About

Sheri E. Barnes, MA, MEd

For a long time, I have felt called to make a positive difference.

Working in the HIV community in the 1990s taught me, while still in my twenties, how short, fragile and unpredictable life can be. I am so grateful for that experience because, in addition to meeting so many wonderful people, I became committed to making my life count.

That is why I started my blog in 2015 and earned a health coach certification in 2017 and a life coach certification in 2018. Combined with my academic background in sociology, women’s studies and exercise science, plus my personal passion for, and self-education in, plant-based nutrition and my experience as a road cyclist since 1999, individual and group coaching allows me to help people who are motivated by health and/or ethics to eat, move and think in healthier, more compassionate ways.

My greatest opportunity to contribute lies at the intersection of health and compassion. I became vegetarian at age 12 because it always bothered me to eat animals. In 2008, I realized that, in order to live in alignment with my ethics, I needed to embrace a completely plant-based diet and fully compassionate lifestyle. I became vegan.

I am grateful to live with excellent health, and I believe that the way I eat, move, and think–all of which I have honed, and continue to evolve, over the years–are key factors in my health.

It is important to me to help others–like you–who want to increase health and compassion in their lives. As more of us operate from a place of optimal health, we will be able to make bigger positive differences in our world, while fully enjoying our lives in the process.

I am in the process of writing a book to share the lessons I have learned on the bike. The most important one is the mindset intervention for which my blog and my coaching practice are named: “It’s just wind.” Essentially, we have the power to choose our perspectives, and the ones we choose shape our lives. You can read more about this perspective in my inaugural blog post.

I also work as an academic advisor to athletic training, exercise science and physical education students because I love helping young people (and returning adults!) create futures that excite them.

I believe in living and aging with power and purpose—not just existing!

And, I know it is possible. I’d love to get to know you and help you find the energy, mindset and well-being to do so.

To me, there is no scarier emotion than regret!

Connect with me today. We’ll create a customized plan to help you eat, move and think in healthier, more compassionate ways, so that you can live your fullest, best expression of the person you are meant to be.

“Sheri is an excellent coach and I highly recommend her. She was invaluable in helping me to adopt healthier habits and make better lifestyle choices, providing encouragement and tools to help me reach my goals. She is very knowledgeable, supportive, and compassionate. I really learned a lot from her. As a result of our coaching sessions, I have seen noticeable improvements in my physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Thank you so much, Sheri!”  –Dianne, Kansas, USA

“Everyone should work with you! You’re an amazing and supportive coach! “–Libbie, Ontario, Canada

“You are an inspiration to me Sheri! I struggle to keep my attitude on track and you have helped me immensely!” –Virginia, Kansas, USA

“You are great at this work. I am inspired by your strength and patience.” –Catherine, Nebraska, USA

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