If a year ago you would have told me that at this very moment I would be a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and working for myself, I would have thought you were crazy!
For years, I knew the career path I was heading down wouldn't be for me forever. Sure, I was successful and there were certainly bright spots in my 10 year advertising & marketing career, but I always knew there was some missing. I knew there was more. I knew I could be more.
To say my wellness journey has had many starts and stops would be an understatement. I first started focusing on my wellness in college when after several years of suffering, I finally admitted my issues with disordered eating and body image issues. I sought help and began to heal slowly. While many would say that incorporating pizza and beer into my diet wasn't healthy, it was healthy for me to begin having a normal relationship with food!
Overtime, I began to get my focus my efforts on healthier foods. Even in my senior year of college, I would travel every week to the "better" supermarket which sold farm fresh produce and other quality products. I was that person cooking salmon when everyone else was eating mac & cheese for dinner. Cooking for myself was a form of freedom and a way to treat my body well after so many years of mistreatment.
When I graduated, I had high ambitions to put my degree in Marketing/Advertising to good use. I moved back in with my parents but commuted everyday to New York City once I found what appeared to be a dream job in a large, well-known advertising agency. I worked long hours and often found myself commuting an hour home after 11pm only to be back before 8am the next day.
And soon, I started to see my hard work pay off and be recognized as I continued to move up the ladder. Looking back, I think on the surface I was happy, but I was tired and deep down something just wasn't right.
As I got deeper into my corporate career, I began to look at ways to keep my passion for cooking alive. I was constantly cooking with any spare time I had and relied on home cooking to keep my expenses down when I finally moved into the city by myself. I started a food blog but with my schedule it was almost impossible to upkeep.
While health and wellness had been a part of my life for awhile it was always focused on food. At one point, I considered going back to culinary school but at only a year or two out of college and with the small paychecks to prove it, that just wasn't in the cards.
Then, after a few more years in the corporate world, I first discovered the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. A friend from college was working in the Marketing department and had herself become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. After doing some research on my own, I reached out to her and we spoke about the program.
I was so fascinated by everything I saw about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As someone who had struggled with disordered eating, I appreciated that "wellness" wasn't just about the food you put on your plate and also dove deep into spiritual practices and overall well-being.
Unfortunately, reality soon set in and I recognized it just wasn't right for me at the time. I'm not sure if it was the money, or the time commitment but while I knew this could be something for me, I knew I
So instead, I continued to push my body and mind in a career that didn't fulfill me. This continued for awhile until I reached a point of overall exhaustion.
Coming Up: How I recognized the imbalances in my life as they related to work and broke through the barriers that held me back from pursuing my dream life. Read about it here.