Annette Sloan Interview: A Whole-hearted, Compassionate Health Coaching

Recently, I interviewed Annette Sloan – mind, body and nutrition coach and owner of Whole Hearted ( which specializes in compassionate health coaching for women and teen girls – I met her last 2014 in toast-masters.

She shares with us her journey through achieving nutrition and healthy-living holistically, how she started the business and what inspired her, as well as her challenges and motivations.

Below are some of the notes highlighted to guide you through the podcast:

Annette’s road to being a mind, body and nutrition coach – went to college undecided about what path she wanted to take. She took communication but had a nutrition class – ended up being interested in it.

Shaylene Johnson, the writer of PUSH – spoke about kids and body image. “Never tell your kids they’re fat.”

Parents should be careful about things they say to their kids pertaining weight and body image. Be mindful when you’re around overweight kids.

Family should focus on a healthy lifestyle – make healthy choices, eat healthy food and all things that constitute healthy living in general.

Being healthy vs not eating enough – do I feel good?

Tai Lopez – our genetics may affect our nutrition.

Pay attention with what you feel – what really works for you. Get in touch with your body – listen to your body.

Working with teen girls – focus on girls to establish healthy relationship with food. Work on the areas where they are having problems with like too much focus on healthy eating which may be detrimental to achieving good nutrition.

Binge eating – she started when she was 16, she wasn’t overweight but wanted to lose weight.

Judging everything – what to eat etc

It’s common for adults to compare their plates to other people’s plates – parents should be great examples for their kids.

Mother-daughter dynamic

Shaylene Johnson – I’m not bragging about me, I’m modeling for my kids – so I need to be positive.

If you work out after eating, it keeps your blood sugar to spike.

There are so many factors that affect our body and the way it metabolizes food.

We should not say one is equal to the other.

It’s harder to get empathy when on you are on the opposite side of the spectrum (skinny people)

Nutrition and media – only half of the whole story is being told in the media

There is a connection with the mind and body – we are emotional beings, it’s much more complicated than just following rules on what to eat.

Stress – if we are stressed out, our body metabolizes food less efficiently.

Our DNA has not evolved much.

(Joel Salton) Animals we eat shouldn’t just be healthy – but have to be stress-free.

It’s not hard when you eat healthy because you want to and it makes you feel good nourishing your body with good food.

Wayne Dyer – people assume things are going to be hard but until you do it or accomplished it, you don’t know.

Annette – I was binge-eating because I wasn’t strong enough but it’s not the root – it’s self-compassion, it’s about loving ourselves more.

If it doesn’t work for you, try a different course – pick a different path.

Annette – my own journey was realizing what I’m doing wasn’t working.

The Mindful Athlete (book) – recommended

Annette – the idea is for women and girls to live in the world where they feel they are worthy.

How much time does a woman focus on about weight? About 50 to 80% when they are really struggling.

Do you recommend them cut out media and magazines?

Start focusing on something else so that weight issues start to fade away in the background.

Annette’s book recommendations:

Brene Brown – reasearcher and storyteller

  • Daring Greatly
  • Rising Strong
  • The Gifts of Imperfection

Failure is what stops people from achieving what they potentially can.

Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) – talk about how he was the biggest proponent of follow your passion but at this point, just follow your curiosity

Learn how to be curious again.

Free download “Overcoming Emotional Eating: A (w)holehearted Guide for Women and Teens” available at

Resources Annette recommends:

By Marc David: The Slow Down Diet, Nourishing Wisdom
By Brene Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong
By Geneen Roth: Bite By Bite: 7 Guidelines to Break Free from Emotional Eating

Brene Brown’s TED Talks: The Power of Vulnerability and Listening to Shame
Cameron Russell’s TED Talk: Looks Aren’t Everything. Believe Me, I’m a Model.
The Institute for the Psychology of Eating blog

Annette’s ultimate vision: the world in which women and girls feel worthy exactly as they are.

Follow Annette on social media and visit her sites:

4 – Book Review of Mastermind Dinners by Jayson Gaignard

This is a Book review of Jayson Gaignard’s Mastermind Dinners: Build Lifelong Relationships by Connecting Experts, Influencers and Linchpins.

The book is well worth buying it on as an eBook or paperback. It is small and a quick read with a lot of tips. He shows you how he networks via dinners, lunches and coffee bringing like minded people together.

The kindle version is free on 12/23/2015 and 12/24/2015
Amazon link to the book.

He also gives you the audio version for free with a link inside the book.

His podcast is titled “Mastermind Talks Podcast“.

Let me know how your dinner goes!

How to subscribe, rate and review podcasts

This is a guide on how to subscribe, rate and review podcasts on your MAC or PC, iPhones and iPads.

How To Subscribe, Rate and Review Podcast on a Computer (MAC or PC)

Open iTunes, then:

  • Make sure that iTunes Store is selected.
  • Search in the iTunes Store for the mindset zone. Press return to start search.
  • From the result page, click on the Podcast Cover to open Podcast to Subscribe or Rate.

Now that you are already on the podcast page ie YourBusinessPodcast, these are the remaining steps:

  • Subscribe to the podcast by click the “Subscribe” button below the Podcast Cover.
  • Click on the option “Ratings and Reviews”.
  • Click on the number of stars you want to rate the podcast.
  • Write a sentence or two review of the podcast.
Reviewing or rating podasts is a great way of making the it gain more followers.
Rating and reviewing from your iPhone/iPad:
  • Launch Apple’s Podcast app.
  • Tap the Search tab.
  • Enter the name of the podcast you want to rate or review.
  • Tap the blue Search key at the bottom right.
  • Tap the album art for the podcast.
  • Tap the Reviews tab.
  • Tap Write a Review at the bottom.
  • Enter your iTunes password to login.
  • Tap the Stars to leave a rating.
  • Enter title text and content to leave a review.
  • Tap Send.

Brooke Chesnut Interview

This interview is with Brooke Chesnut who discusses all things Millennial relating to the workforce. Did you know by 2025 75% of all employees will be millennials?

Brooke Chesnut has dedicated 30 years to building successful Sales, Sales Leadership, Training, Consulting and Mentoring programs for multiple industries in Colorado.  He is an expert in guiding small & large organizations through the challenging generational issues that confront all companies today.

He specializes in transforming Millennials from being a liability into an engaged productive employee.  In todays workforce the Millennial factor has become the single most talked about challenge for any C-level executive.

How do we attract the best Millennial talent?  What processes need reviewing and why?  How do we retain Millennial employees?  These are only some of the issues that keep executives awake at night and for good reason.  By 2025, 75% of the US workforce will be occupied by the Millennial generation!

As of 2015 millennials are the largest generation surpassing the baby-boomers in numbers.  By 2025 75% of all employees will be millennials.

You always want to attract the best employees so it is important to know how to attract the best millennials.  The employees you are hiring now will be the leaders in your companies in the future.

Understand differences in millennials to attract, retain and train millennials.  Many are interested in professional growth and improved skills.

Brooke mentions he wasn’t great in his first sales job but a mentor took interest in him and helped him.  The mentor kept him accountable and held him to tasks.  The mentor suggested books to read. This reminds me of the book “The Go Giver”.

The millennials are hungry for knowledge so they can be receptive to mentoring.

When mentoring ask millennials how do you like to give and receive education and communication.

Millennials are looking for a work life blend rather than a work life balance.  Millennials like flexibility, I’m thinking who doesn’t when they are thinking about their own time. Millennials are the most educated generation having access to the internet for most of their life.

Millennials are multi-taskers which reminded me of the suggestion of working on something for only 25 to 45 minutes before taking a break.

Dual mentorship and reverse mentorship.

Most companies have a corporate ladder but millennials are looking for a corporate lattice.  Which allows them lots of experiences across an organization.  Many of the layers of management are now gone so millennials are looking for a lattice instead.  (Multi-directional career path)

Companies should focus on having:

  • creativity
  • flexibility
  • collaboration
  • teamwork, team project

Millennials embrace texting at a level never before seen.

Millennials expect instant feedback or at a minimum acknowledgement that a message or document they sent was received.  An example is hearing something back from them.

Greatest Fears of Millennials

  • Not getting professional development from employers
  • Not getting enough feedback – they want acknowledgement and they want to know now

Importance of a mentorship program

  • Giving or passing knowledge through to the younger generation
  • The millennials are starting to get bored because of the single direction mentorship is taking them – company should come up with reverse mentorship/dual mentorship (the younger intern hired is now a partner)
  • Mentor the older partner to be relevant in social media – connect to younger generation
  • More trust, communication, creativity

Millennials want to see videos/instructional videos – they want to be social versus a face to face meeting.

Voicemails are practically obsolete now – millennials prefer instant messaging and following up.

Companies using texting as a feedback

Millennials are inevitably invading the country with their progressive thinking and technology.

If you had a video on a landing page of your website, your will have a 68% chance of sales.

Companies that were financially rewarded because of mobile phones

  • Instagram
  • Uber
  • Airbnb

Hire the best…

Book/Reading Suggestions

Brooke suggests reading Jean M. Twenge’s book Geneation Me, Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before.

In this book, Dr. Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me” are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also disengaged somehow. This is the book company owners should read to understand more about millennials who mostly run the business for them.

Dr. Twenge utilized feedback from 11 million respondents to reveal shocking truths about this generation and their impact on the progressing society as a whole.

There are also some great articles on Business Finance Magazine, one from Jeff Schwartz which tacked about shifting from the corporate ladder to the corporate lattice.

To contact Brooke Chesnut, visit or email him at or 719.425.5099 to directly call his office.

Book Review of Adam Braun’s The Promise of a Pencil

This is my review of Adam Braun’s book The Promise of a Pencil, the captivating story of how a young man turned $25 into more than 320 schools around the world as of December 2015 and the guiding steps anyone can take to lead a purpose-driven life. Below are some of the chapters, key points and quotes that I found very inspirational and in a way, motivated me to do more.


The biggest of dreams often start with small, unreasonable acts. 

The difference between a lunatic and a leader is that only one of them has others who join in his or her pursuit.

Early adopters and evangelists are actually the ones who make a company’s success possible.


It’s in the moments when you feel most confident that you are most likely to fall flat on your face. 

We learn far more from our mistakes than we do from our successes, and although it nearly cost me my job and my best opportunity to start PoP, he was right to demand nothing short of excellence. I would never make the same mistakes again. 


Sometimes you know something in your head, and other times you know it in your heart. The mind delivers logic and reason, but the heart is where faith resides. In moments of uncertainty, when you must choose between two paths, allowing yourself to be overcome by either the fear of failure or the dimly lit light of possibility, immerse yourself in the life you would be most proud to live. 

The more we speak in the voice of our most aspirational self, the closer we pull our future into our present.





Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, has said that an entrepreneur is someone who will “jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.” I wasn’t ready to jump yet, but it was time to start looking for airplane parts.



But nothing is more potent or deceptive than the competing interests of another great opportunity. In those moments when priorities clash, always stay guided by your values, not your perceived necessities. Necessities exist in a state of mind that will not last, whereas values are transcendent and enduring.



The single most wasted resource on earth is human intention. How many times have you wanted to do something but not acted right away and forgotten about it later?

You can only prepare for making the best possible first impression on those new people you’ll meet in the future.


“The most powerful thing in the world is an idea whose time has come.”

I personally learned that failure is a necessary step toward achievement. – Adam Braun


Make the little decisions with your head and the big ones with your heart. Do that, and you’ll be just fine.” – Kevin Roberts, 


I wanted to spend my time maximizing purpose rather than profit – Adam Braun

By changing the words you use to describe something, you can change how others perceive it.


 “You have to find a mantra and live it fully. – Adam Braun

 ‘You may be safe, but I am free.’ – unknown

“Hope is not enough. You have to believe, and then it will be so.”  – Justice from Ghana

Rainer Maria Rilke said, “Live not in dreams, but in contemplation of a reality that is perhaps the future.”

“We don’t just want you to support us, we want you to join us.” – Adam Braun of Pencils of promise

Sometimes you just know. With absolute conviction. The complete absence of doubt is so rare it generates a sense of excitement that’s so powerful it becomes shocking.   – Adam Braun of Pencils of promise

I believe in keeping your friends close and your family even closer. – Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise


Bliss does not come from materials or possessions, it comes from fulfilling one’s purpose in this existence.” – Ray Chambers, 

African proverb states, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” 


The tasks I ignored were the ones I feared.. – Adam Braun of Pencils of promise

We all know which tasks are the most important in any given day, yet we still choose to do them last. Choose to do those things first. – Adam Braun of Pencils of promise


If an idea grows, it expands far beyond the confines of any one person’s control. By limiting it to a single story told by a single voice, we strip it of its true potential. – Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise


I looked around and acknowledged that what you see around you is proof of what exists within you.- Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise

“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” -Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Make your life a story worth telling

I never thought, I hope this works out. I knew it would. – Adam Braun of Pencils of promise

Purpose is found when you stop thinking about how you exist in the world and start trying to figure out why you are here. Once you solve that question, everything else will fall into place. – Adam Braun of Pencils of promise

For anyone going through a restless period in life, looking to make a change but not sure how, start with an ambitious but attainable goal. I set out to build just one school.   – Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise

The key is to think big and then take small, incremental steps forward day by day.   – Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise

Start by changing the subjects of your daily conversation from the life you are living to the life you aspire to create. – Adam Braun of Pencils of promise

But you can’t keep saying, “I’ll get started tomorrow.” The world has far too many problems, and you are way too smart and capable not to help tackle them. Your time is now.  – Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise

Regardless of age or status, if you’re not satisfied with the path you’re on, it’s time to rewrite your future. Your life should be a story you are excited to tell. – Adam Braun of Pencils of Promise