Today we’d like to introduce you to Mariah Ehlert.
Mariah, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
On a whim in my mid-20s, I decided to move to NYC. I packed up my little ‘68 VW bug (that died on the way, so sad). I had no money, plenty of credit card debt, and no connections.
Driving me was a deep desire to find my passion, my purpose. Shortly after I moved to the city, I took a temp admin job on Wall Street, where I soon transitioned to an associate financial analyst and then a supervisory analyst. It was novel and interesting at first, and the money was good.
Over 20 years later, I was laid off, and then the fun really started. Working on Wall Street, I had an intimate relationship with stress. But not as intimate as when family trauma hit. I was in a tailspin that left me evaluating all my values and goals in life. I was asking ‘what is the point, living here, struggling, what is the struggle for?’ The answer was not immediate, so I followed my intuition, and even that was a little scary.
An almost-forced vacation ended up being a significant wake-up call back to ‘life’. On this art-focused vacation, I was surrounded by creative professionals and realized I could do something I love or living. Just the thought got me excited. I researched business plans and dove into starting my photography business on the side. It wasn’t enough. I still desired more fulfillment. I also wanted to have a cool old property like I saw on that vacation. But I was afraid by all the change that that would imply. Dreams, however, have a funny way of happening when you obsess over them. For better or worse.
My house was packed up and sold in record time, I bought this beautiful old, neglected brownstone church. I started renovations with excitement in the potential, but also I was disheartened, I thought then that I’d have to stay at the Wall St job forever in order to keep the church.
Then I was laid off my Wall St. job, in the middle of renovations. My photography business was just getting started. It didn’t have legs yet. “Crap.” Now my relationship with stress was visceral. My health was declining, my relationships were deteriorating, wine bottles piled up. Something had to change. I dove into a meditation practice I had dabbled with previously. It became a daily routine, like drinking water and breathing air, I did it consistently and things started to change. Clients started coming to me. Opportunities started opening up. Gratitude came back to me.
I learned, even when we are struggling, we don’t have to suffer. As that sunk in, and my healing deepened, it became evident that I needed to share this with the world. These tools and understanding the language of the brain were life-changing for me. On the smallest level, my tools helped calm my stress reactions down, so I could continue to create and start to feel this concept of ‘joy’.
When that door opens to joy, it’s hard to go back. These tools also gave me greater access to my creativity, to understanding and deepening my relationships, and to my leadership and problem-solving skills. Stress didn’t have a death grip on me anymore, I could recognize it as a passer-by and let it move on, so I could get back to building a life I truly loved.
Struggles will always be there, especially if we like to grow and learn, our brains don’t like change, change is scary. But knowing that is a big step to understanding the language of our brains and using it to our advantage. We can have it all, we can even ask for more, and there are ways to manage it, be that woman that is calm in the face of chaos, even graceful, and she has easy access to her brilliant mind and puzzle-solving abilities. It’s amazingly powerful. I’m excited and thrilled to share it with the world.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My journey has not been a smooth road. There have been many bumps, re-directs, and deep self-evaluations. I am grateful for every single one of them. Every bump and boulder along the road has taught me something valuable, given me insight into an old belief I didn’t know I was holding on to (“I’m not enough”..or “I’m not loveable” or “I’m too much”, etc.). I fully honor that rough road as it gave me all these gifts.
Please tell us about your work.
I’m a certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator, Master Nutrition Therapist, Portrait Photographer and Rebel. After working on Wall Street for over 20 years I wanted something more. Following my own path created so much more stress so I gathered more tools, practiced often, and learned struggle doesn’t have to mean suffering. Your dreams are powerful and worthy, and you don’t have to suffer as much working to achieve them.
I work with primarily women in high-stress careers to succeed more by teaching them tools to deal with stress and live with ease, to improve their lives, relationships and careers. Empowering others to heal, celebrate, and find that tickly beautiful joy is one of my missions. Our dreams are worth manifesting. And for most of us, this requires navigating our way through stress, tricky mindset shifts, and entraining a powerful pathway for joy.
I am not a neuroscientist nor am I a therapist. I am more of a brain-language coach, showing some insight into why our stress brain does what it does, so we can optimize it and improve our daily lives. My approach to grace can often be atypical (rebellious side of me), but that is what worked for me, on my own healing path.
My dream for my client is to have her completely embody her power, to be unshakable, nothing can trigger her. She approaches her day with curiosity, creativity, compassion, and empathy. She is grounded in her value, her worth, and focused on creating more for her career, her family, and herself.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory, I have so many, but probably the freedom I had then. Riding my horse through fields with my neighbor, creating universes of the imagination with my friends. Traveling with my mom to Florida, seeing Disney World, seeing the space shuttle, playing on the beach.
- Website: www.therebelbrain.com
- Phone: 720-507-6883
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @the_rebel_brain
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRebelBrain/
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariahehlert/
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