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?