The Happy Mind Matrix

Written by Erika Reichenberg

“At the end of the day, everything starts in your mind, because if you don’t change your mind, nothing’s going to change,” says personal growth strategist and empowerment speaker Billie Crutcher, who began working with adults who wished to help themselves.

Many people have numerous obstacles to work through but don’t know where to start­ –  which can lead to feeling overwhelmed. That’s where Coach Billie comes in, along with her partners, Natasha Connell, Wayne Smalls, LaTricia Smith, and Jacqueline Howard. They are all like pieces to a puzzle, and once connected, can make all the aspects of a healthy and happy life come together.

Natasha is a Certified Fitness Trainer, as well as a specialist in Nutrition and Exercise Therapy at Transcend Normal Fitness, LLC. Her goal is to motivate people to achieve a healthy and vital lifestyle; one could say she is the “fitness” piece of their puzzle.

Wayne’s puzzle piece pertains to leadership training, coaching, and motivational speaking. He is the President of L. Wayne Smalls & Associates, LLC, as well as a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team.

LaTricia is the creative and relationship-cultivating piece of the puzzle. She is a wedding officiant for the company, A Stronger Bond, which helps those in need of relationship coaching, education, and enrichment.

Jacqueline is the spiritual part of the puzzle. She is a certified Christian Life Coach, as well as a retired educator of 33 years. “When you’re talking to someone and walking them through an issue, and they finally see that you believe in them…” says Jacqueline as shakes her head at the thought of many people not believing in themselves. “If you can just be there with them until they get that, they’ll start believing in themselves, and that’s when the transformation happens.”

After working with families, and teaching in early childhood education for more than 13 years, Billie realized from working with students that most of the time, the parents were the ones who needed the help and guidance; not just with their children and parenting.

“It really came down to their personal issues and, sometimes, professional struggles,” says Billie. Because Billie wanted to help people through their struggles, she went back to school to secure her degree in psychology, but she soon realized that she wanted to work with people who were ready to help themselves to go further in life.

“I really wanted to work with people who were motivated to accept abundance in their life, and secure their wealth for the future,” says Billie. “For me, it always comes down to – if the adults are well, then the children and the elders are well— because we are the ones who take care of them. We have to be healthy – forward thinking and forward moving; not only in our finances, but our hobbies as well.”

“No matter where people are, I’m able to reach them in that way, and help inspire and empower them, because for me, it’s always about people having the tools so they can do it for themselves,” Billie says as her partners nod in agreement.

“For me it’s not a one-time thing. Whatever people get when they come to the Happy Mind Matrix, that’s going to last them through their entire life. Everything we impart, teach, and give others are things that continue on – because the legacy is in everyone; they’re going to be different. It just truly changes people, and they know they have their power,” says Billie. “At the end of the day, we always want people to be able to do things for themselves, whatever it is.”

The Happy Mind Matrix started off as a small, “Find Your Happy” event in the Cliffdale Library – with people ranging in age from 18-80. Now, it is a fun tour in numerous areas, such as Fayetteville, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Atlanta. These events are for adults, by adults, to help people build a blueprint for life. This event covers all the aspects of a happy and healthy life: how to make people aware of what brings them joy, as well as appreciating the little things that are constantly overlooked because everyone is consumed in some way with their big goals in life.

The Happy Mind Matrix event will be held in Fayetteville, N.C. on Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 351 Wagoner Drive (off Sycamore Dairy Road). This event will include light snacks, a relaxation corner, a happiness and fun center, as well as learning principals to master mindfulness, purpose, relationship-building, life balance, stress management, and positive thinking skills which everyone can use. If you’re curious about what you can do to find your happy, check out the Happy Mind Matrix.

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