We had the good fortune of connecting with Deborah Hamlin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deborah, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
Deborah Hamlin MS, RDN, LD, CCWS The book that most stands out to me that changed my life is You Are Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. Jen Sincero is a success coach who helps people who want to live in abundance doing what they love. I was part of a book club run by Kim Muench from reallifeparentguide.com when this book landed in my lap. When my kids were all in high school, I contemplated transitioning from being a stay-at-home-mom to a woman with a career. Some days I was so ready to get a job, while other days, I feared what would happen to my family if I did get a job. From this book, I learned that my indecision about what to do next was a common problem for many people. Sincero says, “indecision is one of the most popular tricks for staying stuck within boundaries of what’s safe and familiar” (p. 197). At that moment, I knew exactly that was what I was doing. Fast forward a few months; I found a full-time job doing corporate wellness, my dream. For a while, I did this job and then became inspired to take my next step into being a “badass,” and I enrolled in graduate school at Abilene Christian University. I decided to study Organizational development, something very different from my undergrad degree, dietetics. I chose this path because I was frustrated that so many people do not get well from worksite wellness programs. I wanted to learn what I might be able to do to help people become healthy, happy, and productive in the workplace. Through my studies in grad school, I did discover many factors that hold people back from getting well while using worksite wellness programs, which brings me to my next move that resulted from reading Sincero’s book. I started my own virtual coaching business where I help individuals and organizations find energy through their four sources of energy: breath, food, sleep, and movement. The encouragement that Jen Sincero offers in her book has been a gift to me. I am so thankful that I read her book and put her recommendations into practice and am now well on my way to living an awesome life while also helping others do the same.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My coaching business had been a dream for years and finally became a reality recently. Being a stay-at-home mom for my 3 kids, twins, and a singleton, was my priority for many years. However, when my career as a stay-at-home mom ended, my virtual coaching practice became a reality. Getting a private practice up and going has been challenging. My biggest struggle is learning how to use social media for marketing my services. I still have a lot to learn. In my practice, I coach people who struggle to have enough energy to do what is on their calendar. As Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz point out in their book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal, “without the right quantity, quality, focus and force of energy, we are compromised in any activity we undertake.” My approach to creating energy for my clients uses food science, nutrition science, intuitive eating, behavioral psychology, growth mindset, and energy management theory. Through coaching, my clients decide what is best for them. With that information, together, we design a program that allows them to achieve energy balance using breath, food, sleep, and movement that will enable them to have a happy, healthy, and productive lifestyle. I not only enjoy helping individuals to become energized; I also like to work with leaders and the organizations that they lead. Excellent results occur when every employee’s energy is united and focused on the organization’s purpose and values. The bottom line increases while employees become healthier, happier, and more productive. I coach leaders and the individuals in those organizations on how to become energized so that together they can achieve greatness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would suggest doing some hiking on the trails that surround Lake Grapevine. I would go to the pier at Lakeside and have a picnic I would eat gelato at Epic Gelato in Lakeside I would go to the outlet mall in Allen, Texas Top golf would be another stop either in Fort Worth or Carrolton The music series on Friday night at Lakeside I don’t drink alcohol, so I have no bars that I would recommend Coffee at Starbucks in Lakeside, 151 coffee on Flower Mound Road, Novel Coffee in Flower Mound. I don’t eat out much, so my guest and I would cook at my house, and would buy some of the food from Trader Joes, Central Market, and Market Street. Each of those stores has quality food.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hiedi McBain from Heidimcbain.com has continuously helped me set up my business. Kim Muench from thereallifeparentguide.com who is always there for me cheering me to keep going forward.