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Coaching Philosophy

Ayla Donlin Wellness 

Simple. Consistent. Sustainable.


Hi, I’m Ayla! 

My background and training are in the fields of psychology, kinesiology, and leadership. 

I have over 15 years of leadership experience in the fitness and wellness industries as well as higher education.

I have studied well-being for over 15 years, and it was the focus of my doctoral dissertation.  I have a lifelong commitment to fitness and well-being, and have had a mindfulness practice since I was a teenager.

I am well!...and when I am not, I am working really hard to return to a place of wellness - because it is out of this place that I can be of best service to myself and others. 

I am a coach.  I am a leader.  I am a teacher. 

I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a friend.

I am a colleague. I am a daughter. I am a sister.

Just like me - just like you and me - wellness is not single dimensional, it is multi-dimensional, and it needs to be honored and pursued as such.

I want to live in a world where creating space for well-being is the norm.  I am committed to this practice in my own life. 

I became a wellness coach because my true desire is to support you in creating space for and sustaining practices that support well-being in your life.  I value health and well-being immensely, and believe they are our most valuable assets.  

My wellness coaching services include: well-being, fitness, and nutrition coaching via goal-setting/organizing and establishing healthy lifestyle habits. 

We are holistic beings, and as such, our health and wellness require a holistic approach.

I envision the coaching relationship as a client-centered and client-driven partnership. 

I believe that every person is capable of pursuing wellness in all realms of life – mind, body, social, and spiritual.  

I will help you identify and clearly define your wellness goals, and I will support you and hold you accountable during the process of achieving your goals.

My role is to support you in creating space for well-being through a simple three step process:

Step One:  Identifying and clearly defining your wellness goals.

Step Two:  Creating a game plan and timeline to achieve your goals.

Step Three: Executing your game plan one step at a time.

I am committed to clear and honest communication, because they are paramount in the client-coach relationship (as is the case for all of our relationships). I am also committed to keeping things simple, consistent, and sustainable.


I am a fan of keeping things simple.  Simplicity lends to consistency and sustainability.  We will keep it simple by breaking down behavior change into small, manageable action steps and focusing on one goal at a time.


The crux of wellness is consistency.  Intentional and consistent behavioral habits set us up to succeed and to achieve both our short-term and long-term goals.  All too often, we set out on fire with motivation to achieve a wellness goal only to have that fire burn out within three to six months.  Performing our desired behavior for three to six months is great, but wellness is a lifelong pursuit, and consistency is queen.

A primary outcome of our coaching relationship is for you to identify behaviors that are simple and sustainable so that you can perform them consistently.


In order to succeed long term, we need to set up a sustainable program of wellness.  I am here to support you in that process.  Sustainability will look different for each client.  We will find the right balance for you so that you can sustain your healthy habits and behaviors long term.

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