Two thousand thirteen was a year of tremendous change and growth for me. Both of my sons graduated: my oldest from college and my baby from high school. These graduations marked a huge transition, both inspiring me to think about what my “new” life would look like. Being a part-time, work from home mom for all of my kids’ lives was no longer necessary. It was now time for me to think about what I wanted next.

It is funny how sometimes freedom to do what you want can be both exciting but also a bit scary.

It took me months, but eventually the light bulb went off in the middle of the night and I realized exactly what I wanted to do, what I had always loved and was passionate about. I decided to go back to school to formally study nutrition with the goal of becoming a health and wellness coach. I have always loved both people and healthy food. In looking back, it surprises me that it took so long for me to realize what is now an obvious step.

I started a year-long course at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. At first it was hard to add another ten to fifteen hours of school work into my already busy schedule, but I loved it(!) and so, like all of us, found time for what I wanted and was motivated to do. The material I studied was fascinating, and I could not wait for each new module to be presented to learn more and more.

It is now mid-January, 2014 and my year of schooling is nearing an end (I graduate in February). I am beyond grateful that I already have the beginnings of an amazing health coaching practice. My clients are strong-minded, intelligent women who are inspired to improve their lives and their health, and who are willing to do the work to get there. Each one has added so much to my life…it has been nothing short of a joy! One of the best facets of teaching is that it keeps one a perpetual learner, and I learn much about the human spirit from my clients.

As I continue down this path, I invite you to join me. Come along! I would love to hear what you are doing to fulfill your dreams, to become the best you possible.

Here’s to an enlightened, healthy and exciting year!

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