Welcome to the #FeatureFriday where we are
on some of the amazing women in our world!
We started our #FeatureFriday series to highlight some of the amazing women we are honored to know and want the world to know about them too! Our feature this week is Diana Zic a certified health coach with a focus on fertility health, and registered yoga instructor! I am so excited for you all to meet Diana and learn more about her and her passion of helping others on their fertility journey!
Meet Diana 🙂
Tell us a little about you being a Fertility Coach and your mission. How did you come up with the concept and how hard was it to get started?
As a Certified Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach my mission is to help individuals with fertility challenges get balanced in their bodies. I create a supportive and safe environment that enables men and women to speak freely about their fertility and health goals. Through our conversations we create a program that is unique to their specific needs and wants. I believe fertility health is bio-individualized, so trying to coach every one in the same manner is not going to necessarily work. Also, I work with the patient to educate them about self health management and encourage them in taking a proactive role in staying healthy (mind, body, and spirit).
The concept came from my personal experiences of trying to get pregnant and not being informed about how your lifestyle affects your fertility health, e.g., the foods you eat, the foods to avoid, managing stress, your relationships, career, exercise, and spirituality.
Like any new venture or experience, this was not easy to “start”. “Start” is not even really the right word; it was really an evolution. I had tired of being in the corporate/legal services world, and had experienced challenges in becoming pregnant, and also seeing people in my personal life beset by health issues which I believed were manageable by a better diet and other lifestyle changes. I began with practicing yoga, then learning to teach yoga, and then moving to learning from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to incorporate diet and lifestyle changes to better one’s self. As I found from my own experiences, trainings, attending various health events, and interacting with people struggling with conception, there are more and more people experiencing what I have been experiencing, and realized there is a huge need for health coaching among this population. I believe that in our modern society, where couples are lacking the proper nutrients it takes to conceive, encountering huge amounts of stress and not managing it, waiting longer to try, and not getting the amount of exercise they need, we’ll continue to encounter more imbalances for both males and females regarding their fertility health. My largest obstacle is reaching this population due to the feeling of shame or embarrassment about fertility imbalances. I am working to stop the negative stigma one person at a time 🙂 I believe what we say to ourselves becomes our reality.
1. What was the moment you knew you wanted to be a Fertility Coach?
It came to me in a pre/postnatal yoga teacher training. In the first module we learn about fertility yoga and that’s when I thought I want to teach yoga to that population and add the coaching as holistic support system.
2. What one post/project/moment are you the most proud of and why?
I give 110% in all my projects so I cannot really pick just one out; I try to celebrate and appreciate all I’m able to put together. BUT I will say putting myself and my brand out there at Shine’s ‘Shine the Light on Fertility’ event this year was a big accomplishment for me so far.
3. How would you describe a typical day? What’s your morning to evening routine?
Ever-changing. When I wake up I take a few minutes to check in with my body and breath, currently I’ve been doing a visualization technique of moving through my energy channels (Chakras) focusing on moving out stagnation in those channels. I shower, get ready, eat breakfast then pack up to either go to my local coffeehouse to work on upcoming events, marketing, social media, planning yoga classes, listening to lectures for the continuing education classes, or meetings with people and businesses to collaborate with and/or potential clients. Typically, I’ll take a break for lunch and a walk (on a good day). Back to the computer for a while longer. Take a meditation back around 3:00 pm and a snack/tea. I’ll prep dinner, eat, then off to teach yoga on most nights. Come back around 9:15 catch up with my husbands and his day. Make a tea and head up to our sitting room to relax before bed. I’ll get the fake fireplace and aromatherapy going, meditate (download my day in my bed, so I avoid doing it in bed), read, then do a yoga pose legs-up-the-wall while I listen to headspace or as guided fertility meditation.
4. Describe yourself in 3 words?
Persistent, optimist and perfectionist (working on this still ☺)
5. What individuals, celebrities, entrepreneurs, public figures inspire you?
Aimee Raupp and Allison English (my first yoga instructor and one of my teachers from my 200 hour teacher training).
6. If you weren’t in the coaching world…and could be anything else…what would it be?
This is my dream job. I left my paralegal job to pursue coaching and yoga. Although it would be fun one day to learn to scuba dive and do tours; I love the ocean.
7. You have a free hour, what do you do with your time?
Get outside in nature either on our rooftop garden deck, walk to local park or do some yoga in or outside.
8. What’s on your music playlist? What inspires you?
I have mainly yoga playlists currently. So pretty chill music. I do love music and just about every kind. Right now I’m loving The Killers.
9. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Cappuccino. I’ve cut down to decaf though.
10. Favorite local coffee shop?
11. Food you can’t live without?
Seasonal veggies, I know it sounds cliché to say as a health coach, but my body craves them. Since I was a kid I remember eating raw green peppers because it was what my mom had in the fridge.
12. Wine, beer or cocktail?
Citron vodka and soda
13. Favorite motivational quote?
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
14. If you could go on vacation anywhere, where would you go?
15. What’s next for you?
Become a mother and continue building my health coaching and yoga business one day at a time.
If you want to learn more about Diana and her practice, visit www.dianazic.com.