The circle of life is an exercise and experiential that I engage you in at the beginning and throughout the coaching journey. Among its many applications and uses, it gives a visual snap shot of how ‘full’ your life is.
The larger the circle, the more satisfaction and joy are present.
Health is not only bound to quantitative measures like weight, BMI, or calories in/out.
The circle of life encompasses the core principles of primary and secondary foods where :
Secondary foods : everything we eat on our plates, which is super important, but it’s not the end all be all
Primary foods : all else we consume in our lives, such as the time we spend:
in relationships – with people, family, friends, and other nourishing beings (animals etc.)
in movement and physical engagement
in our careers and at work/school/vocation
in spiritual practice – cultivating meaning and awe in our lives
in sacred nourishing spaces – our homes, nature, etc.
For example, for me as a musician & music therapist, music is a primary food
“I really enjoy working with coach Annie, I feel like going home when talking to her even in a short time. Somewhere I can rest and be taking care of, even I did a lot of talking, talking, and reflecting during the session. I’m thankful for the support I had with her during that time, it helped me a lot during my injury recovery. "
"Annalissa Vincencio has been an asset in my career as a music therapist for 3 years. She is thorough in her knowledge of music therapy in different environments and with different populations. She takes a balanced and empathic approach when listening to professional or personal issues, and in helping to explore avenues of action when I have been faced with challenges. Talking with her has helped me to evaluate complex situations while keeping the focus on what really matters in terms of; personal growth, in serving my clients as a music therapist, and in being representative of a high level of competence as a music therapist."
“Annalissa’s skills as a music therapist and as a knowledgeable educator have been a
great help in navigating my process. Her supervision has been invaluable in identifying
opportunities, keeping my career in focus and on track, and in completing tasks related
to NY State Creative Arts Therapy Licensure through some challenging times. Above all,
Annalissa is a person who is naturally inclined to care for others. It is for these reasons
that I endorse her as a helpful advocate and positive force in music therapy, for both
clients and for students alike.”
"I have known Annie for many years and previously done coaching with her at a point in my life where I was having great challenges in many areas. Annie helped me by being a source of information, being supportive and loving at the same time, and holding me to be accountable for my actions (or inactions). Annie was always ready, willing, organized and attentive to my questions, comments, and a great listener. Recently, I worked again with Annie, at another point, this time during a difficult year as a teacher during Covid and having an ill father, with helping myself to properly self-care, as well as in light of aging. Annie is a guide and is genuine. I felt heard and was able to speak authentically. Annie motivates me in her commitment to her own life and her help with others. In other words, she is a loving and caring and knowledgeable practitioner who "practices what she preaches", which, in my experience, isn't always the case with all coaches. This summer, Annie helped me to navigate many challenges, including: music for yoga (with her background in music); support around menopause and physical activity (joining a gym, learning more yoga poses, weight training, etc); support around self-care as I care for my elderly father who has severe dementia, and some health issues (arthritis in my knees and fingers). Annie is flexible, and I checked in with her both via text and email, and we had a weekly call. I cannot emphasize enough how helpful Annie was and continues to be. I consider Annie besides being my coach to be a friend, someone who I can talk to and who has guided me to information and others who have been helpful to me on my path. If you are hesitant, please read and re-read my testimonial. Give yourself this gift of coaching and support from someone with the expertise and compassion Annie has. You are worth it!!"
“I am so blessed and filled with GRATITUDE for all of Annie’s hard work and generosity of spirt. Annie
truly has a passion and a gift for being a Health Coach. I highly recommend her!”
I first started working with Annalissa in 2018, and we just finished a second coaching package, which commenced in April 2021 and lasted four months. Annalissa is a brilliant coach. Not only does she have an incredible, mind-blowing set of skills and expertise, but as a coach, she is compassionate, humble and ensures that every coaching session is of use to her coaching client and centers their needs and desires. Her care and wisdom are palpable, and she herself is clearly aiming to grow as a coach and is always open to feedback.
When I started this last coaching package, I felt like there were a lot of things I needed to "fix" about myself and my life. Through our time together, I was able to finally let go of perfectionism and rigidity, embrace the beauty and humanity of my messiness, all the while getting much clearer about my most burning, essential and life-affirming desires. Annalissa helped me access my own wisdom, and with her support, not only have I begun to take the best care of myself than I ever have before — spiritually, physically, emotionally — but I have been able to starting clearing the path to living the life I truly want to live — one of robust self-expression and fulfilment. I am so grateful for Annalissa, and am certain that I would not be where I am today without her."
"Words do not suffice to express the enormity of my gratitude to Annalissa. This woman is one of the most brilliant, compassionate, wisest and most inspiring beings I've ever had the joy and privilege of encountering. And as a coach, her various modalities for helping you heal and transform — accompanied by her intuition and her incredible wealth of
knowledge — are diverse, powerful and heart-opening. In the last year and a half, working with Annalissa has helped usher in a wave of transformation in all areas of my life. Thanks to her, my relationship to my finances, to my body, to my self-care, to my creative calling — along with my relationships with the people I love most — are all renewed and revitalized. And if it weren't for Annalissa, I would have never been able to uncover the complex ways in which my specific childhood traumas were dictating most of my patterns.
I never thought I could grow so much through working with a coach. (And trust me, I've worked with many of them.) I never knew that through working with just one coach like Annalissa, I could begin moving through the world with a deep sense of self-worth and confidence in my life's purpose.
I highly recommend Annalissa as a coach to everyone out there who's looking to transform and
to start living big. So if you're thinking about working with her, do it. Don't hesitate. I mean that."
“Working with Coach Annie has not only been educational, but life-changing. Even when I want
to give up, I have support to keep moving forward to set and achieve my goals. Coaching with
Annie has also really supported my therapeutic process. We uncovered that I needed to work
on my trauma, that was huge - I feel this is an essential support in my healing. I am also now more aware of the concept of self-care and how food can be part of that. With all I have
accomplished with Coach Annie, I believe that my goals and visions are possible.”