Spread Wellness

Spreading Wellness

Hello Wellness Warriors,

Tonight as I send this out to you it is the eve of the eve of my first YOLO WELLness workshop and I am enjoying the excitement of starting something new.  I can’t wait to welcome this first group–and hopefully more of you really soon.

Thank you all so very much for the heartfelt messages, encouragements, and support.  It has been blissfully overwhelming. I am indeed humbled and grateful that you are choosing to come along on this YOLO Wellness journey.  

Many of you asked me the same question so I will “reply all” here:

The question went something like “What exactly is it that YOLO WELL will be doing/offering?”  

The formal answer is that after about 12 years in the wellness coaching business, I have officially closed my practice–Choicepoint Wellness.  I have been blessed that my “work” has allowed me to be a part of people’s lives as they pursued a more balanced, present and healthful lifestyle.  To all of you out there that let me be a small part of your journey – Namaste.

But my work of spreading wellness is only just beginning.  

Many of you know that I have spent the past year+ dreaming of building YOLO WELL.  I have looked at spaces in Downtown Davis and Winters, I had meetings with potential partners, and even wrote my first ever business plan.  I have consulted with many of you as I prepared to embark on this big personal and professional leap. While there is no one person or reason that affected my choice – two moments stick out specifically. The first was a good friend who has owned a health-oriented business herself. We were chatting after a good workout and I was just about to go on a family trip to Michigan for a long weekend.  
 

“Take in what it feels like to get away – like really get away,” she said.  “When we owned our business even vacation was never fully vacation.  There was always the chance that a pipe would break or an employee would need to take a leave – and I was the one who had to respond – no matter where I was.”  
 

The second moment of truth came from my sister-in-love Jill who said to me, “Raych, you have spent the past 12 years creating a professional life that allowed you to put your family first. Now, when you only have 5 or so years left with kids in the house you are going to change that?”
 

Thank goodness for good friends and smart mentors, right?
 

These two things were true, and although I didn’t ultimately want to admit it–I know ultimately that this business I was dreaming of would get in the way of a very nice life I have set up for myself.

And then there was my sweetie Mitchel, who, although he had his fair share of concerns, never wavered in his support of me following my passion.  We did a lot of talking about all this and he was sure to remind me that the work I love to do is to educate, share, provide resources and connect people.  “I just think you should stick to the things you are so damn good at,” he would sweetly remind me. 

They were right.  All of them. Many of you are probably shaking your heads that yes, you were thinking all of these things too.  And I do believe, that even when I was saying that these things wouldn’t matter if I got to build my dream space….somewhere inside I knew this to be true too.  
 

And then, as I do believe life will do, as soon as I shifted my perspective and made moves to reinvent my plan, the universe of possibilities began (and continues) to expand, and I find myself at this most exciting moment.

This work of YOLO WELL is no different from what I have been doing and really no different from what I hoped to do in my beautiful Wellness Center.  But now instead of you coming to Wellness, now wellness is coming to you! As I pull up my anchor I am returning to my roots, and playing to my strengths and passions as a group leader, event planner, health educator, traveler, and community builder.   

This new way of working allows my work to expand beyond the one-on-one of coaching to sharing the gift of wellness to groups and to utilize the power of experiential education.  I have seen over the years from those I admire, the power of learning that can happen in groups and have seen various instances where groups can a different opportunity for growth and accountability.

AND….this also means that I can come to you!
 

Because of how many of you said you wished we lived closer so you could come to my first workshop we are offering our  1st QUARTER YOLO WELL SPECIAL!!

  1. Gather up EIGHT people in your life (friends, work, team, bookclub, etc.)
  2. Invite them to come to a Personalize Wellness Workshop that includes:
  • Daily Personalized Wellness Workshops (specific to your group)
  • Daily Yoga Sessions
  • Home-cooked breakfasts and dinners
  • Comfortable accommodations (priced separately)
  • Hot tubs, hikes, and other adventures depending on where we stay
  • A Wellness Community to keep you connected and accountable to your well-being
  • The Group Coordinator (YOU) gets:

                    FREE Weekend Retreat Registration (does not include room)
                   $100 gift certificate to their favorite spa

Place your $200 deposit here and let’s start planning your retreat! 

As this business grows and expands we will offer more than wellness retreats and workshops – so check back often for additional resources to help support your YOLO.

Be well,

Raychel

Retreat

reTREAT yourself-join my first wellness workshop- stick it!

My first workshop will be STICK IT – a Women’s Wellness Day Retreat, Sat., Jan 26th, from 9-4.  Twelve women will gather for a day of exploring our wellness values and vision.  We will seek to understand the gap between where we hope to be and where we currently stand, as well as identify what it is that will most challenge us and support us along the way.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, participants will learn how to “stick it” and really land in 2019 with a clear path toward achieving our wellness vision.

Included in the price of the workshop ($99) is coffee/tea and light breakfast as well as a simple vegetarian (can be vegan by request) lunch.  

After the conclusion of the workshop, participants may choose (free of charge) to join a private Facebook group where they can continue to find help, support, motivation and resources as they continue their wellness path.

The max is 12 participants so this will go fast!  Be one of the first two to register HERE and get the “BE WELL” SPECIAL WORKSHOP price of $75.  If that doesn’t work, it means that the first two spots are full and you can sign up here.

Yolo Wellness

Live Once. Live Well

My favorite nickname was given to me by my high school BFF, Leah Levin.  After observing the ways in which I interacted with people (insert long dash) making connections everywhere I went, knitting together mini-communities, and always connecting dots in social geography(insert long dash)she dubbed me “Kub the Hub” (referencing my maiden name, Kubby).  Perhaps it is no coincidence that I was fashioning myself after my biggest she crush, Julie McCoy, the Cruise Director of TV’s The LOVE BOAT.  Sure, Julie was cute, but it was her job that I really loved.  

When it came time to look for jobs to help support myself through college, I got myself my own Cruise Director position, working for the UC Santa Cruz Outdoor Adventures Program.  At times, I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming–getting paid to take other college students on fantastic adventures like backpacking in the Canyonlands for Spring Break or driving a van of folks to San Francisco to take part in Chinese New Year festivities.  The  best and worst of the adventures were the  2 am trips to the hot tubs at Esalen.  The best because it offered an inexpensive way to experience the majesty of natural hot springs on the edge of cliffs that hang hundreds of feet above the crashing Pacific Ocean.  The worst because it was my responsibility to get everyone home safely around five in the morning.  This meant pulling out of the tubs early to take a post midnight nap and then driving the 12-person UCSC Outdoor Education van on Hwy 1 while every other head bobbed and weaved in a way that only sleep allows the neck to move.  

From there I became an adventure program junkie.  I took a semester program called the Sierra Institute which featured backpacking for 3 months and taking classes in the outdoors for full college credit.  My group studied Nature, Religion, Philosophy, and Outdoor/Experiential Education.  I also spent most of a year of college living in the mountains of Guatemala in a small town called Todos Santos studying the female dominant textile business they had developed.  

After college I filled up with jobs that were about building community and planning adventures and learning experiences.  The day after I graduated from college in Santa Cruz, I landed at San Francisco International Airport heading to Israel with a group of 35 teenagers for whom I was responsible – and I did it again the following summer.   And when I landed my first official after-college job it was as a Youth Leader at the Marin Jewish Community Center planning Thursday Adventure Nights, Winter Break Laser Tag, and Respect Yourself, a self-defense and body image workshop for girls.

In grad school studying Public Health with a focus on Health Education and Behavioral Health Sciences, I took a spot as an intern in Plainfield, New Jersey, perhaps best known for its high rate of teenage pregnancy, as a Health Teacher teaching family life.  Talk about a challenge! 

My resume goes on from there, working for two different state departments of health in tobacco control education and marketing, creating and managing the UC Davis Wellness Center at the ARC(spell out?) and up to where most of you know me now–as a wellness coach, veteran indoor cycling instructor, author, non-profit(s) board member, speaker, and founder of Choicepoint Wellness.  

Before saying more, as I switch paths on this cruise of life, it means setting sail to my 11-year wellness coaching practice.  To all of the wonderful people I had the honor of coaching, I have deep gratitude for each one of you, and for all the ways you helped me grow as well through our interaction.  Namaste.

In addition to these professional successes, I have been blessed with two wonderful human beings as my daughters, the most incredible of sweeties (my husband), and for sure one of the cutest, softest, and most endearing dogs ever.

But I am not here to brag, but rather to show you how all the stepping stones of my life led me to this moment–so let’s get to what is happening NOW.  

Today I am aboard a new cruise, an adventure that’s been awaiting me, and becoming the Julie McCoy of YOLO WELL.

The mission of YOLO WELL is to provide resources and immersive experiences in many wellness domains to help people increase their personal well-being within a community of others who are doing the same.  

So welcome to YOLO WELL – Your Source of Wellness.  For our ancestors, the well was where people went to gather up the crucial resource of water, but also to connect, share, teach, and explore. Today’s YOLO WELL is the source you seek to dip into the waters of self-care and well-being in community with others who share similar values around wellness.

YOLO WELL offers immersive wellness experiences(insert long dash)workshops, retreats, events, writing, and a host of resources related to your practice of healthy hedonism.  

Because, YOLO.

My first workshop will be STICK IT – a Women’s Wellness Day Retreat, Sat., Jan 26th, from 9-4.  Twelve women will gather for a day of exploring our wellness values and vision.  We will seek to understand the gap between where we hope to be and where we currently stand, as well as identify what it is that will most challenge us and support us along the way.  Finally, and perhaps most importantly, participants will learn how to “stick it” and really land in 2019 with a clear path toward achieving our wellness vision.

Included in the price of the workshop ($99) is coffee/tea and light breakfast as well as a simple vegetarian (can be vegan by request) lunch.  

After the conclusion of the workshop, participants may choose (free of charge) to join a private Facebook group where they can continue to find help, support, motivation and resources as they continue their wellness path.

The max is 12 participants so this will go fast!  Be one of the first two to register HERE and get the “BE WELL” SPECIAL WORKSHOP price of $75.  If that doesn’t work, it means that the first two spots are full and you can sign up here.

I you can’t attend this first workshop, then hopefully you will join us next time!  Feel free to explore the other resources and information that will be available here as I develop the YOLO Well website.  I’m building it on my own (a skill that was on my life bucket list), so please feel free to share your thoughts and comments! 

You can also follow YOLO WELL on Instagram and Facebook.

May you all YOLO WELL–Go for it, dig in, show up for yourself and others, do a deep dive, love, laugh, celebrate YOLO, all the while taking great care to treat life with respect, gratitude and a good dose of hope!

Be well,

Raychel