B. Well: Live Consciously is celebrating two years of coaching excellence! I could not be more grateful. As we reach this milestone, it is a time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future. Here is a quick reflection on the past…
In 2016, on July 4th weekend, I rented a beach house to celebrate my 30th birthday with my friends and family. Although I had just been laid off from my job, I decided to celebrate this milestone birthday anyway. Between playing in the sand and eating big family meals, I held focus groups with my guests about my ideas for “this life coaching business I was starting.” We thought about what types of services I should offer. We discussed corporate coaching, individual coaching, and retreats. I showed them the logo and received feedback on how to improve it. I shared the overall goals of my business and we worked together to create a mission and vision statement that captured these ideals. Lastly, I asked, “How much would you seriously pay to work with a life coach?” and their answers helped to develop my pricing. It was on this weekend that the blueprint for B. Well Coaching services was formed.
For the last two years, I have purported that B. Well offers wellness retreats but I had not yet hosted one. I knew I would eventually offer the service, so I googled the word "retreat", found some generic photos, and I added a page about B. Well retreats on our website. This February, I began to advertise the first Wellness Weekend. I was thrilled. I marketed the event on Facebook, Eventbrite, at wellness fairs, and through word-of-mouth. Month after month went by and no one signed up. It was clear that if I did not cancel this event, I would lose money (I had already rented the beach house); but, something told me to do it anyway (and I've learned to listen to that "something")...so I did. In a matter of a month, women registered, folks offered to volunteer, the lady who owned the beach house gave me lots of free extras, and little miracles just kept coming. Two years later, I was back in Carolina Beach, hosting the first Well Woman Weekend at the same beach house in which I formed my business. It was an amazing experience. We talked. We connected. We cried. We healed. The Well Woman Weekend was a success! It was more than I could have dreamed. One woman who attended the retreat wrote, “This retreat was definitely a powerful experience. I learned so much about myself - not only by telling my story, but also through hearing the stories of my fellow sisters. I left the retreat full, focused, and empowered to continue my process. I met some great women to whom I look forward to staying connected.” We did the work...and now B. Well: Live Consciously offers all of the services advertised on the website! I am looking forward to changing the generic photos on the "retreat" page to these photos from this amazing weekend. Click here to check out a few photos from our time at the beach.
On the very last day of the retreat, we were cleaning the house and preparing for our farewell. I wanted to ensure I did not leave anything behind so I opened all the drawers to ensure they were empty. When I pulled open a drawer in the living room, I was shocked to find the first B. Well business card I created to have my friends and family evaluate during my focus group from two years ago. It was another miracle. I could see how much I have learned (my first card din't even have my name on it! What was I thinking?!) and I celebrated myself for my growth. I'm doing it. How cool.
So what’s coming next?
I am pleased to announce that I work for B. Well full-time! I would appreciate your continued support by spreading the good news about our services. Please invite us to your office for professional development, have us come to your church for group coaching, or tell your friends about our work. You could always use this as a time to begin individual coaching for yourself!
We are honored to serve you. Thank you for your love. Thank you for being part of this journey. Here’s to year two!
Dr. Adrianne R. Pinkney
Integrative Wellness & Life Coach