About Hygge Wellness
Hi, there! I’m Samantha Vander Wielen. Welcome to Hygge [hoo-gah] Wellness! I am a Certified Health Coach who helps busy people learn how to eat better, move more, and practice self-care, all while ditching diets & restriction and learning that food and fitness are fun! I started Hygge Wellness after a career as a corporate attorney forced me to find a healthy balance of work, eating, fitness, and self-care. Now, through my 3- and 6-Month Health Coaching programs, as well as group eCourses I offer throughout the year, I help you do the same!
I help busy people find a healthy lifestyle that works for them by learning to let go of food & fitness rules and binges to become the happiest, healthiest YOU! I do this by teaching you balanced, practical ways to live & be healthy, so that you don’t have to yo-yo or binge anymore.
There’s no strict meal plan, calorie counting, or restriction here! It’s just a way of life.
Through my Workplace Wellness services, I offer seminars to your employees on how to improve their health both in and out of work. In return, you get less costly, happier, and more efficient employees! There are so many important reasons to offer wellness at work, many of which I outline here. After years of successfully implementing workplace wellness programs & initiatives, I’ve seen firsthand the direct & indirect benefits of offering worksite wellness.
Read more about Hygge Wellness’s services here.
Meet Sam – Owner of Hygge Wellness
I’m Samantha Vander Wielen, a corporate attorney turned Certified Health Coach and Workplace Wellness Consultant. I live with my husband in South Jersey, right outside of Philadelphia. I love anything and everything related to food and fitness. On most days, I’m cooking, shopping for, or talking about food, reading food blogs, or enjoying local restaurants. I also love to exercise, whether it’s in a gym, the park, or a yoga studio. I love lifting weights, HIIT, playing sports, and watching football (Go Pack Go!), hockey, and baseball. My husband and I love to travel and have a pretty serious case of wanderlust. We have recently visited Thailand, Japan, Russia, Denmark (obviously!), the Netherlands, Estonia, and more!
When I practiced law in a firm, I loved sharing my passion for health and fitness with my colleagues. I heard how badly they wanted to get in shape, eat healthier, or have more energy – but they just couldn’t find the time, didn’t know how to do it, or felt so overwhelmed that they gave up trying. I started Hygge Wellness because I know exactly how they feel and I want to help them.
Also, through starting wellness initiatives at the firm, I saw firsthand how beneficial a wellness program was for the firm and the employees who participated. Companies can see direct and indirect savings by implementing a wellness program or series of initiatives at work. Between saving on your healthcare premiums, to decreased sick time, increased productivity and retention, and recruitment efforts, why wouldn’t you introduce Wellness at Work? Just ask me how!
For a long, more “personal” background, here’s my story…
My transition to the health and wellness profession did not happen overnight. When I was a baby and my sister was about 7, our 40 year-old mom went to medical school to follow her dream of becoming a physician and owning her own practice. My sister and I grew up “studying” with her and watched her blossom from medical student, to resident, to self-employed entrepreneur. I soaked it all up and realized, first hand, how important it really is to follow your dreams.
Along the way, I also soaked up the substance of what my mom was learning. Most of all: how lifestyle and healthy choices really can make all the difference. Meanwhile, my dad took every opportunity to teach my sister and me the importance of fresh fruits & vegetables and why you should support local farms as much as possible (before it was cool!). To this day, my dad and I share a passion for food, cooking, and (believe it or not!) grocery shopping.
I immersed myself in cooking, healthy eating, and exercise from a young age. When I was 7, I even ordered a fancy set of pots and pans off an infomercial using my mom’s credit card while she was sleeping (sorry, mom!) because I loved to cook.
I was also a highly competitive volleyball player and had the opportunity to travel the world playing the sport I loved so much.
Although I learned the value of being health conscious early on, I also struggled with anxiety and worry wart-itis. I organized (and re-organized) drawers for fun, cleaned whenever I got anxious, and constantly worried about the unknown. Driven by anxiety (and eventually a lot of coffee), I raced through high school and college with my eye on the prize — law school. At 24 years-old, I took and passed the Bar Exam in 2 states and set out to start my first job as an attorney at a large law firm in Philadelphia.
Living the Attorney Life
The transition to becoming an attorney and working at a law firm was a rough one. For the first time in my life, I was completely sedentary and spent most of my day at a computer. Each day, I kept track of my time in 6-minute increments and recorded everything I did. Being an attorney is hard work — hard work that is both rewarding and extremely stressful.
My free time was largely consumed by work. I didn’t have enough time to grocery shop and cook like I used to, let alone attend my favorite yoga class or do something for myself. My motivation to get to the gym went out the window after 12+ hour days in the office.
Something had to give. I had to revise the way I approached health and fitness to fit my new busy, professional lifestyle. And it wasn’t going to be easy.
I knew from my lifelong passion for health and wellness that I was in control of my happiness and that healthy lifestyle choices would at least improve my symptoms of anxiety and my response to stress.
I set out on a journey (spoiler alert: I am still on it today!) of learning how to be mindful, practice self-care, and implement healthy habits all while getting my billable hours in. I spent years in the legal industry mastering the balance of a healthy AND corporate lifestyle. I mastered meal prep, scheduling, stress reduction, quick fitness routines, and other tricks that got me through each workday.
In August 2016, I became a Certified Health Coach through Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and left the practice of law to start Hygge Wellness.
I am passionate about helping people who are struggling to balance both their professional life and their health.
I’m determined to help professionals who struggle to find time for themselves & their health. I can help you navigate your own path to find happiness, get healthy, and improve efficiency.
Don’t worry — you don’t need to quit your job to find happiness (or maybe you do!). You may be doing work worth doing already, or feel fulfilled by your work. But maybe you want to take better care of yourself, manage your stress, and achieve a higher level of health and well-being. If that sounds like you, then you have come to the right place. Welcome to Hygge Wellness. Now, let’s HYGGE!
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