I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I’m voluntarily going back to school! After college I always said that I’d only go back to school if my job required it and/or paid me to go. Well, my job’s not paying for it, but the life change I want does require it. I’ve decided to pursue a certification in nutritional therapy!
I’ve been interested in real food nutrition for several years now, and I always had a fantasy of getting some sort of education and helping others learn about health and nutrition. I never really talked about this before because I felt like I’d be a fraud learning about nutrition when I can’t take care of my own body. I’d tell myself, if I can manage to lose weight and get healthy then I’ll look into it. I’ve spent a lot of time this past year working on my relationship with food, and a large part of that is working on my relationship with myself. Between group therapy and working as a Beautycounter consultant, I’ve gained self confidence and mostly feel good about who I am, but I still felt like I had to wait until I looked the part before I could pursue any type of formal nutrition education.
Last month I met with a woman from my networking group for coffee. We shared our stories and found we have a lot of similar passions. I mentioned my desire to become a health coach and through our conversation I realized that the only person who cares what I look like is me. So I decided to just do it. After a bit of research, I decided to test the waters with a more affordable, non-accredited class. The Balanced Bites Master Class starts on July 9, and if that goes well I’ll be signing up to study with the Nutritional Therapy Association in the fall to become a Nutritional Therapy Counselor.
It’s all still very new and a little scary, but that mix of excitement and nerves tells me I’m doing the right thing. The best part about all of this is that YOU will benefit from my new knowledge! I can’t wait to dig in and learn about real food nutrition so that I can provide you with even more great content.
Do you have any fantasies or passions you haven’t pursued yet? What’s holding you back?