OMG you guys - I can't believe what I'm going to share with you today. It's probably the funniest thing I've read in awhile, and I WROTE IT!
This past Saturday, I received an email from my mom with the subject "Look what I found." She had just emailed me about discovering a computer charger while cleaning out my childhood room, so I figured this email was about something similar.
I was wrong - she hadn't found a missing electronic or once loved Beanie Baby (remember those??); she had found an essay I wrote in 5th or 6th grade about what I wanted to be when I grew up.
I read the two pages and immediately had to call her while I simultaneously forwarded the essay to a few of my closest friends. I could not believe what I had written and ultimately, what I had predicted, so long ago.
I'm sharing the original essay here, because it's just too funny and awesome not to, PLUS a limited time savings offer on the program that allowed me to live out my childhood dream.
Note: We believe the prompt for this paper was for me to write about my "dream job/life" as if I were 35 and looking back on the journey and obstacles that led me there.
Here she is:
What's most interesting to me is that I don't remember dreaming of having a career in food until much later in life (mid twenties). I guess I suppressed this desire in favor of more "reasonable" careers - for a while I wanted to be a lawyer, and then a math teacher, and finally I settled on probably THE most reasonable career: accounting. There's nothing wrong with this path, except that it wasn't my passion.
I feel so fortunate that today I am living the life I always dreamed of (although still working on the house, husband and kids... but hey, I'm not even 30 yet!).
Everyday I get to wake up and do what I LOVE - I develop good-for-you recipes, research and write about the latest healthy restaurants and wellness trends. I work for another health coach who mentors and inspires me, and I honestly learn something new every day. I get to help our clients and community beat belly bloat, drop limiting beliefs and generally live their best lives. I live in one of the best cities in the world, although I do need to escape it every so often, and I DO since I'm able to do my work from just about anywhere.
Finding my way to this career that I'm passionate about all started when I enrolled in The Institute for Integrative Nutrition's Health Coach Training Program. As I've shared before, this program gave me both the tools AND the confidence I needed to leave my corporate job and pursue this "life of my dreams."
As I child, I thought that becoming a chef was the only career path available to me to follow my love of food. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) taught me that there are SO many more options than just that.
Here are just a few examples of jobs held by my friends and fellow IIN grads:
- Michelle is a health coach, personal trainer AND run coach. Part of her "job" is running with her clients - how cool??
- Sasha teaches yoga and leads yoga retreats from Upstate New York to Costa Rica to Palm Springs. She hosts "Mindful Mornings" which are a combination of yoga, meditation and breakfast to help busy New Yorkers start the day right.
- Amy runs a corporate wellness biz - she speaks at companies and teaches employees how to snack smarter, squeeze in exercise and still feel good despite long hours.
- Leslie helps her clients eat healthier by meal prepping for them. She also co-founded a company called Holistic Happening that hosts fun wellness events all around NYC!
- Erika was one of the key founders of a wildly successful boutique fitness company in Washington, DC. She now works with entrepreneurs and small businesses on their financial wellness.
Other health coaches have gone on to start healthy snack companies, open juice and wellness cafes and become best selling authors; they've been featured on TV and reality shows, in fashion magazines and all over healthy living blogs.
Check out this post for more stories from IIN grads and ideas for WHAT you can do as a health coach: Careers of IIN Graduates
If ANY of this sounds of interest to you, I encourage you to check out IIN's Health Coach Training Program. You can sample a class for free using the link below and get a "taste" for what it's like to be a student.
IIN Sample Class (a taste for what it's like to be a student)
IIN Curriculum Guide (what's included in the training!)
MY IIN Story (how the program gave me the confidence to leave my corporate job!)
PLUS, I've partnered with IIN to offer YOU some juicy extras if you mention my name (Emily Nachazel) when you enroll:
- You'll receive $$$ off tuition (email me for the specific details)
- You'll also receive a private mentoring session with me. I'll help you clarify what you want to do with the IIN training (or how you want to apply it to your life), and help you put that into action.
Email me for specific details, or if you have ANY questions on the program or my experience. I'm more than happy to hop on the phone and help you decide if this is the right fit for you.