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One of the best decisions I ever made was to hire Donna. Her enthusiasm and can-do attitude have enabled me to meet my personal fitness goals. Donna leads by example and I find her dedication and passion both inspiring and motivating. Donna’s friendly personality sets others at ease which allows her to forge genuine bonds. She is energetic, very positive and one of the most motivating people I have ever met.




Aisha Abbas

My experience with Donna as my health and wellness coach is amazing. When I first started working with her, I was a mess. I wasn't eating right and I wasn't taking care of myself. As a result, I was incredibly unhappy. At the time I was struggling to find balance in my life. She pushed me when I needed to be pushed, guided me when I needed guidance and listened when I needed an ear. She built my confidence in health and wellness and got me to embrace small but substantial changes that have made a big difference in my life. She focuses on more than just food and fitness - she takes all aspects of your life into consideration when making suggestions. She is a skilled coach who is able to quickly and effectively help her clients address even long standing problems and issues that are getting in the way of their health and wellness. She has taught me how everything in our lives, from what we eat, the environment we live and work in, and the quality of our relationships have a direct impact on our health and well being. She challenges me to put mindfulness into my daily routine and kept me accountable to the promises I make to myself. Through our work, I have become much more mindful in many ways - being more in touch with my personal goals, emotions and desires while addressing situations accordingly. This has made my life more productive and less stressful. I have been able to reconnect with a much healthier, happier and wiser version of myself. I left each session completely transformed, my mind and heart having made a subtle yet profound shift. Our work together is time I look forward to and cherish deeply. Anyone would be fortunate to have her as their health and wellness coach. Thanks Donna for your guidance and support. I know my journey is not done yet, but I am a lot closer to getting to where I need to be.


Sandra

I serendipitously met Donna in the workplace and immediately was attracted to her energy, spirit and enthusiasm. I have always believed in the proverb that says “When the student is ready the teacher will appear “and boy did Donna appear! I was in a time in my life of transformation which made me feel confused and not knowing which direction I was headed in many areas including my career path and my health and wellness. Donna began to coach me and through her knowledge and guidance gave me the space to ask myself the tough questions. Donnas coaching has allowed me to be nurturing, caring, loving and show up for myself! She has been such an inspiration to me and has really shown me what I am capable of with just a little bit of guidance. Donnas coaching has allowed me to release so many blocks that were holding me back and she has forever made an imprint on my life as a wonderful example of a strong women and what we are all capable of by practicing self-care. Working with her was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am so pleased that she was able to be with me on my journey.




Lorena Sanchez

Donna, In the midst of storminess and conflict in my house this morning, threatening to add to the pressures of the work day, you send me this blessing which halted my chaos and my insanity and brought me back to where I am supposed to be. With tears of gratitude and love for you and your talents that you share with me, I am able to get back to that restoration process we talked about this weekend. It is amazing that with all that was going on this morning, I still knew that it is part of the breaking down process and I kept my peace because I still have the vision of restoring my life to the wholeness and “surprises” and “Wow” moments God has for me. I am actually already experiencing his awesome new surprises! You are blessed with the gift of empowering people and I am blessed to be the beneficiary of it.




TB

I was feeling stuck, confused and was not happy with my weight, relationship and career path. Donna’s ability to listen to me and help me see how I could take back control of my life has made a tremendous difference in my life. Her emphasis on practicing self-care helped me to prioritize what was most important to me. She encouraged me to do the work and showed me that I had the answers inside of me. She helped me develop a strategy to reach my goals. I have made significant changes in my life and I feel more in control of my life. I am grateful for her expertise and her ability to speak the truth in a kind and compassionate way. It was nice to have someone in my corner rooting for me.





DM

I responded to Donna’s advertisement for a free complimentary health assessment. I planned to take advantage of the free assessment and then proceed to work out on my own. However, after spending just an hour with her, I knew that she was the “real deal”. She did a complete assessment of my physical fitness level. I shared my medical history with her and she was very knowledgeable about my condition. She was familiar with some of the medication I was taken and how they would interact with my exercise regiment. I shared with her my past failures and she convinced me that this time it would be different. I have never regretted my decision to hire Donna as my health coach and my personal trainer. Her optimism is contaigaous. She keeps me motivated, challenged and well informed. Donna has been a blessing in my life. She genuinely cares about people.




Sandy

I met Donna through a mutual friend and soon realized her passion and commitment to health and wellness. I was immediately impressed by her knowledge, know how, and passion for health related topics. So much so that when my employer, North Central College, started planning their annual health and wellness week-As a member of the health and wellness Commission – I immediately thought of Donna. The committee decided to utilize Donna and to say she was well received would be an understatement. Faculty and staff were impressed with her excellent presentation, participatory demonstrations and overall enthusiasm and knowledge of health and wellness issues. In our follow-up analysis we sent surveys to all the faculty and staff who participated. One would be hard pressed to to think of an area involving health and wellness that we did not cover in that week of programming. Many of the survey respondents listed Donna’s presentation as the highlight of the week. One woman described her as “truly inspiring”.




Lisa Pettaway-North Central College

I served as Coordinator of Student Support Services at Elgin Community College. Because we believe that Health and wellness is an important issue affecting our college community, we wanted a dynamic speaker who would be able to engage our audience quickly. We also wanted someone with a wonderful personality who could motivate our students to have the desire to change their lifestyle. I reached out to Donna and she enthusiastically agreed to give the presentation. She quickly won over the trust and respect of all the attendees. It was clear that she knew what she was talking about and she was committed to what she was doing. Based upon the feedbackI received, the workshop was an enormous success. She not only had scientific data to support her presentation but she also shared analogies and stories that everyone could easily connect with. She inspired everyone to believe that they could successfully improve their quality of life. It was evident that she truly loves to see others succeed.




Kijuana Boulrece- "Elgin Community College"

I worked with Donna Carmichael for over three years. During that time, she was the most inspirational and positive person in our entire office. Everyone’s job was stress filled, and they survived only through the presence of Donna, who was a God send to us. People would constantly come to her for guidance, even people who did not know her that well felt the presence of her always positive spirit and ever present motivation. She was the creator of a yearly “Month of health activities”, which is something that had never been done at that company. She created daily activities for the entire month featuring both physical and emotional wellness activities, everyone looked forward to that month so they could take part. I was impressed that she was able to get speakers into the office, and she brought a whole new enthusiasm to the office during that month. She treated everyone as a treasured person who had value, even if they didn’t think so throughout her entire stay. She is truly a blessed person and was born to provide healing to others, through emotional, spiritual and physical counsel.”




Alberta Squals, "fortune 100 employee" - Corporate wellness

I completed a 12 week health coaching program with Donna. When I originally signed up with Donna, I needed guidance through my dissertation proposal. Little did I know I would get so much more. After my first session with Donna, I was able to complete my entire proposal in one week. Let’s say the light bulb went off. As the weeks continued, we focused on other areas in my life that I was not consciously aware needed fixing. Donna has held me accountable for everything from doing my three minute meditation before each client to making sure I went to the doctor for my annual physical. She introduced me to so many things that I did not believe to be possible. I can hold my head up and proudly recite my mantra: I am an authentic, honest, courageous, and kind woman who has the audacity to dare greatly for the betterment of myself and those around me. Thank you Donna for showing me that I had these hidden treasures inside of me all of this time.




Tiney Ray - PhD Candidate

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