In my last sharepost I briefly mentioned some ideas that I thought might help get me in gear towards a happier, more positive future. I've had all week to think things over and I'm finally ready to share. If you've been following my blog, you already know that I've taken quite an interest in holistic health and cooking over the past few years. Since I've been managing the little organic deli, several customers have asked me if I do cooking classes and/or anything as a personal chef. My response has always been something in the way of "not really, I don't have any type of certification and I wouldn't know what to charge", etc. etc. But the more I thought about it the more I thought certification shmertification. I may not have gone to school to be a certified organic chef, but the year-plus experience I've had at my job has helped me to learn a ton about technique, dietary issues, allergies, general nutrition, holistic healing though food and more. So, why can't I put that knowledge to even better use and make something out of my future with it?
In the last two weeks, at least three different people have asked me to come to their homes for personal cooking or classes. When I asked a friend in the beauty biz (kind of like Mary Kay but a different company) what she thought about combining a night of skin care with an "eating right for your skin" cooking class, she was all over it. She even offered to advertize for me. The next day, I went to a fantastic new fair-trade shop to look around, and had a great conversation with the owner about doing an ethnic foods class while being able to promote her business. She loved the idea, and even suggested that I do my class in her shop on days when the farmer's market (which is right around the corner) is going on. That way, customers who are stopping by her store with their fresh purchases can get some ideas on what to make for dinner that night out of what they just bought...literally, farm to table.
Those two conversations really got me excited and got me thinking that this is really what I want to do. I immediately set to work brainstorming some ideas and laying out the skeleton of an outline to help me form some direction. I e-mailed one of the ladies that had asked me to do a class for her and her friends, which helped me put a little more meat on that skeleton. I decided on two healthy and fast recipes and did recipe sheets with fun nutritional facts, and did another sheet which included ideas for including organic foods economically and replacing "bad" ingredients with better choices. I gave her a few pricing options for three hours, and sent the e-mail off. When I got her response, she seemed genuinely thrilled and we are looking forward to our class next month.
The decision to move forward and pursue doing something that I love is giving me an incredible sense of relief and happiness. I've known for a while that I want to help people via nutrition and holistic health, I just didn't have any idea how I would incorporate that love with taking care of my financial future. I know that I have a lot to work to do, and I am lucky to have so many caring people around me who are willing to support me, give me opportunities, and even help me with a business plan. That will certainly make things a little easier on me and allow me to hopefully one day transition into this full-time. In the meantime, I also decided that I'm going to go forward with the online certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. The program will certify me as a health coach. This doesn't mean that I won't have to constantly keep seeking and updating my knowledge, but at least I will have the personal security of feeling like I can truly teach people and help them with what I know.
I'm really excited about this new development and I'm hoping that it is the missing piece of my drive and determination to succeed with my health goals. After all, I can't help other people if I'm not taking the best care of myself. There will be roadblocks, but deep down I feel like this is the first true step I've taken toward my well being in a long time.
Published On: April 20, 2011