Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 12:01 AM
Over the years, Elizabeth Cook has repeatedly been asked, “How do you do it?”
“We are the cornerstone of our families and also our careers. We’re doing both,” said Cook, 37, of Emsworth. “That’s what I’m kind of speaking to is, ‘You can take care of yourself and what the importance of taking care of yourself does for you. You can live life to the fullest.”
Cook, who recently started her own business, Integrated Being, LLC, with which she coaches others through obstacles and helps them make positive changes to last a lifetime, hosted a launch party for her book at Sewickley’s Penguin Bookshop on Jan. 8.
Dad Richard Graham said Cook has always had an excellent work ethic and made smart choices in life.
Cook worked as a consultant for Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, traveling the country for 12 years, while her family at home continued to grow. For the last several years, she’s been a senior manager at a local utility company while working toward her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She will defend her dissertation in the next year.
As a young female, Cook said she “never felt anything but, I can do this.”
She went to a doctor, concerned about the frequency of her bouts of crying. He prescribed her antidepressants. She was put off by that, thinking “You don’t even know me!”
Instead, she went back to practicing what always helped her: “prayer, meditation, exercise, supplements and vitamins and eating whole foods.” She focused on journaling, added the use of essential oils, and found herself “stronger and wise and just bubbly again” and ready to “take on the world.”
“You can’t pour from an empty cup,” she said.
In the last year, she became a certified life coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, which focuses on holistic health, both spiritual and emotional. She provides a 12-week course for people to help them connect with their joy and life’s purpose.
In her book, Cook talks a lot about relationships and the importance of taking responsibility in life, forgiving and being aware of what brings an individual joy, along with why it’s important to listen and slow down.
The book provides action steps to help its reader get started.
Cook wrote the book now because she wants her parents, who have always been supportive, to be able to read it.
“My success is their gift to me,” she said.
“She is fun. She is caring. She is strong willed and she seems to have the right judgment,” Victoria Graham said. “She’s the girl I wanted to be.”
Cook wants others to feel supported. She wants people to know “they can live their goals no matter their situation just by tuning into themselves and being very aware of who they are and what drives them.”