Inspirational Friends - Isabel Fenwick

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I am fortunate enough to have known Isabel Fenwick for over ten years now. Izzy is the kindest, funniest person with the best energy.  Last year when Izzy told me she wanted to become a life coach I knew that this career path would be perfect for her.  Izzy has always supported and assisted me to work through challenges and barriers that have been holding me back. I sat down with Isabel to find out more about her job, diet, fitness regime, the philosophy she lives by and her three (amazing) tips to optimal health.

Introducing Isabel Fenwick - 

Where are you based?

Auckland’s CBD - I have a beautiful little office on High Street!

Current occupation/what do you do?

I’m a NLP Practitioner, Hypno-Therapist and Coach.

NLP, Neuro Linguistic Programming, basically explores the relationships between how we think (neuro), how we communicate (linguistic) and our patterns of behavior/emotional responses (programmes). If the way we are currently thinking, communicating or feeling is causing us pain or just simply isn’t working for us, then NLP can help change it.

What I actually DO though? Well that depends entirely on the client...

Some clients want help with their anxiety, depression, weight loss, insomnia, grief, low self esteem, lack of confidence, lack of motivation, fear of public speaking, fear of anything actually… For these behavioral patterns and emotional responses I will usually work with processes designed to reframe the mind.

Other clients come to learn how to be more effective in the way they communicate – whether it’s with a significant other or in a corporate environment – or learn linguistic techniques for building rapport quickly.

Other days, I’ll be coaching a client. Whether it’s towards a general life goal, sports performance goal, business goal, health goal, relationship goal etc depends entirely on the client and what they want to achieve.

Is there anything you’ve been working on lately that you can tell us more about?

Well, this month I’ve been working with a global fitness organization on ways they can incorporate NLP linguistics into their programs - adding a mental aspect to a primarily physical product. This organization is relentless in its drive to take products and programs to the next level for their members. I’m also currently writing some articles for nutrition education platform about to be launched to explain not only the importance of having a good relationship with food, but also how you can re-train your mind to think differently about your diet – to have less guilt and emotion attached to food and instead develop a natural view that food is merely fuel for the body. Will make sure I send the link for this to you when it’s up if any of your readers are interested.

I’ve also been working with a triathlete over the past six weeks and the changes she has noticed in her mentality and focus during races has been incredible. Incorporating mental training, and working on any mental objections or mental obstacles, can take performance to new heights – especially considering the pressure on athletes at that elite level.

One of my NLP tutors worked a lot with Olympic athletes and she explained to me that when competing at an elite level, just about everyone is in the same physical condition so it’s the ones with strong minds and mental focus that really excel…

For everyone that doesn’t know you, tell us about yourself.

Where do I start??

Well, I’m a Virgo, born and raised here in Auckland… I love to travel and have been to every continent on the planet (bar Antarctica…).  I’m an absolute nerd and total bookworm. The chance of there not being at least one book in my handbag is slim…

I‘ve always been interested in language and the way people communicate so I guess it was only natural that I would do a degree in Communications.  I majored in Marketing with a minor in Media and I loved it. At first, this took me into advertising and I worked for an incredible, global, agency that gave me a lot of opportunities to develop and grow my skill base. As fun as this was, I knew it wasn’t quite right for me... I wanted to help people on a more personal level and my personality didn’t agree with the advertising culture…  (advertising is very social and I’m a home body… My bedtime is usually when the parties are just getting started…).

So, after a few years, I went over to Australia and re-trained in mastery level NLP, Hypnotherapy and Coaching, and left with a Diploma in Modern Psychology. Now, I have a clinic on High Street and although it was scary to leave the security of a career in advertising I absolutely love what I do and get so much out of seeing positive changes in my clients.

Give us a small insight into your daily routine.  

This hasn’t always been the case, but with a little NLP, I’m now one of those annoying ‘morning people’ who love getting up at dawn!  I get up around 5.00am and go to the gym.  I’ll either do my own workout or go to one of the group fitness classes at Les Mills – I love Body Pump, CX and GRIT!  Next is breakfast.  This is usually high in protein since chances are I’ve done some form of weight training in the morning and protein aids in both muscle repair AND muscle growth.  My favourite breakfast is smashed avocado, a poached egg and spinach… OR protein pancakes but that’s only when someone else makes them for me…

Then, if I have private clients I’ll go to my office in High Street and if I’m contracting or consulting, I’ll go to the office of the client or company I’m working for.  Knowing how important sleep is, and considering how early I wake up, I’m usually in bed, half asleep, by 9.30pm… And that’s basically it - rinse and repeat!!

What is the philosophy you live by? 

A negative mind can’t give you a positive life – if you knew the power of your mind, you’d never think a negative thought again.

What sparked your interest in health?

I was raised in a pretty health conscious household. My mum is a yoga instructor and is big on eating as organically as possible. However, it turned into a passion after a pretty serious episode of depression (with a side order of anxiety)…

Overcoming that made me realize the importance of taking care of your mind and body – thinking right, eating right and exercising right. It also spurred my desire to help people feel the best they possibly can since I know what it’s like to feel truly awful…

Your top three tips to achieving optimal health and happiness?

* Eat as naturally as possible. Processed foods don’t do anyone any favours… And this isn’t a strict or difficult way to eat! You can still have treats just make sure they’re made with real food ingredients (and if you’re reading this, then you know exactly where to go for all the recipes you could ever need!).

* Exercise!! Exercise isn’t just good for the body, it’s great for the mind - flooding you with endorphins (your body’s natural happy drug!). And you don’t have to ‘smash a workout’ everyday to get endorphins either… Going for a walk, taking the stairs, even doing some vigorous housework can lift the heart rate and give you an endorphin hit! However, housework is not my preferred method for a fix…

* And last but not least… Be aware of your thoughts and your internal dialogue. You can do just as much damage to yourself by thinking negatively as you can by eating junk food or neglecting your body... I know it’s much easier said than done… In fact, I know it can be annoying to hear someone telling you to just ‘think positively’ but like anything, practice does make perfect! Thinking this way will become more natural and spontaneous if you practice it! The first few days might feel a bit weird but if you stick to it, it will become a pattern for you.  Your body can only do what your mind thinks it can, so focus on your achievements and your potential, not your limitations or downfalls.

Where can we find you? 

Email: coach.isabelfenwick@gmail.com Mobile: 021 160 3747.

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