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A Personal Victory ~ from my Heart


PUBLIC SPEAKING is listed in the Top 3 Fears for humans! I was no different - as a matter of fact I was so scared of speaking that I told a college speech professor that I had to "skip class since my grandma passed away". That was kind of true...grandma DID pass away...when I was in 7th grade!!  I did anything I could to avoid public speaking and the associated anxiety, panic, nausea, heart palpitations, and sweaty palms that I felt just thinking about it.

At work meetings, I'd try to stay calm and not let my co-workers see me shaking. My boss, and good friend who is an eloquent speaker, saw my struggle and suggested Toastmasters - it helped but I was still very nervous. When my CNO offered me an opportunity to become a HeartMath trainer at Mayo Clinic, I almost declined but I was promised that I'd learn techniques to help me "transform stress in the moment". "We'll see", I said to myself. 

Over the past 8 years as a trainer/coach, I can honestly say the HeartMath system has transformed my life!  Do I still get a little nervous? Sure ~ but now I know how to channel that energy into enthusiasm. And I get to share these techniques with my clients. In 2016, I decided to conquer my fear of public speaking by auditioning for my (and my late hubby Steve's) favorite TV game show: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?  After auditioning on Skype, three weeks later, I was in Las Vegas taping the show! Below is a video of the episodes that aired Jan 18-19, 2017. I share it to inspire YOU to realize you can be liberated from your fears! And I am honored to be your coach, if you allow me the opportunity to do so.

By the way, did I win a million dollars???  You'll have to tune in...but don't laugh too hard..it's harder than it looks sitting at home on a couch. Plus, Chris Harrison's blue eyes are so distracting in person...what a nice man with a strong heart vibe!  Let's just say I FELT like a million bucks that day :)
Video and photos courtesy: MillionaireWanted38 (YouTube)

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DISCLAIMER: I am an integrative wellness consultant and resilience educator, registered nurse, Reiki Master Teacher, and licensed massage therapist, however, I am not an MD; and I don't play one on TV.  The information on this website is not intended as medical advice nor intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  I hope this website serves as valuable resource; how you choose to use, or not use, this information is the sole responsibility of the reader's free will.  Please see your health care professional for medical or behavioral health evaluation.

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professional memberships & awards

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
American Holistic Nurses Association

Mayo Clinic Individual Award for Service Excellence
U.S. Air Force Distinguished Flight Nurse Award

Master of Science (1998)

Community Health Admin., Wellness Promotion

Bachelor of Science - Nursing (1984)

Reiki Master Teacher - Usui lineage (1998)

Master Trainer, Mentor/Coach & Practitioner

HeartMath  Certification (2010)

barbara hudak, rn, b.s.n., m.s.

Hello! I’m Barbara, an Integrative Wellness Consultant & Resilience Educator. As a HeartMath® Certified Master Trainer, Coach & Practitioner with 20+ years of leadership experience, I support individuals & groups who seek enhanced levels of resilience, performance, energy & well-being. I offer private coaching sessions (phone, Zoom, in-office) and group workshops (onsite or webinar) focused on evidence-based resilience & stress mitigation techniques.


30+ year nursing profession offered the honor of a glimpse into patients' lives: the heartache of illness & the heartfelt joy of healing. It's all part of this Earth school ofheart knocks.  I learned so much from my patients & listening is key – not with two ears but with a heart that’s wide open to capture the essence of what's not being said.

Focusing only on physical symptoms of dis-ease is NOT sufficient; we may miss key emotional, mental, spiritual & energetic clues as to why we’re not in perfect health. I'm also learning that we humans being, have much more in common than what we think separates us ~ it's through our willingness to share experiences that we begin to “feel”, to “deal” & to “heal”.  In the end, we’re stronger, more resilient & forever transformed by each experience…IF we choose to allow the transformation to take place…

My intention is to serve as a catalyst for self-discovery & personal growth. Not to do things “for you”, but rather, to assist in your re-connection to your own inner wisdom, passion, resilience & vitality. For some, that may mean reviewing & clearing the past, for others it’s about how to mitigate “uncertainty anxiety” or “analysis paralysis".  For most of us, it’s learning to live in the moment (regardless of what life throws our way), to
appreciatewhat we have & not resent what we feel we lack.  To find the joy & peace that is patiently waiting for us...in a place we may not have considered exploring…within... 

Decades of searching for my own divine purpose led to a realization that I am here to help people awaken to their innate self-healing potential & support the transition to heart-based living.Why live from the heart?

Listening to patients reflect upon their lives from their hospital beds, I've never heard anyone say, “I wish I’d spent more time at work”.  I have heard: “I wish I’d taken my kids on that vacation" or “If only I'd listened to my gut instead of my parents...I never wanted to be a (insert current job)...I made a good living but...”   I saw people passing away with their deepest desires unrealized, dreams unmanifested & missions unfulfilled.  

Sound familiar?  It’s not too late!!  As long as we're still breathing, we have the opportunity to transform our life! More than ever before, individuals are
awakeningto their truth & taking steps to living an authentic heart-based, vibrant life. This is everyone’s birthright!

Helping you to liveheartfully is why I'm here - let's get started!