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Gail Petrowsky

Strong Debut for Live Your Optimal Life!

I am deeply honored and elated to share the remarkable success of our collaborative anthology project, "Live Your Optimal Life." This book has not only touched the hearts of many but has soared to incredible heights in the literary world. We were thrilled to see the book debut at high spots across several Amazon categories:

  • 🥇 #1 in Health & Spirituality
  • 🥈 #2 in Counseling
  • 🥉 #3 in Women & Business

This strong debut is a testament to the incredible impact our collective message is having on readers around the world. "Live Your Optimal Life" is also proudly recognized as the **#1 New Release in Women & Business.**

Our journey has been extraordinary, and I want to express my deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who played a part in this remarkable achievement.

Your support has been nothing short of incredible.

But we're not done yet!

Reviews are starting to pour in, and they are nothing short of inspiring. We have several beautifully written reviews on Amazon, and they continue to build over time. If you've read the book, please join us in this next phase of our journey and leave a review on Amazon. Your words can truly make a difference in the lives of others and help us reach even greater heights.

My chapter, titled "Facing Loss, Embracing Courage," is a deeply personal essay that I wrote following the passing of my dear husband Joe last winter. It was an incredibly difficult journey to put those words on paper, but it was also cathartic. I hope that my essay, along with the powerful stories contributed by such inspiring women, can provide solace and inspiration to those who have experienced loss or are navigating challenging times. This book is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and together, we can help people get the most they can out of life.

For those who have yet to dive into the pages of "Live Your Optimal Life," I encourage you to embark on this transformative journey. It's a profound exploration of self-discovery, personal growth, and empowerment, featuring a collection of insightful and inspiring stories.

Check out Live Your Optimal Life on Amazon

Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey. Let's continue to inspire, uplift, and support one another as we all strive to live our optimal lives.

Gail Petrowsky - Wellness Options

Gail Petrowsky, owner of Wellness Options, is a life coach, Therapist and Master in NLP Therapy with an MSW, devoted to "Creating A World of Wellness, One Person At A Time." She prides herself on creating life-changing personal development through one-on-one therapy, seminars for women, men and couples, and business coaching. Her life's mission is to motivate, encourage and empower clients to create lives full of joy and abundance.

With experience, compassion and a wealth of knowledge, Gail supports her clients on their journey of life transformation. She is dedicated to helping them create powerful and lasting change through the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), counseling and mindfulness exercises.

Through her therapy practice, Gail wants clients to recognize their strengths and use those for lasting positive changes in their life. The passion she has for life coaching comes through clearly in every aspect of her work. As an author, speaker, and creator of personal development seminars for people of all genders and backgrounds, Gail has impacted the lives of many people.

Her approach to life coaching has been life-changing for many who have sought her help to overcome difficult life transitions; while her seminars provide lasting value for anyone interested in personal growth.

Wellness Options One-On-One Therapy

Gail's one-on-one therapy helps individuals and couples create lives filled with potential, joy, and growth. Gail understands that everyone needs to be their own unique self to reach their highest level of fulfillment. She supports her clients by fostering love and compassion.

Gail’s work focuses on the power of words to alter reality. Through her sessions, Gail encourages clients to identify and remove limiting beliefs that prevent them from reaching their highest potential.

The ultimate goal for Gail’s clients is to create a life that is fulfilling, meaningful, and authentic; one that allows them to lead with confidence and passion.

Gail’s approach to life coaching has helped people of all ages find success in their lives, relationships, and careers.

Wellness Options Seminars

Through Wellness Options seminars, Gail brings together like-minded individuals looking to discuss life’s challenges and celebrate life’s victories. The seminars are designed to explore topics such as personal growth, relationships, health/wellness, spirituality, creativity and more.

Gail provides a safe space for learning and sharing. She creates an environment that is conducive to growth and transformation. Her approach is based on the belief in a person’s innate ability to be strong and make positive changes.

The seminars provide an opportunity for people to come together, share their stories, and learn from one another. Through her unique blend of humor and insight, Gail encourages attendees to reach new heights and create a life filled with love and abundance.

Business Coaching

Wellness Options is also here to support business owners. Gail offers business coaching services to entrepreneurs and small business owners who are looking to create a successful, thriving business. With her help, business owners can gain clarity and focus on their vision and create the thriving businesses of their dreams.

She provides guidance and support on everything from setting goals, managing finances and building a strong team. Her goal is to help clients learn the strategies necessary for sustainable success.

Terrorist attack raises travel concerns for many


The terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday may not have occurred in the U.S., but it certainly has an impact on people in America. 

Many have to deal with stress and anxiety when it comes to travel, and the tragic events on Tuesday only add to the fear people have when preparing to travel or even think about traveling.

The terrorist attacks in Belgium killed 34 people and injured 200, but the far reaching effect on people worldwide comes in the form of stress and anxiety about traveling.

“The most important thing is to stay as calm as you can. Your brain is going to program how your body will react to all the terror that is happening right now,” said life coach Gail Petrowsky.

Petrowsky said dealing with the stress that comes with terrorist attacks takes several steps. The first is to avoid the saturation of the event brought on by news reports.

“It's important to not watch these images on television, over and over again because it will escalate your fear and your upset,” Petrowsky said.

When dealing with your children and their knowledge of the world around them, she says it's important they know what's going on and the calming messages should come from their parents.

“It's best that you bring the facts to them instead of shielding them and yes we need to be calm when we are talking about the facts,” Petrowsky said.

Dealing with stress and anxiety takes time and effort, and Petrowsky said that putting forth the effort is essential in living a fulfilled life.

“You have to decide how you are going to live your life and if you are going to let fear run your life, you won't leave the house,” Petrowsky said.

She said there are actual physical exercises you can do to also help with stress and anxiety, such as deep breathing.

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Intimacy-What is it all about?






I am reminded of a story about intimacy. I had been asked to give feedback and guide a relatively new seminar leader who was giving a talk on this topic. A large crowd showed up to learn more about intimacy and to use this forum to ask questions and learn. I sat in the room listening as people were beginning to share openly and I quickly became dismayed as I observed the lack of warmth, interaction and connection the facilitator had with those who were speaking. The leader was so busy looking at her notes to see what was next she needed to cover, that she missed what was happening in the present moment right in front of her. Others were taking a risk and sharing openly, asking questions and being vulnerable and still no real connection was happening. I watched as people started to become quiet and began to shut down. You see a facilitator has to be a skilled door opener for people and allow them to be able to walk through and resolve any issues they may have. Connecting the dots in our lives is a completion process that is vital before we can move forward.


I vividly remember getting up from my seat and walking down the aisle of this large room filled with people. The Facilitator was still busy turning pages in her book. She did not see me until I was standing right in front of her. I could not help myself as I whispered without a microphone, just for her ears alone, “How can you lead a group on Intimacy when you hardly make any eye contact at all??”, I put her on the spot and hopefully she learned a tough lesson about being present for another without any distractions. This is the core of what intimacy is all about!


How many of us are texting, or looking at our cell phones, distracted when we are with someone who is talking to us?? How many disconnects have you experienced in your relationships both personally and professionally? If your experience of a person whether they are a family member or not is less than satisfying, how often will you repeat being open and vulnerable with them? We hurt each other sometimes unintentionally by being more focused on something else than those who are right in front of us like our children , spouses, parents, friends and colleagues. We each have a profound effect on each other. Being more acutely aware will not only bring success in every direction, including feeling good about who you are, you will also leave others feeling good about themselves as they have just been heard. What a gift that is for all involved! A real wow!


While leading a 2-day men’s seminar one of the big questions was what exactly intimacy is. Part of my answer wasn’t what they were looking for. Some were surprised to learn that what their significant others really wanted was real one on one time and being heard. Ok they said this is getting good, still thinking we were going farther I asked if they really knew what their special people really wanted from their relationships with them. What was important besides listening skills and no interruptions was eye contact. Intimacy was already being co-created just by being there for each other. There was so much more that weekend however this was a vital piece. Many men and women called to say thank you.


Our presence and who we are is special and not giving the time to others of really being in the moment with them cuts you off from experiencing the true gift that you both could have. In a real sense this is the core of being successful in every walk of life, personally and professionally. We all deserve to be with someone without life’s distractions in that moment! What a difference we could all make in one another’s lives just by being more aware.


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NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming

The Door Opener

NLP Neuro-Linguistic programming



NLP is a very gentle form of therapy.  It is based on the belief that there is a very strong connection between our minds and bodies. NLP supports you in accomplishing your goals and stop limiting patterns and habits, so that you can be more productive.

NLP is useful in enabling people to create changes in their lives and is used to help them overcome many different barriers.  Through NLP a person can lose weight, stop smoking, or work on physical problems such as hair loss or allergies.  It is also useful when one wants to work on emotional issues including relationship work, situations of abuse or phobias.  The approach is relatively new; having been developed in the 1970’s and is very powerful.  NLP helps people tap into their own inner power and inner strength to create change in their lives.

NLP therapy is usually short-term.  People will see change almost immediately, from the very first session, but the word is long lasting and is not a quick fix.  Because NLP gives people the tools they can use to create change within their own lives, they are the ones creating the change.   The therapist’s role is to teach the patient techniques that will work, and to guide the patient on the direction that enables change to happen.

NLP is based on the belief that our well being is powerfully affected by the link between our emotional and biochemical responses. The words you speak and thoughts you think, create either a positive or negative response. What's more, our Mind/Body connection attitudes have a powerful effect on the immune system. Learning how to completely relax your mind and body allows you to open yourself to the healing process

Relation techniques are basic tools that Gail Petrowsky uses in her work.  Once an individual is relaxed, healing can take place and change can happen.  From her work with patients, she has developed a series of tapes for stress reduction, weight loss, and to help people stop smoking.  Her work has been recognized by chiropractors and physicians who use her stress reduction tapes as an integral part of their healing work.  One the patient is relaxed muscles can be aligned more easily and a chiropractor’s work is more effective.  Relaxation techniques have also proven to be useful with heart patients.  What’s more, these techniques have become part of the treatment used with many cancer patients who incorporate relaxation, visualization and other lifestyle changes as part of their therapy.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is based on the work of Milton Erickson who looked beyond the conscious content of an individual’s responses in the deeper unconscious mind.  For example, if you asked a person what was going on in their mind when they did a given activity like brushing their teeth, they would say, “I don’t know, it just happened.”  NLP is a way of analyzing the creative process.