Mary Garvey Horst

Lifestyle and
Wellness Coach


Mary's Philosophy



 The operative word, LIVE, focuses your attention and efforts toward living, rather than merely existing and following the status quo. LIVE is an action word, a verb that calls forth activity, doing, motion and progress.

What about adding some juice to living by learning and utilizing your unique strengths, as well as identifying key passions for yourself? Life is meant to be so much more than a scheduled routine lacking the creative spark of strength infused passions.


Coming from an optimistic and hopeful perspective, particularly in the face of challenges, can be the secret generator of inner peace, joy, happiness and abundance. Adopting and applying a can do mindset, no matter how you have previously been conditioned, will have a beneficial effect on your overall life outcomes (self-confidence, relationships, work performance, and societal contributions).


Movement is an essential ingredient to any change effort. With no movement, stagnation ensues. Progress happens as a result of forward-moving action. As most of us can attest, the human mind is on the move no matter whether the physical body is still or active. However, the quality of thoughts and emotions differ when the body is stimulated and engaged in consistent exercise. As a result, a level of mind/body/spirit integration can occur. Choosing an exercise or level of activity that will motivate you and is enjoyable is crucial for an ongoing commitment to yourself. An active, disciplined body mind creates the optimal conditions for sustained and lasting change.


Research verifies that through giving to others we enhance our own sense of self-worth. Simply put, we feel better about ourselves when assisting and giving to others. Undo focus on oneself can create a sense of loneliness and isolation, whereas, human beings have a natural urge to belong. As we bond together in care for one another, we form community. A smile, a hug, or a greeting to persons known or unknown assists in drawing us out of our self-absorption into a level of human connection that is now known to boost the immune system. Commit to moving humanity beyond a highly individualized “ME” focus into a culture of “WE” that accentuates both interdependence and interconnectedness.


Having a meaning for living can bring a level of depth and purpose to one’s life, to one’s existence. By establishing a central purpose at the core of one’s life, a course is set pointing in a meaningful direction. Such a decision activating meaning and purpose will, most assuredly, impact one’s overall quality of living. However, the alternative may be to move routinely through life at a surface level in search of pleasure from experience to experience lacking the value and satisfaction of living fully and experiencing personal well-being.


A flourishing individual is optimistic, curious, positive, resilient (bounces back easily) and actively engages with the world. The verb, flourish, a hallmark of the Positive Psychology movement refers to growing, thriving, prospering and increasing in engagement with self, others, and the world. Flourishing incorporates so much more than the fleeting feelings of happiness. The human being that is flourishing is motivated to do something valuable and worthwhile with his or her life.  As a result, there is an accompanying feeling of positive self-worth and connection to others.

A joyful vitality exudes from within when one is living a passionate, strength-based life with purpose and meaning. This joy-filled individual is actively moving in physical ways and thinking optimistic thoughts while contributing to others. There is a steady stream of creativity that naturally and spontaneously flows forth from him/her.  LIFE IS GOOD!

Activation Questions:


Do I know what my top strengths are and where I could be applying them? What are my key passions and how do they show up in my life?

How are my beliefs and thought patterns affecting what’s showing up or manifesting in my life?

What is my daily consistent form of exercise or movement? What is the relationship between my mood, level of productivity, and physical exercise/movement?

Do I contribute outwardly and in what specific ways? Do I give of myself through time, money, volunteering, mentoring, consulting, moral support/listening, caregiving, or in some other form of service to others?

What gives my life meaning and purpose? What motivates me in life? How did I get to where I am today? Do I remain on my chosen course or is it time to forge a new path?

Am I experiencing a sense of inner joy and vitality? Do I wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and eager to start my day? Am I energized by creative and innovative thoughts that come to me throughout my day without having to force myself into brainstorming mode? Do I have a group of people in my life who really care about me? When faced with setbacks, do I bounce back easily or do these challenges take me down for a while? Am I curious about life and love learning new things? Am I able to wholeheartedly agree that life is good?

Working Together:


Coaching Programs

  • Six Week Fast Track Introduction

    • Weekly coaching calls

    • Developing a personalized contract to your needs

    • Exploring current lifestyle habits

    • Introduction into the Six Activations for Greater Health & Well-being

    • Identify areas of personal change & develop strategies for implementation

  • Six Month Going Deeper with Accountability Component

    • Weekly coaching calls with emphasis on targeted assignments

    • Monthly focus on one of the Six Activations for Greater Health & Wellbeing

    • Introduction of Questionnaires & Self-Report Measures

    • Identification and application of personal strengths toward each of the Six Activations

    • Exploration of challenges & obstacles, as well as advancements toward goals

    • Development of daily/weekly/monthly measurable steps toward achieving progress within each of the Six Activations

  • One Year Dig in - Long-Term Maintenance

    • Weekly facilitated group calls with other highly motivated six month graduates

    • Peer support, input, and cross-fertilization with other course-connected graduates

    • Creation of a personal wellbeing vision statement, symbol/ logo and/or motto, and an inspired action plan for implementing in key areas of one’s life

    • Optional upgrade: Ongoing weekly individual sessions with Mary


Activate Your Life