Oakland Native, Community Organizer, Mom, Entrepreneur, Podcast Co-host
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Ayana Labossiere is one of the podcasts co-hosts and has lived in Oakland almost all of her life. Her story is about thriving. Even through the very difficult role of care-giving to her mother, who suffers from a chronic disease, and working through the grief of a best friend who was murdered, Ayana perseveres and thrives.
She is a Health & Wellness Coach, providing self-care strategies to overwhelmed and underserved people. She speaks to groups, does trainings, and provides individual coaching, helping her clients create more fulfilling and balanced lives.
“Being a mom, a caregiver for my mom, and a public school teacher really burned me out. Over the past few years, I’ve become an expert in the art of OVERdoing! I started getting sick a lot, and finally wound up in the hospital for a day, and out of work for 2 weeks! It forced me to find ways to take care of myself. I believe that our society encourages us to overdo, and so I now teach people how to find balance and peace, so we can all continue to positively impact our world.”
She believes very strongly in helping others with over 7 years of teaching and case management experience helping struggling students be successful. She is a community organizer, a wife, mother, and has been a caregiver to her mother for over 10 years.Ayana’s training and education include a Health Coaching Certification from Health Coaching Institute, a B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from Columbia University, and an M.S. in Special Education from San Francisco State University.
Ayana started Thrive & Be Whole, after she got engaged and became a mom. She realized how important regular self-care was for her own survival. She also realized how many people in our society are being encouraged to burn out. Helping others has always been her passion!
She also believes that our mental health is heavily impacted by our society. The many layers of our identity i.e. our work/life balance, our income level, our race, gender, sexuality, immigration status, etc. all affect who we are. In order to effectively deal with our deepest struggles, we have to go to a deeper place.
In her spare time Ayana enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and taking her baby on long walks. She loves going out to concerts and anywhere that you can dance and eat!