Updated: Oct 22, 2018
Photo Credit to Kaptured By Kristina
When I was in grade 12 I wrote that I was going to own my own yoga studio as my plans for after graduation. I have always wanted to own my own business. I loved the idea of working for myself, setting my own schedule, being in charge of my income and doing things the way I wanted. I knew that it would be a lot of work, but I thought it would be worth it.
After grade 12 I attended Business College, received my Business Administration Certificate and then got a job managing a yoga studio which was awesome! I practiced yoga ALL THE TIME, and worked with amazing people! But I eventually moved on from their to work at the Business College that I attended as a Student Loans Liaison. It was not my dream job but I had a great co-worker who I still consider a friend to this day and we always had fun.
I had a 4 month stint working at a mine, two weeks in and two weeks home. I wasn't working underground, I was the mine site admin, and it was horrible. Everyone told me not to do it, but the money seemed good and I thought it would be nice having two weeks off at a time. Ha! Let's just say, a paranoid vegetarian shouldn't ever go work at a mine. The two weeks off was not worth it, nor was the pay check. Then I got a job working for the city. It was a temp job, doing data entry. Also horrible. But at least I was home. I moved around in the city two more times over the year and then went on maternity leave with Lennon.
I had been counting down the days until maternity leave because I didn't like my job. Lennon was born July 2, 2014 and I remember thinking to myself that I would use that year to figure out something that I loved doing because I couldn't possibly go back to work AND put my baby in day care, for a job that I didn't LOVE. Especially when my husband was a Firefighter and absolutely loved his job. He would be so excited when he was going back to work after days off. I had never felt like that. Ever. Well.....plans changed slightly. When Lennon was 7 months old I was pregnant again! So the girls were going to be 16 months apart. We decided that I would stay home instead of going back to work early and so that is what I did. Lincoln was born on November 8, 2015. I love that I have been able to stay home with my girls since Lennon was born. I feel really lucky that I have been here for them, and that I have been able to be here for all their "firsts" but being home full time is actually really hard. Its 24/7 non-stop mom duties. It's not glamorous at all. No one is congratulating you for your good work. No one thinks you are even working! But it is exhausting, especially when your husband works shift work and you do so many nights by yourself. And throw in two (now three) terrible sleepers, and a baby who had ear issues and I haven't slept through the night in over four years! But truly, I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't imagine not being home with them.
Last year we decided to move out of the city and build a house. It was exciting and a great idea, and then we were pregnant with our third. I thought about going back to work for the year, but it was going to be too chaotic with the new house and the girls so I continued to stay home. It was a very tough year. My husband was either working at the firehall or working on the house. I was pregnant and full time, solo parent while trying to figure stuff out for the house. I know, first world problems. But it was actually tough! We moved into our house September 1, 2017, and Mila was born September 14! It was so nice to be in our new house, as a new family of 5. At the end of the year I knew I needed to figure out what I wanted to do. I wasn't going to be happy putting three little girls in day care and working for someone else making their dreams come true.
I was on Pinterest one day and came across something about a Health Coach and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
I literally had no idea what a Health Coach was but I had always been interested in all things health & wellness so I read more about it. It sounded perfect! Work from home and help people reach their health goals. I was in!
So I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) to become a Certified Health Coach. And that is what got me here! I totally believe that everything happens for a reason and I couldn't imagine a better gig for me. This is exactly what I should be doing. I teach yoga a couple times a week as well and I have such big plans for where I want to go with all of this. If you are interested in learning more about IIN click here to receive a free curriculum guide. If you know becoming a Health Coach is what you need to be doing too, click here to get started! And if you have questions for me, I would be more than happy to answer them all! Contact me here.