Testimonials

The success that I have experienced in such a short amount of time is mind blowing to me.

I called Elli seeking guidance in my professional life. I was scared and unsure and was ready to find a coach. I was standing on the precipice of my old career and my new career and couldn’t find my balance to see where to step next.

During our initial consultation, I told her everything about where I had been, where I was now and where I wanted to go. All of my fears and dreams mixed into one big eruption. Through it all, she just listened..she heard me. Towards the end, she told me we would need 3 month together. Time to clear out the old, embrace the new and take action on my dreams. That sounded exactly right to me..and we were off.

Over the next 3 months my life transformed dramatically. Elli helped me to recognize how my beliefs were holding me back and she literally performed spiritual surgery on my entire belief system. She gave me the tools and the support to be able to let the past go and move forward with a totally different approach to myself, my family, and my career. For the first time in my life, she helped me to understand that making money didn’t have to feel so dutiful and difficult. That I wasn’t crazy to pursue a career that actually brings me joy. In fact, if I wasn’t finding joy with my work, then I wasn’t serving my purpose. She helped me find the confidence I needed to take big steps. Steps to lead a healthy life, get clear on my goals, and root myself in my new career. So much positivity and abundance has happened over this time. I truly feel like I have transformed myself and my career into a practice of joy and success. I used to wake up feeling a sense of dread and totally unfulfilled. Now I wake up with a strong sense of resolve and purpose.

I could not have done this without Elli’s guidance. Her skills are not measurable in words. Her holistic and spiritual approach is the perfect foundation for healing and growth.  She is kind and gentle, brave and fearless all at the same time. The success that I have experienced in such a short amount of time is mind blowing to me. It’s absolutely amazing what you can accomplish when you have the right support. There is no success story that doesn’t have a supporter behind it. For me, she is my support, my coach, and my friend. I am forever grateful for her and what she was able to activate in me. I absolutely love my life now!


I called Elli seeking guidance in my professional life. I was scared and unsure and was ready to find a coach. I was standing on the precipice of my old career and my new career and couldn’t find my balance to see where to step next.

During our initial consultation, I told her everything about where I had been, where I was now and where I wanted to go. All of my fears and dreams mixed into one big eruption. Through it all, she just listened..she heard me. Towards the end, she told me we would need 3 month together. Time to clear out the old, embrace the new and take action on my dreams. That sounded exactly right to me..and we were off.

Over the next 3 months my life transformed dramatically. Elli helped me to recognize how my beliefs were holding me back and she literally performed spiritual surgery on my entire belief system. She gave me the tools and the support to be able to let the past go and move forward with a totally different approach to myself, my family, and my career. For the first time in my life, she helped me to understand that making money didn’t have to feel so dutiful and difficult. That I wasn’t crazy to pursue a career that actually brings me joy. In fact, if I wasn’t finding joy with my work, then I wasn’t serving my purpose. She helped me find the confidence I needed to take big steps. Steps to lead a healthy life, get clear on my goals, and root myself in my new career. So much positivity and abundance has happened over this time. I truly feel like I have transformed myself and my career into a practice of joy and success. I used to wake up feeling a sense of dread and totally unfulfilled. Now I wake up with a strong sense of resolve and purpose.

I could not have done this without Elli’s guidance. Her skills are not measurable in words. Her holistic and spiritual approach is the perfect foundation for healing and growth.  She is kind and gentle, brave and fearless all at the same time. The success that I have experienced in such a short amount of time is mind blowing to me. It’s absolutely amazing what you can accomplish when you have the right support. There is no success story that doesn’t have a supporter behind it. For me, she is my support, my coach, and my friend. I am forever grateful for her and what she was able to activate in me. I absolutely love my life now!


The tools that Elli has equipped me with are more than coping skills -- they are life altering beliefs that I cannot imagine going through my days without.

I just finished my second program with Elli. I came to her years ago right after I graduated college, a time when I was basically wandering through life with no idea what to do. Recently, a few years after my first successful three month program with Elli, I was fresh out of a relationship that I’d ended and grasping for stability. I was struggling with self love, my expectations of where I should be at this point in my life, and in general was dissatisfied with my everyday life. I was seeing a conventional therapist and it wasn’t working, so I decided to go back to Elli for round two.

I cannot begin to describe the transformation she has helped me with over the past few months. While I thought I was going to her for help with loneliness post-breakup and help surrounding my constant need for male attention, we dove into corners of my mind and soul that I hadn’t unearthed in years, possibly ever. I didn’t even realize that I’d been living my life at the mercy of other people’s thoughts and actions. We got to the root of what was causing me so much anxiety, stress, and unease and over the course of three months, I’ve experienced what I describe to Elli as an emergence from a fog I didn’t even know I was living under. Using her techniques, I have pivoted my daily mindset to strive toward fierce presentness.

This time six months ago, I literally remember having the thought “life is really not that great. I’m pretty tired and can’t think of what I’m going to do to pass the time the next 50 or so years.” It’s terrifying to even read those words right now because they sound borderline suicidal, though I never got close to that point. I just wasn’t inspired, excited, or engaged in my own life. Today, I wake up early, find it difficult to lie around and do nothing, have more friends than I’ve ever had, and am single by my own choice. I feel like I did back when I was a child -- excited about each day, unwilling to let a beautiful day pass me by, physically energized, and happy.

Before this program, when I would feel a sense of panic or dread or unease, I’d follow them up with more of the feeling -- panic, dread, unease, frustration. Now I know how to recognize these feelings immediately, acknowledge them, and begin to move toward the root of the feelings. This involves a lot of slowing down for self-care, sitting in meditation, journaling, etc. I feel like I’m no longer at the mercy of the outside world (at least to a degree) because I know it is not at the mercy of me. I can only control my thoughts and actions, and everything else will either feel downstream (right) or upstream (not for me).

If any of this sounds a little loopy or hippy dippy, I can only say that after trying conventional therapy and prescription antidepressants, the tools that Elli has equipped me with are more than coping skills -- they are life altering beliefs that I cannot imagine going through my days without. I will continue to be an advocate of Elli and her programs for as long as she’s doing what she’s doing.


My life before coaching felt confusing.

I was confused about my career choice, about men. I was very critical of not only myself but of other people. It seems terrible but at the time that was my normal. That is all that I knew how to be, and the “normal” that I was feeling was a very empty unmotivated place.

Once I really started listening and observing what my inner voice was telling, and trusting myself to know what to do and how to do it, doors of all types started to open up. I’ve found a passion, I appreciate myself and am able to communicate more clearly and openly with those around me. I’ve really learned the importance of self love and how much it effects everything I do.

Absolutely everyone. I do believe that people of all types could use what I’ve learned with Elli. It doesn’t matter the size of the problem or if their even is a problem, the lessons and practices I’ve learned I have used everyday, and it has made my life beautiful. I am so grateful for that gift.


I would recommend this to the entire world!

I think this program is great for anyone feeling disconnect from the world, from their life or as if they're sailing along but don't really have control of where the ship goes. If you've lost direction this is for you! Elli will lead you to the light!


A blustery, rainy morning...the perfect day to write my words that will try to contain all that I gained through our work, which was sometimes painful and sometimes playful, as work will be, no matter what you set out to do, especially deep inner work.

For me this is like writing my eulogy,  as one needs to die to the ways of old, particular the old beliefs, in order to be reborn, and since that was my intention in hiring a Life Coach, writing a eulogy is a good thing! I had no idea how powerful our work together would be and, of course my work continues, an ever-evolving me, and having our notes to refer to greatly helps me along this path...you are so wise!

And, speaking of "The Work"...just heard from a soulful-songwriting friend in Charlottesville, that she is starting a 'Byron Katie training" so she can teach "The Work" to others as it's been so powerful in her life. Though I was already familiar with Katie's writing through Science of Mind Magazine, I had never read any of her books until Adele came back from a Byron workshop a few months ago and heard her glowing reports about it. So I bought her book, "Question Your Thinking, Change The World". However, it didn't resonate with me until you brought it up, I believe in our third session, and I learned that there was a real use in my own life to ask those 4 ????'s. Another reminder that when "the student is ready the teacher will appear", which I have also turned around, "When the teacher is ready, the students will appear". I think we often work too hard outside of ourselves trying to get it right, to make things happen, print the right flyer, advertise in the right newspaper, etc, and the real work, the inner work, is what paves the way to our success in relationships, career, LIFE..."Begin Within"!

Well, I would have said that my life was wonderful and that I was only hiring Elli to help me "re-birth my career". A yoga teacher for 27 years, in health and fitness for most of my adult life, I was ready to take my teaching to a new level...lets' say "Beyond Asana". And though I incorporated the spiritual lessons of life, and all the reading and workshops I've done, (which are too numerous to name), in my yoga classes, something kept thwarting every direction I tried to take with teaching yoga/workshops in my new home of Charleston...actually Johns Island, my lovely new home on Whitney Lake, where I am greeted each morning with the honking of geese and often a beautiful sunrise over the island of trees that sits in the middle of the lake right outside my bedroom window! A dream of living on the water that I had manifested, so why couldn't I get my career kick-started?

Living here for a year, why did I keep meeting with obstacles to doing the kind of teaching that I knew was within me? Why did I seem to get close, only to find whatever seemingly open door was actually not really that open to me? Should I go back to therapy, which had helped me off and on for 30 years, or try something new, like hiring a Life Coach? As I usually do, I did a surrender prayer, asking The Divine, (hereafter, THE D), to guide me, opening myself up to spirit. And, as I usually do after my surrender prayer, I then dragged myself out of my cozy bed, to go to the yoga class that I was currently enjoying with Elli Boland. I had wanted to ask Elli where she taught, besides the lovely Mission Yoga studio, as she was only on the schedule one time. I wanted more of her humor, her wisdom, her willingness to be vulnerable to her students, but she was always surrounded by students after class, and/or I was hurrying off somewhere. So, on this day of surrender prayer,  around the Christmas holidays of 2015, I finally asked her, "Where else do you teach?"...her answer blew me away, "Oh, right now this is the only class I teach, as my primary work is as a LIFE COACH"! Well, THE D had already answered my request...Hallelujah!! Happy Holiday's, etc!

So, what did I think, at the time, was my main obstacle to relaunching my career as a teacher.....CLARITY. I am a creative person, always full of ideas, yet taking those ideas to fruition has been a problem for most of my 64 years. I was hoping that Elli could help me sort through all my "marvelous ideas" and get me started on one. I felt she must have something in her bag of tricks that got her through her own divorce, and kept her yoga classes packed with students, that would help me get the career clarity that I wanted. Well, she certainly did, but not what I expected....no, not at all!

How did it change after? 

My sessions with Elli freed me from something that I didn't even know existed. Something that needed healing that, when she first suggested it to me, I almost hung up the phone on her! It was our not what I had hired her to dig into, so why did she keep heading in the direction of forgiveness? She often talks about forgiveness in her yoga classes and, certainly THE D knows, that there is always something that pops into your mind, something you've said, done, that you wish you could take back, do over! But as Elli said one day, "You can't unscramble eggs, so STOP trying! Forgive yourself and move on". Well, over the many years of spiritual teachers, I'd gotten very good at moving on, forgiving myself for the blunders, even immediately reaching out with a phone call or email to someone that I  worried I had offended, slighted, or hurt. And forgiving others...thought I had that down pat too! Even if they were not asking for my forgiveness, I could "Let it Go" and get on with life, with relationships, never wanting to become the bitter person I felt my mom and others that I loved had become. Elli, in one session, pointed out that "Letting it Be" was probably a better way of thinking of it, because, though we may tell ourselves and others that we've "let it go", it usually lives on in our stories. So true!

So what was this forgiveness work that needed to be done? No need to go into the details of my personal journey,  but it was with someone that I love dearly and had no idea that I was harboring such feelings of anger and bitterness. Elli unearthed it and, once unearthed and brought into the light, was, again, "mind-blowing"...at least to me! And, though at first I resisted, the practice of yoga has taught me to always look with curiosity...it doesn't mean you have to own anything that anyone says to you, but be open to what mightt be there for you. That willingness to be open to what Elli said, and surrendering to THE D, not only freed the tears that I'd been holding inside for years, (Elli was also concerned by my inability to cry), but once shed, once my heart opened to what I'd been holding onto but afraid to face, the world around me shifted!  Relatinships opened up in a way that I'd been longing for and just couldn't seem to figure out why it wasn't happening. As the Good Witch says, "Click your heels together 3x's and say, 'There's no place like home'!" For what holds us back always lies within, but sometimes we are just too close to it to see it with our own eyes and heart. Elli never gave me the answers, only guided me towards finding my own way to them.

Who Would I Recommend this to? 

Everyone and anyone who might feel stuck somewhere and wants to move forward with a better life for themselves and those they love by finding and/or rediscovering their inner freedom and power.  Elli has the ability to listen from a deep place, to what might be beyond or beneath the story you tell, or have told yourself for how ever long it's worked for you, and now find it's no longer working. I knew something wasn't working in my life, something was holding me back, and Elli not only helped bring it into the light, but has shed the light on other ways that I need, no rather want, to do more forgiveness work. And, once unearthed, you do not need the participation of the other person...when you shift, they shift, your life shifts...SHIFT HAPPENS! (Wish I made that up, but it's a great little book that Carlos Santana turned me onto!) But The Shift doesn't happen because you've changed someone else's mind or heart, but because you've changed your own truth about what happened. As wonderful songwriter David Pomeranz sings:

"You are the only one with all of the truth,
Not me, or the mountain,
Or anyone saying they do!

See this old mountain?
See this old man?
The way that you see them
Is all your creation...
For YOU are the only one
With all of the truth!"

But I also would add to David's words, that thank THE DIVINE, THE D,  that there are always guiding lights to help us uncover our truth....Elli has surely been one for me!


My life before included a lot of blame, finger pointing and anger.

I lived in the victim mentality unhappy with the good things I've got in my life and always looking for the next best thing.

Since talking Elli my life has changed perspectives. I can now see the perspective of love, we're all doing the best we can at any given moment. We're all love and we're all here to be happy and feel good. I can now take a step back and look at the big picture. Instead of looking at things as happening to me I can look at them as happening for me. Instead of spending time analyzing an issue I can look for the solution. I have so many tools in my spiritual tool box now that I look forward to carrying on this work. I look forward to experiencing new situations and to look at them from a different perspective. It's like being a little kid and learning to see life in a new light.
I would recommend this to the entire world.

 


Before coaching, I was dishonest. I was lying to myself about who I was, what I wanted and what really made me happy.

I was in a toxic relationship that was only bringing me down in to negativity, fear and anxiety. Once I started talking to Elli, she empowered me to be honest with myself. I broke up with the "nice person with potential" I was with, moved back to a city I love and am now happy and thriving. Not only did she stand by me and support me through this, she shed light on and helped me appreciate all the lessons I had learned. I would recommend giving Elli a call if you want to get past the self-imposed limitations and baggage you're carrying around, and are ready to get in touch with the authentic "you" and live your best life now. She is honest, loving, supportive, humble and wise - everything you' could hope for in a coach.


My face was always buried in a book dealing with how to improve any area of my life. Sometimes even multiple books at one time.

I love to read and learn about anything in the spiritual self-growth field. You could safely call me a self-growth addict. I love it! The only problem was I read so much and didn't actually apply even a small percentage of what I was learning. I also felt a bit confused on all the different types of yoga out there, eating recommendations, philosophies, etc. How in the world did i know which one was right for me? This naturally created a bit of anxiety and fear in my life and reinforced the idea that I was an anxious person. I also was so confused on which path to take. Do I follow my bliss like I had read about? Do I stay practical and listen to my loved ones in regarding my life choices? I felt so conflicted on what I really wanted vs. what society wanted for me. I also knew that once I figured out what I actually desired I would have to start chopping away at the mountain of blocks and limiting beliefs. This was going to require a ton of work.  One of my goals was to have a life coach once I made some extra cash. Well, that time had arrived, so I thought why not begin now at that mountain and I remembered stumbling (coincidence? probably not) upon Elli's page quite sometime ago and being drawn to her work immediately. I excitedly (and a bit nervously) wrote her an email, she responded promptly to all of my questions and we started the sessions right away.

I can confidently say that I am MUCH more aligned with my truth and with the universe. Not only am I more aligned, but I also have many tools now, thanks to Elli, to reconnect with myself when the anxiety/fear kicks in and how to connect more deeply to myself and to what I truly want. And most importantly, she has given me tools on how to cultivate more trust in myself, my intuition, and the universe. Elli didn't tell me what to do, but instead would kindly suggest tools and would ask just the right questions to have the "aHA" moments to recognize and release the blocks. She also helped me dig up my true desires underneath all of the "rubbage" that we all have....limiting beliefs, blocks, fears, caring too much about what other people think, and society and family pressures. Underneath I learned I feel excited, connected, joyful, open, and expansive. This is how I want to feel when making any decision. Every morning I read my life purpose that Elli helped me create, and that sets my tone for the day. It gives me a purpose, a direction, and guides me in the direction I need to go. Overall, I feel way less anxiety, way more excitement and trust in my life. And I only did the one month program with her. This is HUGE.

I would highly and excitedly recommend working with Elli if you are someone who wants to get more direction, discover your life purpose, identify blocks and learn ways to release them, or you really just want to improve any aspect of your life in any shape or form. Elli is  understanding, full of knowledge and resources, and above all is real and authentic!

 


Before coaching I was constantly waiting for my life to improve... or even just to start.

I tried some diets, makeovers... I even moved countries, but I always felt as if I wasn't right in my own skin. Underneath it all I felt like I was faking everything when things went right, and the list of things I wanted to change overwhelmed me.  When I paused to think, it made me sad or angry, which made me feet like that's who I really was.  I truly hated trying to plan for a future I felt I had no control over.

Now I feel as if I have tools I need in order to make my life what I want it to be. My mindset is a positive one, both when I start something and when I need to regroup... and even if I have a bad day I know what it takes to get me back on track. Before I had to force myself to change my mantra, and now I feel as if it's naturally from a more grounded, happy, educated place to begin with... I've got a handle on what it is that I want to get out of life, and see what steps I need to get there... and working with Elli helped me realize that it was never that far away with to start off with!

I recommend this to anyone really... to be honest, I started the program because I just wanted to lose weight and thought that that would solve all my problems.  I was a bit hesitant about what I feared would be the "new agey" aspect of a life coach, but Elli was so great about customizing the program to my beliefs and mindset that there was never anything that didn't resonate with me. If you just find that you have negative pockets in your life that you are struggling with... or even flat out ignoring... stop and deal with them... and Elli is just the person to help guide you through that!


I came to Elli when I hit rock bottom.

I had been out of college for a little under a year and had already had three jobs, none of which were satisfying to me. I was waking up every night with crippling anxiety and worry. I also realized I was still in love with my ex-boyfriend, who was a year into a serious relationship with someone else.

I started following Elli on Facebook after one of my friends shared one of her posts. It seemed like everything she posted was exactly what I needed to hear. I decided to contact her as a birthday present for myself.  I'm not sure how to describe my life before coaching other than to say it was routine. I always had this feeling that there had to be more to life and that I could be happier and more content but I had no idea what I needed to do in order to make that happen.

I spoke with Elli for the initial consultation and was immediately comfortable and at ease with her. I remember telling her that I wanted to love and accept myself more and to get rid of the negativity in my life.  She suggested that the Bring Back the Sparkle program would be a good fit for me. I have to admit, I was skeptical that I would make any real progress in just 4 1-hour sessions but I figured it couldn't hurt and signed up for the program.  All that I can say is that my life was forever changed after just the first session! I'm sure that sounds crazy to you if you're reading this and wondering if life coaching is right for you - but it's completely true. Elli has a way of breaking down barriers and opening your eyes to the thoughts, fears, and behaviors that are keeping you stuck. For example, Elli helped me realize that I had been unhappy in my job for some time and yet I kept holding on because I needed an income and had always thought I would climb the corporate ladder and be a successful Executive....but I had been climbing the corporate ladder and instead of feeling successful and powerful, I felt frustrated and unfulfilled. The day we finished our last session I found out that I was going to be laid off from my job. Although my company offered to hire me for another open position, I decided that it was time to take a leap of faith and trust that I will be provided for and that whatever the universe has in store for me is in my best interest.  Had this happened before coaching, I know I would have taken another position with my company and continued to be frustrated and unhappy. I have no idea what the future holds but I'm happy and at peace.

If you're looking for more out of life; if you're restless or unsettled but can't pinpoint why; if you have trouble accepting love from others and need to learn how to accept and love yourself; if you're looking for happiness but can't seem to find it, then you should give coaching a try...what do you have to lose?


I contacted Elli as a newly single mom fresh out of a long term relationship.

Not sure where to start over from here. At this point my confidence was lacking and I had a muddy vision on life that I knew needed refining. Not sure what I wanted or needed or where to find it. Elli helped me think out of the box by using  her wisdom, experience, and creativity to supply suggestions and tools to that have allowed me to have a new aspect on life and open doors to possibilities that I never knew existed. Over the past month I have shifted from scared and unsure to connected and excited to explore new opportunities. Elli’s spirit is electric and she is truly an inspiration. I’m so thankful that I took a leap of faith and reached out to her. I would recommend her to anyone in need of a jump start, direction, vision, support, whether you are single, taken, parent, student…give it a shot! You won’t be disappointed!


I won’t give away all of Elli’s secrets… But I can say that after working with her, I feel more confident, competent, and content in the life that I have created.

Honestly, my life was one that I think a lot of people would envy.  I had a happy and healthy marriage, a great job, financially stable and wonderful family/friends.  BUT I still felt like I was in limbo, floating and not satisfied with my life.  I was not “unhappy”, but I was confused as to why I did not feel fulfilled.  I had achieved all of these wonderful life accomplishments…why did it not seem like enough?

After working with Elli for a few months, I quickly came to realize that I was NOT crazy. 😉 There were lots of internal things that were keeping me from truly reaching peace and happiness in my life.  I won’t give away all of Elli’s secrets… But I can say that after working with her, I feel more confident, competent, and content in the life that I have created.  I understand now that I cannot make others happy.  I only have control of my life.  That is such a freeing experience once you can truly embrace that lifestyle.  I would also like to mention that I have tackled one of my biggest fears after working with Elli.  My husband and I are expecting our first child this September.

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to live a happier and healthier life.  You cannot go wrong by trying to be a better YOU!

Emily Duplantis

My life changed halfway through my first coaching session with Elli.

I had been teaching fitness classes for 14 years. I had been teaching yoga for 3. I had completed many certification programs in yoga, movement therapy, nutrition, dance, Pilates, personal training, and advance anatomy. I had started my own business, but it was not growing. Professionally I was spinning my wheels. I had a vision for a Coaching business that was unlike anyone I had heard of, but I was having trouble making it a reality. In that first session Elli suggested that I add up the amount of time I was spending working for other people...I was spending over 35 hours a week NOT working on my business!!! Not only that but with travel time and babysitting fees I was netting less than $4 a day!!!

Elli suggested that I make some bold moves: Give up teaching Pilates and half of my yoga classes to make room for my business to manifest. No joke, the day I did my business started growing! As our time together went on Elli shared with me tools that prompted me to think of business in a way that I never had before. I had always dreaded anything "business-like." Since I have been working from this new perspective it turns out that growing a business is actually really fun! And I'm good at it! Of course it is a HUGE challenge, but it is exciting and as Elli says "lights me up." Who knew?!? Elli did, clearly.

I highly recommend Elli to anyone that is ready to take a real look at themselves and their work and make the moves to live a better life. With out a doubt Elli will have you saying F!Yay in no time!

Katie Ashley
Thrive Whole Health Coaching

I can confidently say that I am MUCH more aligned with my truth and with the universe. I learned I feel excited, connected, joyful, open, and expansive. This is how I want to feel when making any decision.

My face was always buried in a book dealing with how to improve any area of my life. Sometimes even multiple books at one time. I love to read and learn about anything in the spiritual self-growth field. You could safely call me a self-growth addict. I love it! The only problem was I read so much and didn't actually apply even a small percentage of what I was learning. I also felt a bit confused on all the different types of yoga out there, eating recommendations, philosophies, etc. How in the world did i know which one was right for me? This naturally created a bit of anxiety and fear in my life and reinforced the idea that I was an anxious person. I also was so confused on which path to take. Do I follow my bliss like I had read about? Do I stay practical and listen to my loved ones in regarding my life choices? I felt so conflicted on what I really wanted vs. what society wanted for me. I also knew that once I figured out what I actually desired I would have to start chopping away at the mountain of blocks and limiting beliefs. This was going to require a ton of work.  One of my goals was to have a life coach once I made some extra cash. Well, that time had arrived, so I thought why not begin now at that mountain and I remembered stumbling (coincidence? probably not) upon Elli's page quite sometime ago and being drawn to her work immediately. I excitedly (and a bit nervously) wrote her an email, she responded promptly to all of my questions and we started the sessions right away.

I can confidently say that I am MUCH more aligned with my truth and with the universe. Not only am I more aligned, but I also have many tools now, thanks to Elli, to reconnect with myself when the anxiety/fear kicks in and how to connect more deeply to myself and to what I truly want. And most importantly, she has given me tools on how to cultivate more trust in myself, my intuition, and the universe. Elli didn't tell me what to do, but instead would kindly suggest tools and would ask just the right questions to have the "aHA" moments to recognize and release the blocks. She also helped me dig up my true desires underneath all of the "rubbage" that we all have....limiting beliefs, blocks, fears, caring too much about what other people think, and society and family pressures. Underneath I learned I feel excited, connected, joyful, open, and expansive. This is how I want to feel when making any decision. Every morning I read my life purpose that Elli helped me create, and that sets my tone for the day. It gives me a purpose, a direction, and guides me in the direction I need to go. Overall, I feel way less anxiety, way more excitement and trust in my life. And I only did the one month program with her. This is HUGE.

I would highly and excitedly recommend working with Elli if you are someone who wants to get more direction, discover your life purpose, identify blocks and learn ways to release them, or you really just want to improve any aspect of your life in any shape or form. Elli is  understanding, full of knowledge and resources, and above all is real and authentic!

Kelly, Spain

Before coaching I was constantly waiting for my life to improve... or even just to start.

I tried some diets, makeovers... I even moved countries, but I always felt as if I wasn't right in my own skin. Underneath it all I felt like I was faking everything when things went right, and the list of things I wanted to change overwhelmed me.  When I paused to think, it made me sad or angry, which made me feet like that's who I really was. I truly hated trying to plan for a future I felt I had no control over.

Now I feel as if I have tools I need in order to make my life what I want it to be.  My mindset is a positive one, both when I start something and when I need to regroup... and even if I have a bad day I know what it takes to get me back on track.  Before I had to force myself to change my mantra, and now I feel as if it's naturally from a more grounded, happy, educated place to begin with... I've got a handle on what it is that I want to get out of life, and see what steps I need to get there... and working with Elli helped me realise that it was never that far away with to start off with!

I recommend this to anyone really... to be honest, I started the program because I just wanted to lose weight and thought that that would solve all my problems.  I was a bit hesitant about what I feared would be the "new agey" aspect of a life coach, but Elli was so great about customizing the program to my beliefs and mindset that there was never anything that didn't resonate with me. If you just find that you have negative pockets in your life that you are struggling with... or even flat out ignoring... stop and deal with them... and Elli is just the person to help guide you through that!


I began breathing as if I was actually living. I began feeling better immediately. I was given many other tools to live in the present, stop the negativity and many other resources to help feed my soul and help continue the practice of self love.

Before I met with Elli, I was drowning. Both mentally, and physically. My breathing was so shallow, that I was in fact putting my body in a flight or fight mode 24/7. But this is what I had grown accustomed to. I was super stressed out daily, and couldn’t stop the “what if’s” both in the past and the future. So, I was hardly living in the present, I constantly was beating myself up and talking negatively to myself. I was not good enough, pretty enough, smart enough or had enough. I constantly compared myself to others, judged and had a low tolerance for others. I was pretty miserable and this was affecting my husband and two young children. Furthermore, somewhere along the line, I began believing that ‘down time’ was a bad thing. If I even had 30 mins to relax, I would pack those 30 mins with grocery shopping, exercise, or something so I wouldn’t have to sit alone with my thoughts and relax.

Since starting the program, my life has changed drastically. One of the first things we did was turn my ‘stinking thinking’ around. I then learned some breathing tools, I began breathing as if I was actually living. I began feeling better immediately. I was then given many other tools to live in the present, stop the negativity and many other resources to help feed my soul and help continue the practice of self love. The tools Elli gave me to improve my life can be used every day from here on out. I am a much happier person than before. I live in the now and know that I cannot control every situation or outcome, and I am okay with that. I have also learned the importance of downtime, learning to relax and re-charge my battery…..learning to listen to my body. I don't have to fill every second of every day with activities, I can allow myself a break.

I would recommend Elli to anyone. The reason is, everyone has stress in their life, whether work, family or school and until you learn how to properly handle the stress, and take time out for yourself, you will eventually spiral out of control, as I was.

AUDRA

If you too are struggling with anxiety, frustration, and life purpose, give yourself the gift of life coaching. With the right tools, you have the ability redefine your state of mind.

Anxious. Frustrated. Confused. Worried.

These are all words that described my feelings and state of mind before starting my transformation with the amazing Elli. On the outside, life appeared good – I am successful medical device rep and a Pure Barre teacher. I am outwardly positive and a supporter/ cheerleader for family and friends. However, on the inside I was constantly in a tizzy… Compare me to a duck – calm and cool on the surface, but scrambling and working like hell underneath. I questioned my life’s purpose, searching for fulfillment, all while trying to control the “how to’s” and “what if’s” of my day to day. Exhausting!

I made the decision to invest in my own well-being and for my birthday gave myself life coaching sessions with Elli… My time with Elli can best be described as therapy for my soul. Elli has given me the tools to help live a more peaceful and content life. She has helped me realize that the “how to’s” and the “what if’s” don’t have to be answered. I don’t have to hurry or force things to happen – things are already happening in perfect timing. Through thoughtful meditation, pray, total acceptance and love, I have a clear understanding of my life’s purpose. Elli has helped me establish short term and long term goals, that will ultimately lead to my soul purpose. Through our time together, my energy has shifted – I am inspired and truly connected. The Yogi and author, Patanjali, once wrote, “ You discover yourself to be a far greater person than you had ever imagined.” My time with Elli has helped me discover my own greatness.

If you too are struggling with anxiety, frustration, and life purpose, give yourself the gift of life coaching. With the right tools, you have the ability redefine your state of mind.

Content. Fulfilled. Accepted. Loved.

LACEY

I was in need of finding a way back to me, the real me -- pain free, carefree, full of energy, love and joy. I think everyone can benefit from using a holistic approach to life.

I felt trapped in a cycle with my anxiety and physical symptoms, and my life felt like it was slowly spiraling out of control. I've been dealing with anxiety since I was twelve, and most recently I was suffering from an inflamed sternum, which makes it very difficult to breathe. It was all starting to impact my quality of life. I could never really be fully present or enjoy the moment because I was always focused on trying to catch my breath and the constant pain. I was in need of finding a way back to me, the real me -- pain free, carefree, full of energy, love and joy.

It was incredible to see in just a few short weeks how using a holistic approach could help identify issues that were contributing to the inflammation. By following the plan and using the tools, I have had many ah-ha moments that have proven to be life changing. By reducing the inflammation and learning to slow down to take care of myself, my anxiety is very limited. When I do feel anxious, I have tools to help me overcome and let it go.

I honestly think everyone can benefit from using a holistic approach to life. Our culture is so consumed by treating the symptoms and not the root cause. This gets to the root.

MEGAN

I'd never met someone who so well understood what was happening in my mind. Not only did she understand it, but she was able to relate it back to me in a different view that I accepted.

My life before life coaching was chaotic and stressful. I was overwhelmed with responsibility and my perfectionist tendencies were at an all time high. I was embarking on a new journey with starting a business and found that I was no longer just projecting my perfectionist on myself, but my business as well and I had let the tendencies take control of my life. Nothing was ever good enough and the pressure I put myself under constantly trying to make everything better was wreaking havoc on my health, relationships, and body.

I met Elli through chance, three times in the same week actually, and realized there was a reason I kept running into her, so I asked her to lunch. I didn't know what she did; I actually thought she was a personal trainer, and that would be the answer to my problems, getting my physical body back in shape. I honestly hadn't even truly heard of life coaching in real practice, but after really talking with her for the first time, I knew it was for me. I'd never met someone who so well understood what was happening in my mind. Not only did she understand it, but she was able to relate it back to me in a different view that I accepted and reason my own thoughts with me. What I came to understand was the chaos that I constantly felt in my life was created in my head by my own thoughts and reactions to feelings.

Elli was able to help me break it down, look at each situation to get to the root of it. With each meeting, I gained a stronger understanding of myself and got a heightened awareness to my actions; I was literally able to watch myself wreak havoc on myself or relationships, but for the first time was able to understand what was causing my actions. It was mind-blowing for me! What came from this awareness and understanding was the ability to know where to focus my energy and thoughts -- and this was where Elli was most helpful. She gave me tools to use to help me see and feel things before I reacted to them and also tools for processing the emotions rather than reacting them out in a harmful way to myself or my relationships.

What has come from this journey has been an overwhelming sense of a inner peace and calm. I am the same person and still have the same feelings and perfectionist tendencies, but I understand them now, and they just ride along with me rather than dictating my life and actions. And I still face the same daily stresses I did when I met Elli the first time, maybe even more now since I now own multiple businesses, but those circumstances no longer control me either. I have learned to deal with things and get stuff done rather than create turmoil. Elli literally helped me free my mind, and what has come from that is a sense of peace and happiness; the ability to enjoy life and the businesses I have created and more room and energy in my mind for continuing to make my dreams a reality. I am thankful for my time with Elli and that I was opened up to life coaching and would recommend this journey to everyone and anyone who feels stressed and heavy or for people waiting for that one last thing in their life to change before being happy, there is a different way!

JEN

I am a better mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. If you want to be one too, call Elli.

I am 43 years old, married with two wild and crazy boys. I work full time and co-own the business with my husband. When I started working with Elli, I was an internal mess trying to make everything on the outside look perfect. I have kept myself in constant motion every day for forever trying to get everything done because I thought that after it was all done I was going to sit down. Of course I never sat down, I just passed out. I knew in my head that all of “it” was never going to get done but I didn’t know how to stop the train at that point. In my first visit with Elli she gave me some tips, tricks and tools to set myself in a better direction and my train slowed down that day!

I will never forget the moment that I realized that I would finally be able to get off of Zoloft. It happened in my second session with Elli and it was such an epic moment for me - huge! I had no idea that this could be one of the benefits of life coaching. I had started taking an antidepressant five years ago after having postpartum and then continued taking it to help me with life. I knew that I couldn’t be on it forever and that, surely, life shouldn’t take an antidepressant to get through - cause that’s silly! I’ve tried to imagine many times over the years what the process of weening myself off of this blanket of non-feeling would be like and I just couldn't picture it. In one split second that all changed. One second I had no idea when or how I would ever be able to do it and the very next second I knew that I could, and would.

NOEL

Elli helped me to realize how to get where I wanted to be, right now, and to live the life I see for myself.

Before I started with MHC I felt very anxious, unsettled, and led an overall ‘frantic’ life. Two years prior, while finishing graduate school, my Dad died suddenly. I left school to care for him for a month, and then went straight back to graduate school because I knew I had to finish. Fast forward two years, three cities later, and I still hadn’t allowed myself to process what had happened. I knew I was staying busy to avoid dealing with the grief of watching my dad pass away so quickly, without a plan. I’d been in grief counseling, personal counseling, etc. but nothing provided me with actual tools to change the things I was aware that I was doing. I used to be an avid reader, and I hadn’t been able to sit down and concentrate on a book in over two years. I moved to New York City after grad school, thinking it would be great for me, to find myself even more caught up in a fast pace lifestyle where I allowed no time for myself. When a job offer appeared to send me to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, I decided to go for it. There, along with Elli’s counsel, I was finally able to heal.

For me, the big difference is actual, tangible tools that enable you to be accountable for the outcomes. The tools also allow you to see the changes in yourself. I had been on anti-anxiety/depression medicine for two years, and was able to come off of it because I finally felt like the timing was appropriate for me. I basically just feel alive and aware of other things in the world, without distracting myself with Facebook, etc. etc. constantly. I’ve been able to put down the phone and focus on myself and how I want to live my life. One day in yoga, I was sitting in a hip opener and out of nowhere began crying, and in that moment I knew I wasn’t numb to my life anymore, just going through the actions. I think once you have these tools, and practice them, they don’t leave you. I just made another big move, found myself chewing away at the inside of my mouth, took a deep breath, and knew what I needed to do to get myself centered.

Although a horrible tragedy happened in my life, I knew it would change me in a positive way. Elli helped me to transform my thoughts, actions, etc. to that place. Life is too short not to take the time to enjoy each day.

As I walked alone around downtown Charleston yesterday, having moved back to my old home, I felt completely content and happy. Elli helped me to realize how to get where I wanted to be, right now, and to live the life I see for myself.

NATALIE

Love. It’s something that we all know, something beautiful. What’s even more beautiful? Self love - something that I am just beginning to fully understand thanks to Elli Boland.

All my life I have dealt with ignorance and judgments from others regarding my short stature. Obstacles and challenges have remained constant in my life. Over the course of fifteen years I have undergone more than twelve surgeries. Through it all, rather than allow myself to express my emotions, I chose to hide from my physical and emotional pain and sadness. Eventually the pent up feelings led to anxiety and self destruction; both of which have kept me from living my life to the fullest and understanding what it means to love and honor myself. My self worth was nothing but a measurement of how much I could please others. The labels I gave myself were far worse than anything I’d come to realize and my ‘stinking thinking’ had become so loud in my head that Kristen was no longer behind the wheel, fear was.
Elli and I crossed paths back in 2009, I was introduced to ‘My Holistic Coach’ and from that point on my life changed. At the time, I was unexpectedly faced with yet another surgery, but this time around was different, this time I had my coach riding shotgun. Elli taught me that I didn’t need to be a hero through it
all. Always wanting to be happy and conquer the pain was like trying to hold onto water. What I learned to do was flow and stop wasting my energy on fighting the now. All feelings of happy, sad, fear and anger were accepted but I didn’t need to attach to any of them.
Following that final (successful) surgery I wanted more, I wanted to know who I really was and what I was capable of, so I continued my coaching sessions with Elli. Today I have shiny new tools and choices to help me return to peace amidst the chaos. Most importantly, my limiting beliefs that I am separate, not good enough and not worthy just because my body is different have dissipated. Elli taught me to love myself for who I am not only on the outside but on the inside, too. An attitude of gratitude has allowed me to be grateful for what I do have in life, removing the focus from lack. ‘Practice is progress’ - my thoughts and actions of love, gratitude, willingness and peace will lead me to happiness and I choose them on a regular basis. When it comes to another person’s perception and/or judgment towards me, Elli broke it down: I am not to dwell on how others perceive me or my condition, their thoughts and actions are a reflection of them, not me. I am beautiful, I am loved and I have faith and confidence in the rest of my journey.

KRISTEN DEANDRADE | MUSC Children's Hospital
Charleston, SC
http://littlelegsbigheart.wordpress.com

I was given effective tools to use as well as tips on how to effectively use these tools so that they worked for me. There is no question that Elli changed my life.

I began working with Elli feeling unsatisfied, unfulfilled and lost. In my second session, I shared with Elli that I had been taking Adderall regularly since college, something I was not particularly proud of, but also could not imagine my life without. I measured my self-worth with my productivity, and adderall was the main ingredient that kept me living this lie. I was afraid if I stopped taking Adderall, I would not get my work done, I would be boring to be around and probably worst of all...I would get fat.

At the same time, I wanted clarity and to feel fulfilled. Elli put it simply when she said to me, "how badly do you want to feel fulfilled?" Right then and there, I knew what I had known subconsciously for many years...I had to stop taking adderall. I desperately needed to get grounded which meant instead of doing more I needed to be doing LESS, something I could hardly comprehend while taking Adderall.

Luckily, coming off of adderall was not as difficult as I had anticipated and I attribute the ease of the transition to HLC. I quickly realized that the negative effects of adderall far outweighed any of my perceived positives. I felt so much more connected to those around me and found much more joy in my everyday activities. I learned to listen to my body and give it what it needed. I was given effective tools to use as well as tips on how to effectively use these tools so that they worked for me.  There is no question that Elli changed my life.

MK | Anonymous