“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman
I have always envied people who truly love their jobs – people who enjoy going to work, who enjoy what they do, who are happy with their career. I was not one of them. Every day, I dreaded going into work. I felt so unfulfilled. Yes, it may be cliche, but I really wanted to be making a difference in the world. I wanted to be helping people, actually helping people.
I think, at least for some, you have to hit a certain level of unhappiness before realizing you have to make a drastic change and take a giant risk/leap to try to get where you want to be.
I started thinking of things I enjoy, and trying to combine them into something that I could do (as a career, way of life) that would also be helping people.
-I’ve always loved baking, and people have told me I should open a bakery; but I don’t want to be baking things that I wouldn’t eat because they’re filled with sugar and gluten. (And the last few times I have brought in baked goods to work, my friends have found it interesting that I wouldn’t eat what I had baked. I wanted to eat it, sure, but no more gluten for me.)
-I’ve always loved writing, and I really love sharing information. I post so many articles and links on Facebook, and I send so many articles to friends/family, hoping to encourage them on health/fitness journeys (or to start those journeys).
-I love CrossFit. I love trying to convince people to try CrossFit. I love talking about CrossFit. I love watching CrossFit. You get the idea. 🙂
-I love sharing paleo recipes. I love making recipes so people can try a dish and think, wow, that’s paleo?
-I love reading paleo/nutrition blogs.
-I like listening to people and trying to figure out problems/issues.
-I coached a high school tennis team and a Girls On The Run team, and really loved seeing the girls’ progression and improvement over the season.
I struggled with trying to put the above together. I read this Balanced Bites post and tried to make a diagram and find the “hedgehog.” I talked to friends, trying to get input on what they thought I might be good at. I think I even threw around the phrase “health coach” before I knew it was really a title. (I thought about how I would enjoy coaching people in health and fitness, but not just being a trainer, and not just being a nutritionist.) I’ve also been interested in mindfulness and meditation; after some pretty stressful life situations, I realized I needed a new way to deal with stress, a new way to gain focus.
I attended a paleo event where Gina at Simplistic Wholistic spoke about her journey and mentioned the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Then, I read this post by Larry Palazzolo, and it just clicked. I want to be a health coach. I want to share health, nutrition, and wellness information with people, to try to help them reach their optimal levels of health and wellness. At first I kept thinking, wait, I’m not an expert, who would take advice from me? Then I happened to see this quote posted by WellnessFX:
“Every pro was once an amateur. Every expert was once a beginner. So dream big. And start now.”
And, again, ideas just seemed to click. So here I am, pursuing further education to become a health coach. I’ll be posting links to interesting health/fitness/nutrition articles and information, as well as updates on my personal journey (workout progress, nutritional progress, etc.) and some recipe attempts. (Anyone who knows me knows that, though I have always loved baking, I have always HATED cooking. I mean hated. Cooking egg whites and plain chicken and ravioli was the extent of my cooking knowledge. I don’t hate cooking anymore. And if I can learn to cook, anyone can, seriously!)
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