Hi, I’m Alison.
This is my story.
Have you ever Felt Incomplete?
Almost like something is missing but you don’t know what it is and you don’t know how to find it?
If the answer is yes, that’s a relief because it means you are human!
You see that’s exactly how I felt for most of my life. We are brought up in a world that makes us feel incomplete. We are programmed to feel less than enough. As a model, I travelled the world for 20 years searching for happiness and what I have come to realize is that I was looking for it in all the wrong places.
I used to think that my happiness would come from my next big job, relationship or party I attended. What I soon discovered was that I was always looking outside of myself when what I really needed was inside me all along.
For many years I had spiritual teachers telling me to look within. In a world where your perceived worth is based on what you do and what you have, I found this very difficult. Having spent my life running, when I became a mum, I simply couldn’t run anymore as someone else depended on me and I had to face my problems. I had a history of addictions, depression, anxiety, and trauma and now it was time to show up and do the work. I also suffered from postnatal depression after I had my son. On my journey back to full health, I discovered that my years of escaping from life through any means possible was simply not going to work anymore.
When I reached this point, I also had nothing left materialistically so I began to look within for resources and I have never looked back.
Something truly incredible happened to me one day when I was sitting on my old childhood bed back in my Mum’s house. I was scared, broke and a single mum and even though I didn’t know which way to go, I experienced a shift like never before.
In today’s world, we all succumb to valuing material wealth. As I sat on my bed I had a sudden realization that while I had never had less, I had actually never had more.
I felt genuinely content and happy for the first time like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders, which I realized made me rich – rich beyond my wildest dreams.
I WAS DETERMINED TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HANG ONTO THAT FEELING FOREVER.
I now know that the only limits we have in life are those we place on ourselves. In December 2019, we moved to LA to begin our dream life. I keep smashing barriers and growing stronger each day. I know you can too.
is about understanding yourself on a much deeper level. Our mind, body, and spirit are connected, and they all affect each other. If one is out of balance, the others are too.
We all need to find a level of balance and harmony that works for us.
WHAT I ENCOURAGE is making small daily changes that will give you the confidence to follow your dreams and believe in yourself. Consistency is the master of this journey. Showing up every single day no matter what stands in your way will lead you to a life of greatness, fulfillment, fun, and success. No matter what anyone tells you, it’s never too late to change your life.
Most importantly showing up and doing the work is about giving yourself permission to love yourself and practice self-care. Because if I have learned one thing on this journey, it’s that self-care is not selfish. It’s the most selfless thing you can do.
So join me on this adventure.
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Alison Canavan is an engaging, intuitive and transformational DreamBuilder coach. She helps people manifest their dreams into reality and live their best life. Her heart led business and 360 approach to wellbeing is innovative, inclusive and accessible to all. As a meditation teacher she understands the power of a mindful approach to living and this led her to create a “Wellbeing in the Skies” series for Ireland’s national airline Aer Lingus. This series looks at gratitude, meditation, anxiety, fear of flying, jetlag, a kids wellness corner and much more.
She is an award winning author of Minding Mum – it’s time to take care of you. The world’s first 360 self care book for mums focusing on Mums health and wellbeing post birth.
During quarantine her online workshops have helped thousands of people all around the world cope with the increased waves of anxiety and fear. Her workshops entitled “Keeping Energy and Immunity High” and “Envision your Life” have provided tools and support leading to incredible transformation in the collective.
Alison Canavan is a UCLA trained Mindfulness Facilitator from The Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, a Master NLP Practitioner, HeartMath facilitator and International motivational speaker.
Her interest in nutrition began having seen the destructive nature and relationship people had to health, wellbeing and food during her time in the fashion industry, where she travelled the world for nearly 20 years as one of the world’s top models. She began studying nutrition in 2009 and graduated with distinction in Nutrition and Health Coaching from the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health (IINH) in 2015. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Diet and Nutrition therapeutics and has a Raw Foods Mastery level 3 where she studied at The Life Change Health Institute.
Towards the end of her modelling career she fully devoted her time to her greatest passion: true health and wellbeing for all.
Helping people to join the dots in their own lives and with their own health and wellbeing is Alison’s primary goal and passion and she empowers people to do this through her fun, uplifting and interactive workshops and talks worldwide.
Alison has become a highly sought after motivational speaker and contributor to the wellness space. She spoke at The Mindful Life Conference in Washington in April 2017. She has lectured in Trinity College in Ireland on the module of Motherhood and Mental Health. She delivers talks on stress in the workplace to CEO’s and business leaders across the world and in June 2014 she chaired and spoke at the first-ever Barnardos Parental Mental Health Conference in Ireland at Croke Park.
Alison continues to contribute to Podcasts, Newspapers, Magazines and TV and Radio shows around the world including The Sunday Independent, Mindful magazine, Spirit and Destiny, The Daily Mail, Ireland AM, The 6 O’Clock show, Pregnancy and Parenting magazine, Oh Baby, VIP Magazine, Positive Life, You Magazine, Voyage LA, The Cutting Edge. Podcasts like The Living Proof, Real Health with Karl Henry, The Good Glow, Chasing Passion, The Courageous Life, Lovin.ie, Mindful Mama Podcast, Sandra Rea’s Fiercely Spiritual podcast, Alive and Kicking Newstalk, Motherly, IHeart radio to name but a few.
She also holds a diploma in PR, Marketing and Sales management from DBS and has studied business in The National College of Ireland NCI. She is also a trained DreamBuilder coach from The Life Mastery Institute in The United States.
Alison was catapulted onto the international stage at the tender age of 15 when she represented Ireland in the Supermodel of the World competition in Las Vegas and had the privilege of presenting ‘Entertainment TV’ for the event. This has spawned a nearly 17-year career in the fashion industry which has taken her to the main fashion capitals of London, Paris, Milan and New York and as far around the world as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. After spending 7 years in London, she moved to the States. She spent 8 years based in New York working all over the US where her career diversified into TV, Film, voice-over work and most recently into writing.
Today she is based in California and travels all over the world delivering talks and workshops. She is a passionate humanitarian devoting a lot of time to various charities particularly those concerning children and families.