I have been blogging for over a year now and it’s been an amazing experience. It has challenged me to become more organized, be more creative, and really put myself out into the world. Through this past year, I have had many people reach out to me through email, social media, and in person asking for more personalized advice tailored to their unique lifestyle. It’s been so rewarding to play a part in helping others achieve their health goals, big or small.
My husband recently asked me what I am going to do with my free time once my youngest starts school in the fall of 2018. “I have so much to do already!” I replied. “I run this household, I do all of the shopping, cooking, cleaning, and taking the kids to their activities. I work behind the scenes with the merchandising for our dance studios, I work on the blog and all the social media posting that go along with it. I’ve been taking a food photography course online to improve my skills. The older kids are only in school for 7 and half hours a day, I don’t think I’ll have that much more free time when the youngest is at school too!”
“I know you.” he said. “You’ll get all of the things you have to do done in a week and then be bored out of your mind sitting around the house waiting for them to come home. What do YOU want to do with your free time.”
I’ll admit that I was stumped. I hadn’t though about what I wanted outside of being a mother for quite a while. I have an IAPM certification, but going back to teaching full time didn’t seem like the right direction for me. The blog has been a great creative outlet, but creating recipes isn’t a longterm goal of mine. My real passion lies in nutrition and helping others reclaim their health. I want to be able to help more people. Not just send recipes out into the inter-webs and hope that people like them. I really want to help people achieve their own personal health goals.
I looked into becoming a dietician or nutritionist, but the years of schooling that I would need to complete (and the mounting student loans that I would accrue) didn’t appeal to me. Neither did the prospect of being taught information by the very industries that are doing so much damage to the health of Americans.
I want to be able to help people now.
So in addition to being a mother of 3, running a household, working on studio merchandising, and running this blog, I’ve enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® to become a certified Health Coach.
I am so excited about this opportunity to learn, grow, and ultimately build my own Health Coaching business in order to help my clients reach their fullest health potential. I love that the school teaches you to look at the WHOLE person, and not just what they are eating. Relationships, spiritual practice, career, and exercise are all a concern when you’re trying to better your health.
While building a health coaching practice is fantastic, I would also love to bring some change to the inner cities of Dallas where food insecurity is a big issue. People living in these areas often lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables compounded by the fact that they are often on government assisted food programs and living well below the poverty line. The rates of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer are much higher in this demographic due to socioeconomic factors, not genetics. My goal is to find and link up with an organization that can help bring change in this area and educate people on how and why to eat healthier within their means.
I understand that over the coming year of the course that I will be challenged and will have to be more organized with my time than ever before.
Which brings me to the future of this blog. I do not in any way want to abandon With Love & Veggies. On the contrary! I want to be able to share what I learn with you! With that being said, I want to devote as much time as I can to the course so I can fully immerse myself in the experience and get everything I can out of it. For now, I will go from posting once a week to once a month (the first Wednesday of every month). If I find that I am able to post twice a month, I certainly will!
I hope you’ll stay with me through this journey. I really appreciate all of your support and all of the lovely comments and messages that you send. I am so excited about what the future holds and how I can share all of this new information with all of you.
With Love and Veggies,