Episode 42 - Kerri Axelrod: Your Life Can Look The Way You Want It To Look

Wanting to get a health and wellness background on the podcast I went to google and searched “Boston’s top health influencers” and within minutes I came across Kerri Axelrod who could not be a better fit for this podcast.

At just the age of 12, Kerri knew that she not only wanted to go to school down in Washington D.C., but she also wanted to get involved in the political world. She had always enjoyed helping people out and this would give her the opportunity to hopefully affect people's lives on a massive scale but when her health started to decline she told herself to walk away and that if she got better she could come back to her career.

Kerri quit her job and never returned.

After coming back to Boston she took a course at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she began her journey of learning about nutrition, holistic wellness, lifestyle, yoga and meditation. This was an entirely new world to her but she knew it could only help get her back on track as she needed something to change.

Now she is a health and wellness coach who tries to help people live the life of their dreams and figures out the type of lifestyle that best fits her client. As she talks about it in the podcast, not every diet works best for everyone and we all enjoy different forms of motion (running, yoga, cycling etc). Once you can figure out which works best for you then you can begin to see an increase of happiness in your life.

One of the main takeaways from this episode is the importance of both mental and physical health. It doesn’t matter if we have the best job in the world or even our dream car, if we aren’t completely happy with how we look, feel or even what we think about throughout the course of the day, we will never be fully happy. Once you’re comfortable in your own skin with who you are and the vehicle, your body, that you’re in, that’s when everything else seems to click.

Podcast Outline

  • Who Is Kerri Axelrod today and how young is she

    • 34 years young health and wealthness coach in Boston who connects with other people and help people live the life of their dreams in this moment

  • Grew up outside of Boston in Andover, MA

  • At 18 moved to California, did an Americorp gap year, then went to undergrad in D.C.

  • Lived in California twice

    • First in San Jose to work at an underprivileged elementary school

    • Second time lived in San Diego, CA

  • Studied at American University in Washington D.C.

    • Knew at the age of 12 she wanted to go to school in D.C. and would want to work in politics eventually

    • Everything she’s done in her life has always been about making a difference in people’s lives and working in politics/government allows you to help people on a massive scale (5:00)

  • Working aide with some of the top politicians in the country

    • Unlike any other industry hardwork and talent will allow one to raise up the ranks quickly in a short period of time

    • Throughout Kerri’s career she was able to meet the right people at the right time and navigate her path in the right way

  • What most people might not understand about politics behind closed doors

    • Worked in the nonprofit sector, advocacy organizations, campaigns and one thing is clear is that there are a lot of smart young people who’re making big decisions

    • Age is just a number and we tend to put limiting beliefs on ourselves because we think we don't have “this experience” or enough education  (9:40)

  • The lifestyle of being in politics was not sustainable and knew deep down she had to leave

    • Had lost her health, was sick, wasn’t taking care of herself and had come down with an autoimmune disease  

    • One campaign ended, another one was approaching and without a plan she decided to leave (14:20)

  • Moved back to Boston to get her health back on track and her family was very supportive with Kerri coming back

    • Signed up for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and knew it would help her get better

  • It’s been a journey of learning about nutrition, holistic wellness, lifestyle, yoga and meditation

    • Learning how to integrate and embody that while taking from her experiences to then help guide other people  

  • If your personal life isn’t in a position where you want it to be than any other external things aren’t going to fulfill you (20:30)

  • Mental and physical health are important but people feel that they have to do it alone without a team

  • It's easy to look at other people and say I wish i had that, wish I was doing that or why doesn’t my life look that way

    • Your life can look any way that you want it to look. (23:20)

  • Social media allows us to connect with people but also gives us a false sense of connection

  • Someone who is trying to make a healthier change in their life today

    • Adding in more whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, you’ll notice you don’t have room for processed/packaged foods

    • We get fatigued from making decisions, eliminating them allows us to stay on track and frees up  our mind (31:00)

    • Find joy in movement and do more of it. (Soulcycle, running, working out in the gym etc)

  • “Breathe u r alive” tattoo on Kerri’s left foot

    • Inspired by a Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh and a saying to remind yourself every morning

  • There's always thing that will pull us away from our center

    • Nourishing our bodies and mindful practice allows us to ground ourselves when we get pulled off course (38:00)

  • Ask Bobbbaaay 1 Question:

    • What's your one dream in life that you really want to fulfill?

    • Where do you want this podcast to be in 2 years?

  • Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, what/who do we see?

    • Her immediate family, the family she hopes to have one day and anyone that she considers as family

  • Where to find Kerri Axelrod on social media

    • Instagram/Twitter: @KerriAxelrod

    • Kerriaxelrod.com

    • Facebook: @KerriAxelrodwellness

  • What 2-3 pieces of advice for someone trying to find their passion/purpose

    • You don’t have to do all of it at one time, choose 2-3 things you want to explore and commit to them and see where that path takes you

    • You already have all the answers that you need. We all embody the answers we’re looking for and we think that someone else has to tell us what to do