Meet Stacy Spensley – Mom and Founder of Center Stage Wellness

Are you thinking of becoming a coach and even more specifically, a health coach and just don’t know how to get started?

You are going to meet Stacy Spensley of Center Stage Wellness and we talk about everything from career changes, to geographic moves to becoming a virtual ‘healthy life coach’ and mom.

This interview is all about life transitions.  Stacy has had plenty of them in the last couple of years and if you are in a state of transition or wanting to make a transition, you don’t want to miss this.

Stacy is someone I look up to since she has been able to handle so many changes in her life and still finds joy and work she loves through the process.

As always, I provide a breakdown by the minute so you can find what is most interesting to you, especially since this is a little on the long side.

However, Stacy had so many amazing stories and insights to share that I didn’t want to leave any of it out.

Warning:  My audio had a bad day when I spoke to Stacy,  but all is fixed now.

6:00 – Her complete shift – career and health wise – moving from a Stage Manager to becoming a health coach.

8:30 – Her experience with The Integrative Institute of Nutrition

10:00 – How she got her first clients (while she was still in the coaching program at IIH)

13:00 – How she was able to determine the scope of her IDEAL client

15:00 – Sales Cycle – How she uses a free consultation to start the sales cycle and determine who she wants to work with.

16:00 – Stacy talks about how she actually gave a client her money back and why

19:00 – Pricing – Why it was important for Stacy to charge her clients in the beginning versus offering services for free and her view on pricing in the beginning.  Also, we talk about her view on selling,

23:00 – Raising Prices – When she felt comfortable raising her prices

29:20 – Her number one challenge she had to figure out starting out

31:00 – Group coaching – what this entails for Stacy and how she runs it

33:50 – How Stacy was able to build up a social media following and build relationships through social media

38:30 – Mom and business – Stacy has a new baby.  We talk about how she manages this and the decisions she has made around her business to accommodate this huge life change

43:00 – Her great advice to anyone who is thinking of becoming a health coach. Hint: Be authentic

48:16 – TACTICS, TACTICS! – We talk about a few tactics – whether to use the hosting site the Institute of Integrative Health provides and how she organically was able to build her SEO (i.e. typing her actual name into google and her business name comes up, not her actual name).

55:00 – Fun stuff you might not know about Stacy.

A Little Background

Stacy Spensley headshot

Stacy Spensley is the creative owner and founder of Center Stage Wellness and former creator of a popular food blog called “Little Blue Hen.”  She is a self-described healthy life coach and is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where she learned some of her coaching chops.

Stage Manager to Healthy Life Coach to Mom

While living in the mid-west Stacy was working as a successful stage manager.  At this time, she would say she wasn’t the healthiest she has been.  She worked long hours and her diet consisted of coffee and carbs.  But then, she had an amazing experience.  Her director introduced her to acupuncture and healthy living and she has never looked back.

Transition – In 2009, she moved!  Her and her husband moved the San Diego area and she didn’t know what she wanted to do.  Stacy was unemployed for a while, but soon discovered the Institute for Integrative Health.  She enrolled and started a business within eight months and has been able to grow her income since starting.

But wait!

Another transition – She had a baby!  In the midst of her success as a health coach, she had a new baby boy.  This has changed her current plans for her coaching practice and we talk about what’s next for her.

She had no coaching experience and no online experience, but she knew she wanted to change lives.  Stacy has a gift in being able to really help her clients meet their specific health goals (instead of giving them generic advice) and she is so easy to talk to. 

You will find that Stacy has a sense of humor about life that is contagious and is amazingly down to earth. 

Connect with her!

Center Stage Wellness – She has a free 5-day Jumpstart Program here!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Stein owns, is a college business professor and a mom to Gabriela and Elle. Lisa is dedicated to playing a part in helping women and moms run a business they love, help support themselves and their family and create a flexible lifestyle. You can find her online on Facebook and Twitter or at home burning something in the kitchen.