We had the good fortune of connecting with Phoebe Jenkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phoebe, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
The messages I receive from total strangers are how I know to keep going, instead of giving up. There are times when work is slow, or building business gets complicated, or the rewards don’t seem to outweigh the challenges, and in those times, I question my motives and whether I’m on the right path. I catch myself thinking, “maybe I should give up and work a 9-5 for a company”. Then I get a ping; it’s a message from a stranger and they say things that will never allow me to give up. For example, I’ve been teaching free live workout classes over facebook during COVID-19 quarantine and I get random messages throughout my day. Here are some: “Brightens my day, gives me endorphins and comfort to see your face and work out” “Keep it up please!! Wonderful classes, keeping me alive.” “This was the first time I have felt like I’ve slowed down all month. Thank you!” “I’m sad today. This yoga helped. Xo” “Thank you for these videos! They are my lifesaver.” When I receive those random messages, or when my health coaching clients tell me “they feel the most grounded mentally and emotionally they’ve felt in years”, or “feel more energized and vibrant than ever”, I know I can’t give up because people need what I offer, and even if I can help one person, the effort is worth it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I went from sheltered homeschooler living in the woods, to a girl getting her Health Coaching certification in NYC, to a woman running two businesses (one online, one brick and mortar) by the time I was 22. I made a commitment to myself as a young child that I would never work a job I disliked and I would help others be happier and healthier (I also made some promise about singing punk metal in a band, but that hasn’t been fulfilled yet). I started my first business at age 10, doing odd jobs for the neighbors. I had a business card and everything. As a woman, with no outside financial support, working the entire time through college and countless certifications, I know first hand getting what we want can be tough, yet it is totally attainable. I overcame the challenges because I believed in my work. I saw first hand how having a personal health coach enabled my clients to make major behavior changes and succeed in their health and life goals. I’m most proud of coaching over 200 clients, including helping a psychologist save hundreds of dollars by changing her diet to be healthier, helping a go-getter prepare his diet and body for a first time Mt Everest climb, helping a business owner lose over 30lbs without deprivation, or distraction from her business, and helping a busy grad student eliminate her chronic digestive issues and bloating so she can now socialize without discomfort. I’m proud of teaching whole-body approaches so my clients can reverse and prevent chronic health problems, while achieving their wellness goals, and reducing anxiety. I’m proud of leading group movement classes, like yoga and strength, to 20-500 attendees. I want people to have a clear understanding that my brand is more than just a company. It is an integration between the modern world of high-paced careers and the crucial balance of mental and physical health. I’ll often use the hashtag #HealthyAF, because I believe that a person can achieve health and wellness, while reaching successes in their career and life, without sacrificing one or the other. I know this, because I’ve lived it. Now, my primary focus is to help my clients prioritize themselves and create their own version of ultimate wellness, through behavior change, accountability, and upgrading their home-cooking and fitness routines. I make being healthy extremely easy so they can feel in control of well-being, achieve health goals they’ve been wanting to make, improve nutrition and fitness and feel #HealthyAF inside and out. In the process, my clients increase their energy, productivity and happiness, lose weight, improve digestion, clear acne, improve sleep patterns, extend life enjoyment long term, learn to cook, and lower their stress.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite spots in the city are, of course, healthy places that involve beautiful atmospheres, good food and friendly people. The top on my list of must-dos are: Get juice at kaleidoscope, grab a bite at True Food Kitchen, walk around the Botanical Garden’s and take one of their adult continuing education classes, eat at Tocaya Organica, hike in the desert, swim at Lake Pleasant, and grab a protein shake at the ChopShop with Annette Mariel, who is an amazing and powerful woman, and an expert on women’s hormone health.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family is weird, large, and multi-faceted. One time, my brother told me he made an onion smoothie as part of his raw foods diet; my father is known internationally as ‘the Pope of Poop’ and my sister started energy healing me as a kid. We could give the Brady Bunch a run for their money. When I was studying to become a behavior change specialist, there was an entire section discussing how people with healthy social relationships are more likely to be happy, be healthy and be able to make positive behavior changes. And of course people without healthy social relationships have a much higher chance of depression and other health complications. When I read that, it struck me that without my family loving me for my own weirdness and uniqueness and being there for me no matter what, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. Their steadfast support deserves credit and recognition in the tale of Phoebe Jenkins and her business.
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