Hi. I’m Jamie. I’m a coach, a mind shifter, an energy mover, a crystal lover, a meditator, an author, a yogi, a speaker, and a teacher.
For my entire life, I’ve been seeking to understand my truest self, my deepest calling, and my relationship to the world around me. If you’re here, I’m guessing that you feel the same way.
This seeker’s journey hasn’t always been an easy one, but every step has shaped me into who I am today, and I wouldn’t trade a single moment.
My deep-dive into self-discovery started when I switched my major from business to philosophy (plus a minor in psychology) at the age of 19. My dad wasn’t happy about it, but I knew I needed answers to the questions that filled my mind. But as we studied the inner workings of the human mind in class, I started to come face to face with my own inner darkness, fear, and insecurities.
This darkness manifested in my relationship with my body, and soon, I was locked in the tight grip of a dangerous eating disorder. Fear consumed me. I was terrified of food, I spent hours in the gym chasing acceptance and control, and I fell deeper into my spiraling thoughts with every passing day.
I was trapped in the echo chamber of my own thoughts, and it felt painful to exist. This season was my darkest of dark, and I’m still not always sure how I made it through those years.
My demons followed me even after college, and I couldn’t escape the story of my adolescence. The people around me in New York were constant triggers for my anxiety, insecurities, and identity issues. Finally, I realized that an academic understanding of the human mind wasn’t all that mattered. It was time for me to forge my own path to healing and wholeness.
In 2000, I left New York, and moved to Santa Monica—the place that made my soul feel at home. For the next 8 years, I made my home on the West Coast, exploring kundalini yoga, reiki, crystals, and all things mystical. For the first time in my adult life, I was able to reconnect with my childhood spirit of trust.
In searching for a place to understand myself, I started my first Yoga Teacher Training with Saul David Raye in 2004, and then went on to finish another 200 hour and 300 hour with Annie Carpenter at Yoga Works in 2005 and 2006. It was in that work, that I was able to dive deeper into my body, connecting with my breath and my energy. I also discovered the world of plant-based food, and began working in raw food restaurants, eventually adopting that lifestyle as a way to bring peace and healing to my relationship with food.I began to understand the power of choice, acceptance, and perspective. And through those years of work, I learned to settle into my body and connect with my breath, my spirit, my choices and my energy.
Fast forward to 2009, and I moved back to New York, confident that I was ready to face my demons and create a new life in my hometown. Soon after, i met my husband, a meat and gluten loving and chef and my life changed at in what seemed like lightning speed.
I found myself owning and running an incredible plant based and cleansing cafe...that I never wanted to run. My days were filled with managing staff, sourcing ingredients, working in the kitchen, and keeping up with the hectic pace of Gingersnap’s Organic, my Manhattan-based cafe.
On the high side of things, I met some of my best friends and clients at Gingersnap’s. I got to work with customers one-on-one, creating customized nutrition plans, teaching them how to love and trust themselves and how to get quiet, and those moments lit me up. I watched the entire city celebrate my vision of holistic nutrition that I believed in so deeply, and it was an honor to see my work featured in [ New York Times, Well and Good, The Numinous, Fashion Week Daily, Living the Process, Refinery 29, New York Magazine, The Balanced Blonde ]. But I wasn’t happy. And that’s all that mattered.
Six years into running Gingersnap’s, I was drowning in constant anxiety. And that’s when a single conversation changed my life.It was time to embrace my truer purpose—to work with individuals and help them to see things differently and to create the transformations. I gave notice to my landlord within a month of that conversation, and began a new path with crystal-clear purpose. And I haven't looked back since. Today, I spend my days working with clients. Sometimes I am practicing breathwork, reiki and crystal healing with local clients in my Manhattan office, and other days I’m coaching my online clients through their own career and relationship transformations. And I’m always looking for new ways to grow: through trainings, education, living and learning.
What started with food has become a more holistic practice—to help my clients find mental and physical wellbeing. I combine the truths from my own journey with the depth of my decades of education, which made me a a Certified Reiki Healer, Kundalini Teacher , Breathwork trainer with David Elliot, Gabrielle Bernstein Spirit Junkie Coach, Certified Yoga Alliance Yoga instructor (700 hours) and Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) graduate. I’m inspired by my own personal journey with food, health and wellness, and now I’m on a mission to share with others how to be healthy, happy and free. I live in Manhattan (happily, now) with my carnivorous and equally talented chef husband, Will Hickox.
I thank each part of my journey—from my eating disorder to my time in California—for being a teacher, a lesson, and a test.
My life has been an amazing collection of gifts and opportunities. Every experience brought me to this place where I was ready to bring in a guide and make this beautiful leap. And, while Gingersnap’s brought stress and anxiety into my life for so many years, it also cracked me open to see my truest purpose. And I can’t help but be grateful for that being the greatest lesson of all.
Now, I’m living my real dream: bringing healing and change to my clients through coaching, holistic wellness, and immersive energy work. And the best part? I’m helping my clients live their dreams too.
Ready to take the next step in your own transformation journey?
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Dive into these juicy podcast interviews if you want to get to know me better: The Balanced Blonde with Jordan Younger, The Love Bomb with Nico Tortorella, Let it Out with Katie Dalebout and on Hello Freedom podcast with Terri Cole.
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