Three quarters into my gap year something magical happened–a vision for my future materialized out of thin air. I guess I owe a big thank you to everyone who said that if I made room in my life for something better, it would appear.
I’ve been looking for an outlet to use my marketing and business experience in the health and wellness industry, ideally combined with food. Because everything’s better with food, right?
A chance conversation with my naturopath introduced me to the concept of health coaches, professionals who help clients make lifestyle changes to help them enjoy healthier, better, longer lives.
At first I was a little skeptical. I mean, if someone wants to make changes they could go online and figure it out themselves, right? That’s what I did. Except it took me three years and I’m still learning, and I’ve endured a painful amount of trial and error. And I doubted I could make real money any time soon. But the more I looked into it the more I felt a passion for it. Others could benefit from my years of trial and error, and I could help them avoid the same pitfalls, mistakes and enormous investment of time.
So after a thorough researching of health coaching programs I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s online school. Why the Institute for Integrative Nutrition? I like their emphasis on whole foods and a holistic approach that recognizes that food is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. I’ll be trained to help clients optimize their life, not just their menus. I’m sure it will help me too! It’s a part-time, 11 month program. In the spring I will start seeing clients on a trainee basis and in less than a year I will be a certified health coach.
Which is exciting enough, but wait, there’s more!
Once I opened the door to health coaching, a boatload of ideas came rushing in. I had no idea I was so entrepreneurial. My mind immediately went to how to turn this into a real business. I have a multi-pronged plan, never fear, dear friends. Eventually I’d like to open a wellness center with health coaches, yoga, acupuncture, etc. And launch a lifestyle product line and book(s). Basically become a force to be reckoned with and take over the world.
(Evil laugh, evil laugh, evil laugh)
But you’ll see more on that later, as my plans for worldwide wellness industry domination start to come together.
In the meantime, a girls’ gotta eat, and organic veggies don’t come cheap… so while I am earning my degree I will be lining up incremental revenue opportunities. My first product line is doTERRA essential oils. If you’re not familiar with essential oils, they’re a lot more than aromatherapy. They pack a wallop of benefits into a few drops. I am now a sales consultant—drop me a line if you’d like to learn more.
In the fall I will start looking for part-time marketing gigs in the health and wellness industry. If you know anyone who has a fitness, supplement, organic foods, etc., company and needs some marketing help, please think of me!! I need to learn the industry and earn a little green, and could probably be a big help to them.
Thanks for following my journey!