We had the good fortune of connecting with Mimi Rosado and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mimi, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I have two adult children (24 and 20) and was a single parent for most of their formative years. As a parent, I would say the most important thing I’ve done is teach my children HOW to make decisions and then letting them practice. My children are not me and they are going to face different situations than I did and make different decisions than I would make. My kids come to me for advice … a lot. I think it’s important as a parent to allow children practice a decision-making process. With my own kids, I’d ask them what their options were, what consequences each option held, which consequences they couldn’t or wouldn’t be okay with (because those really aren’t options), and make a decision that was honorable and authentic FOR THEM. My kids had a lot of freedom to think. As a parent, that’s important because we can’t be with our kids all the time and they’re going to make decisions without us there to guide them. I truly believe our job as a parent is to prepare our kids to live independently and authentically from us. This one skill (making decisions) is key to success.

What should our readers know about your business?
As a transformation coach, I’m especially excited that people are opening up to the idea that health and vitality is about more than weight management. At Kawal Wellness, I focus on integrative approaches which includes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance. There are so many studies proving that our minds, bodies, and even our energy are intertwined and this is a very exciting time to be a coach helping individuals find what works for them to thrive. I grew up in a home where this connection was not only understood but integrated into our lives. We’re talking meditation, lots of veggies, hiking, and even what my mom called “round table” where my sisters and I were made to share how we felt. I never understood the benefits of this approach until I was an adult and I’m now experiencing that the majority of people I interact with didn’t have this environment growing up so it’s even tougher for them to accept. The business itself is the easy part. The challenge that I’m still overcoming is that this integrative view makes common sense to me because I grew up in this environment, but many of my prospective clients purely equate wellness with weight loss. Coaching individuals into a holistic frame of thought for lasting, optimal health takes time and patience. Creating a trust relationship that is specific to each individual takes more than just knowing calorie data and exercise moves. Although it’s an unusual approach, my clients are confident I’m meeting them where they are so we can move through their challenges and barriers together. It’s not always easy and it takes time, but I truly believe it’s critical for their growth. They may not get that individual support from other practitioners. This is what makes Kawal unique.

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’m all about natural experiences so naturally, we would go to some of the amazing hikes in San Diego, including Three Sisters, Iron Mountain, or Potato Chip Rock. I’ve enjoyed some of the speakeasy’s around town but I’d have to say my favorite has been Realm of the 52 Remedies. So beautiful and amazing food and drinks. At least one dinner here is a must. I think it’s also important to visit San Diego history so of course spending a day in Old Town is a must. I would walk them through the museums and would shoot for a Wednesday for this visit because the schools visit then, which means there are historical presentations on that day. And we’d skip the big restaurants and dine either at El Agave which has the best authentic Mexican food or Berta’s Latin Cuisine which features meals from all over Latin America and has the best atmosphere with live music. And for the soul, a morning or afternoon at the Meditation Gardens in Encinitas is a great trip. Lastly, an afternoon/evening in Liberty Station is always fun. Between the Open Market, small museums, awesome coffee shops, and just great people watching.

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?
First and foremost, a big shoutout to my mom, Raquel Rosado. She lives with grace, authenticity and fire. She is my mentor, healer and confidante all in one little lady. I also have a #sisterhood of fierce women who support each other. They’re my Board of Advisors and all killing it in life!! I truly believe that you become the energy you allow in your space and their energy feeds my fire, challenges me into growth. The one book I read every year just after each birthday is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It resets my thinking for a new year of growth and balance.

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