Personal Growth . Leadership . Entrepreneur
Working with Kendra will help you put 'joy for life' back into your hands! Whether you are new to personal development or continuing your journey, Kendra's intention is to inspire you to live your Best Life! She brings her sense of humour and call to serve to each authentic interaction with the goal of making the world more joyful one person at a time. She trusts that you will feel safe, seen, celebrated & supported by beautiful community too, in your year long transformation together!
Born, raised and educated in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Kendra realized a job in Urban Planning was not what she wanted to do. She did want to travel after graduating and found herself in Germany with her boyfriend who was Canadian Military. After returning to Canada while he was in the Gulf War, she began working in sales. Not fulfilling, but happy to have a job, she was preparing for when her boyfriend got out of the army and returned to Canada. She was devastated when she received a letter from a mutual friend (before home computer days) letting her know her boyfriend was marrying someone else. This crushed her and defined her for several years. She managed to dig herself out of the that pit of depression and helplessness and met the love of her life, her current husband.
Fast forward through administrative and sales jobs and starting a family, Kendra became an Independent Consultant with Arbonne. Allowing her to stay home with her children while growing her business, she was enjoying freedom and flexibility. She grew her team to the level of Regional Vice President. Her team slowly quit and she took it very personally. She assumed she must not have been an effective leader if these consultants left. Her self worth took another beating. Unable to shake her passion for serving people and making a difference, she continued with her Arbonne business, determined to do the personal growth necessary to become whole and confident again.
Recently, she encountered a situation where she was called to stand up for herself. Although it took some time, she finally did. She realized that if she didn't stand up to the bully, how could she ever expect either of her children to stand up to the "mean kids". Becoming completely unattached to the outcome, she found peace and strength.
Today she is determined to help others be the best they can be...going from being a "crap-magnet" to a "miracle magnet"!
Mental Health . Financial Health . Mindset Shift
Working with Denise will help you shift your mindset from negative to positive. She will motivate you to use the tools needed to transform your life to be your best you! Denise’s positive energy is contagious! Her kind, generous and caring soul provides a safe environment for everyone to feel at home in her community. Participants can expect a pep-talk from Denise, helping them to discover they have the power within themselves to get through any hardship or difficult time.
Denise was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. After high school she attended Lakehead University in Thunder Bay where she acquired an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree.
While at Lakehead, Denise was manager of the Women’s Varsity Basketball team. It was through a friend on the team that she met her now husband. However things did not start out great in their relationship, they had some challenges to overcome. Some family members did not accept that Denise was dating a black man. A mixed relationship in the late 80’s was still hard to accept for many people.
But their love and deep faith kept the two together, despite what others thought. Today they are still happily married after 26 years and together they have 2 daughters; Julia 20 and Lysa 18.
After university, Denise got a job with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board; the board she grew up in. She grew as a teacher and leader over 23 years with the board. Teaching in the areas of Phys. Ed., Religion, ESL, Student Success, Special Education, Denise’s passion to teach grew stronger each year. She knew she was making a difference in the lives of her students and was grateful each day to be working in a job she loved.
In 2012, alongside teaching, Denise started a network marketing health and wellness business. She continued to grow herself through courses, speakers, and mentors. However after 5 years in the business, Denise realized she was not being her authentic self. She was chasing material rewards, rather than focusing on helping others. It was not who she was, even though it was a great learning experience, she decided it was not a good fit for her.
Throughout their marriage, Denise and Derryck struggled financially due to various factors. But they kept taking it one day at a time and made it work. Denise knows what it is like to live from pay cheque to pay cheque while raising a family and how it can affect other areas of your life; these were some of the dark times in Denise’s life. She felt stuck in life and like a failure, she was depressed. After visiting her doctor and advised to take time off work, Denise sought counselling...the BEST thing ever!! She found her personal power after reading the book “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne. Denise made daily habits of gratitude practices, making gratitude a huge part of her life, which ultimately shifted her mindset from negative to positive. This mindset shift was truly what helped Denise get out of her darkness, finding hope and joy.
Despite financial struggles, at the age of 49, Denise felt a calling to leave the school board and pursue other passions to make a difference in the world, using her teaching and leadership gifts to bring hope to others who were struggling with life’s challenges. Denise was inspired to write a book called “The Fighter Within: Beating life’s challenges one day at a time”. She spoke at schools and other groups as a keynote speaker. It was not an easy move to make, as many nay-sayers had a lot to say about leaving a secure teaching career in times of financial struggles. However, the stress of the job was taking a toll on Denise’s health and it was the right decision for her.
The flexibility of this move allowed Denise to be very present in her teen daughters’ lives which ended up to be a blessing in disguise as it was during this time Denise’s daughters needed her most. Each daughter was struggling with their own mental health issues; Julia, having been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) when she was 6, was suffering with diabetes burnout and depression. And Lysa was suffering silently with anxiety. Denise lives by the motto “Everything happens for a reason”. She has never regretted taking an early retirement from teaching.
Over the past few years, Denise has taken a keen interest in the importance of mental health. She teamed up with a registered psychotherapist and together they created 2 mental health programs; one called “You Got This!” a holistic mental health program for people struggling, feeling stuck, and needing some inspiration. And the second called “Mind Boost”, a mental health program for people living with Type 1 Diabetes and their caregivers.
It took some time for Denise to find her authentic self again after leaving the school board. It took many trials and errors, she realized things would happen when they were meant to happen, not when she wanted them to. And now, with her passion, gifts and experiences, she is so excited to be sharing her transformation story, not only with her audiences she speaks to, but now as a Miracle Mindset Mentor. Denise is super excited and beyond grateful to serve others this way; to help them find their personal power, shift their mindset and transform their lives in a positive way.
Overcoming Depression . Spiritual Development . Self Worth
Working with Jennifer will provide you with a caring and empathetic friend. Someone who will have your back, who'll shine a light while you do the work to become your best self. Jennifer will be the best encourager always and your biggest cheerleader. Jennifer strives to help every individual to the best of her ability, to feel safe, seen, celebrated and supported, allowing the space and grace for the healing required in a goal oriented manner.
Hi There! Pleased to make your acquaintance! My name is Jennifer and I would like to share a bit about myself!
I was a single mom for 8 years to a beautiful boy (who is now almost 21!!) and about 6 years ago became the official step-mom to 3 angry teens (their father had to remove them from a very difficult situation and moved them many kilometres away from everything they knew). Needless to say it was tough for all of us and I can honestly say I didn’t show up at my best. Structure and control have always been a strong act for me and it certainly didn’t suit this situation when I should have come from a place of empathy and love. We managed (barely) and I was often in a state of depression, anger and resentment. I began drinking very heavily to “deal” with my emotions.
In the process hurting myself and those around me. Love Your Vibe came into my life in my darkest hour. The tools presented to me seemed “doable” and although I worked some of them, I truly didn’t commit to my journey of personal healing and self-love. Money was an issue, my marriage was all but falling apart and I couldn’t see out of the fog of resentment, anger, self-pity and self-loathing.
I realized, just over a year ago, that if my life was going to get better on ALL fronts, IT WAS UP TO ME!!!!! So I committed to doing the work. I committed to the journaling, personal development and self-care required to raise my vibration. Understand I still have dark days but now with my “Love your Vibe” tools the darkness doesn’t have its claws in me as deep and I can bring MYSELF out in less than a day!!! I recently experienced what Elvira calls a blessed breakdown, and boy did it snap something inside me! My best friend of 7 years whom I’ve known for 16 years cut me entirely out of her life…I mean BLOCKED me on everything! I was shocked! I knew we had been growing apart as my personal development was manifesting, and as she took on an extremely long distance and stressful job. I also believed that in time we would no longer remain the “best friends” we had once been, because I understand that the old…unless it changes with you will no longer serve the new and I knew as I started trusting myself, and not allowing others (her) to dictate my life, things would change, but never thought that my inner strength would push her to shut me completely out of her life. And to seal the deal she wrote a letter to end all letters and signed it “the friend who held out the longest”.
I think I can honestly say if this had happened 2 years ago I would have ended up in the hospital. I want you to know that ITS OK to leave behind the old...ALL the “old”, the behaviour, the friends, maybe even some family won’t like the blossoming new you…AND THAT’S OK! Truly it is… She was my first but perhaps not my last!! Upon the release of the bondages of this “friendship” I feel lighter, happier, the relationship with my husband and alcohol has changed overnight.
I believe that the tools gifted to me from Elvira and my own spiritual development brought me out on the other side of this in less than 3 weeks and the person that I am now… I feel it…it’s who I’ve always been meant to be…it’s who was always inside but I believed I wasn’t good enough to feel this good. I felt like I had to follow her “lead” because she was all knowing (how silly of me eh? I mean c’mon!!). The anger is gone, the resentment and self-loathing is GONE…my marriage is this beautiful flower that has finally gotten the nourishment it needed and its blossoming into a great love story. I trust my husband and more importantly I trust MYSELF. I listen to my “gut”. I no longer people please. I know I’m meant for more in this life and SO ARE YOU.
If you resonate with anything that I have shared, perhaps I can help…it would be my greatest honour to serve you during your journey and remind you of your greatness as Elvira reminded me. I’m no coach but a mentor YES and a constant work in progress! NAMASTE, Jennifer xoxo