We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Joy Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly Joy, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I was in my 20’s and early 30’s I would work 80 hour weeks. I rarely found time to sit back and relax. I was working hard to build a career and name for myself. As I’ve gotten older, I realize the importance of harmony in my life. I know that there will NEVER be balance. Balance suggests we will be able to give equal weight to each area of our lives. Most cannot give 8 hours to work, 8 hours to family, 8 hours to sleep. As we are much more than just family, work, and sleep. In my 40’s I’ve come to understand that harmony comes when I listen to my body, soul, and spirit and take time to unplug when I know my heart and mind are calling for it. I take time each morning to connect spiritually with my Maker and practice self-care before anyone or anything else gets my energy. I tell my clients a great day starts with a great night, so prep for your morning each night. I also place a higher premium on building relationships with my family, friends, and especially kids, knowing my “time” is limited with them in the house before they leave for college. I seek rhythm and harmony with work, personal, and spiritual endeavors. I released the notion of balance and embraced FLOW!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m Yahweh’s daughter, a wife, mother, sister, and friend who happens to be a published author, internationally-certified IIN health coach with a specialty in gut health and microbiome reconstruction, and a professional union (SAG/AFTRA/AEA) actress. I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors in 1999 with a Communication Performance degree. Upon graduation, Ernst & Young, LLC hired me as a consultant in their Change Management Practice. I left Corporate America to pursue a career as a Professional Actress. In 2006 motherhood brought about a different focus. I redirected my career in the health and wellness industry first as a group fitness instructor, then a personal trainer; however, serious health issues arose from a bout with C-Diff after taking an antibiotic. In a quest to find healing for my digestive system and mental anguish, I enrolled in a health coaching school to fix my issues and graduated with abundant health and a renewed sense of professional direction. I started my health coaching practice and have helped hundreds if not thousands of people regain their vitality. I am the founder and CEO of Do All Things With Joy, LLC. I humbly use my life to inspire people to see the benefit of healthy living so they have the energy to pursue their goals and approach life with passion and purpose. Down to earth, inspirational, authentic, and tell-it-like-it-is would be words to describe my personality and approach to coaching. I live what I preach!
You see, some moments indelibly mark our lives. These are the moments when we know the trajectory of our existence has changed. We find ourselves confronting new territory and desperately trying to find our new normal. Often, this new normal manifests through tragedy or illness. Have you ever been in a space where you knew your life would never be the same? Have you ever asked, “why me?” Only to have God answer, “Because your pain isn’t for you, it’s for the benefit of others!” Have you ever made one decision that puts you smack in the middle of your purpose without even trying? At the age of 30, doctors informed me I would need to take medication for the rest of my life. I was given an antibiotic in response to what my doctor thought was a sinus infection, and it altered my life forever. The antibiotic destroyed my digestive system and left me reeling in physical, mental, and emotional pain. I often tried to hide this pain and embarrassment from family and friends because I didn’t want to appear broken. Determined to change the course of my health naturally, I set out on a 10-year mission to discover the root cause of my health issues and generate tangible solutions. I was determined to regain my quality of life and heal my hidden pessimism/depression because there was entirely too much to live for. After a ravaged digestive system and six miscarriages, I now have a healthy body and two healthy boys.
Healing wasn’t easy; however, I was determined to overcome. I knew I went through my “issues” because I was supposed to help someone else. I’ve studied over 100 dietary theories Ayurveda, gluten-free, Paleo, raw, vegan, macrobiotics, and everything in between. My education has equipped me with extensive, cutting-edge knowledge in holistic nutrition and prevention. I’m much more than a health coach. I’m a life implementation coach. I help people find a place where health and wellness meet passion and purpose. I want to unlock the psychological chains and emotional patterns food holds over us in so many ways. The dilemma of these “chains” shapes my life’s work. I can’t just help you figure out what foods to put in your mouth if I don’t help you find what nourishes your spirit, soul, and body through your career, relationships, spiritual walk, and physical activity. I understand that every person is biochemically unique, so I never pump out cookie-cutter recommendations. I design programs for my client that match their needs. Together we discover what makes you thrive.
I help you uncover what lifestyle habits and foods compliment you. As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I create a very supportive environment that fosters your success. You are empowered to articulate your desires and goals freely. Throughout my education, I was taught the most relevant and cutting-edge dietary theories and intensely studied effective coaching techniques to guide you to the most genuinely authentic lifestyle that works best for you! The best part, I’ve walked in your shoes. I revamped my entire life, so I’m coming from a place of empathy and understanding. Do All Things With Joy is a health and life coaching practice that wants you to find where health and wellness meet passion and purpose. Kimberly will guide you to your zone of genius and help you recognize that sweet spot in your life.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Honestly, I haven’t lived in ATL in a while. Presently I live in South Florida and could give you all kinds of spots in South Florida; however, I figured I’d give you my list of places I want to visit with my husband and kids one day. I’ll tell you the top places I want to eat and hang out when we get to visit our family who still live here in the summer.
Restaurants: Brown Bad Seafood, Flower Child, KarmaFarm, True Food Kitchen, Herban Fix, Slutty Vegan, Cafe Sunflower Buckhead, Upbeet. Remember, as a health coach I want to try healthy restaurants with great food and reviews.
Places: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Center For Civil and Human Rights, Herndon Home, Little Five Points, Madam C.J. Walker Museum & WERD Radio, iFLY Atlanta, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia Aquarium, Porsche Experience Center Atlanta
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I don’t think I would be where I am today without Dr. Clayton Gibson, III. Years ago, when I was in constant pain and couldn’t understand how to heal my digestive system, he was the one who helped me understand the path I needed to take with my nutrition and lifestyle. I started implementing his protocol, and within months my digestive system started to heal, and I noticed a real difference in my physical and mental health. The discovery lead me to go back to school and study nutrition. I wanted to help people learn how to heal their digestive system through food and lifestyle choices, just like Dr. Gibson instructed me. I’ve been able to coach hundreds of people through my one-on-one coaching; my book Share the Joy: 52 Weeks to Abundant Health, and my online group coaching programs.
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