Why I Chose The Institute for Integrative Nutrition + Taking a Big Leap of Faith

why I chose Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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?

why I chose Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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.

institute for integrative nutritionIt 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.

why I chose Institute for Integrative Nutrition

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

What is something that you dream of but are afraid to go after it? Have you ever taken a big leap of faith to get after something you want?

-Carly Paige

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  1. Good for you!! Ahh you inspire me SO much!! I know it’s scary to leave corporate but I’m so happy to hear that you took a leap of faith to pursue your dreams. I’m kind of in the same place as you…well not really, but I’m thinking about quitting my prior career plans for my blog. I’m in a counseling masters program right now so I”m not employed but I’ve found myself loving blogging so much more…and if I can just integrate my counseling with my blog, maybe I’ll find a happy medium.

    1. Aw, thank you Chelsea! I think you can definitely find a way to merge counseling with your blog. Or maybe use your blog to build your credibility and brand and then offer counseling services? That’s what I’m doing with the health coach thing! Good luck to you and let me know if I can help in any way 🙂

  2. Carly I love this. Such an inspiring positive and real feeling just reading it. We’ve come to a lot of the same realizations over the past year. It’s like a breath of fresh air and a freedom I can’t explain.

    I’ve been considering IIN for a while. Maybe after yoga teacher training.

    1. Thanks, Jill! I’m really looking forward to this next year and the opportunities it brings. I will keep you updated on how the program is going in case you are interested in enrolling! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jessica! I’m excited to start learning 🙂 If you ever have any questions about the program, feel free to reach out!

    1. Thank you, Kathryn! I’m really looking forward to this next year. I had looked at IIN for a few years before taking the plunge, too 🙂

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I did that for a while, too. And by all means, my blog alone is not what helped me make the transition. I am fortunate to have other part-time opportunities to supplement my income. Have a great weekend! xo

  3. I love the personal post! Now the person behind the blog is relatable! We are all on our own journeys and it takes a lot of courage, not only to do it, but also to share it with others…best of luck to you!

  4. Congrats this is awesome! Thank you for sharing. I have been doing research my self and I have not heard of this one. I looked at their curriculum and I am pleased to see that it focuses strictly on nutrition and it does not make you take all other unnecessary courses. I am struggling finding the cost of their program online. If you do not mind sharing it and email me some info I would greatly appreciate it.


    1. Hi Maya! The cost of the program is around $5,000 and it takes a year to complete. I would recommend signing up to participate in their open house online or viewing their demo class because they send out discounts all the time (every little bit helps!). Let me know if you have any other questions!

  5. Carly, big congrats on taking the the leap and moving towards this path! It seems like it’s going to be the right fit for you 🙂 wishing you the best of luck, and know that you have a huge support system 🙂

  6. This is awesome, congrats! I also looked into their program and I may do it in the future as well. Please keep us updated on the program and how you like it 🙂

    1. Yay, Cailee! The world needs more health coaches. I would recommend participating in their demo class and signing up for their open house. You will get tons of info!

  7. Carly, as someone working in the corporate world wondering for a while about long term goals, this is really inspiring! So happy you figured out your path and I wish the same eye-opening realization for everyone trying to figure out theirs!

    1. Yes, it is. I was scared out of my mind for a few months. One day I realized I just have to go for it and not look back!

  8. I’ve been interested in this Institute for a while – it sounds amazing. I think I”ll continue to keep it on my mental backburner…

    I love the question you ended on – What’s standing in the way of pursuing your dreams?

    Things to ponder on…

    1. Thanks, Charissa! Let me know if you have any specific questions about the program. I’ll share anything I know! I love the question too and was something I had been thinking about a lot the last 6 months 🙂

  9. Congrats! I am definitely realizing over the past year and a half that I would love to work for myself – be my own boss, have full control over my own schedule, my day, and my life! I am definitely afraid to think about quitting a well paying job to pursue my entrepreneurial endeavors but hopefully I can get things sorted out and chase my dreams sometime in the near future!

    1. Yes, that was my goal, too! Especially when thinking about the place I wanted to be in when my husband and I start a family. Good luck to you! Let me know if I can be of any help or a source of encouragement 🙂

  10. This just put a big smile on my face! You go! I’ feel like I’m still in that phase of how can I take it to the next step, and this gives me hope. I know you’ll rock this next chapter. Congrats!

    1. Thank you Angie! You just gave me goosebumps. Thank you for your encouragement. I wish you the best of luck in this next phase too! Let me know if I can be of help or a source of encouragement 🙂

  11. I’m SO excited for you and can’t wait to hear more about how it’s going (it’s something I’ve considered doing too!!). You’re awesome and it must feel great to be on a new,e exciting path!

    1. Thanks, Chrissa! I will keep you updated on how it goes. I’m so excited for this next year. Let me know if you have any questions about it 🙂

  12. Congrats on taking a giant leap toward your life goals! Sounds like you are definitely on the right path by the way things are falling into place. 😀

    1. Thank you so much! It’s super exciting and I’m just trying to get a handle on my schedule and priorities but am so happy I made the leap!

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