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This is Pia BEFORE stress-free living.


This is Pia living a lifestyle of wellness (which does not have room for stress)!


Do you want to know what it takes to get out of the bondage of stress-filled living? Contact us today at 614-306-0532 or by emailing us at livewell@baobabvillagewellness.com.

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Necessary Endings

Posted on February 22, 2018 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Necessary Endings

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Last week marked the beginning of ADAR the last month on the Hebraic calendar. What’s significant about ADAR is that it marks a time to not only END some things but to

CELEBRATE those endings.

Celebrate endings? Hard to do, eh? We often prolong ending things because we don’t quite know how to gracefully bring things to a conclusion. We FEAR the preconceived aftermath.

But there are things that need to end in order for you to continue to move forward in life:

  • Ending the tug-o-war with weight loss and LOSE WEIGHT
  • Ending an unhealthy relationship (personal, work, etc.)
  • Ending a particular job or career
  • Ending your perceived inability to say NO in order to achieve your goals

Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud is a MUST HAVE for everyone, especially those needing help facilitating an end to something. Check out what Dr. Cloud says about endings:

“Today may be the enemy of your tomorrow….Endings are a natural part of the universe and you must face them, stagnate, or die.”

Purchase this resource through our featured link to get a copy of this resource in your hands right away! No immediate necessary ending in sight-- keep living because it’s coming. Get this book to be empowered AND prepared!

Do you want to hear HOW this book helped Pia make a scary but necessary ending? Click here to be INSPIRED.

My Necessary Ending

Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

My Necessary Ending

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THE FOLLOWING LETTER is the ACTUAL RESIGNATION LETTER sent to my building principal

May 8, 2014

Dear Principal (Name Withheld),

It is with a melancholy but joyful heart that I humbly submit this letter informing you that my season at Reynoldsburg as a classroom English teacher has come to an end. Reynoldsburg has been a great place to serve, and I am a much better person having had the privilege to serve as a teacher in this district.

I learned a lot. I grew a lot. I met soooo many wonderful students, parents, and educators. I can honestly say this district has blessed me beyond measure!

Why am I leaving? Great question. Back in December of 2012, the Lord began to show me things in my dreams that I didn’t quite understand, but I kept track of them in my journal. The theme of the dreams kept recurring almost every other night. It was a strange feeling—amazing and scary at the same time.

After several months of dreaming, my husband asked me, “Do you realize there is a RHS connection in all of your dreams?” I hadn’t realized it (even though I carefully recording all details); somehow I managed to overlook that part. Even though we started working on our business plan years ago, I just knew I would be with RHS until at least 2018. I think there was a part of me that wasn’t ready to receive what God was trying to prepare me to do.

In fact, a couple of months before my husband’s observation (May 2013), one of my prayer partners asked if I had been released from the job yet. I angrily shot out, “Absolutely not!” for I was offended at the thought of leaving RHS so soon. I told her I hadn’t received THAT memo, but little did I know I was consistently receiving it in the form of dreams (and a special book) — I just chose not to accept it.

Yes, there was a special book entitled Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud I started reading in January of 2013. It took only 3 weeks to complete and was a fabulous read! It spoke to me and inspired me, but I didn’t think leaving RHS was my “necessary ending.” I mean how could it be? I have a great job! I work in a district that is doing some innovative things that line up with my passion; the students are colorful, fun characters, etc. Leave . . . no way!!!I am too blessed here!

How many can say they drive to work daily with a smile on their heart? I can. I did not dread going to work and looked forward to the opportunity each day would bring. I am not saying that I didn’t have bad days or that I didn’t look forward to the summer; I am a human teacher!

When God pointed me in the direction of Reynoldsburg with HIS soft voice back in the fall of 2003, little did I know what great things He had in store for me at RHS! I was the person who said I was done with teaching and would not return to the public school classroom. I started subbing and then long-term subbing and enjoyed every minute of it!!! God is sooo beautiful and knows what we need. He led me to this district which is where I was supposed to be for this season of my life.

Now here I am at the end of this fabulous season, embarking on a major transition. I am now being led to help others through ministry and our business to… live well. Too many people are living stress-filled lives which lead to poor eating, sleeping, and other habits which lead to preventable illness and disease which can ultimately lead to premature death. God wants more for ALL of His children, and I am being asked to go another level in HIM, step out on faith, and leave the comfortable and familiar to help others get to a promiseland.

You may be wondering why I just don’t take a sabbatical to pursue this ministry. I thought about this option many times but never got peace about it. Obedience is important. I’ve seen through personal experience and through the lives of others where disobedience is an ultimate sign of disrespect and lack of trust. Frankly, I am getting too old to continue to make decisions out of fear and/or disobedience—operating this way leaves me unprotected by the protection of our Loving Father.

So, again, it is with melancholy and excitement that I say goodbye to RHS and wish you and everyone else (students, parents, educators, community stakeholders, etc.) nothing but the best! It has truly been a rewarding experience!

Yours in good health,

Pia Fitzgerald

Success Series: Meet Taylor!

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Success Series: Meet Taylor!

Share your Baobab Village Virtual Coaching highlights.

Virtual coaching with Baobab Village provided me with the encouragement and accountability that were both very important in my journey. I especially appreciated the personalized workouts that were adjusted according to my needs. As my schedule got busier, I was given ways to adjust my workouts so that I was able to remain active. After re-injuring my knee, I was given even more creative ways to stay active. During weeks when I could not push my body or make it to the gym I learned how to best adjust my nutrition.

What surprised you about this experience?

I have been active my whole life and thought I knew a lot about my body but throughout my experience with Baobab Village I learned how much I did not know. I have a new understanding of my body and what it needs to stay on course with my fitness goals.

What were 2-3 keys to your success, especially as a grad student?

Planning, adaptability and prioritization were essential to my success especially as a grad student. Not only did I have a full course load but I was working two part-time jobs. Planning my meals ahead of time made it easier for me to stay on course. I started to learn which foods were best for me. When I was not as prepared or did not have time to food-prep, I was easily able to choose foods from nearby restaurants that fit into my meal plan.


Without planning my meals and being prepared ahead of time I could have easily gotten off track by making poor food choices or forgetting to eat altogether. There was room for flexibility and it helped to know that I was not “restricted”. Baobab Village taught me more about how best to incorporate that flexibility into my life.

Finally, I needed to prioritize. I would say I am good at time-management, however, as a grad student, I also had to make good use of free time. I believe that I was successful because I chose to work out when I could (even for 30 minutes). Normally, I would have spent that time taking one of my little breaks goofing around on social media.

Why should someone consider using Baobab Village Wellness Group to help meet their wellness needs EVEN long distance?

Baobab Village Wellness Group is a great source of support, encouragement and accountability, all of which are needed regardless of your lifestyle, occupation, etc. Even if long distance, Baobab provides knowledge that will definitely allow you to learn more about your body and help you to reach your fitness goals.

Any additional thoughts/comments

I highly recommend Baobab Village Wellness Group as I am immensely grateful for the insight I have been given. I am happy to be part of the community, long distance or otherwise.

Practical Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Practical Tools for Managing Stress and Anxiety

This Saturday we are offering our first Overcoming Stress and Anxiety Group. To wet your whistle with upcoming content, take a look at this graphic illustrating the pathways that lead to stress and anxiety.

Did anything hit a nerve? If so, we welcome your presence this Saturday at 11:00 AM for an opportunity to receive practical tools to STOP stress and anxiety from blocking your progress.


• Ongoing OPEN group meets every 4th Saturday

• Can come as often as you like or need

• Groups are led by a licensed therapist

• Cost is $25.00 per session.

• Call or email 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot — livewell@baobabvillagewellness.com, 614-626-4983

In good health,

Making a Mental Shift

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Making a Mental Shift

After working with so many clients throughout the years, a common theme has emerged:

Many people are not successful at achieving their wellness goals because they never truly OWNED the idea that it was possible.

  • Some people remain overweight because it never occurs to them that they CAN be fit and trim and do the necessary work.
  • Some people remain in debt because it never occurs to them that they CAN be debt free and do the necessary work.
  • Some people remain unhappy because it never occurs to them that they CAN experience chronic joy and do the necessary work.

You get the point. To begin to make the necessary mental shift:

1) Allow that thing you want to OCCUR in your mind.

2) Visualize it.

3) Visualize the work required.

4) See yourself doing the work with joy and not focusing on the potential discomfort it may bring.

What needs to OCCUR in your life today? See differently and own it!

We are rooting for you!!!

In good health,

5 Powerful Declarations for Weight Loss Success

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

5 Powerful Declarations for Weight Loss Success

It is a truth that death and life are in the power of the tongue. Our words of today can impact our life of tomorrow.

  • Feed yourself a daily diet of words that imbue doubt, fear, judgment, and criticism, and your body (inside and out) will reflect the residue of that negativity. 
  • Feed yourself a daily diet of life-giving statements, and not only will your body reflect a new vitality, but you will draw more of the same to your path as well.

Speak these declarations over your life DAILY if you want to make headway on your weight loss journey:

1) I will lose the weight!

2) I will joyfully do the necessary work required to lose the weight!

3) I will have the necessary TOUGH conversations with people who intentionally or unintentionally create obstacles to my progress!

4) I will maintain healthy boundaries that enable me to progress!

5) I will move forward in wonder and fascination with the process and journey of weight loss and will gladly pick up souvenirs along the way!

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Feasting on verbal negativity is like eating out of a trash can; AND, feasting on the negativity of others is like eating out of your neighbors’ garbage cans! Be mindful of what comes out of your mouth and what goes into your ear. It impedes progress!

Live well!

Ask the Coach/Counselor

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ask the Coach/Counselor

Q: I am a female and would like to lift weights, but I don’t want to bulk up. Will I bulk up if I lift weights?

A: Not unless you take performance enhancements drugs. Females do not have the hormonal capacity to bulk. The only females who can develop any real, natural-looking size are mesomorphs who are genetically designed with more muscle tissue. For all others it will take the proper training, nutrition, and legal supplementation plan in order to gain even a little bit of muscle. 

In good health,

Another Shake that will Bless Your Pants

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Another Shake that will Bless Your Pants

I haven’t had a chocolate milkshake in years for a VARIETY of reasons, but it is a treat that I do enjoy.

I can now enjoy the yummy flavor and texture of a chocolate shake minus the crazy amounts of sugar, fat, and pain of consuming dairy.


Check out the recipe for this delightful protein shake. 

1 scoop of Jay Robb’s Egg White Vanilla Protein

1 TBL of Nestle Cocoa Powder

2-shakes of nutmeg

2-3 shakes of cinnamon

8 ounces of water


1 ounce of banana (if you are feeling froggy)!!!!

Not only will this shake yield 24 grams of protein, adding the banana provides additional potassium as well.

You don’t feel deprived while eating healthy-- just be creative!

Want to improve mental acuity in 50 minutes or less?

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Want to Improve Mental Acuity in 50 Minutes or Less?

Try Yoga.

We’ve already deconstructed some of the myths that may be holding you back from participating in a class, so now let us spell out the BENEFITS.

Yoga can help with:

  1. Stress Reduction
  2. Flexibility
  3. Mood Improvement
  4. Increased Physical Activity
  5. Arthritis
  6. Mental Acuity
  7. Anxiety and Depression
  8. Kick crotchety creatures to the curb ☺

       (Source: American Council on Exercise, Shirley Archer JD. MA

Think about it like this:

When the body is in alignment and inflammation and tightness are reduced, you can’t help but to move through life in a lighter space. It’s hard to be your best when you hold tightness and tension in your body.

Crotchety and Clever DO NOT go hand in hand.

Ask the Coach/Counselor

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Ask the Coach/Counselor

Q: I am really struggling emotionally this holiday season. I really don't feel like going anywhere, much less decorating. Is this normal? Should I be concerned? What should or can I do to lighten this emotional load?

A: Stress and seasonal depression are VERY normal during this time of year and for many reasons. For some, it may be the shorter days. For others, memories of a lost loved one will surface causing a sense of anguish and despair.

There is hope and help. 

Tips on HOW to lighten the emotional load.

  • Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out a religious or social community to congregate with. Volunteering your time to help others can do wonders for uplifting your spirit as well.

  • Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. Its’s OK to take time to cry and express your feelings.

  • Take a breather. Make some time for yourself.

  • Find a moment of humor. Watch a comedy. Go see a clean comedian. Look up corny jokes online and LAUGH. Even when you don't feel like laughing, especially if your current circumstance is no where near funny, laughter can prove to be QUITE medicinal! 

“There’s no right way to feel; all feelings are a sign that you’re human and reflect where you are in your healing process.”- Mayo Clinic

Are you struggling with grief? Baobab Village is hosting its first Grief and Recovery Support Group on December 30th at 11am. There is no charge for registration but we are asking attendees to call (614) 626-4983 or email livewell@baobabvillagewellness.com to confirm attendance.