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Conversations with the Inspiring Alicia Duncan Coulter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alicia Duncan Coulter.

Alicia, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
In early 2016, I found myself a busy, overweight mom of two kids who was struggling daily with anxiety. Tired of never having enough energy, and wanting to set a better example for my growing children I decided to join a 30-day weight loss challenge a friend was hosting. Little did I know, I was making one of the most impactful decisions of my life. A few months later, I knew I had to share the simple tools I had been taught that were making an impact in so many areas of my life and so BREWtiful Health was created.

Why BREWtiful, you might ask? As those who are close to me know I’ve had a long time passion for supporting the craft beer community (even working in the industry for several years). Those same friends also know, this mama runs on coffee. Since both of these beverages are still a part of my daily life, it made sense to encapsulate those long time passions with my new found one of helping people live healthier, happier lives.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I started, I found myself facing a couple of obstacles. The first one was finding my confidence and getting past what people thought of me. While I’ve always loved being “outdoorsy,” I was never into anything fitness related, so I knew people were wondering if this new direction would just be a phase I was going through. I took the time to pour myself into personal development. It really helped me overcome those nagging thoughts of self-doubt that creep in and keep you from pushing forward. I also made sure I have been very consistent in sharing what’s going on with my business to build trust.

The second obstacle was finding my voice. There are so many people who are wellness coaches, so I had to put the blinders on for a while and learn how to share my own journey authentically. It’s easy to get wrapped up in what other industry leaders are doing, but if their model isn’t right for you, it does you no good to try to emulate it. I knew there were people out there that love their craft beer but could also benefit from adding other healthy habits to their lifestyle, so I chose to think outside the box and incorporate it wholly with my brand.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I work with busy adults who are trying to balance family life/work life/personal life who often put the needs of others before their own. I help them find a little time to spend on themselves every day in order to be more effective in all aspects of their lives. By connecting them to a streaming service of home workouts, coaching them with simple nutrition plans developed by experts and supporting them through both individual consultations and a thriving community of like-minded people they find it easy to keep their motivation and inspiration high. The community has really become something I am proud of. It is filled with people from all different walks of life who live all over the country, and the connection and common ground we have found reaching to be better versions of ourselves together are really empowering. My clients connect with the way I am honest in sharing the ups and downs of my own journey. Here’s a little excerpt from something I recently shared:

Unapologetically authentic, that’s me.

If you are looking for someone who is magazine model material to motivate and inspire you, then keep on scrolling.

On the other hand, if you are looking for someone who is:
•willing to be vulnerable
•share her successes as well as her weaknesses
•isn’t afraid of a little gray hair
•won’t turn down the fresh warm brownies her daughter just made
•loves a cold craft beer on a sunny patio
•or sometimes just a glass of cheap boxed wine
•tells you how she gets through her bouts with anxiety
•is in her 40s and still doesn’t quite have that makeup thing down most days
•refuses to compare herself to anyone other than the reflection in the mirror
•loves breakfast burrito dates with her husband on the weekends
•wishes she could be off the grid every single weekend
•and has a goal weight of Strong
Then, you might just be following the right woman.

Here’s to remember this is a journey. The road isn’t always straight or on level ground. Sometimes, what was working suddenly stops and you have to course correct. Complacency can creep in. Sometimes, you have to lean on others to get you through, and sometimes, you just have to dig deep to find it within yourself. Hormones change. Jobs change. Relationships change. But remember this… the most important end result is to love the skin you are in.

It would be great to hear about any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve used and would recommend to others.
I love personal development books. I certainly didn’t start out that way though… I always thought those were for other people until I finally decided to dive deep into a couple of them and was blown away. I listen to my books when I commute around town. I love the idea of sitting down and reading, but as my husband will tell you, more often than not, the book ends up hitting me in the nose after a sentence or two if I try to read before going to sleep. Some of my favorite authors are Simon Sinek, Mel Robbins, Shaun Achor, Jen Sincero and Rachel Hollis. I find that if I start a book and after a couple of chapters it isn’t speaking to me, I move on. There’s no sense in wasting time trying to plow through something you aren’t getting anything out of.

My other favorite resources that help me every day would be:
-strong coffee
-a success partner to keep me reaching for my goals
-social media for helping me connect to people around the country
-Microsoft One Drive that lets me work seamlessly between my phone and laptop
-being a good listener

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Erin Jeanne Photography

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