Natalie Levy - Empowerment Coach & Babes Who Brunch Club
Natalie Levy is an empowerment and business coach, and the Founder of Babes Who Brunch Club. Based out of New York City, Natalie’s journey towards becoming the happiest & healthiest version of herself has been just that - a journey. Through travel, fitness, and a lot of research, she discovered her passion, joy, and her “why.” Today, Natalie supports women in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and big dreams.
Seven years ago Natalie realized that if she didn’t love and accept herself, she was never going to be able to create the life that she wanted, or make a real and lasting impact on the world. She embarked on a spiritual and personal development journey, and through it all Natalie overcame depression, struggles with her self-esteem, and disordered eating. She became serious about healing because she was serious about helping other people heal, too. As a result, she pursued her Masters in Applied Psychology from NYU. A few years later, she decided to sign up with a high level success coach that helped her get out of her own way and create a business that she is incredibly proud of.
Through challenging herself to grow, to shift, and to change - she never lost faith that she was destined for something more than the life she was living. Today, Natalie is doing the work that she loves, that makes her better everyday, and that changes people’s lives. She knows that if it’s possible for her to change her life, it’s possible for you too. I’m so excited for you to meet Natalie, to learn more about her passion and desire to help you become the best version of yourself, to shine with confidence from the inside out and to live a life that you’ve always dreamed of, connect with her, and follow along!
I'd love it if you'd introduce yourself, what you do, and what you're working on.
My name is Natalie Levy and I am an empowerment coach and online business mentor. I am also the founder of Babes Who Brunch Club which is an event series for women in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle and big dreams!
How did you get started?
I’ve wanted to help people since I was 15 years old. At 15, I decided I was going to be a clinical psychologist. I took college courses in high school and entered college as a declared psych major. After I graduated, I spent volunteered in India before landing a psych-related internship that turned into a full-time job. I left the job in order to obtain my Master’s in Applied Psychology from NYU. I quickly affirmed my sneaking suspicion that I didn’t want to pursue my doctorate after graduation, which was a revelation considering I had spent ten years planning to become Dr. Natalie Levy! I had learned about the power of coaching and decided that I would channel the 8 years that I spent immersed in psych related study and work, and apply it to a career in coaching.
However, that is only half of the story. Not mentioned, is the journey to self-love. I had to overcome an 8-year depression, self-esteem issues, and disordered eating habits. This is the primary reason that I can relate to my clients. The education is excellent. But, nothing beats real life experience. I whole-heartedly believe that If I can work through my *ish, anyone can.
What inspired the work that you're doing?
The memory of my mother lives at the core of that work that I do. She was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 5 and passed away when I was 11. I watched my mother fight for life-- something that too many of us take for granted.
I realized three things: life is not always long, life is worth living and fighting for, and that my passion is to help people live as fully as possible.
What is your biggest passion? Do you feel like you're living your passion and purpose?
It’s just the beginning, but yes. Full disclosure: when I first read the question, I cringed! I cringed because for a moment I judged myself for not having accomplished more (everyone experiences comparison-itis). But, I immediately reminded myself that there are no deadlines to dreams. I have yet to accomplish all of what I’ve set out to accomplish, but I can comfortably say that I work towards my goals every day. I love my clients, and I love the events that I host, so yes!
What is your joy blueprint? What lights you up, brings you joy, and makes you feel the most alive?
People. I would be lost without my family and my friends, and generally without human interaction. I love people. Beyond that, experiences. I love to travel because I love seeing new places, immersing myself in new customs, hearing new sounds, and of course, meeting new people. Movement. Dance has been a big part of my life since I was young and I need to move to feel sane (hence teaching Zumba for years, and recently getting my 200 hr yoga teacher certification).
How do you live intentionally? Are there tools/resources/practices that you rely on to help you stay mindful and grounded?
I move. I meditate (albeit not as frequently or as consistently as I would like!). I speak to myself kindly. I listen to my intuition/gut. I have rituals like lighting candles, Palo Santo, and sage. I journal. I surround myself with motivating and inspiring people.
What would your younger self think about what you're doing now?
She would be proud of the work that I do with my clients and the events that I host. She would be proud of how much I’ve seen and experienced. She would also be proud of the education that I’ve received (NYU was her dream school in high school).
However, she would also think that I need to finish writing the book that I started and that I should hurry up and make that first million. But, she would still think I’m fabulous.
Do you have a go-to mantra or affirmation?
There are no deadlines to your dreams; manifest, manifest, manifest; you are your mother’s legacy.
What is your biggest dream?
Oh, this list is long. Right now, I’ll say that launching my podcast is a top priority, as is hosting a large summit, and a retreat. All of those things are in the works!
As for the biggest dream? Living my life to the fullest with whatever time I have, in a healthy body, surrounded by people that I love, and the ability to give back to my family and the world in a meaningful That is an open-ended but honest answer.
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