I’m Andrea Hanson. Best-selling author and Master certified life coach who specializes in working with people who are successful in life but have hit a speed bump with their health. Whether it’s a new diagnosis like an autoimmune disorder or an injury, they want to figure it out quickly and get back to normal. I help them get the right mindset to let them feel strong and in control as fast as possible.
I was my first client and use the strategies I teach- but I will never say “If I can do it, you can do it.”
I believe that we’re all unique. We all have a brilliance that got us to where we are today. Health surprises and changes don’t take away from that brilliance. I teach people how to apply what I call the health mindset to get not just back to normal, but beyond.
If there’s one thing I’m really, really good at, it’s helping people to stop feeling stressed, so that they can focus on themselves and get to their natural health and thriving life- without beating themselves up or backtracking because they pushed themselves too early.
I was diagnosed with MS in January, 2000.
I first approached my diagnosis with much of the same ambition that gave me success in life. I immediately took action. I quit my master’s program at the University to work in private wealth management. I was earning more than enough money to take care of myself and pay for the best health professionals. I kick started a thriving career in finance, but that was pretty much all I did.
One day I took an inventory of my life and realized just how stressed I was on a daily basis.
The “I’ve got this – I’ll be fine” mindset that worked in business was not working for my health.
I was at my all time highest weight (I stopped weighing myself in the mid-200’s but know I was heavier than that). My overall health was a mess and my MS was spiraling. I decided that I was no longer willing to sacrifice my health for anything.
The biggest thing I’ve learned? That making health my number one priority doesn’t take away from the rest of my life.
I was actually helping everyone around me because I was sharper, more energized and more available than I had ever been. I didn’t have to wait for the big project at work to be finished, or for my houseguest to leave – I could start paying attention to my health immediately, wherever I was. And for me, getting my MS and my weight under control was at the top of that list.
What happened when I fully applied my health mindset?
I quit my job, got a few more degrees and lots more training. I finished my Masters of Science in Human Development from the University of Texas at Dallas. I studied under and was personally certified as a life coach by Dr. Martha Beck. I also studied under and was personally master certified by my now mentor Brooke Castillo, owner of The Life Coach School. My MS is now under control and I’ve lost sixty pounds and counting, but the biggest win is knowing I could do all that and still achieve way more than I thought possible.
Today I offer customized coaching to people who want to heal their health issues and get back to excelling in life. My six week program is designed to address the unique challenges of my clients and teach them how to build the strategies that will help them be stronger in both their mind and body. I believe that we must lose what weighs us down in our minds while we lose what weighs us down in our body. That’s the key to lasting health and a true change for life.
We are not simply destined to “deal with it” when we face pressures in our life.
We don’t have to suffer, struggle and fight every day because we’ve had a setback in our health.
We have way more control over our lives than we think.
We can not only “return to feeling normal” but go beyond our “normal” to achieve things we never thought were possible.