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HardBeauty Creator & CEO
Coaching Professional/Mentor & Social Entrepreneur
My story is BIG…my daddy drank too much, at 16 my friends were murdered at a Chuck E. Cheese, I was raped, lost my soccer career, and almost failed high school. I was a teenage bride and I am also a recovered alcoholic. There’s more before and after I got sober in 2010 but I will spare you the details. The fact that I survived is a miracle. HardBeauty is HOW I’ve rebuilt myself and now I am one of the best life coaches in Colorado, especially for youth!
In 2013 I graduated from ICDC college with a degree in addiction counseling. I was awarded outstanding graduate of the year by the ACCSC, presented to me by Mike Rowe.
After college I was the co-creator and director of Helping Everyone Recover, and Operation P.J. a recovery and item collecting non-profit for 5 more than 5 years. Helping Everyone Recover is currently in transition to become the “Shanna Hope Scholarship Fund.” This will be a non-profit organization to help off-set the cost of coaching for families and individuals. We want coaching and the tools necessary to change the trajectory of one's life to be available to all.
(Announcement coming soon).
In July 2019, I graduated from YCI (Youth Coaching Institute). There I obtained my coaching and mentor certification for youth with an emphasis on those individuals who are considered high-risk and have suffered trauma. I am also certified in Youth Mental Health First-Aid. I work with Women and Men and I specialize in Youth ages (14-24).
I have been coached as well as studied coaching, counseling, and humanity for 10 years. It’s who I have become.
I love God (not religion), tattoos, knitting, my family, and young people. My husband Chris and I have been married for more than 22 years and we have 4 amazing children. The three oldest are teenagers and our youngest is 8. I have also been a foster parent and mentor to many more.
I will challenge your thinking, encourage healing, and inspire you to make your next chapter, your best chapter. My name is Racquel Garcia, I am the creator of HardBeauty and I am here to help you do your work.
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Chief Operations Officer
Wendy Cann (aka OG Wendy)
Email - Wendy@hardbeauty.life
Phone - 719-257-3122
Level II Reiki Practitioner
My Mom always prayed but her frequency increased with my birth. As a very young child I suffered multiple head injuries, sexual abuse, and the split of my family. Read more...
Phone - 720-432-1241
Coach and Editor
Robin Bennett (aka OG Robin)
Who am I? Well, that is a loaded question. The simple answer is that I’m NOT an alcoholic. Other than that, I don’t rightly know who I am. The good news is, and this news is truly new to me, that that’s okay! Read more...
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Get up close and personal with our coaches and corporate team. Each of them has written their own HardBeauty story to share with you. Some are harder to read than others but equally as powerful.
If trauma is a chapter in your story then these could trigger you. Please take care of yourself always!
Wendy just accepted the role of Chief Operations Officer in October and we couldn't be happier. She is busy writing her story for you. If adoption and not feeling like you belong is a chapter in your story, know that you are not alone. Stay tuned!
My Mom always prayed but her frequency increased with my birth. As a very young child I suffered multiple head injuries, sexual abuse, and the split of my family. My older siblings went to live with my dad, my younger sister and me, with our Mom. We soon gained another sister and lived in a home where domestic violence was our normal. In high school, there was a second person who violated me, in front of classmates. Not long after that I started dating and became a mother before I got my driver’s license. My 20’s are a blur of self-medicating with drinking, drugs, fast food, promiscuity, and unhealthy relationships. My choices lead to several more sexual assaults and relationships with domestic violence. At this time, I was a single mother of 2; working, and going to school, my body started falling apart. Within a few months my brother died by suicide, I had my gallbladder removed, then I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. After trying every type of medication to ease the constant burning in my body, I eventually settled on pain pills. It didn’t take long before I was addicted. I added stronger pills and was soon dying. I lost my home, my dog, several friends, many jobs, and finally my children.
It was then I decided to change. My first step was stopping the pills. I started doing yoga, saw a therapist, and changed my diet. Through it all, my sister coached me and helped me learn to heal. Changing my old way of thinking and holding myself accountable for my own happiness played a huge part in my healing. I recently obtained a certificate as a Life Coach and I also have an associates of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, Heath Information Technology, and a Bachelors in Organizational and Strategic Communication, with a minor in Psychology. I am also Level 2, Reiki practitioner.
Today I am healthy, happy, and in love with myself. You can heal too if you are willing to put in the work. I am here for you.
Who am I? Well, that is a loaded question. The simple answer is that I’m NOT an alcoholic. Other than that, I don’t rightly know who I am. The good news is, and this news is truly new to me, that that’s okay!
Growing up, my mother was an alcoholic. She’d down a bar sized bottle of Jim Beam every day at home and I’m not sure how much more when she wasn’t at home. She dabbled in cocaine and other things throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s along with the alcohol. I raised myself and mothered her to an extent. When I was ten, she flat-out quit. Cold turkey. That was a miracle between her and God. She kept at it for seventeen and a half years, 100% straight and narrow. Then she hit an extremely rough patch and went straight back to a bottle a day. She was dead thirteen months later at the age of fifty-eight. My father, whom I never even got the chance to know, drank himself to death at the age of fifty eight.
As addiction runs in my family on both sides, I became addicted to not being an alcoholic. My entire identity became, “Robin Bennett: Not Alcoholic.” Most of my life revolved around that one goal. Well, mission accomplished. Except I never did figure out what I wanted beyond that, so I became stuck. I thought maybe I wanted to be this or that on repeat for years, never truly having my heart in any of it. Because of that, I sabotaged many an opportunity and then beat myself up for failing. I was so caught up in needing to know the end goal that I never learned to enjoy the journey, never learned to be okay with being a work in progress. Then at some point, I just gave up attempting to BE anything. I had kids and I was just going to be a mom. My theory was that if I never tried, I’d never fail.
Except, I had friends in my life who knew I could do more, wanted me to succeed, and held me accountable. So now I am thirty-nine years old and I am learning to appreciate myself as a work in progress. I’m no longer focusing on that societal white picket fenced house because I never really did fit into the societal box. I still don’t know the end goal but that isn’t what’s most important. I’m just learning to love me for me, learning that failure is okay, and focusing on smaller goals. I often still beat myself up for not being something more at my age; not having a career, not owning my own home, not ever getting married, and so on. However now, I can get back to the knowing that I don’t have to have the so-called, “American Dream”, to be happy and get back to the business of learning what my definition of happiness is.
One of my big goals that I am about to smash is taking coaching classes. By the time this website goes live, I will have begun the journey towards my International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification with the Youth Coaching Institute, LLC. By the end of March 2020, I will have completed the first and longest of three classes toward my certification.
Who am I? I am Robin Bennett. I have been working through anxiety, PTSD, depression, single motherhood, and more. I’ve only just figured out what I want to be when I grow up. However I am also passionate, forgiving, understanding, open-minded, caring, loving, and ever-evolving. I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an artist, a reader, a storyteller, and a beautiful work in progress. I look forward to walking beside you in your journey in the near future.
Mark is studying to be a coach as this is being written. He and his lovely wife live in Arizona.
He has an amazing gift with young people, especially young men. How he has transformed his life after being in the prison system is inspiring. Check back with us and we in turn will keep you posted on Coach Mark.