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Living proof of the way we help change lives.

What can a bnourished program do for you? There’s nothing like hearing it from people who’ve experienced life-changing transformations firsthand. You’ll no doubt see yourself in some of their stories. Which speak both about their own personal struggles and their success in achieving higher versions of themselves.

Burned-Out Execs
Chronically Busy
Mood & Depression Issues
Poor Health
Stress-Eaters & Overeaters
Undergoing Life Changes

When I pictured the kind of speaker I wanted to address my professional women's association for our annual kickoff event, I felt stuck. Words like "authentic," "impactful," "purpose-driven," and "intentional" came to mind, while still wanting someone who could offer pragmatic, business-centric advice. The two seemed to be at odds with one another. I had the honor to be introduced to Katie and upon meeting with her came to realize this type of unicorn speaker exists in Katie. Katie is an extraordinarily gifted speaker, a true master at mellifluously moving her audience through her compelling narrative. She leaves attendees with renewed vigor and fierce determination to do something different tomorrow, leaving in her wake a sea of change agents ready to have impact. She leaves attendees with the realization that we owe it to ourselves to be better. Just a few minutes with this luminary has you dreaming differently. In short, hearing Katie speak--and being in her company--is a privilege in every sense of the word."

Carrie Majewski
CEO, Nexus

After being introduced to Katie I quickly knew that our conversation was not going to be contained to just one meeting. I also knew that Katie could not only help me on a personal and professional level, but that her insight would be vital to employees within our firm as well. Our firm welcomed Katie to speak with our employees on the importance of mindfulness, healthy eating and the overall importance of taking care of yourself, not just physically, but mentally as well. Katie brought truthfulness and valuable insight into topics rarely discussed in the open. Employees were left empowered to create positive change that will not only help to strengthen our firm’s culture, but will allow them to provide better value to our clients over the long-term.

David Almonte
Audit Manager, DiSanto, Priest & Co.

The bnourished approach to helping you believe that change is not only possible, but also attainable, empowers you to make better choices. We have invited Katie in to facilitate a lunch-n-learn with our employees on several occasions. Katie has lived in the shoes of a stressful work-life, and her insight has helped many of our employees to ‘hit the pause button’ by challenging them to think about their ideal path, then actually taking a hard look at the choices that they are currently making.

Whether it is her special herbal tea blend, her exceptionally crafted presentations, or the personal anecdotes she uses to add color and ‘tough love’ to her message, every element of Katie’s message is both engaging and empowering.

Greg S
Swarovski North America

We were very fortunate to have Katie as our main corporate wellness presenter over the past year. Katie is a beautiful soul who is able to connect to her audience through her personal struggles and helps identify the areas in our lives that need the most change. Her presentations are simple, unique and inspiring. I highly recommend introducing Katie and bnourished to your employees.

Jennifer Martel
Wellness Coordinator, BlumShapiro

I met Katie while in the early stages of building my new business. She helped ME keep myself FOCUSED and most importantly stay true to defining and managing my new business on MY terms.

She proactively shared her own business experiences - wins and challenges, while providing guidance, support, and collaboration throughout our journey. She was vulnerable, compassionate, insightful, informative, inspirational, and incredibly creative. In one word I would describe her as BADASS!

I feel so blessed to have met Katie when I did - she was instrumental in getting me where I am today...and tomorrow.

Kathy O’Neel Webster
Founder, CEO ShipShape®

Have you experienced just how empowering “no” can be? If you keep these two little letters in your hip pocket, you are packing a powerhouse full of liberation. It doesn’t preclude me from navigating through a ridiculous amount of responsibility each day. But my plate is full of exactly what I ordered.

Linda Gilbert

Katie’s presentation was fantastic and I know that people left there empowered. Not only was the content spot-on for what I was hoping our agency staff would take away, but the feedback I have received thus far has been excellent. Katie is a dynamic speaker with eloquence and a wealth of knowledge that she shares passionately.

Lindsay Sgambato
Rhode Island Food Bank

This year I launched my own firm, and hired Katie within the first month. I am a very organized and disciplined person, but knew I needed someone who would hold me accountable. More importantly, one of the reasons for starting my own firm was to have more control over my schedule and live more intentionally. Through Katie’s guidance, I have accomplished all that I set out to do. Katie helped me track my time to identify what my hiring needs were. She encouraged me to take the leap to hire someone so that I could have more time to spend on the things I am best at, and also have time to reach my other goals for spending time with my family and staying healthy. She helped me start to systematize my activities and plan ahead so I could be more focused on what I was working on, knowing the other list of “to do’s” were on the schedule to be done later. A friend of mine paid me the best compliment the other day. She said, “You seem so calm”. It has taken a lot of internal work to get there, but thanks to Katie’s guidance, I am feeling in control, calm, and working on the things that are most important to me daily, instead of just the urgent and unimportant.

Mindy Davis

Bring back Katie! Excellent speaker, very knowledgeable and engaging, wish we had more time. The hour flew by.

participant in corporate presentations

Katie McDonald is a true professional with a thorough knowledge of her business and a sincere desire to serve her clients. It is apparent within a few minutes of speaking with Katie that she is passionate about what she does and evident that her work is more than a job: it’s a lifestyle. Her aim is to bring out the best in each and every individual she encounters and has the great fortune of making her life’s work her career.

Sam Ragosta
Vice-President, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

For years, I have been reactive to life instead of intentional, and now that I have learned how to be intentional, and care for myself, everyone else including me is better because of it. There is such a direct correlation of self care to my success, health, and happiness.

Steph

Before working with Katie, I had trouble seeing myself as the leader that I am. She helped me practice things that would nourish my spirit and have allowed me to take a step back and re-evaluate what I want out of my work and my life. Going forward, I know that I have a toolbox full of tools that will continue to help me prioritize myself as I move forward in my career and my life - which I know will only benefit my work & the people I choose to surround myself with.

Sue AnderBois

The opportunity to work with Katie McDonald has given me strength, clarity and a deep understanding of who I am. I feel empowered when I connect in meaningful ways both personally and professionally and I will continue on my journey to always reflect, assess, evolve, always digging deeper for purpose...purpose to live a healthy and happy life nourished with all the good stuff!

Ting Barnard

The presentation was vibrant, eye-opening, and informative. I left inspired to make self care my number-one priority — realizing this is how I can best support others. For anyone who wants to reach higher levels of performance and joy by getting real about their health, I highly recommend Katie.

Todd Iarussi
Performance Coach

Katie’s workshop on self care was one of the most life-changing things I have ever experienced. Although she was speaking to a group, I truly felt as though she was speaking directly to me and knew all of my thoughts, concerns, and what I needed to do to live life more fully and happy. The tools she provided regarding living life with intentionality, and curbing the negative self-talk, have made such an impact in my life since the workshop.

Up until hearing Katie speak, I always felt like I was in a state of overwhelm. The very next day I incorporated some of her strategies into my day and noticed immediate changes in how I felt. I have noticed that even during times of increased workload and stress, I am able to handle it better, tackle it, and not have that overwhelm that I used to. What I have learned has made a positive impact in both my personal and professional life. I highly recommend Katie McDonald, and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to learn from her.

Women’s Presidents Organization member

Katie is expert and inspiring. Her presentations were very well organized and thoughtful and were about very practical issues. We left our day together feeling challenged and motivated, with a plan of straightforward steps toward our individual goals, and the sense that we have the power to create personal change. Our day together exceeded our expectations.

WPO Albany Chapter 1 Member

Her own story is inspiring… and she is gifted in sharing that story and inspiring others to embrace positive change in their own lives. Unlike many speakers who initially inspire yet offer no “how-to-do” or operational support… Katie provides practical insights and tools to effect change – and offers the follow-up to assist along the way.

WPO Albany Chapter 1 Member

Katie is very authentic. Her wisdom goes far beyond her years. She was inspirational and motivating and assisted us in determining the "why" and "how" in formulating our individual change paths. She is there for us every step of the way to challenge and support and we look forward to continuing to work with her.

WPO Albany Chapter 1 Member

Her transparency is paramount to the success she achieves drawing her audience into her personal story which then she weaves seamlessly into a well-designed and compelling program wherein self care has a primary role in business achievement. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Katie as a speaker for other WPO Chapters as well as companies and other organizations searching for pragmatic inspiration.

WPO Albany Chapter 1 Member

When life gets chaotic the self care is so important. I was facing a time in my life when I was engulfed in change - new job, relocating, selling a home, buying a home, moving a new family that only recently had moved in with me, so enough change for any sane person to go a little insane... right as I started that journey I happened to attend a meeting where Katie was a speaker... Sometimes things happen for a reason. I decided to sign up for her complimentary session and after that I didn’t even look back.

I look at myself as someone that is pretty accomplished and have my stuff in order, and somehow I felt that Katie could help me bring some better perspective to my life and help organize some of the chaos.

When she asked what I wanted to achieve I told her that I wanted to be the best version of myself. I’m a firm believer of trying anything once and if you continue the same behavior you will get the same results, so in order to achieve more and change I had to evolve.

Katie was amazing. She was a cheerleader that held me accountable and made me push for things that I might not have tried out on my own. She taught me about better self care and how to set boundaries. I needed to set boundaries in my personal life so that I didn’t feel resentful, I needed to set boundaries at work to establish myself and be the leader I wanted to be, I wanted to set new goals around my health and fitness as I realize everything we do starts with having a healthy mind and body.

I honestly think Katie and the 6 month program have helped me to make it through all this change coming out on top, feeling stronger, more secure in my relationship, better in control at work and healthier.... not to mention... I was able to make it through all these big life changes (and then some) without crashing and burning and I felt strong and in control.

I was looking forward to my meetings with Katie, I embraced everything she asked me to try and am thankful for her holding me accountable, opening new options to me and learning me more about self care.

I do think I will always be a work in progress, and through Katie I was able to get to a better version of me... the journey continues!

Alice

Katie helped me take small steps to make more “me” time, while maintaining a busy and unconventional work schedule. She gave me the space and confidence to figure things out for myself — then checked in and stepped in at different points to lend support. Initially I was doing this to gain more information on nutrition, but I gained a wealth of knowledge in other areas that needed attention. Creating the balance I was craving to living a more fulfilled and happy life.

Barbara

After being introduced to Katie I quickly knew that our conversation was not going to be contained to just one meeting. I also knew that Katie could not only help me on a personal and professional level, but that her insight would be vital to employees within our firm as well. Our firm welcomed Katie to speak with our employees on the importance of mindfulness, healthy eating and the overall importance of taking care of yourself, not just physically, but mentally as well. Katie brought truthfulness and valuable insight into topics rarely discussed in the open. Employees were left empowered to create positive change that will not only help to strengthen our firm’s culture, but will allow them to provide better value to our clients over the long-term.

David Almonte
Audit Manager, DiSanto, Priest & Co.

After spending 6 months working with Katie, I said, “you are a miracle worker!” to which she replied, “no, YOU are the miracle worker!” I went to Katie feeling overwhelmed, tired and stressed with the relationships and responsibilities in my life. It was difficult to feel joy. Katie lead me on a path of self discovery where, yes, I had to do the work but she is the one who cleared the way and shined the light. By re-defining who I am and what I want, I now claim the joy that was always mine for the taking. I now choose to live in the light of life filled with intention. My path to Katie and with Katie has been a miracle in my life!

Elizabeth

The bnourished approach to helping you believe that change is not only possible, but also attainable, empowers you to make better choices. We have invited Katie in to facilitate a lunch-n-learn with our employees on several occasions. Katie has lived in the shoes of a stressful work-life, and her insight has helped many of our employees to ‘hit the pause button’ by challenging them to think about their ideal path, then actually taking a hard look at the choices that they are currently making.

Whether it is her special herbal tea blend, her exceptionally crafted presentations, or the personal anecdotes she uses to add color and ‘tough love’ to her message, every element of Katie’s message is both engaging and empowering.

Greg S
Swarovski North America

Have you experienced just how empowering “no” can be? If you keep these two little letters in your hip pocket, you are packing a powerhouse full of liberation. It doesn’t preclude me from navigating through a ridiculous amount of responsibility each day. But my plate is full of exactly what I ordered.

Linda Gilbert

As a country addicted to being busy, it's still so easy to forget to take the time to implement self care strategies. Sometimes you need that gentle reminder to invest in yourself, for not only you, but your business, job, and family. A better you means better relationships across the spectrum of your life. I was reminded of that through a workshop with Katie McDonald, the founder of bnourished. Through her workshop, "Self Care Strategies for Entrepreneurs", Katie reminded me that we need to stop debating with ourselves. We can't get away with self neglect. Eventually it will catch up with us and impact our health and relationships. Katie's workshop was just what I needed in order to give myself permission to put myself first!

Liz Malone
Program Manager, Brown University Jonathan M Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship

This year I launched my own firm, and hired Katie within the first month. I am a very organized and disciplined person, but knew I needed someone who would hold me accountable. More importantly, one of the reasons for starting my own firm was to have more control over my schedule and live more intentionally. Through Katie’s guidance, I have accomplished all that I set out to do. Katie helped me track my time to identify what my hiring needs were. She encouraged me to take the leap to hire someone so that I could have more time to spend on the things I am best at, and also have time to reach my other goals for spending time with my family and staying healthy. She helped me start to systematize my activities and plan ahead so I could be more focused on what I was working on, knowing the other list of “to do’s” were on the schedule to be done later. A friend of mine paid me the best compliment the other day. She said, “You seem so calm”. It has taken a lot of internal work to get there, but thanks to Katie’s guidance, I am feeling in control, calm, and working on the things that are most important to me daily, instead of just the urgent and unimportant.

Mindy Davis

It’s been a year since I finally stood up for myself and said: “I’m tired of being tired." I’d tried coffee, power naps, dieting, exercising and nothing seemed to work. That phone call to Katie started me on a journey that has positively transformed my life. It’s not a phase, it’s not a diet, it’s a journey. My journey. I’m forever grateful to Katie for the gift of life and health. I left my corporate job after 18 years in the workforce. I was too tired to exercise. Too tired to cook healthfully. I was simply too tired, period.

P. Bernstein

I didn’t realize how brutal and unforgiving I was to myself. Katie asked me to look at my volume of work and responsibility. And helped create systems to address when I’m overwhelmed.

Sandy R

I am still in awe of the incredible transformation I’ve experienced since meeting Katie. This formally broken-down, fatigued, shell-of-a-woman has blossomed under her nurturing, healing and holistic guidance. Self care is an absolute must for health and wellbeing. This was something I had ignored for years and years. No wonder I was run down. When I have a day or two where it all goes to pot, I feel confident it is temporary —knowing I have the power to change it for the better. My toolbox is filled with daily self care rituals that leave me feeling empowered. I loved getting follow up emails just when I needed them most. Katie always knew when to use gentle discipline — and when to just step back.

Catherine

I wasn’t surprised by the fact that I wasn’t looking at food in the right way. But I was surprised how fast things began to change. I quickly moved from using “manu-fractured” food to real food. I wasn’t being deliberate about planning, organizing and designing my time. Which led to a feeling of chaos, anger and frustration. This pattern was spilling over into my food. It’s not just the weight that I needed to change, but the way I approached life, food and my schedule.

Cheryl L

When I started working with Katie, I was stuck in a mental loop of negative self-talk that perpetuated my disbelief in my ability to affect a positive change in my life. I had spent years going nowhere.

Through our conversations and "homework", Katie deftly accessed my chronic, debilitating patterns of behavior. In response, with a sound and compassionate delivery, she clearly articulated healthier approaches for me to use. Even as she held me accountable, she did so with kindness and understanding. Over the course of the 6 month program, I have made strides towards reaching my 3 primary objectives; a spiritual practice, a healthy life style and time management skills. Truthfully though, I am most pleased that the negative self-talk has STOPPED! So has the fear and disbelief that kept me stymied for so long. I am grateful to Katie for shepherding me from self-loathing to self-confidence! I now have what I need to move forward in my life and reach my goals. All the work was worth it.

L.G.

I truly wasn't sure why I connected with Katie, but after our first meeting I was intrigued. By our last meeting I walked out more confident, "content" and added lots of color into my life. For that I thank Katie.

M.B.

I had given up on myself. Decided I was no longer worthy of happiness. I was utterly depressed and in need of self-nurturing. Katie helped to build my own personal toolkit. Which I’ll continue to use and add to for the rest of my life. Katie has helped me remove myself from the darkness I was holed up in. Led me to realize I can leave the guilt behind, while I care for myself. And opened my eyes to the possibilities that remain ahead for me. One of the tools was a plain brown book of empty pages. Pages I needed to fill with that which heals me, moves me and elevates me to a better place.

Shelley Renzi

When I first started with Katie, I was so overwhelmed that I couldn't even imagine there was any other way to be. I was totally depleted of energy, I felt like I had no control over my demanding work schedule, and I was in a constant battle with food due to my stress. For years, I had given myself zero time for exercise or any form of self care. I was on the verge of depression and couldn't see any way out other than to quit my job, but that too felt too overwhelming to tackle.

From day one with Katie, she assured me that things could and would be different in six months. I just had to trust the process we were about to begin. Over the six months, Katie helped me deconstruct each of my seemingly monumental issues into manageable choices and changes I could make each day. We started by addressing my bad habits around food, which created some clarity and space for change in other areas, and then slowly, but consistently, built from there.

This process isn't magic--it's work; but it's work that is guided by a very skilled and compassionate cheer leader. Katie knows you have it in you to make positive changes and she will tell you that every step of the way.

A.D.

I found myself in my mid-40’s with a lot of extra weight, occasional arrhythmia, headaches, skin breakouts, stomach issues and no idea where to start digging myself out. I’m accustomed to succeeding in most areas of my life. Yet I was so ashamed that I couldn’t successfully take care of myself. The constant punishing internal self-dialogue over it all was brutal.

Bethany W

I am still in awe of the incredible transformation I’ve experienced since meeting Katie. This formally broken-down, fatigued, shell-of-a-woman has blossomed under her nurturing, healing and holistic guidance. Self care is an absolute must for health and wellbeing. This was something I had ignored for years and years. No wonder I was run down. When I have a day or two where it all goes to pot, I feel confident it is temporary —knowing I have the power to change it for the better. My toolbox is filled with daily self care rituals that leave me feeling empowered. I loved getting follow up emails just when I needed them most. Katie always knew when to use gentle discipline — and when to just step back.

Catherine

Ulcerative colitis was affecting every aspect of my life. I was becoming depressed, feeling scared, shameful, embarrassed — losing so many things that were important in my life. I am off all steroids and only taking two medications for my ulcerative colitis. More importantly, I now have a much better understanding of my body and what it needs. Along with a much better view of what my future can and will hold — for me, my family, and my life. I had nothing left to lose. But was still fearful of altering my life to give up anything else that I loved, valued and made me “ME.” What I never imagined was how much I would gain.

Erin Perron

Together we put together a plan to transform my diet. Katie took some of my fears into account around eating healthier — and approached my situation by gradually challenging me to try new things. My doctors were recommending a full removal of my colon. I already believed I could beat the odds and take control of my life. What blew me away was how much Katie believed in me. I felt she was like a partner who wanted my results just as much I did.

Rob

When I first started with Katie, I was so overwhelmed that I couldn't even imagine there was any other way to be. I was totally depleted of energy, I felt like I had no control over my demanding work schedule, and I was in a constant battle with food due to my stress. For years, I had given myself zero time for exercise or any form of self care. I was on the verge of depression and couldn't see any way out other than to quit my job, but that too felt too overwhelming to tackle.

From day one with Katie, she assured me that things could and would be different in six months. I just had to trust the process we were about to begin. Over the six months, Katie helped me deconstruct each of my seemingly monumental issues into manageable choices and changes I could make each day. We started by addressing my bad habits around food, which created some clarity and space for change in other areas, and then slowly, but consistently, built from there.

This process isn't magic--it's work; but it's work that is guided by a very skilled and compassionate cheer leader. Katie knows you have it in you to make positive changes and she will tell you that every step of the way.

A.D.

I wasn’t surprised by the fact that I wasn’t looking at food in the right way. But I was surprised how fast things began to change. I quickly moved from using “manu-fractured” food to real food. I wasn’t being deliberate about planning, organizing and designing my time. Which led to a feeling of chaos, anger and frustration. This pattern was spilling over into my food. It’s not just the weight that I needed to change, but the way I approached life, food and my schedule.

Cheryl L

I know how to choose to be happy — and to attack life with all the vigor it deserves and requires. I now know how to nourish my body, mind and soul more than I ever did before. I’ve lost over 50 pounds, and I love eating more than ever. Because I now eat in a way that is an expression of self-love and an act of joy. Happiness is always there for the taking, but sometimes we need help to learn how to reach out and grab it. I was lost in many ways. Severely overweight. Unmotivated to improve my health and wellbeing. Disconnected from myself and my relationships.  Katie has taught me how to take control of my life in all its facets.

John Batista

When life gets chaotic the self care is so important. I was facing a time in my life when I was engulfed in change - new job, relocating, selling a home, buying a home, moving a new family that only recently had moved in with me, so enough change for any sane person to go a little insane... right as I started that journey I happened to attend a meeting where Katie was a speaker... Sometimes things happen for a reason. I decided to sign up for her complimentary session and after that I didn’t even look back.

I look at myself as someone that is pretty accomplished and have my stuff in order, and somehow I felt that Katie could help me bring some better perspective to my life and help organize some of the chaos.

When she asked what I wanted to achieve I told her that I wanted to be the best version of myself. I’m a firm believer of trying anything once and if you continue the same behavior you will get the same results, so in order to achieve more and change I had to evolve.

Katie was amazing. She was a cheerleader that held me accountable and made me push for things that I might not have tried out on my own. She taught me about better self care and how to set boundaries. I needed to set boundaries in my personal life so that I didn’t feel resentful, I needed to set boundaries at work to establish myself and be the leader I wanted to be, I wanted to set new goals around my health and fitness as I realize everything we do starts with having a healthy mind and body.

I honestly think Katie and the 6 month program have helped me to make it through all this change coming out on top, feeling stronger, more secure in my relationship, better in control at work and healthier.... not to mention... I was able to make it through all these big life changes (and then some) without crashing and burning and I felt strong and in control.

I was looking forward to my meetings with Katie, I embraced everything she asked me to try and am thankful for her holding me accountable, opening new options to me and learning me more about self care.

I do think I will always be a work in progress, and through Katie I was able to get to a better version of me... the journey continues!

Alice

Now I have tools to manage anything life throws at me. Katie taught me to listen and trust what my body and mind are telling me.

Anne H

My husband made a comment about how six months ago, that working with you seemed like so much money. But now after watching me transform, and how it has changed my life, that this growth experience was and is priceless. It's so, so true.

D.E.

When I started working with Katie, I was stuck in a mental loop of negative self-talk that perpetuated my disbelief in my ability to affect a positive change in my life. I had spent years going nowhere.

Through our conversations and "homework", Katie deftly accessed my chronic, debilitating patterns of behavior. In response, with a sound and compassionate delivery, she clearly articulated healthier approaches for me to use. Even as she held me accountable, she did so with kindness and understanding. Over the course of the 6 month program, I have made strides towards reaching my 3 primary objectives; a spiritual practice, a healthy life style and time management skills. Truthfully though, I am most pleased that the negative self-talk has STOPPED! So has the fear and disbelief that kept me stymied for so long. I am grateful to Katie for shepherding me from self-loathing to self-confidence! I now have what I need to move forward in my life and reach my goals. All the work was worth it.

L.G.

Katie is one of those five people you will surely meet in heaven. And if you are ready for change, you’re ready for Katie. I went from being someone who was chronically ill with no time or energy — to glowing from the inside-out. The healthy, mindful “road warrior” I had been dreaming of. Ready to bring my life to the next level. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Nicole Levy
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