Star H. Holistic Personal & Professional Life Coach

Olympia, Washington

I have 20 years of experience in developing integrated holistic educational programs to help individuals who suffer from PTSD, especially veterans and survivors of domestic violence.

With a BA in Expressive Art Therapy in Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Curriculum & Instruction, together with 35 years of hospitality management and master chef/restaurant owner, I have developed an overall holistic platform in which to help individuals change all areas of their lives as they grow in their own business.

I have been a professional chef and restaurant manager for over 30 years, and while it is not my main focus, it remains a passion of mine which I use in my professional coaching career.

From customer service, to the design of your restaurant, to the food you serve, from marketing to advertising to training staff, I can cover many areas needed for you to effectively run a successful business.

Combining Passions: How Star Hawk Became a Holistic Life Coach

For Star Hawk, her military upbringing and love for cooking took her in two diverse yet compatible directions. She works with veterans or individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and guides restaurateurs towards business growth. Although these activities are different, her background makes her uniquely qualified to accomplish both. 

 

Star relies on her Bachelor of Arts in Expressive Art Therapy in Education and a Master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction to form her holistic coaching practice foundation. 

 

Her 20 years of experience in developing integrated, holistic educational programs help individuals with PTSD, especially veterans and survivors of domestic violence. And Star’s 35 years of hospitality management, chef experience, and restaurant ownership give her real-life entrepreneurial experience. Her holistic platform helps people change their lives while growing a business. 

Working with veterans and individuals suffering from trauma

By definition from Webster’s dictionary, the word “whole” means in an unbroken or undamaged state; in one piece. Over the past 40 years, I discovered what kind of damage prolonged exposure to trauma can do to an individual, especially veterans and those experiencing domestic violence. 

 

It affects the mind, body, and spirit, leading to repeating behaviors that are unhealthy to the individual and those around them. This is very close to me because I come from a military family and married a military member. I’ve seen what happens to many veterans if they don’t have the support needed to recover. My grandfather served in World War II, and my uncle went to Vietnam, later committing suicide due to his PTSD. 

 

It became my life’s work to create a holistic way to become proactive instead of reactive in making personal and professional life-changing choices, especially for those recovering from PTSD. 

Assisting restaurant owners in running a successful business

Since I was four years old, I’ve been cooking and baking, learning at my great-grandmother’s knee. At age 21, I began doing it professionally when I found myself able to cater to the local rock show scene. 

 

From there, my work moved into a business as an event specialist offering catering. Later, I became a chef at a four-star restaurant, followed by turning into a restaurant owner. I love to cook and share that experience with people. For more than 30 years, I’ve been a professional chef and restaurant manager. Although it’s not my main focus now, restaurant hospitality remains a passion of mine and a focus of my professional coaching. 

The challenge: Abrupt life changes from health issues

In 2012, I had to withdraw from my doctorate program due to serious health issues. I lost the use of my legs for almost a year. I had to revamp my way of doing work and still have the ability to help others.

 

My biggest challenge was overcoming health issues and learning to reconstruct my skill set to lead to a successful business both in helping people and allowing me to still be in the hospitality industry.

The solution: Pivot to a new business model

My solution was to create an online presence for a life coaching business and start a travel and tourism business offering all-inclusive private healing retreats. To accomplish this, I learned how to create an online presence and earned certificates necessary for work as a travel agent.

 

  • Online presence: I taught myself how to build my first website for the life coaching business, learned how to use Photoshop for image and logo design, and explored social media marketing. 
  • Travel: I went back to school, got my certificates to work as a travel agent, and put together travel packages for healing retreats. 

Perseverance is the key to understanding your skill set and yourself

Whether you’re working to overcome personal trauma or want to build a successful business, Star helps you achieve your goals. Get help from a holistic personal and professional life coach by scheduling a call with Star today.