What I learned from Fitbloggin- Part Two

Yesterday, I touched on some of the blogging tips that I learned at Fitbloggin, and today I want to share more personal reflections.  I came away feeling very inspired.  It was a wonderful mix of fitness professionals, authors and writers, established and newbie bloggers.  I started realizing that I’m ready for part-time work again, and began to wonder if I could somehow combine all of my interests and passions together and go in a slightly new direction.

Most of the full-time bloggers are also trying to publish articles, do freelance work, write a book, or produce fitness YouTube videos. Yes, it’s nice to know I can make a little bit with my blog, but ultimately, I started writing to connect with people…. to share our journeys, tips, and inspiration.  For me, it’s about relationships.

On the plane ride home, I spent some time  brainstorming things I learned, who I am, what I am passionate about, and what direction I see myself going next.  I spent the last year as a stay-at-home mom which I am thoroughly enjoying, but I am also ready to give back a little more and have my hands in something else.

My list of passions, skills and interests looked something like this:

  • running, fitness, nutrition, holistic health, whole foods, environmental issues, living simply
  • social work, non-profit management and development, counseling, listening, coaching, administering
  • community health, under-served populations, youth and families, seeking restoration/wholeness/hope

All of this brainstorming and reflecting led me to realize I’m ready to combine these interests.  After several helpful conversations over the Fitbloggin weekend, and a few more with my husband and friends, I decided to sign up with Integrative Nutrition to become a health coach.

I have always had a great deal of respect for this program, and spoke with two graduates at Fitbloggin who were extremely encouraging.  This school has a unique approach that looks at the whole person (emotional, physical, spiritual) as well as training in nutrition.  That completely resonates with me.  Plus, I want a flexible schedule right now, and this program would allow me to choose as few or as many clients as I’d like at at time.

In the long run, I’d like to combine this training in a non-profit setting somehow.  Maybe a program that can training community leaders in health practices, setting up running clubs in elementary schools, offer group sessions on taking charge of one’s health… I’m excited about the possibilities.

This feels like the right next step for me at this stage of life, while my daughter is young.  I want to be available to her yet also slowly get back into the working world in some capacity.  Classes start in three weeks!

In the mean time, I have a toddler who still looks to me for everything, a meal plan to execute this week, and a ten mile race on Sunday that I’m already nervous about… 🙂

And finally, I have winners! The winner of the canvas photo is….     Katie
And the winner of the Appetite for Life cookbook is………        Clarinda

Congrats, ladies! Email me your address so we can get you set up.

Do you find fulfillment in what you do for a living? Can/should our “work” combine our passions?

63 thoughts on “What I learned from Fitbloggin- Part Two

  1. It sounds like you are definitely in a good place. I put everything on hold when I started over again with another baby, and I think when the youngest is 2, I’ll be where you are right now and have some kind of direction. Definitely have had an awakening recently and realized life is too short. Even though I loved my teaching job, it doesn’t allow me enough time with my kids, so now I am determining my other passions and finding part time work that will allow me to spend 95% of the time with my kids.

    Everything sounds great! : ) Sounds like a beneficial trip! It got me thinking I should do something with my blog, but honestly, I don’t have the time or motivation right now.. maybe in a couple of years!

  2. That’s so awesome that you are going to begin that program, I’ve always dreamed of switching things up now that I have passions I didn’t know about during college. Good luck and ENJOY it!!
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  3. How exciting! I think ultimately what we do for a living should reflect our passions. I’m on mat leave right now and won’t be returning to my old job. The cost of two kids in daycare vs how much I make vs it’s not a job I love made the decision easy. Now I’m on the hunt for something I can do from home that I love, allows me to contribute a little, and that allows me to use my non-mom skills 🙂
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  4. I am SO excited for you and this new direction. It seems like a perfect fit. There are lots of amazing programs and organizations out there that combine community health and food and physical activity. I think that we talked about this before but there’s definitely a lot of cross over in our interests and passions. We’ll have to talk more about this at some point 🙂
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  5. This is SO great! What a perfect move for you. I love the idea of a holistic coach–I’m sure you’ll find a big clientele. And the timing is really good, too. Get your training in now and work to build up a business that you can tailor to your availability. Perfect!
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    • Thank you, Tamara! Yes- it’s kind of funny that all of this came out of Fitbloggin, but it got me thinking how I can tie health/fitness into my next career steps… and this is something I’ve talked about off and on for years. The timing finally feels right to take the plunge. 🙂
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  6. Great post! Being a Health Coach sounds like a perfect plan! I became a Wellness Coach a few years ago through Wellcoaches and I have enjoyed every minute of it. On another note, I have been having the same thoughts on what is next. I absolutely enjoy being a stay-at-home mom to my 2 year old son, but I want to give back and help others (while still being there for my son). So, we’ll see…
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  7. Very cool! And yes, something about this 2-3 year old phase I’ve gotten that itch, too… they’re not needing us quite as much, enjoying social time with other kids, the timing feels right to start a little something on the side.
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  8. This sounds so great! I would love to do something like that. You definitely inspired me to try and “grow” my blog. It seems like serious work though, and I don’t know that I have the time to commit. My main goal too is to meet others interested in the same things, see if I could ever help or encourage someone. I look forward to your posts on your new “school”.
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    • Thanks so much, Corey! I think so too… ready for something flexible on the side, and this is definitely an area I’m passionate about. I’m excited for some classes, too. My brain can use a little exercise!
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  10. That’s really cool. It sounds like the perfect thing for you. I can’t wait to hear more about it as time goes by! I don’t know how you do it though, having a kid and doing everything else! I sometimes feel like chunks of time are missing from my life!
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