Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Malcolm-Brown.
Hi Amanda, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was 15 when I quit school, moved out on my own, and landed a full-time job working at a restaurant that turned into a nightclub on the weekends. I fell in love with the industry and worked my way up quickly; by 19 I was on a corporate training team helping open up a trendy chain of sushi restaurants across the country. From there I got into management, then bartending, and eventually started DJing.
The late nights and the slew of unhealthy habits that came with the lifestyle started to take a toll on my physical and mental health. I knew that I wasn’t alone – in fact, most of my coworkers and friends were facing similar struggles. Lack of energy, mood imbalances, poor sleep, inability to focus, dependencies on alcohol and other substances to get through their days, etc.
I had always been interested in holistic health, so in 2014 I decided to pursue a health coaching certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I took my health into my own hands – I changed how I ate (using food as medicine), began working out harder and more consistently, dove deeper into personal development… and then over time, everything changed for the better in ways I could never have imagined. I started my coaching business FeelBomb.Com so that I could show people who were struggling like I had been how to get unstuck, re-program their habits, and feel better than ever before.
Now I am a full-time health and lifestyle coach, wellness event producer, and have returned to DJing after taking a necessary break.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Just like when you start anything new, there have been challenges and growing pains. I am yet to come across another coach who is focused on helping the niche that I am (although I’m sure they’re out there!) so it often feels like I’m stepping into uncharted territory, which can feel scary at times. There are some incredible coaches in my network that I learn and draw inspiration from, but not all of their methods will work for my target client. In some areas I feel like I am having to start from scratch and create something completely new which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s definitely a challenge!
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Through coaching and events, I’m committed to showing Party People (nightlife/hospitality professionals, DJs, musicians, bon vivants etc) that they can create healthier, happier, more balanced lifestyles and still have fun. Yes, it takes dedication and work, but the rewards are endless. As a coach, I take time to listen and understand each client’s specific challenges and then provide them with their own unique roadmap to their goals. I guide them through the process, hold them accountable, help them over hurdles, and offer tools that they can utilize forever. The ways that I support vary from client to client, and I focus a lot on mindset shifts, transforming habits, mindfulness, movement, and deepening understanding and connection to self.
I coach most of my clients via Zoom so I can work with people from anywhere in the world! My 1-on-1 coaching programs are a minimum of three months we typically “meet” weekly, with periodic accountability check-ins throughout the week.
Now that California has opened back up I’m stoked to be able to produce wellness events again. One of the events is called Daybreaker which is basically a sober morning rave that begins with a yoga class and ends in a 2-hour dance party with a DJ, live music, dance-offs, costumes and other fun surprises. Daybreaker takes place in 28 cities globally and part of our team even went on tour with Oprah, kicking each of her events off with a dance party!
What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
I’ve learned that the bigger and more terrifying the step forward I take, the more I will learn and grow – not only as a business owner, but as a human. I’m constantly reminding myself that growth has to be the goal – not perfection – and I have to be ok with making mistakes. Making mistakes is an inevitable and necessary part of success.
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