About your Trainer - Amy Machacek
Offering individual and team coaching, transformational seminars, keynote addresses, workshops, fitness and yoga classes, online coaching programs and writing for traditional publications, I am passionate about being a catalyst for positivity and releasing untapped potential in working with individuals and leaders that are hungry to make a difference in themselves and in others. Based in the tenets of mindfulness training, creating a strong and healthy mind and body, goal creation, and a deeply committed gratitude and values practice, my programs will help you uncover your talents and passion to have a profound impact as you create the life of your dreams.
I have been sighted in and written for regional publications including ReDoux Magazine, The Northfield News, Girlfriends Magazine, The Catholic Digest, the St. Thomas Magazine and Women Inc. Magazine.
I created and published The Back & Forth Journal, an interactive journal that is written in and passed back and forth between parent and child. I created the journal after seeing the great need for communication in families as we were the foster family for 84 children over the course of 11 years.
I sometimes say that I had this mindset that I had to live my entire life in 10 years. It was as if I didn’t want to miss any opportunity that came my way. I graduated from college, got married, had 4 children in 6 years, was a foster mom to 84 foster children in 11 years, ran marathons and did triathlons, volunteered on every committee at my kids’ school, remodeled three houses, and bought and built a successful business… all before age 35. And then I got sick. Not cancer-type sick. But sick enough that for 6 months I could hardly get through my day and fulfill all of my parenting and business and personal responsibilities. My health was not good and I was gaining weight consistently. I kept going to my doctor who would say that either this was going to be my new normal or he would tell me I could take some medication. I knew that I didn’t need medication. But I didn’t want this to be the new me. I finally went back to a doctor I had been to off and on for many years. She was my natural path doctor. She put me on some hard to swallow natural remedies and supplements, and told me that I was going to need to change my path of trying to do too much if I wanted to feel better. The supplements she gave me helped me finally feel like myself again. But the “doing too much” part didn’t really begin to change for another 5 years or so. I toyed with getting more focus in my life and occasionally would resign from a committee or say “no” to an opportunity, but I was still living in a way that kept me too busy and under a great deal of stress. I didn’t recognize that doing too many things that you love to do is still too many things! As I got into my early 40’s I finally decided that those “shifts” I had been talking about for years needed to happen for me.
As I continued on my own path of re-creation, I focused on intentional choices that inspired a shift in commitment, motivation and passion for life. I used success habits and created results in my life that amazed me. For many years, my clients would tell me that I was changing their life because I held an expanded vision for them until they could see and experience it for themselves. I always felt this same vision for myself, but I was too busy to be able to follow through with what I was trying to create. Finally I was able to stay focused long enough to complete my own personal mission for myself, my children, and my business.