A Change of Direction

Life is strange….you literally never know what’s around the corner.

 

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This time last year, when I started this blog on the recommendation of IIN, I was studying to be a Health Coach. At that time, I had every intention of setting up a clinical practice. I love health & nutrition and I really wanted to help others. Perfect right? The only thing was, that as the time progressed I felt less and less drawn to this type of coaching.

I tried to ignore these feelings, making excuses, thinking that maybe I was just afraid of change. But I knew deep down that wasn’t it….my life has had constant change, and I’ve always embraced it with open arms……so no, change didn’t scare me. Perhaps it was guilt? After all I had invested heavily (financially & otherwise), to get this education. I had left a business & a business partner in order to dedicate myself fully to it. I had told anyone who would listen, how much I loved the course and how I was going to be a Health Coach. It was a badge I wore with pride.

On consideration, I decided to allow myself some time to figure it all out. Maybe I would just keep blogging for now and see where it would take me…..but to be perfectly honest, I’m not sure the world needs another health blog. There are sooo many out there already. All the blogging advice you read says that you must speak in your own voice and from the heart. Good advice no doubt, but when you sit to write an article about the health benefits of such & such, don’t you just find yourself regurgitating what you’ve learnt, and what has been posted on numerous health blogs, numerous times before?? That began to feel like a hell of a lot of work, not a single bit fun and not how I wanted to spend my time!

Life is short no matter how long you live. It’s to be celebrated and enjoyed, and for seeking out happiness where ever you can. There is no shame in changing your mind…..the shame lies in knowing you have and not doing anything about it.

I am just as passionate about health & nutrition as I ever was, and I will continue to write here, but from now on, it will be from the heart and not what I think is expected of me! I’m looking forward to my new adventures, and to bringing you all along for the ride. And most importantly, I am looking forward to living My “Life Less Ordinary”

Love & Leafy Greens,

Xoxox

What’s Your Personality Type?

How well do you really know yourself? If somebody were to ask you right now, what your best qualities and greatest strengths are, would you be able to answer?

While the phrase “taking time out to find yourself” may conjure up images of free-spirited hippies on the beaches of Goa in the 1960’s, it should not be a luxury afforded only to the young, or to the incredibly wealthy. Imagine how much easier our lives would be, if we really understood who we are, and why we do the things we do.  It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that we would be happier, have better relationships, and more meaningful careers.

Personal development is  a big part of my journey to become a Holistic Health Coach with IIN and last week we were introduced to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  This is a questionnaire that aims to identify our characteristics based on our preferences. You can find out more about it here, or you can take a version of it  here.

Me, I’m  an ISFJ

Some characteristics of people with ISFJ personality types are;

  • Reliable, stable and down-to-earth
  • Enjoys order and structure
  • Dislikes conflict and confrontation
  • Kind, warm-hearted and considerate
  • Practical-minded
  • Likes concrete information
  • Very aware of other people’s feelings

But the best part for me was the discovery that ISFJ types do well in healthcare professions, particularly counselling and coaching!! It confirms to me again, that I am exactly where I am meant to be, and that finally, I am on the right path. Why did I not hear about this years ago?

I challenge you all to find out your “type”-you never know what you might learn!

Enjoy!

What I Learned From Deepak Chopra

I am a luminous star-dust being with self-awareness.

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And guess what? So are you!

How amazing is that?!

 

Deepak Chopra taught me this last weekend.  I’ve decided to dedicate 2014 to growth; or more accurately, personal growth. I have a tendency to remain firmly within the confines of my comfort zone, and therefore a big part of this challenge will be  saying yes to opportunities. Not only the kind of opportunities that come banging loudly, but also those that are  merely a persistent thought, or a sense of unexplained hopefulness felt somewhere between waking & sleeping.

My first opportunity appeared in january and I said NO! Fortunately for me the universe had heard my intention loud and clear and wasn’t willing to let me off the hook that easily. A day later I got a seemingly impossible second chance and literally at the 11th hour, with ten minutes to spare, I jumped in and signed up with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition,  the worlds largest nutrition school.  I will spend the next 12 months training to be a Holistic Health Coach and I will share my experiences here.

This is not my first rodeo, hell no! I’m a fully certified Dietary Coach but that is only the beginning of this story. A Leaf Less Ordinary will act as my yardstick, so that from time to time I can pause, reflect and ask myself the hard questions;

  • Am I pushing my boundaries and growing every day?
  • Am I staying focused and true to me?
  • Am I genuinely living a life that is less ordinary?

I am a mother (a single one at that). I am a daughter, a sister, a friend. I have been a student and a teacher, a follower and a leader, an employee and an employer. I have experienced great happiness, deep sorrow & everything in between. My story is your story, just as yours is mine. Why?

Because I am a luminous star-dust being with self-awareness, and so are you.

Will you join me on this journey?

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