Hi, I'm Sydney Axelrod!

 
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I am a Self-Development Coach.

I am deeply committed to pushing the boundaries of what is possible for myself and my clients every single day. I believe that this begins with self-exploration. My goal is to empower you to expand your inner world, and transform your outer world. New to coaching? >>

I am a creator.

Artistic and creative expression is a big part of who I am, and is integrated into the way I support you on your self-development journey. See some of my creations. >>

i am an entrepreneur.

I left corporate America at the beginning of 2017 and haven’t looked back. Read my story. >>

I am a Paradigm-Shifter.

I love to peer into the unknown. I am deeply committed to my own process of growth and expansion and am constantly learning from those who raise the bar. I have thousands of hours of relevant certifications and trainings under my belt. See my credentials. >>

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Where i began...

I grew up in Denver, Colorado and moved to Atlanta, GA after high school to attend Emory University. I was a Business Major with concentrations in Finance & Marketing, and a Visual Arts Minor. From a young age, I was a perfectionist and an overachiever and I put a lot of pressure on myself - can you relate? I graduated with a 3.9 GPA in the top 20% of - what was at the time - the #3 undergraduate business program in the country. 

After graduation, I moved to Minneapolis, MN and started working straight away as a Business Analyst at Target Corporation. Within 3 years I was running a $1.3 Billion dollar business at Target, working with hundreds of partners, and influencing high level leadership.

 

Letting Go of 'THE PLAN'...

I loved my experience at Target, but as I neared my fourth year, I knew it was time for my next chapter. However, with such a demanding work life, I didn't have the time or energy to dedicate to locking down my next career move. This led me to make a decision that seemed unthinkable at the time - to quit my job without WITHOUT A PLAN!

My intention of coming home for 3 months as I searched for a new job evolved into a year of travel, adventure and self-development. The transition out of the 'hamster wheel' led me to question everything about the way I defined my identity by my job title, my prior attachment to saving every penny, and what was really important to me.

I spent my year doing leadership and yogic philosophy workshops, painting, teaching yoga, traveling, and ultimately facing my fears and backpacking through Central and South America on my own. With my blonde hair & fair skin, humongous backpack, inability to speak Spanish, lack of a plan, and very worried Jewish mother at home, I took off on an amazing adventure. Full of obstacles and challenges, it turned out to be one of the greatest and most transformational experiences of my life. After this trip, I felt unstoppable. 

 

Riding the waves of life...

My time off culminated with the decision to move to San Francisco. I was wide-eyed and excited to get a job more aligned with my passions of health and wellness. I moved to SF without a job in place, and immediately felt the pressure of being unemployed in an expensive city. I started to let my fear drive the bus, and I ended up with another job as a Buyer in Corporate Retail. I was deluded by the glamorous appeal of having an awesome title at one of the most beloved fashion brands in the world. But I was wrong.

The glass was shattered fairly immediately as I found myself working day in and day out in an extremely toxic work environment. I was not passionate about the work I was doing, I was burning myself out with unsustainable hours, and I was being bullied and undervalued every day by several levels of domineering male superiors. I quickly became a shell of a human - completely exhausted, hiding regular emotional breakdowns in a nearby sample closet, and having regular panic attacks. My weekends consisted of either shutting myself in due to severe bouts of anxiety, or partying my cares away.

 

the miracle of infinite possibilities...

A year later and desperate for guidance, I signed up for a two week Karma Yoga Leadership Intensive workshop in Nosara, Costa Rica with my favorite teacher in the world, Coby Kozlowski. It was here that I stopped thinking about what I should do next, and started entertaining the infinite possibilities that life has to offer. I knew there was more to life than panic attacks and paychecks, and I was finally ready to break past my self-imposed barriers. What would I do if I could do anything? 

Without even realizing it, I had completed all of the pre-requisites for Coby's Life Coaching School. I didn't know much about Coaching, but I LOVED doing self-development work and I wanted to have a career that fulfilled me through service. I made a plan while I was there, and enacted it the moment I got back to SF. I collected my well-deserved bonus, quit my job, and set out on a quest to create a life that I love. 

It took a while for me to recover from the damage I had done on my mental and physical health, but I grew ultra-committed to my calling. I became a Certified Life Coach, took courses in entrepreneurship, business coaching, mindset work, and health coaching, worked with a team of Doctors, Psychiatrists and Coaches, and developed and published my own Wildflower Deck of Affirmations & Simple Truths.

 

Coaching YOU!

Today, I am following my heart and my calling and am creating the life of my dreams. I have my own Coaching business where I share my tools for empowerment, healing, and personal and professional growth with clients every day. I am wholeheartedly committed to my own growth, and to walking the walk. I believe that I have a unique perspective on coaching work that makes yogic philosophy, spirituality, and personal development accessible and applicable to high-achieving young professionals in Corporate America. I know how it feels to be lost, overwhelmed, insecure and unfulfilled. I don't feel that way anymore, and I want to support you in finding your own fulfillment and purpose. If you feel as though there is more to life - there is! You have a unique gift to bring to this planet, and you can learn to skillfully navigate all seasons of life, connect with your true self, and create a life you love. 

 
 

Credentials & Certifications

Advisor to Life Coaching Students, Souluna Life Coaching School
Life Coach Certification, Souluna Life Coaching School, Coby Kozlowski
Life Coach Training, Karma Yoga Leadership Intensive, Coby Kozlowski
Life Coach Training, Quarter Life Calling, Coby Kozlowski
Health Coach Training, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification, Anamaya Yoga Center
200-Hour Power Yoga Teacher Certification, Corepower Yoga
50-Hour Yoga Teacher Extensions Program, Corepower Yoga
Reiki Level 1 Healer Certification, Yoga Journal