We had the good fortune of connecting with Penny Payton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Penny, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?

It’s important to begin by understanding the impact that emotional wellness has on every aspect of life. Reaching a higher level of emotional self-awareness can free us up from some of the most counterproductive and detrimental blocks there are including: insecurity, anger, fear, authoritarianism, as well as many dysfunctional behaviors. Several factors come into play when examining the lack of self-awareness we see coming to the forefront, especially in our country right now. First, it has become a norm to believe that understanding ourselves and our own emotions is an innate part of being a human; it is not. Not only have many of us missed out on being trained in the art of processing and coping emotionally as children, we have likely gathered a boatload of conditioning as well as repressed pain from subtle trauma that is waiting to be released. We then merge into our adult lives unprepared and carrying at least a low level of anxiety. Compound that with the effect of not having the tools to remain aware of our emotions during the daily drama, but also not processing, which adds to the anxiety. From here we have no choice to live in distraction, avoidance and denial. All, while our subconscious proceeds to hide our pain from us.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?

When I left my corporate job of twenty-seven years, it was not by choice. No, I very nearly lost my life; and in the process lost my job as well as my identity. But it was from those days, weeks and months of floundering that I set foot on the path of my own self-discovery. Originally I wanted to understand the aggravating subject of being overweight. I learned about food addiction and emotional triggers which led me down the path of research and hypnotherapy. I sold my home and everything I owned, traveled to live near my son and dove in. By uncovering the depth of the hidden pain I’d repressed from being severely neglected and isolated as a child, I slowly became aware of just how unprepared I had been for adult life, and even how unaware I was of that fact. Because I spent nearly a decade dedicated to this research it became obvious that I’d not chosen a path for myself and had been, in fact, living my whole life on the very unstable platform built during those early years. My path went something like this: Security is not found in money, we are abundant Denial, distraction and avoidance help us cope with our lack of emotional understanding Food allergies and their affects on health Food as an addiction Recognizing anxiety Understanding how triggers work Tracing back emotions to core root issues The subconscious roles part in our dysfunction via hypnotherapy Uncovering developmental childhood trauma An unusual soul connection Life’s preconceived order Breaking dysfunctional compulsive behavior Becoming conscious, free of hidden pain and insecurity Becoming mindful, self love, inner peace, happiness Coaching, like most things, seemed to find me and after having dedicated so much time to uprooting all of my own emotional baggage and finally building a normal relationship with food it has been an amazing fit.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

When I got the opportunity to move back to San Diego, I asked myself where I really wanted to live and for the first time I didn’t allow money to be a deciding factor. Having lived here for over thirty years in the past, I’d always been drawn to Ocean Beach so I found a furnished beachfront rental and stayed for a full year. I now live just a short two blocks from the beach and am still loving my choice to locate here and not agonize about not being a home owner. When I leave home I’m just a few minutes walk from the incredible Pizza Port where the beer and the pizza rival each other in flavor. Make a right around the corner and take a quick jaunt up a few stairs and you find yourself dining overlooking the sea at the stylishly appointed Wonderland. And taking a stroll down the main street of Newport Avenue, where skateboarders and bikes have as much right of way as the cars, we have the famous Hodad’s, South Beach bar & grills amazing fried zucchini tacos as well as many other fabulous food choices and several craft breweries. On Wednesday evenings the street turns into the farmers market. Be prepared for funky if you come to this little neighborhood beach town, because we are tie dyed and pretty much anything goes.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?

As my life was suddenly and dramatically pulled apart at the seems and I went from corporate life to that of a childhood trauma researcher for nearly a decade, many of the most important breakthroughs came for me during hypnotherapy. I owe a great deal of gratitude to Sean Brannan for his kind and compassionate guidance into my past.

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