Update from Emily and Jillian, Lesley University Rockstar Interns!

Emily Scolaro: My update: the only word that can I use to describe this experience this far is unreal.  I choose unreal because it is exactly that.  How many people get the opportunity to intern and learn from such an amazing person in their undergrad?  Not many!
Throughout this journey I have learned skills and gained knowledge that I could not have gotten from just reading a book, or going to a class.  Working with Dillan on a weekly basis has opened my eyes to a variety of opportunities. Engaging in a professional environment has made me become more self-aware.  I have learned how to place limits in certain aspects of my life, which has helped with my overall health; mentally, emotionally, and physically. The constant feedback of positive affirmation and constructive criticism from Dillan has driven me to be more passionate about everything I’m learning. I can see my future more clearly now and I’m hoping that one day I will be in a job where I feel so inspired and self motivated.

Dillan encouraged Jillian and I to attend a talk that was held by the Integrative Health Collaborative of Boston. They were hosting “an evening of networking with integrative health colleagues and a presentation from Dr. Darshan Mehta.” He talked about mindfulness as a tool for healing and staying healthy and how practitioners at the Benson-Henry Institute use and teach mindfulness as a treatment strategy.  After seeing his presentation I was in awe, mostly because I could not understand a good portion of the words he was saying.  Aside from that, the networking and knowledge I gained was amazing.  Jillian and I were probably the youngest people there, but we were treated as if we were just as equal as everyone else (whether one was a doctor, medical student, pharmacist, cook, health coach, etc.).  I felt honored to be at this amazing place, with a breathtaking view of Boston, and have remarkable people with common interests around me.  The networking aspect of the whole journey was probably the most beneficial.  I saw how Dillan advocated for herself and for her business, listened to others and what they had to offer, and could gage where to place her energy and focused attention.  This is one of the moments that I will look back at this internship and remember the impact it had on me.
I plan on continuing my internship in the spring so that we can proceed with some amazing ideas that we are developing.

Jillian Clarke:

Holistic psychology has always been a passion of mine, even before I knew it actually had a name. As a sophomore I have dove deeper into the field of holistic psychology and holistic living has become such an important part of my life.  Interning with Dillan has been one of the major catalysts for this love and passion.  This semester with Dillan has not only been an amazing work experience, but has also been changing my life for the better.
Working with Dillan has most definitely added to the primary foods of my life, particularly in the aspects of my career, relationships and spirituality.  Each week that we meet I have learned more and more about myself (I feel blessed to be able to do so much self-care at an internship!).  One of the experiences with Savor Your Existence that has helped my self-care progression was teaching a class at Lesley College with Dillan and Emily.  I spoke about the daily hardship of cravings and the correlation to primary food.  Being able to share my personal experiences with my peers was such a liberating feeling for me.  I was able to share my hardships and teach my peers how to cope with theirs as well.  I learned a lot about myself that day; the most important lesson was that I learned how well I was actually doing in my own life.   Learning about issues such as cravings, holistically, has strengthened my self-awareness and mindfulness.
I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to work with Dillan this semester.  I am planning to keep working with this extraordinary person and keep broadening my horizons.


Lesley Love and a HUGE inspiring kick in the butt!

So the post for today is short but REALLY sweet! I have to send huge love and thanks to my pals at Lesley University: Sue, Michele and Jan. You all are amazing rockstars who have provided me with tremendous opportunities to share my skills and passion for health coaching with the people closest to you in your work environment. Thank you for adding to the ripple effect!

SHOUT-OUT to the students in Jan's class (email me and keep in touch) and the great folks who attended my workshops on Staff Development Day and Eco-Week!

And please, please read this email I received from one of my beautiful clients, Trish. I asked for her permission to share this incredible message I received from her yesterday. She moved me to tears.

READ and SHARE IT with people you love and tell them to do the thing they think they cannot do.

Dear Dillan,

I know I'll see you tomorrow but thought I'd share a cool experience from the weekend.  After 4 years and 2 failed attempts at trying out for another league, I am so excited about having skated in my first roller derby bout on Saturday.  I'm still glowing about it, and even though we lost, the day as a whole was the most amazing thing.  I tend to feel like things conspire against me to make it so that things I really want (or at least think I want) don't happen, and so I spent a lot of time worrying about what might happen that would take this goal away from me.  Was I going to trip over something at home and hurt myself and not able to skate?  Was I going to get sick so I wasn't at my best?  You get the idea.  Saturday came, I got up early and put some songs together on my iPod to listen to on the way to the bout.  After a nice breakfast with my team, we went off to the arena.  I won't be able to express it well, but the feeling I got when walking out onto the floor of the (then empty) arena was incredible.  It was huge, it was awesome and most importantly, I was going to skate!  The long story short is that I had about 20 people who came to watch me (out of a crowd of about 1200) and I felt such amazing love and support from them all.  Our team lost in overtime, but I couldn't have been happier. I have a ton to still work on, but no matter what happens in the rest of my life, I can say that I persevered and DID IT.

So yesterday, as I was watching runners after they finished the marathon (I work in the Back Bay) I thought about all the hard work and training they had put in as well, and while I didn't run a literal marathon, I ran a marathon of my own.  I didn't give up.  I kept at it, and I reached a goal.  It felt awesome and I hoped those runners were feeling the same way.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! Trish