Helping you take action in a way that reflects what’s important to you. I believe in moving forward by creating the safety to explore. My coaching approach is informed by theory and fueled by my passion for connection and listening.
B.A. Psychology, Columbia University
M.A. Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College
After 30 years of outstanding customer service, I have taken my people skills and am now a certified spiritual life coach.
Having walked through a nasty divorce that involved custody battle as well as addiction I have found spiritual principles to live by. Today I have a passion to assist and be a witness to a person’s spiritual growth.
As a spiritual life coach I get to witness a client becoming crystal clear on who and which forms of spirituality they connect to. It’s a pleasure to observe the client go from stress, fear and pain to positive thinking and awareness all is good inside of them. It’s me deepest passion to connect to the human spirt with authenticity and inspiration.
Embodied professional transformation is essential to manage change and move toward what you want with courage, integrity and grace. As a certified Strozzi Leadership Coach, Certified Whole Person Coach (WPCC), academic instructor, and adviser with over 8 years of experience, I can offer you and your team the tools, training, and support you need to build a solid foundation for professional transformation. I can provide you with the skills necessary to trust yourself as the leader of your own life, even during major life transitions. These skills include leadership and career assessment, job search skills, interview preparation, networking strategies and somatic practices. Most importantly, by learning how to maintain the body and mind as one working entity, you will have a greater ability to know yourself more deeply. Contact me today to find out how you can learn to embody your highest potential.
Jen holds a masters degree in organizational leadership, change management and Whole Person Coaching certifications, and is currently expanding her skill set to include acupuncture and oriental medicine. She integrates 15+ years of leadership and experience supporting people through change with her empathetic nature and ability to see the best in everyone she meets and help them realize their unique potential.
She has a passion for helping people find purpose and meaning in their work and helping workplaces evolve to truly support employees overall health, well-being, long-term engagement, and growth.
Why work with me?
Because I was you! I struggled to find my place both personally and professionally. It wasn’t until I started working with a Coach that I finally found my passion…Helping others achieve their goals and become the best they can be. Now I work with individuals looking to make a transition or achieve a new goal.
I follow the Whole Person Coaching method while blending in concepts from my experience as an Agile Coach. There is something for everyone!
Do you want to understand where you are today and where you want to be tomorrow? Are you ready to identify what is holding you back and start moving forward? We’ll work together to identify your target state and design a coaching plan to get you there. Let’s get started!
As a child, I saw, heard and sensed things that others did not. Up to the moment when a traumatic experience in my adolescence along with family expectations “conditioned” me so that I could “fit into the mold”. Always “top of my class”, to keep the family tradition going, my main goal became to “succeed” in life: I became an English teacher and then a lawyer. The goal that had been set by my family and the ambition that I had imposed on myself in order to fit in were satisfied: I had a good thing going, working in prestigious law firms, and then starting my own private practice, in Athens, my hometown.
Everything started to change the day when, having lost my sight, I was operated on to have a brain tumor removed. It was just the beginning of my health problems. I was later diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that forced me to undergo heavy medical treatment and prevented me from living normally. And, right after that, a breast tumor and another operation…
Tired morally and physically, a “voice” pushes me towards Yoga. It was the timid start of a renewal. Yoga relieved me of my stress and, as a result, my health improved.
Even though I was still a “realist” and I remained skeptical as far as alternative methods of dealing with problems were concerned, I decided to try out some of them out of curiosity. And, what do you know, they worked (for me)! My energy therapist was not subtle when she reminded me of my innate sensitivity that only needed to flourish and express itself for my health to improve. It suddenly all came back to me. I could “see, hear and feel” again. I was overwhelmed. It was as if I had been struck by lightning. Thankfully, she taught me how to switch it on and off and trained me in therapeutic Channelling.
I then discovered Reiki through Evdokia, a Reiki Master, who will forever remain in my heart and who I could never thank enough for everything she has taught me. I learned a lot more than just practice Reiki with her.
One thing led to another and I trained in other methods, such as Hypnosis and the Enneagram.
I experimented with Divining rods and learned how to use them to check and equilibrate people’s and places’ energies.
I shyly began practicing on friends, then friends of friends, then people who had heard of me through acquaintances and, without being able to pinpoint the exact point in time, I found myself practicing these methods as my profession but in reality I found my vocation!
Nevertheless, I felt that something was still missing. What was missing was a method, which would help the people I accompany believe in themselves and in their ability to overcome whatever life threw at them, a method which would give them instant access to their inner wisdom, knowledge and resources. That is the reason why I turned to Whole Person Coaching®, which does exactly that: it sees people as whole and perfectly capable of dealing with life. Using active listening, powerful questioning and insight sharing, it leads people to self-discovery and it gives them an amazing tool they can use on their own in any situation at any point and in their lives.
I believe in people. I believe in their goodness, in their inner wisdom, in their ability to live life fully staying true to themselves. It is by accompanying people towards well-being and inner peace that I found who I am and what my purpose in life is. At long last, I am living my truth, guided by my inner wisdom. I am finally at peace.
If you find the journey to self-discovery and a fulfilling life tempting, I will be happy to accompany you along the way.
Welcome to the pasture, where the grass is greener because we water it. (Unless you live in California and are in the middle of a sever drought. In that case, brown is the new green baby!)
My name is Anna Acuña and I’m the Fulfillment Coach for you—the Ambitious Professional in your 20s/30s seeking work and a life that sets your soul on fire.
I’m passionate about inspiring and supporting you in the pursuit of your passions.
Let me guess, you’re bored out of your mind and wish you were doing something more fulfilling with your life. Am I right? Chances are you’re good at what you do and make a decent living doing it, but find yourself drained, unfulfilled and uninspired. Do you feel like you’re just going through the motions? Do you have all this potential brewing inside you waiting to be tapped (like a delicious craft beer), but either don’t know what to do with it or find yourself hesitant to take action? Perhaps you already know your passion and need help figuring out how to pursue it. Or maybe you have no clue what your passion is and want to discover it. If you’re anything like me, then you have multiple passions and no idea which one you should pick and commit to.
Sound familiar? I know what it’s like to feel lost, confused and paralyzed by options.
I also know how to clear the fog, find clarity, direction and focus around what I want to pursue in my life and take deliberate action.
When I graduated college with a B.S. in Kinesiology and minor in Theatre, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life in terms of a career. All I really cared about or felt fulfilled doing was lifting the spirits of others and encouraging them to pursue the things they were passionate about. There wasn’t exactly a career out there I knew of designed for such an abstract “skill set” though. Besides that, all I knew was I was passionate about many different things and wanted a career that would allow me to do a variety of things. So, despite the very real and looming burden of student loan debt, family expectation, social expectation and the pressure to settle down and find a “real job”, I held off in search of a career that set my soul on fire. A career that not only allowed me to connect with and support others in the pursuit of their passions, but also provided the creative fulfillment, sense of purpose and freedom I desired, especially in terms of my time and money.
I’ve never been one to do things for money. Instead of choosing a job to just pay the bills, I pursued my passions to see which one would be a fulfilling career option. I trusted my instincts, let my passions guide me and tapped into the abundance of potential I possessed. I pursued and enriching collection of work experiences and took advantage of opportunities I never thought possible before.
Some of those opportunities included working in the entertainment industry, teaching and education, becoming a certified Yoga Instructor, learning web design and working for an e-commerce scuba company.
In the pursuit of my passions, I discovered what matters most to me and started crafting an intentional vision of my life. Along the way, I came across Life Coaching and began to contemplate the idea of starting my own business as an entrepreneur. To be completely honest, the idea of starting my own business scared the shit out of me and the thought of turning into a “salesy, bottom-line crazed douchebag” was a huge turn off—you know what I’m talking about. So, I spent another 3 years mulling the idea over while working for other people hoping to find my dream job. Eventually, it became undoubtedly clear that the life I sought was one of my own making and on my own terms.
Pursuing my passions led me directly to the work I had been looking for all along; life as a Wild & Free entrepreneur!
So let me ask you…what are you passionate about? Would you like to pursue it?
Pursuing your passions is the key to creating a life that sets your soul on fire. When you do the things you love, work becomes a fulfilling, energizing and worthwhile use of your time that allows you to create, innovate, make a profound difference in the world, and live your life to the fullest. It boosts your health and all aspects of your being—mind, body, and spirit.
If your instincts tell you to pursue your passions, then trust your gut and tap into your boundless potential. As your coach, I will guide you through the process of discovering and pursuing your passions, so you can create a life that sets your soul on fire.
Follow me and soon you will be Wild & Free!
Carrie brings a wealth of of professional and spiritual experience to her role as coach. As a serial entrepreneur, Buddhist practitioner and mother of a successful adult son, Carrie combines compassionate and empathic presence with the skillful of use of strategic thinking. She guides her clients from present conflict and resistance to future clarity, decisiveness and right action.
I’m driven to align trailblazers with their natural power and grace to go bigger. It thrills me to support people to succeed from where they are, with the amazingness of who they are, having a big ole ripple effect on the world. Not only do I help people to get out of their own way to thrive but really get behind themselves to make their life or business rock. My wide coaching passions encompass working with individuals and groups as a life and solo-entrepreneur coach as well as those touched by the challenge of cancer. I’ve been a working as a Professional Whole Person Certified Coach (WPCC) for 7 years, originally trained & certified through Coach Training World and deepening my training by becoming a Certified Cancer Journey Coach in 2014 through the Cancer Journey’s Panic to Powerful program.
Illness, death, and struggle have been lifelong transformational teachers for me. On top of personal chronic health challenges, a number of dear friends and close family have been impacted by cancer in a very short period of time in my life. Even with my own great tools as a Hospice volunteer and seasoned coach, I was challenged in a whole new way in the face of this bigness. With what seems like overwhelming challenges, by utilizing the gift of skilled support, I’ve experienced powerful personal transformation and witnessed the same in my clients. I’ve learned firsthand what it means to truly decide to be there for oneself. As a result, I want this level of transformation for every single person that reaches out to be coached by me whether they are a cancer survivor asking what now, an entrepreneur, or seeking support at a transition point in life.
Never too far from nature, telemark skiing, and amazing community, I live between two snow-capped peaks in the abundant Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. I work with clients one-on-one and partner with several organizations to offer regional and national group coaching support. Whether driven by passion or necessity, it’s an honor to support trailblazers to thrive and face the big stuff with grace. Life is too precious to not live like you mean it.