As I've mentioned before, I'm doing lots of behind the scenes writing for my newly-branded, creative nutrition business. Last week I re-wrote my story on how I got to where I am today. I thought I'd share it with you. Here's my response to the question...how long have you been a Creative Nutrition Coach?
To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment and resulting “compelling story” that brought me to where I am today, coaching people like you on exactly how to live life with long-lasting, creative innergy…no matter what the day brings you.
That defining moment in my life happened in late 2009.
I became a Mommy!
Years, and I’m talking years before, I’d been living my life in a very dominating left brain way. A way that was fast, fearful, worrisome and stressful.
For most of my life I chose to saturate my mind with “head spinning” nutrition information so I could eat right and exercise for a happy and healthy life.
This led me to quit teaching elementary school and become a Certified Health Coach. At the same time, I was super excited to help others eat more wholesome, nutritious foods to better themselves.
But after I had my daughter, I began to notice some internal shifts occurring.
One day, while grocery shopping with my daughter, I looked down at my cart that was filled with wholesome, organic foods.
I thought to myself, “I eat this food every day. Every week. Every month. I cook almost all my food from scratch. You’d think I’d be bouncing off the walls with natural energy, but I’m not. I’m so tired and exhausted”.
I looked at my daughter, who was upbeat, happy and loving life...
and then it hit me, “I’m spending way too much of my life concerned with food. Eat this. Not that. I’m not loving life in a way that I should be. It’s not the food. It’s my thoughts. I’m not filling my life up with what I truly love. I don’t want to model this heavily, saturated, one-sided view of food to my daughter. I don’t want her to head to be filled with “spinning” thoughts on food like mine is and has been. And, I want her to grow up focusing only on what she loves and has passion for”.
I became more aware that my thoughts were still out of control, even though I ate the healthiest foods on the planet and exercised as much as my "mommy" time would allow.
I was gaining weight, hating military life (not my military man, just all the military moves), fearing food that wasn’t organic, stuck in rut with what my passion was behind my business and I was pushing my “me time” further and further down on my to-do list.
At that very moment, I knew healthy living was way more than saturating my mind with nutrients of food and drowning in sweat on the treadmill.
But I didn’t REALLY realize it until I honored my inner creative itch that had been calling out to me ( and for years) during my pregnancy with my daughter.
Before that moment in the grocery store and a few months into my pregnancy, I rediscovered my love for photography and I immersed myself in it as much as I could. At the same time I was having doubts about focusing so much on food, in a health way, but wasn’t sure what that meant for me.
I continued on with embracing my love for my camera, all while still viewing food in a heavily, one-sided, health related way, but my inner creative itch was still calling out for more.
It was craving something along the lines of coloring with my hands. I had no idea WHY this inner need to color was calling out to me, but I listened and began to research online art journaling classes.
I thought, “Yes! I want to learn more about this. This feels right.”
But after signing up, I felt it was way over my head because I never, ever thought I was creative “artist” material.
Then by chance, I came across Whitney Ferré and her Creatively Fit Programs. The second I heard her speak on left and right brain thinking, BIG aha’s exploded like fireworks right before my eyes.
I'd been living my life “thinking” in a very left-brain, dominated way. Full of overwhelm, trying to “figure” it out, stress, worry, anxiety, and my inner voice was craving more right brain, be in the moment, calming thoughts and activities to balance it out.
For years, I'd tried everything to calm my thoughts; yoga, mediation, Chinese mediation balls, walks in nature, jogging, dancing.
My body loved it, but my left-brain chatter (worry, to-do list, eat this-not that) was still taking over.
And that’s when it hit me even more.
It hit me that, “Even though I’m a health coach and have loads of nutrition information behind me, I’m still trying to figure out HOW to eat right and exercise right with all the conflicting nutrition information that comes out daily AND on top of that, I’m still trying to figure out how to keep up with life. How to reconnect with my true passions. How to keep money flowing in for bills. How to stay grounded while being a military wife and moving every 3 to 4 years. How to be the best mom, wife, daughter, friend. How to get meals on the table day in and day out. How to thrive instead of survive adulthood, and most importantly, how to take better care of myself and add more “me” time into my very overwhelming and stress filled days.
And at that very moment, I made the commitment to immerse myself in absolutely everything that had to do with calming my mind with creativity. I took Whitney’s courses and signed up to become one of her Creatively Fit Coaches. I read every book and Internet article I could find on left and right brain thinking. I even went back through all my nutrition information that I’ve learned and realized how this creative piece IS the missing link that I’ve been searching for all these years.
And, most importantly, I became a daily doodler. Something I never, ever thought I’d do (because, ya know, I’m not creative, right!? And, I’m not a kindergartner anymore, right!? I’m an adult with lots of adult responsibilities, right!?).
But, lo and behold, I learned how to calm my thoughts with daily creativity that involved crayons, colored pencils, paint and photos. I lost weight. My body image thoughts turned from negative to positive. I balanced out my heavily, saturated, one-sided thoughts of food with the help of photography and right brain thinking. I connected within and began to listen to my own inner wisdom, instead of the overwhelming, external one’s (because you know, I'm the expert of my life).
And during all of these shifts, I created more time for daily yoga, daily doodles, daily “me” time (that my inner voice had been calling out to me to do for years) which resulted in more energy, more passion and more fun in my life, all while taking care of myself, my toddler, my husband and our constant “moving” lifestyle.
But, most importantly, I now create my life as a "work in progress". I'll never be free or healed from the stressors of life, but now that I have this creative knowledge back in my life, I handle those stressors more calmly than I ever have before.
Soon, my friends and colleagues were asking me, “How are you doing it? How are you having so much fun? I want to know”.
I’d tell them a few things to do, and then they’d tell me, “I’m doodling more and I feel so inspired with what I want to create in my life”!
And since then, I’ve made the commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to help women tap into their creative juices so they can get innergized by slowing down, connecting within and easily create nourishing, inner calming fun with savoring foods, fun photos and colorful doodles that help melt away the stress of the day.
So there you have it. My compelling story (which will be coming soon to my new and updated FAQ: Interview with Renée page) . I dug deep for this one and it took me weeks to write, and I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how it came out because it's truly what I've experienced. And now, looking back on my adventure after becoming a mommy, I'm thrilled to teach you everything I've learned and am still learning.
Hope you're ready because it's going to be the most awesomest, magic doodle ride ever! So get ready! My products and services are just around the corner. Woohoo! :)
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