I’ve written often recently about the negatives of my illness – and there are many – but a thought has been following me around that has given me pause:

Life is not happening to you; it’s happening for you.

Even the bad stuff is, in some way, happening for us.

And I’ve heard this in so many different places in the past few weeks that it isn’t happenstance.

And I realized it’s true.

While I would never have chosen this path, some good is coming from it still, slowly.

And I want to tell y’all about it.

Since I was a little girl, I’ve been a foodie:

Hand over the noms and nobody gets hurt. =D

My family, however, wasn’t really into cooking, and, with it just being my dad and me at our house, I cooked for us, so we ate mostly boxed, pre-packaged food.

When I became an adult, I bought Giada de Laurentis’ cookbook, Everyday Italian, and taught myself the basics of cooking by making every recipe in it. I’ve continued to learn from there and become passionate about real food.

I also became a nurse and worked as one for fourteen years.

Even with my illness, I kept pushing until it was absolutely physically impossible for me to take care of patients – or even go into work daily to do phone triage – anymore.

So, as I was only 38, it was time to come up with something else to do with myself:

one of my favorite Cheryl Strayed quotes

And I found the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and enrolled in May of 2017.

Since then, I can’t begin to tell how much I’ve learned about holistic health and the whole person and whole foods and macrobiotics and factory farming and the major diets circulating now and bioindividuality and health counseling and the benefits of meditation and heart health and cancer prevention and raw foods and so so many other things.

And I have three more months to go.

And this to work through:

Plus some more.

And I am eager to learn all I can.

And continue to grow.

And continue becoming the best health coach I can be.

I want to help people get healthy with an intuitive eating approach, adapting their diet and addressing their medical needs:

In my heart, I believe I’ve been brought to this place to combine my nursing training and my holistic nutrition knowledge to help people in a different, totally awesome way.

This is a new chapter.

A becoming.

Be well, everybody. Happy Tuesday!

Grace and blessings.

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