Maria Claps

Maven Spotlight: Maria Claps, Practitioner of the Week

Maria Claps is our Practitioner of the Week for our Maven Spotlight! She is such an inspiration as a health coach and she feels that her biggest accomplishment has been learning how to read functional lab work, especially the DUTCH hormone test. What a helpful tool for a health coach to have! Learn more about her business, Nourish and Flourish Health, below!

A brief story of what Maria Claps does and why she does it…

I am a health coach and FDN practitioner, which means that I have experience with functional medicine lab work. I help women in the challenging hormone transitions of perimenopause and menopause who are starting to feel like their vitality has packed up and left. They say you teach what you need to learn and so this is very true for me: turning 40 saw the beginning of perimenopause for me which came with low energy, gut issues and a few other things. There is a huge need for this type of work because women in this life stage (40s and 50s) go to their docs with various ‘midlife’ symptoms and don’t get much help. They are often told to exercise more and eat less and/or are given anti-depressants. Talk about unhelpful!

How did you get into holistic health care?

I saw a well known NYC doctor for the problems I experienced in perimenopause at age 40 and it was an epic fail save one thing. It actually motivated me to go back to school! I wanted to become a health coach and learn functional medicine hormone balance so I could help myself.

What makes you special, unique and different?

I have been through every hormonal life stage from menstruation to menopause and I truly understand what women in my age group are feeling. At this stage of the game, it is not enough to meditate, eat more greens and drink more water. Often times, there is hidden dysfunction in the body. Functional lab work is an excellent tool in helping the midlife woman to regain her energy, enthusiasm, libido and be at a healthy weight. I am able to employ such functional lab tests as a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner.

What or who are your inspirations?

My parents. They’ve embraced healthy living since I was a kid, well before it was hip and trendy. They garden, cook, make kombucha and support small farmers.

How are you making a difference in your life?

I am not giving into the cultural norms about aging and menopause. I have been able to regain my health through targeted testing and really figuring out what was wrong with me.

What has been your biggest business challenge?

Feeling sure of my self that I can do this type of work. I overcame it by working with clients and gaining lots of experience. Confidence came soon thereafter!


Maria Claps is a certified health coach, mother of 4 grown children, and women’s healthy aging advocate. After receiving sub-standard care in NYC, Maria enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in pursuit of a solution for her perimenopausal symptoms that began when she turned 40. Inspired by her training at IIN, Maria pursued additional hormone-centric trainings, including Dr. Sara Gottfried’s training program for practitioners and The Functional Diagnostic Nutri. You can email Maria at

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Jessica Eley

Your Worst Case Scenario Really Is Not That Bad | Jessica Eley | MTM073

Believe or not, your personal life does impact your entrepreneur life.


Jessica Eley is a mindset coach for entrepreneurs who need to bridge the gap between personal development and business. As Jessica says, you can’t have one without the other. Jessica talks about why it’s so important to be a little selfish and put your needs first. If you don’t, you’ll end up burned out and unable to serve those who need your talents the most! When you run your own business, it takes a huge mindset shift in order for you to make it out, and feel 100% comfortable with your journey.

Key Insights & Aha Moments


*The podcast is taking the break as the year winds down, but don’t worry! We’ll be back January 2nd.

*Afraid you’ll go into withdrawls? Don’t worry, we will be replaying the top four of the most popular episodes of all time over the next month.

*Who is Jessica? She’s a mindset coach for entrepreneurs!

*What does a mindset coach do?

*Jessica entrepreneurship and personal development are closely linked together.

*Jessica quit her job on a whim. Why did she feel like she had to do that?

*There’s no shame in quitting your job, doing your thing, and realizing that this isn’t right for you.

*Give yourself permission to try something new.

*As an entrepreneur, you’re constantly refining.

*What kind of challenges has Jessica faced?

*You could give away your talents for free, but we all know people get a better result for something that they pay for.

*We also know that if you keep giving away your talents for free, you will end up getting burned out.

*If it’s good for somebody else, then it needs to be good for you too.

*Remember, you can’t choose somebody else’s priorities for them.

*Success can sometimes scare us more than failure.

Maven Moment


Before we wrap up this final episode for 2016, I want to talk about something Jessica mentioned on the interview — her transition out of corporate. I know so many of you today are struggling with trying to branch out and get out of that job you hate, hate, hate! Jessica mentioned that we’d rather stick to something that hurts us than venture out into uncertainty. Listen in to the end of the show to hear my story of what my ‘breaking point’ was, and why I had to leave my job to start fresh.

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Productivity Reflections and Musings

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I had the recent pleasure of meeting one of my mentors, Todd Herman, in person. This encounter really made me reflect on the progress I’ve had over the years, especially on the productivity side of things. I wanted to share some of the takeaways that I’ve experienced this year, as I built a business that fit more of my lifestyle needs in this Productivity Reflections and Musings episode.

One of the things I learned was that I was doing a pretty good job with goal setting, but I was not spending any time evaluating the personal side of my business. The truth is, business is personal. I honestly don’t separate the two. However, with that being said, I was not paying too much attention to the personal aspect of my day-to-day life. I wasn’t clear on goals for that side at all!

Another thing I learned about productivity, is that the thing I value in this business, for me, is really to do more in less time. When I started my first business, I was trying to do ‘all the things,’ and it drained me. On one hand, I did develop a very successful business, but it was at the expense of my well being.

Based on the experience I had, doing more in less time is really important to me. I don’t want to work extensive hours. I’m actually on a mission to see how few hours I can work, while still building a successful business. But while on this journey, I was rewarding bad behavior by moving quickly onto the next task once I completed the first item of business earlier than planned. I should be using that extra time to ‘enjoy life,’ as it were, instead of working, working, working.

One more thing that I’d like to add about what I learned about productivity is how I streamline my business. It’s not easy to streamline and make everything so seamless. Despite the goals that I have to do more with less, I was still biting off more than I could chew. And it’s forced me to stop, pivot, and re-focus myself. In fact, I’ve had to do this several times this year, to keep with my end-goal in mind.

So, that’s what I want to pass on to you today. Be clear on your goals and stay true to that. Even if it means stopping what you’re currently doing, and re-focusing.

Cindy Bartz

Maven Spotlight: Cindy Bartz, Practitioner of the Week

Learning more about Cindy Bartz, this week’s Practitioner of the Week for the Maven Spotlight, totally made me fall in love with everything she does! She has already wrote and published her book, Boost Your Immune System, where gives people the opportunity to join her 10-day Jumpstart Program. Talk about an information-filled book full of videos and recipes! Find out more about her Yoga & Wellness Practice now, along with more information below!

A brief story of what Cindy Bartz does and why she does it…

I am a certified yoga and wellness coach that was diagnosed with Osteoporosis in 2010. Prior to that, I had been practicing yoga every day and lifting weights, but getting this diagnosis was frustrating and left me feeling overwhelmed and defeated. I was able to channel that into now being able to help women with osteoporosis get control of their health naturally, without taking pharmaceutical drugs!

How did you get into holistic health care?

When I got the diagnosis back in 2010, I dug deep into finding out how I could reverse this condition. Since 1983 I had been learning about nutrition, fitness and overall health, but I didn’t realize that you can be eating very healthy while your body may not be absorbing the nutritients. Also, I didn’t realize that to increase bone density there is a very specific way a person must exercise. After learning this and incorporating these techniques into my daily life, I reversed my Osteoporosis.

What makes you special, unique and different?

There are over 40 million people in the US and over 200 million people in the world that will be diagnosed with loss of bone density after the age of 50. Yet the condition is completely reversible! Currently, there are very few programs that address this condition. Many programs focus on either the exercise or the diet, but my program is unique in that it addresses both. There are specific movements that must be done in a very specific way, which is done in conjunction with a specific nutrition plan that builds strong, yet flexible bones. The combination of the exercise and nutrition is the key to reversing the condition.

What or who are your inspirations?

I have been following Anthony Robbins for years. He is so honest and authentic and when I am looking to start a fire and get motivated I read one of his books or watch one of his videos. I also have followed Louise Hay for many years. Learning to accept yourself as you are and being able to love yourself unconditionally can be one of the most difficult things to overcome in life. I continually practice her affirmations and other exercises. This allows me to be the best me and to serve others whole-heartedly.

How are you making a difference in your life?

I start my day every day with a very specific ritual. This sets my day and gives me the motivation, inspiration, and clarity for me to do great things. Tony Robbins calls it “priming”. Making a difference in my life, to me, means making a difference in the lives of others. I give back! You can make a great deal of money, but that will only get you so far. What really turns me on, gets me motivated and inspired is when I can give back.

For example, I am currently doing the audio for a book on meditation. The author has a non-profit organization that allows children to get an education in third-world countries. All proceeds from the audio book will be given to this non-profit. That not only makes a difference in my life, but in the lives of others.

What has been your biggest business challenge?

My biggest challenge has been getting my name out there. The beast of Marketing! The book has really helped and the other item that is making a difference is contributing to conversations on social media. I’m an over achiever and have realized that it is a work in progress, to enjoy the journey, BREATHE, and go with the flow — all is coming.


In 2004, after a bicycling accident Cindy couldn’t move without being in extreme pain. After months of physical therapy it was suggested to try yoga. From the first time on the mat, she fell in love with the practice. It not only healed her physically, but emotionally and mentally. She now loves teaching others and sharing this practice through her business. You can email Cindy at

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Colette Belisle

Have a CEO Mindset, Not a Business Owner Mindset | Colette Belisle | MTM072

Always treat your business as if you were going to sell it.


Colette Belisle started her business out of necessity, and, although she was making good money, she wasn’t happy. She was working too hard, and for too little of a reward. But — she decided to make a shift, and today she’s a wonderful business strategist, who helps people find their purpose and align it correctly with their business in mind. So many great nuggets of wisdom from this week’s interview that you just do not want to miss!

Key Insights & Aha Moments


*Who is Colette?

*Why does Colette want to help others align their purpose with their business? Where does this desire come from?

*Treat your business like you’re going to sell it, even if you don’t plan on ever selling it.

*Colette did 50 speaking gigs in the her first year, and it completely transformed her business.

*Respect where you are in your business today. You’re not going to make millions overnight.

*It’s more difficult to sell things online. Tap into your local resources.

*Don’t pivot too early. You have to really commit to a strategy.

*Colette has a saying, “We raise together.” What does this saying mean to her?

*Entrepreneurship can get very lonely. It’s important to have a community that can help support you.

*What has helped Colette with her success?

*None of us set out on this entrepreneurial journey to get burned out.

*Decide what you want to become known for.

*Your audience wants to know who you are and what you stand for.

Maven Moment


Colette’s personal statement of, “We raise together.” resonated so well with me. Community is near and dear to my heart. In this day and age, there’s no reason why we need to be competing with our friends. It’s amazing what happens when you have a community of like-minded people backing you up. It really accelerates your results by having that support network around you! So, don’t do this alone. Seek help and seek a community.

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Maven Inner Circle

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