Ellie Peterson is my coach: she has taught me to use affirmations and meditative exercise as a way to be my own best friend.
Ellie’s life story gives credibility to the idea that we can learn to be our own best friend. At 23 years old, she found herself divorced with three kids under 5 years old, making only $80 per week. “Nothing about my life was healthy,” she recalls.
At her low point, she realized her own negative self-talk was at the heart of her problems. Today she’s a masterful coach, teaching people like me the very same affirmations that put her on the right path.
Ellie came into my life via the Good Leadership Breakfast. After I joked about my new favorite book, “Working Out Sucks!”, Ellie marched up to me and said: “I can teach you to enjoy – maybe even crave – exercise that makes you feel good about yourself.” I politely listened and we exchanged cards.
She called me several weeks later, as if she were an angel. That week I had experienced a series of shocking plot twists in my personal and professional life. The voice in my head was me beating up so much that I drained my resilience. Ellie caught me at the right time and introduced me to affirmations and Meditative Movement. I’ve learned to crave the meditative repetition and to also work on my faith. In short, she is teaching me how to be my own best friend.