About Me and Frequently Asked Questions

About Andrea (professional bio):

Andrea Owen is a life coach and speaker. She is passionate about empowering women to value their character and feel beautiful by manifesting respect and love for themselves first and foremost. She teaches women how to develop and access their 3 best selves: self-worth, self-confidence and self-esteem.

She obtained a Fashion Merchandising degree from Fashion Careers of California College in 1999, followed immediately by a fast-paced job as an Assistant Buyer for a large chain of retail surf shops. She has also worked as a visual merchandiser. At 25, she made a life-changing decision to go back to school and accomplish what she felt she was put on this earth to do: Encourage and motivate people to live their ideal life, now. Andrea also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University San Marcos and personal training certification from the American Council on Exercise. She received professional coach training through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the largest in-person coach training school in the world and the only to teach CTI’s ground-breaking Co-Active® model of coaching and is currently in the certification process. She will receive her CPCC in September, 2010. She is currently hosting workshops sponsored by the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, helping young girls establish healthy self esteem and to help widen the definition of beauty.

Her direct, sincere style of coaching has motivated others to make positive changes in their lives, become “unstuck” and find what they were truly put on this earth for. She prides herself on her fun-loving sense of humor and being approachable to all. She has volunteered for the Special Olympics, Best Buddies and the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

Andrea is a California native and resides in Oceanside, California with her husband and two young children.

About me (in my own not-so-professional words): 

I am a former conservative Republican gone modern feminist. I speak loudly from my soapbox and take action against discrimination against women. The day I started living my life authentically, without looking over my shoulder at who was talking about me and what they thought of me, was the day my life truly began and had immense meaning. I make no apologies for who I am. I write about and talk about my own struggles with body image, disordered eating and exercise, relationships and self esteem. We all have our stuff, and if I can help one person, the ripple effect that I will never know of, makes it worth while ten times over.

I am a fitness professional (see above bio), and will soon be a certified Professional Life Coach (September, 2010). This blog will soon move over to a fancy website called YourKickAssLife.com. (Stay tuned) I help women achieve their dreams and empower them to change their life. And, yes, it's really, really as cool as it sounds. I hope to someday go back to fitness and incorporate personal training and coaching, specifically body image work. It's my dream for every woman to love her body. Period.

I am also a semi-crunchy mom of two amazing babies. I love to educate women on their rights to birth, the importance of breastfeeding, and empowering parents on their many parenting style options. Oh, and my husband rocks.

So, my life pretty much kicks ass.


Why did you start a blog? Aren't there about 50 million already out there?

Yes, there are 50 million blogs out there. I started it because I felt like I had a lot to say. It took me a while to get my grove going, to figure out what best fit me to write about, but after some feedback from readers and certain posts, I realized my own life experiences and what I gained and learned from it was the most helpful to others and to myself.

What is life coaching and what are your qualifications?

Sometimes we get stuck in life. Sometimes we feel like time is passing us by and we know things could be better, but we just aren't sure how. Many of us make decisions based on fear or safety. We're afraid to make a radical change. We procrastinate.
Coaching helps you get unstuck. It gives you tools, perspective and structure to be able to live your best life, a life that you may not have even known you could live. Coaches are teachers, helpers and motivators. Coaching reminds you that YOU have the answers to what makes you truly happy and a great coach helps you find the answers and live it.
I have completed the core curriculum from the Coaches Training Institute and begin the 6 month certification process in April of 2010. CTI defines coaching as the following:
Coaching is a powerful alliance designed to forward and enhance the lifelong process of human learning, effectiveness and fulfillment. A coach is someone who will help you articulate your goals, define strategies and plans, hold a vision of you in full expression and success, and challenge you to achieve that vision. So you and your coach become powerful participants in a team that is committed to deepening your learning and forwarding the progress toward your dissertation goals.

CTI is accredited by the International Coaching Federation.

You have a B.S. in Kinesiology. What does that have to do with life coaching?

I'm a firm believer that you can be in the best physical shape of your life but still not be living your best life. I know from experience. With my BS in Kinesiology (Exercise Science) and my personal training certification with the American Council on Exercise I can combine those with my life coaching certification to help my clients live their ideal life.

Why do you have a sunshine on the main page of your blog?

The sunshine represents new beginnings. When I had a bad day my mom always used to say, "Well, tomorrow is a new day and you get to start all over."