by Ritas in Rosenberg for authentic mexican food!
Sunday – We wake up and go to Grand Parkway Baptist Church so that we are filled for the week and so that I can introduce them to some of my friends that I do life with here. After church we pick up take-out from Ninjas, our kids favorite Japanese food. We come home, visit around the table and then we put on our bathing suits because it’s sunny and my pool is calling our name. We float around in the pool drinking soda water with lime laughing about past memories while creating new ones.
Monday – We pack some snacks, towels, sunblock and plenty of water and head out for the day at the beach. We go to Surfside because it’s a short 1 hour 15 minute drive. It’s not crowded at all, which I love. We spend the day between jumping waves and laying out and catching up. We head home, shower, and laugh on the couch telling Daron all about our day
Tuesday – We sleep in until 9, wake up and sip on coffee and continue to just enjoy each others company. Around 11:30 we drive to downtown Richmond and have lunch at the quaint Sandy McGee’s. I eat the famous spinach salad and 1/2 max out sandwich with fresh fruit. After lunch we go get a manicure and pedicure and that evening we go watch my son’s football game.
Wednesday – We pack a towel, lawn chairs, tubes, snacks and water again and head to the San Marcos River. It’s 2 hours and 15 minutes away. The river is cool and refreshing. We just enjoy each others company. We stop at Blake’s in Luling for dinner on the way home.
Thursday – We sleep in until 9, wake up and sip on coffee and read a while. I do her laundry so that she goes home with a clean suitcase. We either hang out by the pool again or head into Houston to some hiking trails or shopping, whatever she wants to do. Then we head home where I grill my famous jalapeno burgers.
Friday – We stop at Mugz coffee on the way to drop you off at the airport
What a great week!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Matthew Whalen has added so much value to my life. He saw my strengths and encouraged me to go beyond teaching. Because of Matthew‘s belief in me, I am now a Certified Life Coach. I deleted everything beyond that sentence)
Ashlie Rich is my dear friend who has helped me achieve optimal health.
Molly and Jon Rutty are the most incredible Business Coaches out there. They partner with me and my goals to make them a reality. Through their leadership and training, I provide high-level coaching and accountability where I challenge my clients to take action and to stretch outside of their current comfort zone which results in lasting transformation.
Last but certainly not least, my incredible husband, Daron Moulton. He has given me the space and grace to become the best version of myself and values my desires by allowing me to step away from the “security blanket” of teaching into entrepreneurship.