Wonderful to connect with you. I am Sharon K. Summerfield, founder of The Nourished Executive. I am a Wellbeing Coach and a Holistic Nutritionist with demonstrated success in nurturing healthy employees and high performing organizations.
It is through a holistic lens we work with our clients finding that sweet spot to move away from work life balance to harmonizing life, where work is only one part.
At The Nourished Executive we are passionate about coaching business professionals to invest in their wellbeing and nourish their wellbeing to prevent burnout. Together we help you discover the sweet spot to move from surviving to thriving, intertwined with psychological safety, built on a foundation of nutrition and wellness.
I believe there are three pieces to preventing and recovering from Burnout.
- Fostering Psychological Safety
- Investing in your wellbeing
- Creating boundaries in alignment with your values and purpose
I am a life-long learner, systems thinker, mentor and connector, with a love for reading. As well I have a strong commitment to investing in local community, giving back and lifting others.
A little history about me,
Working across the sectors I found I was pulled in many directions trying to keep many balls in the air, working harder not smarter, saying yes more than no, where investing in my self care and scheduling down time was getting further and further out of reach.
Sadly I was also experiencing symptoms of burnout.
My definition of burnout is:
Being exhausted on every level. The joy you once felt is gone and you feel isolated and alone. It is difficult to concentrate, connect and build relationships as that all takes energy, you are unable to find, no matter how hard you try.
Then life happened. In 2014, after working for a global engineering firm for more than 8 years I was laid off. The transition to my new role took 9 months, and I joined an e-health project working in a new sector and pursuing more learning in holistic nutrition.
When I accepted the new role I made a commitment to myself to harmonize my life.
In 2017 I graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition from their Natural Nutrition Program and The Nourished Executive was founded.
After completing the natural nutrition program, I reflected on many of the lessons learned over the past few years and made the decision to leave my project role keeping the commitment to myself of greater harmony. In 2018 I joined the Canadian Cancer Society working with a friend in the role as her executive assistant along with starting to build The Nourished Executive.
Then life happened, again. In 2018 I was injured when I fell off my husband’s motorcycle resulting in numerous injuries. My knowledge in nutrition and wellness, along with the ability to build relationships and connection, continues to be a big part of my healing journey. Navigating a lengthy healing journey comes with many twists and turns.
My focus continues to be “What can I do?” “And how can I help to lift and share my appreciation for others?” This opened a window for me to expand my interest in photography and start turning my photos into cards. These cards are showcased on this page on Instagram.
I have gained extensive experience as project manager/executive assistant, in business development, document control, human resources, community investment, event/meeting/conference planning and executive calendar management, with a love for nutrition and the ways we can invest in our wellbeing.
I am a graduate of the Natural Nutrition Program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN), the YOGABODY Breath Coach Program, and hold several certificates in Business Management, Local Government Administration, Holistic Nutrition, Psychological Safety, and Positive Psychology. I continued to invest in my learning and find those ways to make a difference.
At The Nourished Executive we coach business professionals and share strategies to invest in wellbeing, manage stress and prevent burnout. We have a strong commitment to giving back, investing in local community creating space for all students to consider careers in construction, science, technology, engineering and math.
We welcome the opportunity to work with you as you take this next step to invest in your wellbeing.
Be nourished in all you do.