I am so, so, so excited. On Monday I begin a yearlong schooling program through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to earn my certificate to become a health coach! This is going to be the perfect career for me.
The program is entirely online, which at first I wasn't geeked about because I like human interaction but actually, this way I can still work part or full-time (if I find a job this year) AND it allows me to choose my schedule. The program is very comprehensive--its founder, Joshua Rosenthal, has a PhD in Education and Nutrition--and includes not only nutritional training but business training. The latter is invaluable. IIN will provide me a website, business cards and other literature as well as necessary paperwork for when I start seeing clients.
This last part brings me to another respectable aspect of this program. I can start seeing clients halfway through my training! Similar to an internship, this will give me real world experience, not to mention boost my confidence and know-how in the field.
I've decided to keep a journal as I embark upon this journey so that I have a place to document my thoughts, passions, intentions, inspirations, knowledge learned and anything else! In my zealous state, I rushed out to the store yesterday to buy a journal. I've already filled up, like, five pages...ha!
I've also decided that I'm going to make a relatively modest-sized recipe book of my favorite salad creations and illustrate the book using cut paper. I have the initial goal of doing one illustration per weekend and I hope I can stick to it! It took me nearly all of today. It was a ton of work. Enjoyable but kind of exhausting. It took me back to my senior thesis project, which consumed ALL of me. I don't want that again, which is why I think one illustration per week is a manageable, but still challenging, goal.
Here's what I worked on today: