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Ever wonder why you struggle with creating the life you were meant to live?

Hint: it’s not because you’re broken or something’s wrong with you. It’s because you haven’t learned to train your brain. I can teach you how with mindfulness + modern brain science + psychology.

I’m Ana Verzone, Master Life Coach and host of The Naughty Buddhist Podcast. I’m devoted to helping yogis and wanna- be Buddhas create an {unconventional} life of true freedom – inside and out.

In case you’re wondering, here at Freedom Junkie, being “naughty” is a good thing. It means you’re real. Authentic. Wanting to experience everything this crazy miracle of a life has to offer. Willing to make mistakes.

It means all those f*ckups? You’re not broken. You’re just…human. And you’re meant to use those to evolve.

Making the same mistakes over and over? Let’s revisit them with more wisdom each time they roll around.

Freedom Junkies want to create more freedom in their lives, inside and out. It’s part of the reason we’re so naughty. We love that feeling of no limits, stretching the limits, setting our OWN limits. Breaking others’ limits.

But sometimes we get confused about what true freedom is. And we do things that don’t serve us because we think it’ll help us feel better, like bing watch netflix, overeat, overdrink, over___(fill in the blank). Or we run from it. We tune out. We lash out. Wee have a pity party – which sucks for everyone involved.

I’m speaking first-hand here, because I’ve had some adventures – and misadventures – that led me to look to places for comfort that weren’t very helpful. Here’s a taster, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:

  • I’ve had cancer - twice (two different kinds!). Once when I was 30 and again 9 years later
  • Been divorced (once) - great guy but the wrong guy. Dog custody dispute :/
  • Had a baby at 40 and developed postpartum depression. I got VERY isolated…and started to overdrink
  • My mom died unexpectedly while I was traveling in Morocco and I found out 3 days later via Facebook (yeah, no sh*t). Re-started overdrinking.
  • I’ve experienced physical and sexual abuse, more than once
  • Was cheated on - saw it coming and STILL stayed.
  • Grew up in a very poor and violent neighborhood (think drive-by shootings and the highest murder rate per capita in the good ol’ US of A)
  • My dad had PTSD and schizoaffective disorder and used to run around the aforementioned violent neighborhood naked, thinking he was a kid needing diapers, and bring prostitutes and drug dealers home to feed them (his strength was deep compassion)
  • I went through hell and back getting my doctorate in nursing and gaining 25 pounds…and losing it
  • Went through a deep spiritual crisis at 19 (…but that was great because I discovered meditation and mindfulness). I almost became a nun after a 30-day meditation retreat in Nepal when I was 21. But the mountains set me straight and told me I was born to evolve spiritually through deep pain and suffering in intimate relationships. #jokingnotjoking

There’s more. But that’s enough about me. As you can see, I’ve had some crazy life experiences that will help me help you as your coach. I’m happy to use what I’ve learned during my adventures and misadventures to give you a better chance at avoiding my mistakes.

Oh, and if you’re the street cred type: In addition to being an expert transformational life coach, I:

  • was some combo of a nurse, midwife, and professor for over 17 years
  • have a doctorate in nursing (my project was in global health and later specialized in stress and anxiety management) AND two master’s degrees from amazing schools like UC San Francisco (yeah, I’m a bona fide geek. They accepted 9 people the year I was admitted. Fewer than the med school, which was my Plan B).
  • was an international climbing guide for 10 years
  • have been a mentor to adventurous women like you for over 23 years
  • received a degree in clinical psychology and certification in Applied Positive Psychology

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s one of the perks of having a coach who is a multi-passionate! If you’re like me, you know this list would take PAGES, right?!

How to Know if We’re Meant to Be

Why did I choose to be a life coach over a very successful career in healthcare and academia and after doing a sh*t-ton of handwork getting my doctoral degree? Because of you.

Because I love people whose #1 priority is freedom and who know that isn’t just about what they can DO in life, but also about how they feel and think on the inside, and how they show up.

People who know that it’s about living a life that is in alignment with who they are on the inside. That it’s about being proud of how they show up in the world. About living a life with no regrets. No “what ifs…” or “ I wish I had…”

You want to live life full out.

And you want to do it right. With integrity. In alignment.

You’re a bit – or a bunch – Rebel. Yogi. Wanna-be Buddha. #SpiritualGangster

You believe in Justice. Equality. And Freedom – for everyone. You will stand up for it. Sometimes you want to be more confident about it and stand up for it more often. That’s OK – I can help you do that.

You meditate. Or at least you’ve done it once;) You do it less than you’d like, but you know it’s good for you. You take care of your body. Less ideally than you want, but better than most. You know mindfulness has incredible power but you don’t know how it would work for you, or how to apply it to your everyday life (when the defection is hitting the oscillation, if you know what I mean). But you want to.

You want to milk every moment of every drop of juice that it has to offer.

Every time you’re naughty, it’s usually not because you’re wanting to escape this life.

Actually, it’s the exact opposite. You want to never miss out. On anything. But sometimes you’re a bit off about what that truly means for you or how to go about that in a way that better serves you.

I get you. I AM you.

And what I get off on the most is helping people like you realize the amazing life that opens up when you free your mind. When you don’t need ANYTHING but what you have right now in the present moment to feel fully alive, adventurous, and free.

Life gets juicier. WAY juicier.

This is how I work with clients and why

I’m just going to tell you now so there’s no mistake: I’m a no bullsh*t coach who will simultaneously challenge you and remind you of your greatness, because my superpower is seeing that greatness in others. Ever since I was a kid it’s been like that.

When I was 7 years old I started “The Double Dare Club.” Yeah, no shit. I charged 25 cents to join and I gave people hard and scary stuff to do (for a 7 year-old), like jump into the mean neighbor’s yard (in my hood that meant he might shoot you) without him seeing and steal some apples from his tree then hop the really high fence and shoot a basket from the free-throw line with just ONE try, then crank call the kid you had a crush on. Kids PAID me to help them do what they didn’t think was possible and what scared them then. And they pay me to do it now – as adults.

Because that’s what I was born to do.

How about you? What were you born to do? What kind of life were you meant to live? Let’s discover that. And DO that.

Listen, I’ve been through the fire myself, and seen people rise from the ashes like a Phoenix, so I sincerely believe in my clients. Not in a cheerleader rah rah kind of way. But in a fierce, look-you-in-the-eye-and-tell-you-to-get-past-the-bullshit-and-dig-deep-because-I-know-you-can-do-it kind of way.

I’m here to help you manifest your best self and your best life – one without regrets. That takes courage on your part – and mine. Because you may not always like me. And I’m OK with that, because I’m not here for you to like me. I’m here to help you see that anything really IS possible. Like fucking magic.

I’ll call you out on the ways you are not showing up in alignment with who you are meant to be, because that’s what good friends do, and it’s certainly (in my opinion) what a good coach does.

I teach you practical skills that help you apply the ultimate jedi mind trick – mindfulness – and other modern brain science to real life. I do it with fierce love for you and for this precious life we ALL have.

MINDFULNESS + BRAIN SCIENCE + COMMUNITY = UNSHAKEABLE FREEDOM

I know your time and energy are valuable. Don’t waste time wondering what the next best step should be. Let’s chat and figure it out.

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