Someone asked me that question recently, and it shook me. Not because my journey hasn’t changed me, but because of the many ways it has.
Just sitting here in front of my computer, notebook open, peppermint tea to my left, composing this post, is scary. Terrifying. Answering this question wrong could hurt in so many ways. It could hurt my ego. It could hurt my school. It could hurt my brand. But most of all, it could hurt the young lady that asked, and anyone that reads this that dreams of a career in holistic healing.
Yes, I said healing. I am a healer. I am a preventer, first and foremost. But I can heal. I studied on my own before every enrolling at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Then I studied even more over the last year… I still study, every single day. I will never, ever, as long as I live, be finished studying.
How can I heal? I can take you on the journey of your life. Think about it. You can graduate from a prestigious school, land your dream job, meet the love of your life, create a life, raise a life, and watch your legacy go on through grandchildren. You could, but you can’t honestly be present in those moments or enjoy them, without your health. This is where I can heal, I can prevent, I can teach.
If you are already at a place in your life where your health is degenerating and you struggle to be present in the gifts the Universe is giving you, I can help you. I can teach you to heal yourself from the inside out, naturally, without the use of poisonous chemicals and “medicines.” With fresh, organic foods and organic herbs, I can be with you on the journey of your life, back to good health and a present mind and heart. I can be there with you when you realize the abundance of your worth.
For the young and old in “ok” health but lacking that spark, that feeling of being awake in the world, I can help you with that. I can teach you to grow and thrive on the gifts of our earth. I can speak with you, meditate with you, go shopping with you, cook with you. All of these actions are a gift! You are able to improve your life through such simple means.. simple things like plants and quiet time in your own head and heart that seem so small but are actually the most important things in the world!
The gift of a long, healthy, abundant life. That is what I, as a health coach, can give to someone.
To my love.
To my children.
Being a health coach has in no way made me perfect. It has, however, made me vastly aware of the fact that people are watching me. Looking to me, modeling me. No, I’m not super famous, and no, I’m not even a little famous. I’m simply here, living my life transparently, for anyone that may be paying attention. Yes, I make mistakes, and yes, I sometimes don’t always have the best, or most productive, days. Yes… sometimes I cave and eat an oreo. Or some candy corn. But that is part of me, part of my journey. I love my journey, and I want to help you love yours, too.
I sit up straighter. I don’t swear as much. I have become “that mom” that other parents roll their eyes at because I won’t let my kids have a can of Mt. Dew at their kid’s birthday party…. or because I have a slight psychotic episode when we’re at their kid’s birthday party and my husband DID let our kid have a can of Mt. Dew.
When I get sick, or my kids, or my husband, we no longer turn to the medicine cabinet or the drug store. Yes, sometimes modern medications are needed. But not always. I try to heal us with herbal remedies first. Proper nutrition, exercise, and some good herbs, I believe and know, are what a body needs to be healthy and mend itself. Occasionally we may need a little boost, but not often. Listen to your body.
I don’t slather my family down with chemicals, we try to avoid them. Natural cleaners, toothpastes, deodorants… small changes make big impacts.
There are so, so many ways becoming a health coach has changed my life. I am more in touch with my body, more in touch with my family, more in touch with my own spirit. I know that for me to be happy and function, my bare feet need to be on the earth for a couple of hours each week, if not each day. I know my purpose. I know my course in life. To heal, to prevent, through the natural gifts the Universe has placed on my planet.
To live in balance.
To be modern, in a traditional way.
To erase doubt.
To devote myself.
To rise up.
I am a health coach. I am a healer, a preventer, an advocate for physical and spiritual nutrition and knowledge.
I am confident.
I am love.