My Story

Welcome to my life as a writer, author, coach, virtual assistant, lumber-Jackie (yes, used to cut, haul, split, stack my own firewood), former magazine publisher, and one very sassy redhead.  
There is power within our words. They can empower us, defeat our ambitions and bleed an ink pen dry. Each one of us has a unique story to share. Our pearls of wisdom can liberate and transform the life of one person, maybe even a thousand. We are here to be heard, to guide, to live life in motion and explore the elements for a healthier life! So put pen to paper and #WriteOn!!

About Me

“There’s a story within each person, motivating every action, filling the moment.  Our beliefs, our experiences, weave together to create the story of our lives.”
-C.K. Kochis

I am a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach guiding women with a strong desire to participate in their life. This part of my journey began when I, too, felt the need to change my life and do what comes natural to me instead of muddling and waiting for something to happen.

In January 2016, I graduated from the Institute For Integrative Nutrition. Combining my life experiences and coaching knowledge, we co-create a personalized action steps based on your goals to move you towards your ideal vision of health and lifestyle. 

On May 22, 2016, I published the first issue of Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine, a digital magazine with a free subscription. Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine is a life enhancing, health wellness magazine dedicated to sharing first-person stories of transformation, wellness tools and professional insight and healthy recipes. It features articles about the workplace, relationships, body movement, spirituality, in the kitchen…and much more. It’s a guide for people who are ready to transform their lives, mind, body, and spirit, through the exploration of the elements for a healthier life. Health and wellness goes well beyond the food we consume to nourish our precious bodies.

On April 10, 2017, my oldest son died and flip my world upside down. It was with a heavy heart that I announced on December 8th my decision to put Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine and UnBox Your Kitchen Podcast on hiatus. Grief is my block. It has been mentioned on more occasions than I dare count that my purpose is to heal other individuals that have lost a child through my writing. As they say, “You will heal your grief as you help others to heal theirs.” I understand life is not all daisies, unicorns and sunshine, however, through this experience I have a deeper understanding of what Self-Love truly is. During the week of January 15, 2018, I announced I am ready to get back to work! I have metaphorically turned on the Open For Business sign. How can I support you with your website, book layouts, and etcetera?

The journey of writing a memoir, fictional, and non-fictional book is not for the weary. There is an alchemy to weaving words into story form. The first episode of Pen to Paper Press Podcast broadcast on February 3, 2021. 

I am talking with authors, writers, editors, publishers, and an array of creative souls to have a conversation centered on how they developed their stories to completing their works of art. Together, we explore mindsets, pearls of wisdom, and the experiences that began our journey as an author from the moment we put pen to paper. I cannot think of a better way to share our love of writing.

In My Words

Want to get to know my impulsive and creative nature? Check out this video announcing the release of Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine. Recorded May 15, 2016

Issue 01 | May 2016

The Adventure Begins

Since the decision to sell my home of twenty-six years, the Universe is showing me there is a great opportunity out there waiting for me. Subscribe to my newsletter and wander the world with me.

Divine Feminine Tomboy Cindy Kochis

December 27, 2016, blog post and podcast by Reba Linker
Elements for a Healthier Life Magazine is keeping it real. She’s working her publishing magic on her terms!She’s a bit of a divine feminine tomboy! Cindy’s take on ‘divine feminine’ includes plaid shirts and frank talk. While that may not match a stereotypical vision of… [continue reading]
“Publisher Cindy Kochis creates a magazine that is really a community of individuals sharing their experiences through their stories! There is so much to learn in every issue! Thanks for bringing her backstory to us, Reba Linker!” -Stacy Smith

Celestial Spotlight

Cindy Kochis, Publisher
Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine
was featured in Celestial SpotLight
on Friday, November 4, 2016.
Click here to read.

Pathways to Possibilities

Pathways To Possibilities with Peggy Nolan podcast is no longer available.
Have you ever found yourself in a state of fright freeze? When your fear gets the best of you but instead of flight or fight, you freeze. I’ve been there countless times. And so has my guest, magazine publisher, Cindy Kochis.
Featured on Sunday, November 6, 2016

Indomitable Woman

On this podcast, my guest is the indomitable Cindy Kochis. She shares shares the story of how she stepped out of conformity and expectations, dug deep to discover her passion and purpose, and launched her magazine – a magazine that, in just a few short months – has a world-wide readership.

Featured Monday, October 3, 2016.
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Indomitable Women's Wellness Summit

Enjoy this session as Cindy Kochis shares her wisdom about the powerful practice of using your voice: The Power of Your Voice

Featured on Thursday, October 20, 2016
The panelists for the second live round-table event are: Shelley Lundquist, Cindy Kochis, Jen Flick, Jane Duncan Rogers, Cindy Harpe Hively, and Debra Oakland.  The discussion topic is:  The Power of Sharing Our Stories.
Recorded on Saturday, October 29, 2016
(Scroll to individual podcast and round-table discussion)
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A new adventure awaits me. There’s places to see, people to meet, stories to write and pearls of wisdom to share.
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