Hi! Happy Sunday!
As some of you may know (if you were following me on social media this weekend), I am currently headed home from the Institute of Integrative Nutriton’s annual conference. This was my third year in a row to attend - and each time I have walked away feeling more inspired and motivated than ever before.
For those of you who don’t know, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, also called IIN, is where I went to school to earn my license as a health coach. It is (now) an online program that is almost guaranteed to change your life.
This year, IIN decided to host the annual conference in Miami! As a newbie to Miami, I was not aware of how perfect this destination was for a group of 2,500 health coaches to come and reunite. All I can say is that it was MAGIC.
Before my arrival, I felt myself resisting the conference. I wasn’t sure if I was making the right choice by going. I caught myself thinking “I have a whole lot of work I should be catching up on this weekend, is this really the best use of my time?” And, “Do I really need to be spending all of this money to be here for 3 days?” “Maybe I should stay home and get a refund on my ticket.” However, there was something else telling me “You booked this trip for a reason. And you wouldn’t be going if your weren’t supposed to be there.” So, I listened to my inner voice which was leading from a place of trust, rather than my inner voice that was leading from a place of fear, and I packed my bags and hopped on the plane.
At at the start of the conference, I was overwhelmed with love and gratitude. I caught myself crying in the audience as I listened to stories of other coaches who had saved lives, risen above, and who were (and are) changing the world.
One story that really moved me was from an IIN graduate who really and truly saved her brothers life. Her brother was on life support after a terrible accident and they encouraged her to pull the plug, saying there was no hope left and that he wasn’t going to wake up. His life was over. But she disagreed. She knew there one thing a hospital would not do to try to save him - and that was to heal him back to life from the inside out. After 7 months of tube feeding him fresh pressed vegetable juices, he woke up. Today, he is alive, thriving, and living his BEST life with no cognitive distinction. After this experience, the IIN Grad was driven to quit her corporate career of 17 years and open a juice bar. She is now opening her second location and she is fueling and educating her community about the power of plants.
Can you see why I was crying?! Stories like this one were shared all weekend long. Each one reminding me of the power and need for health coaches in our world today.
Aside from learning new material and being inspired by other graduates and guest speakers like Depak Chopra, the conference truly served as a way for me to realign my purpose and realize that I am not alone in this effort. As you can imagine, being in a room for 2,500 other health coaches is a pretty powerful thing.
As I travel home and absorb all of the information from the weekend, I just feel grateful to be here. I feel thankful for my own journey that led me here. I feel thankful for all of my clients who allow me to be apart of their journey. I feel thankful for all of the people who come to my workshops and allow me to share my passion with them. I feel thankful for all of the people who have assisted me in building my business and taken the time to guide me in the right direction. And I feel thankful for IIN and the ripple effect they are creating in this world.
If you or someone you know is in need of a health coach, I would love to help.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a health coach, I urge you (or them) to do so. If you change your life, you will change those around you. And I can assure you it is the most rewarding career path you could ever imagine. Head over to my “Become a Health Coach” page to learn more!
(Note: Use my name as a referral source when inquiring about IIN and you’ll receive one hefty discount!)
That’s all for now! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. As always, please reach out if you have any questions!