Unlike animals, which are driven simply to survive, we humans crave more from life than mere survival. Without answering the question, ‘Survival for the sake of what?,’ we can quickly become distracted and filled with a quiet sense of despair. There is an alarming increase in the rates of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. Likewise, a quick glance at employee engagement statistics points to a crisis of purpose and meaning on an unprecedented scale. Though we may be wealthier today than at any time in history, there is clearly a marked difference between ‘well off’ and ‘well-being.’
What gives your life purpose and meaning?
Every day decisions are made based on what we think about ourselves and the world around us. We are often motivated by something greater than ourselves, which ignites a fire within us and drives our decisions…the power of our why.
Throughout the year we will be highlighting one Alyfe team member to find out more about their “why” and what inspires them.
CHRISTINE CONSELYEA, Chief Operating Officer
What drives your life choices and makes you come alive?
When you are working toward things that inspire you, it literally makes you feel more alive… I’m talking about a why that moves up the food chain from being about you, to being about something bigger than you. It’s about connecting with what you’re passionate about and focusing your attention on endeavors that put a fire in your belly.
My life purpose has always been my family. This has become even more important to me after losing my mother to pancreatic cancer when I was 47 years old. She died after fourteen months of terrible suffering, at the age of 71. As a licensed nursing home administrator and certified assisted living executive, I have served the long term care clientele for 26 years, helping to provide comfort and wellness through all of the stages of aging.
Through the technology advances our health care industry has experienced, and with the proper wellness and preventative care, we can now live to be 100 or beyond. I want to be around to see my grandchildren and be healthy enough to interact with them longer than my own mother was able. It also struck me that when my mother was going through chemotherapy after being diagnosed as stage four, that had she been diagnosed earlier, maybe she could have reversed her cancer through nutritional alternatives, given more time. At age 51, I have the opportunity of a lifetime to work with a well known dietician and former mentor, now my boss, Kay Lakhi, who leads the Alyfe vision that excites me; utilizing nutrition to cure most of what ails us, and to some degree, prevent chronic disease associated with diet, insufficient activity and/or wellbeing strategy. I want to use these resources I have at my disposal to make sure that I can lead the healthiest and longest life possible, for my family.
What are your innate strengths?
Your element is the point at which natural talent and skill meets personal passion. When people are in their element they are not only more productive, but they add more value and enjoy more personal and professional fulfilment.
Having a strong background in healthcare administration and human development, I believe I have the educational foundation and leadership strength to communicate Alyfe’s business strategy, along with a natural personal passion for this company’s mission.
What makes you passionate about Alyfe and motivates you to come to work each day?
Alyfe’s vision is to enable both employees and customers alike to find their true selves through self actualization of their individualized wellness goals. These goals are both realistic and achievable, resulting in greater work satisfaction for those of us who work for Alyfe and the end users of our wellbeing strategies. The satisfaction for me is being able to see the fruits of my efforts and those of my associates, make others happy, ultimately impacting quality of life for myself, those I work with, and the communities we serve.
How will you measure your life?
People who don’t stand for something, can easily fall for anything. Deciding how you want to measure your life means making a stand for something and then living your life in alignment with it.
I have always measured my life by how I serve others–both my family and those I have served through my work. I measured the value of my work in the long term care industry by evaluating how well I was able to comfort someone in his/her dying days through the care delivery systems I helped to create and/or provide; or through how I helped my residents achieve quality of life through the best practices I had learned over the years. However, I now look forward to working on the other end of the spectrum, preventing some of the chronic ailments that afflicted my long term care residents earlier in their lives than they might have otherwise experienced. With that said, I yearn to learn new wellbeing strategies for myself and to pass them onto the Alyfe clientele that I now serve.
If you had to write a personal mission statement that inspires you to create the life that you want, what would it be?
“To live a well balanced and productive life, and to serve as both a resource and catalyst for positive change in the lives of those I love and in the lives of those I encounter in my life that, similar to me, are in search of personal wellness and quality of life.”
What’s YOUR “Why?”
Do this exercise for yourself; answer the above questions to find out your personal why. Only when you know your “why”, will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging and rewarding trajectory.
“He who has a why can endure any how.” – Friedrich Nietzshce (German Philosopher)
Alyfe is what happens when you find the “y” in life.
It’s living to the fullest.
It’s the endless pursuit of wellbeing.
It’s the path to your true potential.
It’s Alyfe. Well Lived.
That’s the promise of Alyfe.