We had the good fortune of connecting with Brook Barney and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brook, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
For years, I thought I was balancing life while holding a high-level corporate position, raising kids, and managing the household while maintaining a moderate level of health. This wasn’t actually a balanced life, but surviving rather than thriving. I felt like I was playing that whack-o-mole game and just barely keeping my head above water in all areas. This way of life led to burnout, distant relationships, jeopardized health, and emptiness as I was giving to all areas of life except truly filling my cup first.
Through a complete transformation of my life by prioritizing my intentions and purpose, which include being present for my children, watching them grow, connecting deeply with those closest to me, gaining back my health (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually), and providing health & wellness to my community, I now feel and live in a balanced state. This process has led me to providing guidance to individuals in achieving balance and elevated health in their lives.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
In my practice, I take an Integrative approach to health focusing extensively on the emotional connection to self rather than working solely from the “outside” with a diet and exercise plan. It’s essential that my clients learn about the body, mind, and soul connection and though supporting your body through diet and exercise is a fundamental part of my practice, they are only one part of health. Through this emotional awareness connection process, you begin to understand your true intentions and purpose and start living from a state of awareness and consciousness. This is where the healing begins, your habits become sustainable, you start reaching your goals, and you start living life AWAKE.
I also focus heavily on stress reduction and management. You can have the perfect diet and be moving your body, but living in chronic or elevated stress can cannibalize your efforts and goals. Chronic or too much sustained stress slows and impairs digestion and immunity, alters oxygen and blood flow, and leads to inflammation, and imbalanced hormones, which manifest in physical, mental, or emotional disease in the body.
We all have a story, but not everyone experiences healing or awakening. My story, in short, started at the young age of 19 with an autoimmune, then went into having a son with disabilities (who is a blessing) and worked a high profile demanding career for 15 years with lots of challenges and beauty in between. Through my personal experience, I have had two life-changing healing phases. Those experiences and my story led me to follow my purpose of opening Natured Balance Health & Wellness. A place where I provide a safe space, support, and guidance to individuals who are stuck in life, disconnected, and faced with health challenges.
The most significant obstacle to improving your health is knowing where to start. I offer a place of non-judgment, where we work on your timeline, a place to explore what your body, mind, and soul are asking of you, and how to listen to your inner guidance that will lead you on your path to healing and elevated health and wellness.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I live in Utah and am a nature girl, so we would focus on the beauty of the outdoors and the arts and culture Ogden has to offer!
We would start with a hike along the Ogden bench in my hometown, then head to the Lotus Cafe for a healthy, delicious lunch, and finish the evening at the Monarch for some music and art. The next day we would go to Farmer’s market on historic 25th for some fresh eats and spend time walking down 25th street, then stop in for coffee at Wasatch Roasting company. Later that evening, we would see a twilight concert series at the Ogden Amphitheater. On day 3, we would book a yoga class at the Front or Lotus, then head to lunch at Cuppa on 25th for some yummy vegan food. I would book us an art class at the Monarch for later that evening. Now, time to head to the mountains! We would start the day riding the gondola up to the top of Snowbasin for an outdoor yoga class, followed by a short hike to the top of the peak to overlook Ogden. We would then head over to the Wolf Creek area to eat at the scenic Peddler’s cafe. Then continue driving around Pineview Dam and stopping along a beach to paddleboard or take in the views and enjoy the beach and water. On Day 5, we would hike Green Pond at Snowbasin to take in the spring flowers or fall colors, then enjoy an outdoor concert at the resort later that afternoon. As we have been going, and the trip is nearing the end, for Day 6, I would book us a massage then we would go to Press Together for an organic smoothie or bowl. Next, we would hike up Beus canyon to see the ferns and end with a dinner cooked at my house.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have so many support systems to thank along the way, but I will focus on just a few. The first is Dr. Andrew Weil, an Integrative Medicine Doc whose book I read while bedridden at 19. His work confirmed what I was searching for, that there is a way to heal through food and lifestyle. Next is my mom for always being by my side and finding a Dr. that had healed himself through food and lifestyle from the same condition I was living with, Dr. Tyler Elmore of Syracuse Chiropractic. He taught me how to eat and live to heal naturally and instilled the foundation of listening to my body. Fast forward almost 20 years, my energy healer yogi, Kelli Stephens, has influenced my life over the past few years. She has been a guide that has helped me see the truth, process it, and hold space. A shout out to my nutrition & wellness school, IIN, for providing such fantastic teachers and a community to make my way into Health Coaching officially. My mother in law, who has offered neverending emotional support, love, and guidance. Lastly, my husband for being by my side and providing strength, love, and encouragement.