So I have to apologize off the bat because I’ve been a little unfair to you, my loyal friends and readers. You see, I really dislike cliffhangers and teasers that get dragged out for a while and here I’ve gone and done that to y’all in the past couple of weeks. If you follow me on Twitter you might know that life is interesting right now but I’m really excited to share some big news with y’all today!
Long time readers might remember that in the fall I took a few MBA classes to see if I wanted to apply to an MBA program through work. I’m glad I tried it out because I quickly realized that an MBA program wasn’t for me and went back to refining an idea I’ve been somewhat silently tossing around for the better part of a year.
Starting this blog has helped me uncover a passion for sharing knowledge and helping folks with food intolerances, allergies, and are looking to take control of their health and diet (read: ways of eating). I’ve always loved looking into people’s pantries and refrigerators. More and more families and individuals are dealing with food allergies and intolerances as allergy testing is more common these days. And finally, my favorite parts of the work that I do are the coaching, training, and mentoring pieces. These things make me feel alive and really happy.
In a moment of “I hate business school” wallowing I bought a journal and started writing out a business plan that combined my passions and interests into something I could see myself doing well into the future wherever I might be living. The thing was, there were a few big questions that I didn’t know how to answer. That is, until I discovered a certification program that seemed like it was designed for me.
I began researching the Institute for Integrative Nutrition back in December and since then have been contemplating and rethinking and dragging my feet on making a commitment. That is, until I realized that I was getting in the way of myself and deterring my dreams for no good reason!
On Memorial Day I officially enrolled in the July 2011 Health Coach Training Program and am excited to begin school in less than a month. This program seems to be designed for me and I’m confident that it will give me the skills, resources, and networks to be successful in launching my own business in the [near] future!
I’ll be sharing more on my dream business as time goes on but I just couldn’t keep the secret from y’all any longer!
A few things to note – 1) the program is distance learning and part time so I will continue to work in addition to my education, 2) I don’t intend to use this blog as a platform to preach anything that you aren’t used to seeing here on the Gluten Free Grazer. Things may evolve over time but I want to keep work things separate for the most part!
For so long I’ve been on the fence about taking this step towards achieving a long-term dream and after finally listening to my heart, my friends and family, and a plethora of quotes in motivational / “take charge of your life” books I cannot tell you how relieved and happy I’ve been. I truly feel like I’ve taken a big step towards my goal and am high on momentum and a feeling of owning my actions and my life. It’s empowering, it’s motivating, and I can only imagine what will come in the next year!