Hi! I’m Lisa Taitelman aka Trailblazer!
I am a certified transformational coach and the founder of Follow Your Trail, a unique hiking empowerment program where I guide small groups and challenge them physically, mentally and spiritually through hiking, connection and meditation. The focus is geared toward healing and finding one’s truth out in nature through self-care and self-love. My mission is all about building community. FYT is a community, and has been featured in local magazines, Thrive Global, VoyageLA, podcasts, and local newspapers in Los Angeles.
Today, I have guided thousands in "finding their own trail,” their truth, passion and their purpose, all while I am fulfilling my own by building this awesome community through the great outdoors. My story is really one of loss and grief and did not happen overnight, in fact, it has taken 53 years to really discover ME, and it has been a journey to find my trail. Life is a journey and it always starts with your “WHY.” YOUR authentic story, and if you have an itch to tell it, you MUST tell it because you never know how many lives you will transform by sharing it.
Have you ever felt like you were drowning under water and as if you could not come up for air? That is how I felt for much of my adulthood after the loss of my mom to cancer at age 58.
I am a mother of 2 incredible kids, and a wife of 23 years to an amazing partner and friend. It was after the loss of my mom, over 23 years ago it took all my strength to forge ahead. In that time of unbearable grief, I started on my path of self-discovery and learned how a hike changed the trajectory of mylife.
I have been a stay-at-home mom for 19 years and dove into it with a vengeance. With the empty nest upon me, I went back to school at age 53 to become a health coach, working alongside an amazing tribe and community and is where I found my trail. I have had many mentors along the way, but most inspired by Oprah, Marie Forleo, Brene Brown, Mel Robbins and Louise Hay to name a few. I wanted to shout out this experience to everyone I knew, what hiking taught me, and how it changed everything for me.
I have been hiking now for over 2 decades. I have trekked countless trails, guided many groups through nature, provided hundreds and hundreds of inspiring group shares, led numerous meditations, given thousands of hugs and high fives, made incredible friendships, cried, laughed, shared, bonded and built a community, but most importantly I found my voice and by using my voice, it has helped others find their own. I believe the most powerful way to inspire and educate others, whether it is from loss, divorce, illness or struggle is through the healing powers of nature.
Did you know that hiking outdoors provides enormous health benefits?
You can get your dose of Vitamin D for an immune booster.
A hike through nature in just 90 minutes is proven to lower your stress
Hiking Boosts motivation as well as your brain health
It gives you purpose and clarity
Improves heart health,
Lowers your cortisol levels and releases serotonin, the feel good hormone.
It gives you a sense of strength in yourself that you didn’t know you had.
You feel grounded and connected.
It gives you an enormous sense of accomplishment as well as takes you out of your comfort zones, physically and mentally. It makes you think you are stronger than you think you are when you get to the top of a mountain.
No wonder I always feel so much better after a hike! Just imagine how much better YOU will feel too!
I will introduce to you the many ways to merge the physical, the emotional and the spiritual into a unique way to bring our/your intimate group together in a safe and constructive space. Through physical exercise, meditation and inspirational nuggets, I will guide you to the BEST version of YOU, and your clients, through an uplifting, inspiring, transformative, empowering and confidence-building journey. YOU will gain wisdom, clarity, motivation, peace of mind and some wonderful new friendships for a magical healing experience. And you will be sent home with insights and tools for you to apply into your own everyday life.
"THIS IS NOT JUST A HIKING PROGRAM, THIS IS A MOVEMENT!"
Maybe you too have experienced a loss so paralyzing in your own life, or divorce, an illness, an old injury, or you just feel stuck. Or, maybe you lost your identity being a stay-at-home mom and put yourself on the back burner for so long, and you wake up one day and say “Who am I’? I know this rings true for so many of us, myself included. But fear gets in the way of so many of our dreams and sometimes we need to find out how our pain can be our purpose and why we are destined to go down certain paths.
What I have learned through my education and life experience is that showing up as myself, and speaking from my heart, a ripple effect has been created, a deeper connection with people who crave more in their own lives. What I know to be true is that it is never too late to reinvent yourself or make real change, it is really up to us. It is a decision. We can stay stuck, or we can embrace new possibilities we never knew existed. I know now I have the power to change my thoughts and when I did that, I changed my life as well as countless others along the way. And the best part of all is when you help others transform their lives, you also transform your own--- again and again, this is how we grow, and before you know it, your mission is impacting thousands…or maybe even millions of lives!
Each and every one of us has struggles, we may have bad days, bad months or even a bad year, or many, many years, but when we step out in nature and get outside we feel liberated. Strong. Centered. Empowered. Grounded. I have witnessed it time and time again. This is your time. We are waiting for you.
Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air and remind yourself who you want to be. Sometimes all it takes is a hike.
Your Happy Trail Leader,
*Portions of FYT will be donated to a charity I hold dear to my heart called Foundation For Living Beauty, Their mission is to educate, uplift and empower women in their fight against cancer. Nearly 843,000 women will be diagnosed with cancer this year. To learn more about Living Beauty and their programs and services, or if you know a woman with cancer, and like to learn more about this organization, please visit their website at www.livingbeauty.org.