Meet Kendra Irvine
HOW IT ALL STARTED
I’m about to get really vulnerable. I grew up in a small town on the coast of British Columbia, raised by a single mom who taught me all about the importance of self-care. The truth is I’ve never been overweight, but I have been heavy. Heavy with the struggles of a low-income family, my parents’ divorce, teenage depression, low self-esteem, too much partying, and the shame that tags along with all of it like an unwanted ghoul you just can’t shake. While this was my experience, I didn’t know enough back then to realize that it wasn’t the truth about me. After graduating from high school, I travelled a bit, then eventually moved to Alberta to pursue university. I wanted more for my life. So, I got serious, got my degree, got married, started a career, kept myself in good shape, started a family- you know, all the textbook things you think you are “supposed ” to do. But something wasn’t right. I still felt heavy.
The turnaround point came to me while I was taking a bath one night over nine years ago. I was overwhelmed with sadness, crying, feeling depleted and burdened with my past. I was at my lowest point and completely at the mercy of “the Gods”, if you will. I finally saw what was holding me back from living a better life: I truly believed I was not good enough, that I wasn’t worth it. I finally had a breakthrough! It was not long after this “aha” moment, I decided to make some changes. Was this the kind of life I wanted or was there something better? There was something better! It was time to step up to the plate. So I did. That INSPIRATION brought me to wellness coaching and it was there that I found my passion and my PURPOSE. You mean I get to help people change their lives and lighten up every day…for a living?! Sign me up! Meanwhile, I started making way better choices for myself and, for the first time, out of a place of LOVE rather than fear. I started taking care of me first with the confidence that doing so was not selfish but the other way around. I was headed down the right path. And then…there was The Divorce- the single most difficult thing I ever went through in my life. Hands down. It was the inevitable end to a toxic relationship that was no good for anyone involved, especially not my two little impressionable souls. Needless to say, it was an extremely difficult circumstance that I was now facing all while I was in the middle of turning my passions into a solid career. An interesting contrast. I could have let it consume me, but I had already decided that I wanted to live a lighter life and, this time, nobody was going to stop me, including myself. In the early part of 2017, I went on a maiden voyage to India- the motherland of personal wellness- and it was there amongst the honking horns and vibrantly coloured masses that I surrendered to the most cathartic sense of peace and calm of my life. I can let go now. And the universe has my back.
This has been my experience. It has made me a better, LIGHTER version of myself. It has given me the inspiration I use to teach my clients how they can live lighter, too. My two greatest teachers are my little girls. They are hard-wired into my inspiration every day and it is for them, for my mom, and for me that I chose to serve you. I give you my best because you are ENOUGH. The world needs you. You need you.
Kendra’s Street Cred:
- Certified Wellness Coach with the International Association of Wellness Professionals
- Professional Kinesiologist with the Alberta Kinesiology Association
- Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the University of Alberta
- Certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
- Competent Communicator and Competent Leader Award with Toastmasters International
- Over 20 years experience in the health and wellness industry