I Know What I Want To Be When I Grow-up

Guess what people?  I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow-up.  It's been an interesting journey for me and I've tried my hand at lots of different gigs.  You know I like me a list, so here's a list:Things I've Done For Money

  • Fry Cook (I literally fried things in a restaurant)
  • Cashier (in a tiny grocery store)
  • Nanny (on a ranch in the middle of nowhere)
  • Assistant to English Professor (oh work study jobs)
  • Au-Pair (I got to live in Holland!)
  • Front Desk Clerk (multiple hotels, very bad uniforms)
  • Telemarketer (it is exactly the nightmare you are imagining)
  • Sawmill Secretary (I weighed timber loads on trucking scales and talked about 2x4's)
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Sales Person (made it for one shift, then literally ran away)
  • Truck Dispatcher (for real, I talked with truckers over a radio)
  • Freight Sales Person (I was abysmal at selling anything)
  • Import Logistics Assistant (need to move something from China to Houston on a ship?)
  • Grant Writer (I helped win an ALOT of money)
  • Finance Assistant (ironically, I am not a math whiz, but I am organized)

Now that you guys just about have my complete resume, you know I am not exaggerating when I say I've done alot of different gigs.  There were so many with so many crazy scenarios and interesting characters, I've honestly considered writing a book about it.  I needed all those jobs though, there was something I enjoyed at all of them (except telemarketing, which was hell with phones and fluorescent lighting and Abercrombie which was hell with cologne and more cologne) and I learned one valuable lesson over and over.  "This is not what I want to do with the rest of my life."

This spring my husband and I began to think about how we could adjust our life so that I could explore my next steps, so that I could figure out how I truly wanted to spend my valuable time.  Last month I transitioned to a job with a schedule that better fit my goals and since then I've thought alot about what I said in this post.  I wrote about how I've had to adapt my life goals due to autoimmunity and said this, " . . . I want to take [all my time] and use it to learn everything I can about managing and healing autoimmunity through nutritional approaches and lifestyle changes and then I want to spread the word.  I tricked illness by making it my passion."

I said to myself, "Self, duh!"  I'm going to become a health coach!  I have enrolled in a one year program and I start next week.  I am so excited and I feel like something inside of me just . . . CLICKED.  Over the last year many, many of you have reached out asking me for help on how to use food to heal or manage health problems.  Sometimes you just needed a kind, understanding ear and some encouragement as you've worked to find the nutrition template that was right for you.  The more of those interactions I had, the more I was certain I should take this step.  Autoimmunity prodded me toward incredible personal growth and all of you became recruiters to my new career aspiration.  Thanks for recruiting me through your trust in me with your struggles and encouragement that what I am putting out to this community is valued.  You should all add "Recruiter" to your resumes.

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13 thoughts on “I Know What I Want To Be When I Grow-up

  1. WooHoo! I am so happy you made this decision! I know you are going to be a great health coach! As someone recently told me, You Rock! 😉

    1. I am glad you have found your dream job.
      I too have done a variety of jobs, although not as many as you... everything from running my own business (making custom made cloth diapers as a WAHM) to teaching animal nutrition at a university and working in a lab. I have also been a cashier, a bar-tender, a waitress in a coffee shop and done customer service in a department store. Then I decided I needed a change.
      I wanted to help heal people so I went back to school and became a massage therapist. My next plans are to train as a reiki master, and I want to do some nutritional training as well so that I can give nutritional advice.

  2. Vanessa Colleran

    I am so glad to hear this news! Would you ever consider taking on clients via distance? (ie: I live in Canada and so far in my searching, I havn't found anyone that could mentor me locally (and that really knows the AIP/Autoimmunity. Could sure use someone like you on my team!!

  3. Congratulations to you!! Is there much difference between that and a holistic nutritionist? This has been on my mind for a while. I would have to be able to go at my own pace because I still have many days that I cannot do much and and its on those days I have issues with comprehension. Are you doing an online program? I would love to hear more about this. Thanks and again congratulations!! You rock!!!

    1. Hi Living Day 2 Day!! Thanks for reading. I can't really define for you the difference between holistic nutritionist & health coaching. I will be offering tons of course-related & personal study expertise on nutrition, my personal experience managing my health issues w/ diet, & an approach that says there is more to you than your diet. I am doing an on-line program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.


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