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Using Coaching, Healing, and Spirituality to Overcome a Health Crisis with Ashley Bernardi

Meet Ashley Bernardi

Ashley Bernardi is the founder of powerhouse media relations firm Nardi Media, where she works with corporations, brands, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits to obtain high-profile placements in broadcast, print, and online media. Trained as a journalist at CBS News, nationally syndicated program energyNOW! on Bloomberg, and Washington Post Live, she has a natural ear for a story and a journalist’s passion for research. The traumatic death of her father at a young age and diagnosis of Lyme Disease and postpartum depression after the birth of her third child deepened her passion for health, wellness, and spirituality and taught her how to access her own authentic power to heal her life. She is a certified Life Designer, and received her certificate in The Science of Well-Being from Yale University. Ashley, the oldest child in a proud military family, was born in Schweinfurt, Germany, and has lived and worked in New York City and Washington, D.C.  She is the author of the award-winning book Authentic Power: Give Yourself Permission to Feel.

Join in for a powerful conversation with my very dear friend, Ashley Bernardi, who also happens to be a genius at publicity and life design coaching. Ashley shares very vulnerably about her own traumatic experience of her father having a heart attack in front of her family at age 11 and how it took years to fully process her emotions and heal from the inside out. 

Ashley’s motivation today is to help as many individuals as possible to feel, heal and reclaim their voice and authentic power through speaking and sharing your message. This is a must-listen if you are still processing past trauma or want support to process your emotions.


The Body Remembers Trauma

Ashley didn’t realize how her trauma impacted her sense of self and health. As a young girl, she loved to dance, be joyful, believed in magic, and, most importantly, herself. After the tragic loss of her father, she was told to act like all was normal and go back to her life as though nothing had happened. She never gave herself permission to grieve and kept the trauma buried deep within. Ashley numbed out by drinking and throwing herself into work and coped through people pleasing. It wasn’t until years later, when she was knocked on her butt with a major health crisis, that she saw the connection between her body and holding on to the trauma.


Turning A Health Crisis Into a Gift

After seeing 30 doctors from experiencing excruciating deterioration and pain, Ashley was finally referred to a physician who was able to diagnose her with Lyme disease. She started crawling back to herself and, for the first time, had the time and space to feel her feelings. This is when the healing happened, and she realized the power of processing her emotions and tapping into her authentic inner power and intuition. 

A reminder to you, my friend, you can get unshackled from your fear of feeling challenging emotions and heal whatever trauma is in your past!


Your Authentic Power is Your Intuition

Trust is the key. It’s about learning to trust yourself, your body, and your intuition. Since her journey back to full health, Ashley has focused on how to reclaim her voice and help others to do so too. One of my favorite quotes was, ‘When I pay attention to my intuition, magic happens.’ Ashley has since reclaimed her magic and is passionate about being a support to anyone who wants to reconnect to their own inner magic. 

Ok, and we did get a little (what you might call) ‘woo.’ One tool that has helped Ashley build a relationship with her father across the veil is through sacred writing. This is where you use journaling to talk to your passed loved ones by asking a question and inviting them to connect in. You then allow yourself to write without editing whatever comes up on the page. Today, Ashley has a beautiful relationship with her father, even though he is on the other side and not here physically. 


Reclaiming Your Voice as a Life Coach

In addition to being an award-winning journalist and publicity maven, Ashley went back to train as a life design coach in my Life Designer Coach Academy, where she discovered her soul’s great calling. Today, Ashley is all about helping you to get unstuck to find your voice and then share it with the world through the media and other platforms. Learn more about Ashley and all of her amazing services at and

If your curiosity is piqued and you’d like to learn more about becoming a Life Design coach, you can check out my 4-month transformative certification program at I’d be honored to have you in this next upcoming cohort. 



Looking To Help Others Know Who They Are and Design Their Best Life?

If you are feeling a strong urge to help other big-hearted empaths get unstuck and design their best life, you’ve got to check out my Life Designer Coach Academy. This world-class four-month virtual live coach certification program will give you proven tools, techniques, practices, and methodology to be a powerful coach. This coaching program is for aspiring and current coaches looking to fill in the missing pieces and gain confidence and mastery both in the coaching core competencies and the integrative health modalities from a mind-body science, positive psychology, and healing arts perspective. To learn more, go to


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