Monday, January 23, 2012

School Update

I am taking this opportunity to share with whomever is interested in how school is going for me, so far. Last Monday I received my big, red box with everything I need to study and use for my journey to becoming a health coach. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty excited about the ipad and so was my daughter. School officially started on January 17th and my first module was posted so I could begin my training. Let's be honest, I was pretty stressed out and nervous about what was taking place. For a person who used to get bored with the norm, I often find myself freaking out about change. This is a huge step for me and as I don't know the exact outcome once I got down to business I began to feel more at ease with what is about to transform. I had a lot of time, last week, to get some of my fundamentals listened to and to be able to join in on the discussions and started on my first, real assignment. What this school is teaching is something I believe in heavily. Everything I was hearing made so much sense to me and I realized I was smiling halfway through the video and audio learning objectives. Teaching proper nutrition and holistic healing is what I've been passionate about for a long time and what I'm learning is exactly what I've been trying to help others with in their struggles to live healthier lives. Even though a part of me is still a little fearful of what's ahead, I know that whatever comes of this experience will be something I will be able to be proud of. For right now, I'm happy in my decision to start this process. There will be ups and downs and things I'm not going to want to do, I'm sure, but I know it will all be worth it in the long run. 

"It's never too late to become who you might have been." George Eliot

Monday, January 2, 2012

The First Taste

I wanted to share something that happened to me at work, the other day. As I mindlessly wandered about the store, straightening up books for the gazillionth time, I overheard a couple, reading aloud, from the alternative health section. They were going over what kinds of foods effect you in which ways or which ones can heal certain maladies. Vaguely, I picked up on what they were trying to cure and I contemplated approaching them with the knowledge of my own. After awhile I heard the word elderberry being mentioned, and if you've been recently sick, I've most likely recommended this very same thing to you for your family. Taking in a big gulp of air, I calmly walked up to them and said how I overheard their conversation and wasn't sure exactly what they were trying to cure, but that elderberry was absolutely one of the best defenses against viruses. The woman said she suffered from Chronic Sinusitis and has been to the doctor several times and aside from being prescribed antibiotics, nothing has helped her get better and it's actually gotten much worse to the point of possibly having to have surgery on her nasal cavities to open them up and allow her to breathe normally. I told them of all the benefits of elderberry and asked her a few other questions as far as what she's tried and also recommended a couple other things that might help her out. We talked for a good 10-15 minutes and I really felt like I was helping this woman with her problem. She was very grateful for my suggestions too. After I walked away from them I had this overwhelming sense of pride for having the knowledge to share with these people who were desperately searching for an answer. Although, after I left them alone to their own devices, I overheard her saying how she doesn't like to drink a lot of water...I almost kicked myself for not suggesting proper hydration, but I was not about to approach them again and tell her how she was ruining any chance of recovery by dehydrating her body. *sigh* Oh well. Another time, perhaps.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Welcome to 2012

I tend to shy away from making ridiculously, unreachable goals, especially as a New Year's Resolution. This year is different. This year, I am making a huge decision in my career and my goal for 2012 is to quit my current job, learn something fairly new, and makeover the way that I make money for myself and my family, along with being happy in what I'm accomplishing. I have said many times that I would not go back to school. I did it straight out of high school, loved it, met some amazing people, but essentially let it fall by the way side, got married and had a child instead. At the time, I was okay with the way things panned out. I always wanted to fall in love, find the right man, and be with him forever. Kids were never really part of that plan, but once our daughter came along it was absolutely the best thing we could have ever created together. I love my family. I love the life we have made, but I am not happy in my career choices. There are no regrets, because I have met some great friends along the way, but I feel like being almost 32 and stuck in retail management is really not so good for my mental health. So, a few days ago I stumbled upon a school that a distant cousin and current fitness instructor (I'm not sure if that's the correct term) had listed on her facebook profile page and googled it instantly. After looking it over and reading several reviews about what the intention of this institution was based upon, I decided to set up an appointment for a call that's scheduled for tomorrow morning. I know myself and I know that I get excited about new ideas and often second guess myself and never follow through, but I honestly feel like this will be different. I talked it over with Dan and I will talk it over again, after I receive more information about everything it entails, but he was on board as soon as I mentioned that I wanted to do this. Basically, I'd be learning about health and nutrition and how to start up my own private practice with this knowledge. I have a friend who would love to be a personal trainer and we've been talking about possibly going into business together, which would be so perfect for the both of us. I'm pretty knowledgeable in nutrition as medicine and with my own personal experience with getting healthy I have been helping friends stay motivated and helping them eat better and make better choices with food and exercise and I know I can take this further to actually make something of myself and continue to help others while making a living doing so. (Holy run on sentence!) In any case, this is my goal and tomorrow is where I make a change for the better. I'm nervous and anxious and scared, but I will not let fear take center stage in this life altering decision. I've finally found something meaningful to do with my career and I'm running with it, no matter how hard it may seem in the beginning. Here's to a new year and a better me! Cheers!