My first blog is like staring at my first blank page of a creative writing assignment when I was in school. They used to say, just start writing, so here I am.
It would be wonderful if this blog served to inspire women (and the men who love them) to share their stories of great transformation in their lives. For example, I had two big birthdays in my adulthood that prompted me to make major changes in my life.
When I turned 30, I left a six-year relationship and moved from Michigan to Massachusetts for a new job in health care public relations. I had promised myself that if I got the job I wanted I would quit smoking, so I did. I also cut my hair, found a new apartment and started that new job. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done, because I had to grow and change as a result.
I went through a period of mourning for that relationship, which was never quite what I wanted. Suddenly, I had to re-examine who I was as an independent woman and that was hard.
When I turned 50, I was running a community health center as a CEO. I had been there 14 years and I was feeling like I needed to do something that had a greater impact on people’s lives. I could no longer tolerate aspects of my life and work that didn’t fit with who I was, so I began searching the internet for something that would resonate with me.
I discovered the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City and read every word on their website. This was it! They had experts in health and nutrition from around the world and I could earn my certification in nine months. I took the train from Providence to New York on the weekend once a month for two days of classes. Sunday nights I would head back to Massachusetts to start my regular work week.
I always thought I ate a healthy diet, based on what I learned from my mother. But I had gained several pounds over the years that were difficult to lose. I went to a well-known weight loss program that helped me lose some of the weight before I plateaued and decided that at my age this must be where I was destined to stay.
Was I wrong! From what I learned at IIN, I began eating whole foods and explored food allergies, eliminating a couple of mainstays from my diet and voila! The weight literally fell off. I have been back to the same size I was in high school ever since.
I started thinking more clearly and people noticed improvements in my skin and hair. When they asked me what I was doing, I told them I was eating better. They shook their heads in disbelief.
After about six months of building my new business, Your Health Potential, I left my 14-year position. I was thrilled to be pursuing my new passion–to help women enjoy healthy, nourished bodies, experience abundance and fall in love with their lives!
The journey as a soul-inspired entrepreneur has been exciting, sometimes scary, and greatly rewarding. I recently finished my certification in life purpose coaching to help women discover and pursue their own life purpose, along with learning the business strategies that can help them attain financial success.
I would love to hearing about your seminal moments and what you have learned along the way. I invite you to join me in supporting each other on our journeys toward full bloom magnificence!