It’s happening. If you have been following me on Instagram this past month or so, you may or may not have picked up on my little clues here and there. There have been a lot of changes going on behind the scenes over here and I couldn’t wait to finally share them with you! Today’s post is a little out of the norm and a bit more personal than usual, but hey, it’s my blog and I can do what I want, right? Plus, how else are you all going to get to know the girl behind FitLiving?
For over a year, I have been restless in trying to figure out what I wanted my next career move to be and what I wanted my future to look like. I have always been passionate about health and wellness and knew this would be a part of it, but I just didn’t know how. For me, the idea of creating my own business was like when a fish sees a shiny object in the water – extremely attractive and enticing. But what on earth kind of business would I create?
I tossed around idea after idea, bouncing them off of friends and family but none of them felt quite right. The only thing that stuck was this blog, which I had started as a creative outlet to be able to write about what I was most passionate about in the hopes of setting an example for and making an impact in the health journey of others.
As I continued to blog, I began to get plugged in to blogging communities with like-minded individuals and began thinking of ways I could take my blog to the next level. What was my ultimate goal and how could I use this blog to further my expertise in the health and wellness field?
As I was doing some research, I came across Maria Marlowe’s site and thought, wow. She is amazing and has accomplished many of the things that I hope I have the opportunity to do in my career. At the same time, I got Kris Carr’s weekly email where she shared that if she could do it all over again, she would have studied to become a health coach. Also in the email was a callout for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), which also happens to be where Maria Marlowe graduated from in her health coach studies.
It was like a light bulb went off at that moment. I had researched IIN several years ago, but not sure of what I would do with a health coach certification at the time, I didn’t pursue it. But now with having my blog and looking to further my expertise and expand my career opportunities, I knew now was the time. I quickly picked up the phone to learn more and participated in their demo class to see what the next year would be like. After diving into the research and seeing what other graduates had done upon completing the program, I was sold.
While there are many (great) health coaching programs out there, here are a few reasons why I chose to enroll in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition:
- Their emphasis on holistic health and the acknowledgement that there is no one right path for everyone in their journey to better health.
- Their focus on nutrition. Over the course of the next year, I will learn about the over 40 dietary theories that are out there from experts in the field.
- The variety of visiting teachers who are all well-respected experts at the forefront of the health and wellness movement. I am most excited to hear from Joshua Rosenthal (the founder of IIN), Arianna Huffington, David Katz and David Wolfe to name a few!
- Not only does the program include education in health and wellness, it also includes business training to help set students up for success when they launch their own health coaching practice.
- The program is self-paced and doable even when working a full-time job.
All of those reasons aside, as I was researching the program and learning how graduates had used their education to build their career, I felt that this was the next best step for me in my own career and I felt at peace with my decision.
After deciding to pursue my health coaching certification through IIN this fall, all of the pieces started falling into place. I have the opportunity to work with a local juice company and will be helping them with digital marketing, as well as collaborating with the owner to come up with smoothie and superfood menu items (heck yes!) and working in the kitchen to prepare foods and juices. Is it weird that working in a commercial kitchen makes me all giddy inside?
I am so grateful for this opportunity as well as a few others that I have in the works that have allowed me to leave the corporate world and fully immerse myself in the health and wellness community. I am so excited to be able to have a clear vision for where I want to go and the resources that will help get me there with the support of family and friends.
BACK UP – did I say leave the corporate world? Oh yes I did and while I’m only one day in, it feels amazing. Was it scary? Yes! Is it hard to leave the cushiness of a full-time job to pursue my own career path? Double yes! But am I confident in my decision and excited for the many opportunities to come? You bet.
If there’s one thing that I have learned over the past few months, it’s to not let fear get in the way of living out my dreams. There were (and still are) times that I started to second guess myself, doubt that I can really do it, and it started to take a toll on my self-confidence.
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In taking a now or never approach, I decided to dive head first, all in to this world of unknown, but exciting possibilities in pursuit of my dreams and passions. I hope that you will continue to follow along with me as I share with you my journey towards my dream career!
“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” -Paulo Coelho