We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Koupal and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alex, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work life balance has changed drastically over time! I think as I’ve gotten older and more secure with who I am and what I’m capable of, it’s been easier to set boundaries and not constantly be in this state of trying to prove myself. With age also came wisdom and less anxiety. As I worked through my own past and started on a healing journey, I began to recognize that life is about more than making money and climbing the ladder. I lost several family members and friends in a very short period of time, and it really helped me understand the value of life. I’ve worked hard to create work life balance, and it’s not easy to hold and set boundaries. Especially when working from home. However, I pick and choose when I want to work 12 hour days and when I need a day off. I don’t let the guilt get to me anymore and I make an effort to prioritize my family and health first.

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?
I own Alimental Life, a Life Path the Business Coaching company. The overall goal of creating this organization, was to help others navigate the world a little bit easier. We shouldn’t have to suffer. Modern medicine and societal norms have their place, but so many of us fall into the system not being able to see there’s other ways to live happy and healthy lives.

I had the idea of creating my own coaching business for a long time. However, I struggled with imposter syndrome. I kept feeling like I needed to earn a degree or certificate that validated my already gifted talents. As I researched becoming a Naturopathic Doctor, Therapist, Psychologist, I found it difficult to justify the time and money only to be restricted by what I can and can’t do. To be put in the silo that I wanted to fight against.

My coaching style is a bit unique. I call it Active Engagement Coaching (AEC). After having worked in various different fields in mental health, business, corporate business and health care, I realized how impactful it was to combine goal setting, accountability and physical activity with traditional cognitive behavioral therapy tactics to manage depression, anxiety and other health issues. I also realized that the businesses I was coaching, not only did they need a mentor to coach them forward toward growth or new product launch, they also needed help managing employees and CEO’s, Founders were starving for work life balance, but just didn’t know how to get there. I found that sometimes, we just need someone to take us by the hand and make that first jump with us. This is why I meet my clients where they feel comfortable. We do activities together that propel their goals forward.

For example, I had a client who came to me looking for career change and wanted to launch her own business. As we discussed, we dove deeper into why and how, her motivation and inspiration, and what had been holding her back. She admitted that she had been caring for her elderly mother and needed the stability. However now that her mother was gone, she had freedom to explore options. Then she shared with me how depressing her home was, because she had inherited all her mothers things. Scattered all over her home. So the next session, we met at her house. We went through one box that day, and she shared with me memories of her mother. In that session, she was processing grief. Over time, we met a various places her mother loved, coco’s for lunch, the park for a walk, and each time we would start the coaching session with a check in from the goals set previous week, enjoy time together and share stories about deceased loved ones, then end the meeting with some additional goals that she wanted to work toward for her business before we met the next week. I was able to connect her outside of our sessions with potential suppliers, business partners and keep her on track with launching her business in a little less than six weeks. All while helping her process her grief. There was even a point in one of our meetings where she shared some health issues she had been struggling with, and I was able to help her ask the right questions the next time she saw her doctor, to finally get a diagnosis. Several weeks after we opened that first box, she invited me over to her home again. She said she had a surprise for me! She had unpacked all of the the boxes, found places or let go of her mothers things and cleaned up her house. She wanted to know if I would come back the following week and help her paint her mothers room so she could turn it into a workout room, And I did. Now we meet every few months to catch up, or she will call for emergency coaching sessions.

I absolutely love being able to help my clients grow on all planes, to be able to succeeded as a whole, and help them in all aspects of their lives.

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?
Oh, this a good one! Especially since I love to take friends from out of town places. I live in Arizona, so there’s novelty in desert and cactus. I would have them fly into PHX airport and I’d pick them up, we’d go to dinner downtown at Durant’s which is a mobster type steak house with a lot of history. Then we would drive down central and Roosevelt to see the downtown lights, light rail and arts district before heading to the West Valley where I live. Next morning I would cook them breakfast and eat on the patio, we would drive up to Sedona for the weekend and explore the red rocks, hike, get a bison burger with cactus fries and rattle snake bites at the Cowboy Club on 89A, maybe even get our palms read and do a little shopping. Might even stop at a winery on the way home. We would rest up the next day and go to the local farm down the street.

Buy some local food, goat cheese and produce to make dinner, pet the goats and chickens. Next morning we would head up to Williams, stop on the way in some of the cowboy towns to look around. Spend the night in Williams and take the Grand Canyon Rail Way to the Grand Canyon. Spend the day at the Grand Canyon then come back to Williams. Before we went back to Phoenix we would drive through Bearazona and visit the Deer Farm, grab lunch and head back home to Phoenix. While in home the next day or two, give them some time to relax by the pool and eat mexican food, drink margaritas and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to Sherry Gilbert with Illumilife for being the mentor I needed to get me through burnout, process traumas, strengthen the relationship I have with my life partner, find balance and gain the confidence to start my own business.

Another shoutout to Dr. Alex Mayer at Ethos Integrative Medicine for helping me understand the importance of life balance and the direct correlation to my own physical health.

Website: www.alimentallife.com

Instagram: @AlimentalLife

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Facebook: Alimental Life LLC

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