Stepping Into My Spotlight, and Getting Out of My Own Way

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The quote above is from an event I had the opportunity to attend last week in Las Vegas. I have felt very much like a butterfly over the last few months, cocooning myself, wrestling with my shadows, figuring out who I am after everything that has happened over the last few years, watching a transformation take place. After attending this event last week, which was one of THE most inspiring, uplifting things I have ever had the chance to be a part of, I feel like it’s time to bust out of that cocoon. But more on that in a minute.

As my friends and acquaintances are aware, but what I haven’t publicly declared on the blog is that since last September, I have been taking classes to become a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I wrote in this post, which, sadly, was the last post I have had the time/energy/focus/moon and star alignment to write, about how after everything that has gone on in our life over the last few years, Craig and I have both been figuring out new paths for ourselves. Part of my new path is to use my life experiences, everything we have gone through from job losses, losing family, and to heal Natalie, to help others and be of service to the world.

One day Craig looked at me and said “You know, you are already coaching people. They come out of the woodwork to talk to you about how you’ve helped Natalie. What if you got paid for it instead of doing it for free?” And even though I had figured out health and nutrition are my passion, I still struggled for over a year before I finally decided what to do. There are many health coaching/nutrition programs out there. Should I get another Master’s degree? If I don’t have “the right” letters behind my name will I be less credible? Will people take me seriously? I won’t be a nutritionist, so am I going to feel fake? Maybe I should just wait. How will I take classes with Caleb at home? What if I can’t keep up?

Yikes! Holy limiting beliefs, Batman. I was a train wreck! And yet, there was a small voice inside me that said “DO IT! You can do this. THIS is what you are supposed to do.”

What I didn’t really understand at the time was that if I just listened to my intuition, it would have been such a quick, easy decision, because I was drawn to the Become a Health Coach program run by Health Coach Institute. True, a dear friend works for this company, which was co-founded by her sister, and knowing my friend would never get me into anything that wasn’t good for me meant a lot to me. But there was more. SO MUCH MORE.

BHC (Become a Health Coach) was founded by Stacey Morgenstern and Carey Peters, both health coaches who were trained at one of the most well-known and reputable coaching programs in the country. But when they graduated from their health coaching program, they realized they knew a lot about nutrition, but still weren’t nutritionists, and they didn’t really know how to coach or how to run a business. So, they sought out business and coaching trainings for themselves and worked to become excellent coaches. Then, they realized that it was a problem almost all health coaches face. Coaches come out of school armed with volumes of nutrition knowledge, but people don’t follow advice. I already knew this from a couple of people in my life that kept asking me for the same advice over and over, but didn’t (or very slowly) changed what they were doing. Clients need help with habit change. So, Stacey and Carey created a program that combines nutrition training with transformational coaching skills, personal growth and development and business training. They have trained us to become masters of habit change.

Over the last few months, I have studied online when it is convenient to me, been a part of live calls where we, the students, are coached on the spot through problems we are having in the classes, with clients, or with our businesses, practiced coaching skills weekly with other students on 2 hour calls called Skills Labs, and I have taken practice clients successfully through my entire 90-day program.

But the icing on the cake was that I got to attended the live event “HCI Live” last week in Las Vegas.

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I didn’t even know how much I needed to go through this program when I signed up. I have met my “tribe.” My journey has been very much a spiritual one, and the transformation I have been through because of this experience has been worth the entire investment, even if I were never to see a paying client.  Being coached through the program as practice by other students was transformative for me, and the personal growth and development has been priceless. I have discovered I am kind of a personal growth junkie. Why so much work on ourselves? Well, how can I ever ask a client to do something that I am not willing to do myself?

Even with all of the changes I have gone through over the last few months, I was still very nervous about “Can I do this? Will it work? Can I really work for myself and do what I love?” I walked into HCI Live feeling like a “stay at home mom who took some classes” and I left transformed, knowing that I am a business owner who will be paid for being myself and doing what I was put on the earth to do. We as humans are very comfortable with our “dark.” It’s safe to stay stuck, which is why habit change is so incredibly difficult for so many of us. But what would the world be like if we could all “step into our spotlights,” let our brightness shine and fully be ourselves? I just had to learn how to get out of my own way.

So, here I am, busting out of my cocoon. I WILL be seeing paying clients (in person or on the phone) in my 90-day program….starting….NOW! I will officially meet all my certification requirements in the next couple of weeks, and I am ready to be of service to anyone who would like some help in their journey to health.

Oh, and that personal growth junkie thing? I loved this program so much that I signed up for the next step in my health coach education-a year-long, graduate intensive that will start at the end of the month.

“Stepping into our Spotlight is both an individual and collective journey: To inspire one another along the path of personal and professional mastery so we can embody our own greatness and inspire others to do the same.”

-Carey and Stacey

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