January 2015 In Review: The Life of A Health Coach

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Hey guys! In an effort to be as transparent and real as possible with my readers, I’ve decided to start a monthly blog update on:

“The Life of a Health Coach”

because I’m no different than you. I have great things that I accomplish each month on my journey to improving my health coach business and my life… but I also suffer setbacks and challenges to overcome. If this sounds like something you’re interested in reading more about… keep on…. But if you’re strictly here for the health/weight loss information, I’ll still provide lots of that (just not in this post).

So, here are some great results that came from January 2015 for me:

Weight loss:

I managed to drop about 12 pounds. I gained a bit of weight during the fall and holiday season due to being a full-time student, working at my government job, and maintaining my health coaching business. I felt like a hypocrite because I gained weight and I’m a health coach… but here’s the thing: We all do it. No one is perfect and we all slip back into bad patterns once in awhile. I think I’ve managed to keep almost all of my weight off over the last 5 ½ years because I have embraced being more compassionate with myself and I keep getting back up and making my health a priority. I lost the 12 pounds rather easily… no crazy workouts or extremely low calorie dieting. I did it the same proven way that I recommend to my clients—go figure! I still have about 18 more pounds I’d like to lose. We will see what happens in the up-coming months. I’m not worried about it. 🙂 But maybe my new Kitchen Safe will help me along with this process?

8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning:

I wrote an article about this for Mind Body Green back in October 2014. I wrote some of it from my own experience and some from research. I realized that these actions needed to be actively taken each day… not just when I had the time or when I remembered. So, I embarked on making it a point to actively participate in the 8 things every morning. Some things I couldn’t do every day (like hanging out outside in the snow before work in the dark), but other things (like reading) happened darn near daily. I plan to write more about this whole experience later, but as of right now… I feel great about my decision to start doing this and I’ve already experienced a few breakthroughs!

I’m Taking Clients Again:

I have to admit– I stopped taking clients most of the time that I was enrolled in school during fall. As you can imagine, schoolwork and having a career takes up a lot of time. This left me with little time to focus on my clients needs and my own health needs. But, I’m happy to say that clients are my top priority again.

I’ve Read 3 Self-Help Books:

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Somehow, I’ve managed to read 3 thick self-help books (and one 16 page essay) this month. As part of the 8 Things Happy People Do Every Morning, I’ve been able to find the time to do more reading! It also helps that I didn’t have my nose buried in textbooks this month either. I’ve read one spiritual book, one entrepreneurial book, one financial book, and one humanistic psychology paper. All of them contain a lot of liberating truths and I felt I gleaned a lot of empowering information from all of them. Here’s the titles (if you’re interested): Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields, I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi, Add More ~ing to Your Life by Gabrielle Bernstein, and A Theory of Human Motivation by Abraham Maslow.

Taking A Semester Off From School:

I’ve been in college since the fall of 2010. While that may not seem like a long time to many of you, it is to me. Being an adult with responsibilities is hard enough… but throw on top of that the schoolwork of a young adult and that creates a stressful nightmare. I realized the stress was getting the best of me by November and I needed to take some time a way. It was also eating me up inside knowing that my passion was for growing my business, not cramming my brain with information so that I could regurgitate it all back out for exams. It’s common knowledge that we only retain 25% of what we learn in school—how sad is that?! And don’t even get me started on student loan debt. Ugh! I’ll return to school in the future, but for right now, I’m enjoying my leave of absence.

Major Jeep Repairs and Registration DONE:

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Yeah… I’m probably just telling you about my to-do list now. We’ll skip this one. 😉

I Changed My Social Media Avatar:

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Because I always think of myself as my own hero. No one changed me but me. I love this cartoon version of me. I had about 10 more version of her made for various projects I have coming up. I realize that it’s hard to take a cartoon character seriously, but I don’t care. If you want someone to make drawings for you or other small tasks, I suggest looking into fiverr.com !

Updated Free Ebook Format:

I’ve had the same ebook available to you guys for what seems like forever (2013). It looked very amateur in my opinion. Over the last year, my ability to make better PDF layouts has improved. So, I took some time to change the format a bit and make it more eye appealing. The content is pretty much the same. I do intend to update that by the end of this year.

I Wrote Articles:

I’ve contributed articles to Lifehack.org, Mind Body Green, and Daily Cup of Bloom during the month of January. This is something that is super important to me, because I love to share my information with other audiences! I’m so grateful for the opportunities these wellness communities have given me!

Weekend Inspirational Links:

I started a new blog series for all of those pesky articles, news clips, and blog posts I find during the week that I find noteworthy enough to share on social media. Because many of my readers don’t follow my every internet move (creeeeepy), you can gather some cool stuff all in one stop and get my take on the information the article provides. I hope to provide a little bit of inspiration, information, humor, and a tad bit of drama. Drama is the spice of life, right? 😉

I Was Featured On Aloha.com for #myaloha #alohalove:

aloha loveI finally tried Aloha products this month and I fell in love. As I mentioned in my Powered By Plants: My Favorite Green Juices blog post, Aloha has such great, high-quality products and ethics! I love love love them. I don’t know if I could say it enough. My goal for next month (or March) is to start contributing health and wellness articles to them.

I Completed CEUs For Certifications:

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Some of you know that getting certified to instruct fitness and/or nutrition isn’t a one-time deal. There is required continued learning involved (at a cost of course). I completed 2 trainings this month (1 to go) towards fulfilling my bi-annual requirement to keep my certifications. It’s important not only for retaining my certs, but also for learning about different areas of fitness and/or nutrition I may not ordinarily wish to study on my own. Good stuff.

 

As you can see, quite a bit of great stuff went on in January for me. But, life also throws curve balls. Here’s some unexpected things that happened and how I reframed what happened:

 

I Was Terminated From My Government Job:

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On January 20th at 11:30am, I received an unexpected phone call from my supervisor in Atlanta. She regretfully had to tell me that HR has decided to terminate me from my position as a library technician for the CDC. I was given 2 ½ hours to pack up my belongings and say goodbye to the people I worked with for the last 3 ½ years. These people were like family to me… many of them even attended my wedding. We were bonded. Let me clarify that the reason I was let go was because I finished my associates degree a while back and they finally decided that it was best to let me go because my contract agreement with the CDC stated that I needed to be a student and that I needed to earn an associates degree to be eligible for conversion into a permanent position or be let go. They chose to let me go…. After nothing but good evaluations year after year. Honestly, this position had been very comfortable for me. It was an easy job, nice co-workers, decent pay, and amazing benefits. That’s why I stuck around for 3 ½ years instead of pursuing my business full-time. When I came home from work that day, I told my husband that I had good news and bad news. The good news was that I could now work on health coaching full-time and a huge burden of government work had been lifted from my shoulders. As much as I’ll miss my co-workers, there is a great sense of relief in this whole situation. One interesting detail to this circumstance is that my termination announcement came to me on the same day that there was a new moon (super moon). New moons mean new beginnings and super moons create a lot of energy and excitement behind the new beginning. I’m certainly feeling it! After I had a brief conference call with my supervisor and administrative officer on the following Friday (to confirm nothing could be done to save my job), I hit the country trails and chased 7 deer… I would never have been able to do this if I was stuck at my desk job! Am I facing some uncertainty? Sure… but life isn’t fun without a little risk.

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My Dog Had A Seizure:

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At the beginning of January, one of my dogs had a seizure. I wrote about this ordeal in “Detox Your Life With Activated Charcoal”. I was scared to death about my dog’s health and I felt really guilty for not doing better to keep her safe. Was I a bad pet owner for what I did? I don’t think so. We all make mistakes… that’s how we learn. I was able to turn this small tragedy into a learning experience and share my lesson about the use of activated charcoal with my readers and Mind Body Green’s audience.

The Dogs Had Oral Surgery:

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Half way through January, I took my dogs in to the vet for a check-up, vaccination boosters, and dental cleaning. Little did I know, both of my fur babies needs teeth extracted while they were having their teeth cleaned. Brandy (the seizure dog) had 6 teeth yanked out and Lola (my adopted dog) had FOURTEEN extracted. I was in utter shock. I had no idea she even had that many in her mouth! Her teeth had been a concern to me for a while—but I felt like I never had the time to take care of it. Yes, here goes the bad pet owner guilt again. It took both of the dogs a few days to recuperate from this mouth trauma. I listened to confused whines and crying for about 2 days because they were not given additional pain medication. Lola can only eat wet dog food now. *sigh* The bright side is that I was forced to spend more quality time with my dogs because they really needed me. And they both have more energy and vitality now that they have only good teeth in their mouth. As a bonus, no more bad dog breath!

Declined Seemingly Good Offer:

A self-help company based out of Utah contacted me about contributing original content to their module-based learning/training self-help website. No monetary compensation was offered in exchange for using my content to sell to their students/customers. Social networking and traffic to my website were the only things offered. Because my company is small and growing, website traffic generation is important and so is the ability to work on projects with other professionals in the health and wellness field. However, my ethics told me to stir clear. What’s the silver lining to this situation? Possibly by sticking to my ethics and not selling myself so cheaply, better offers will come my way?

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