I was going to wait until I had a little more to show for it – until I got my package of materials in the mail – but I can’t keep it in any longer. On Tuesday evening I did something big.
I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am going back to school!
Starting January 13, 2014, I will be a student again.
This certainly was not an impulse decision. I’ve actually been considering the IIN program since the final days of my senior year of college when you think, “Now what!?”
You may be asking, why would someone who has a Bachelor of Science in Food & Nutrition Communication want to attend IIN? Answer: You can always always learn more.
During my undergrad education, I was fortunate to participate in a program on campus called FitU where I was a nutrition mentor to fellow students. It was an experience I will never forget; it shined a light on an area of interest to me: one-on-one counseling.
While I am entirely grateful to be working as the Assistant Wellness Coordinator for an incredible company since graduating in May of 2012, this individualized interaction that I flourished with is not a part of my current job responsibilities.
IIN is a highly reputable school based out of New York. At the completion of the program, I will be a certified holistic health coach. You not only learn over 100 dietary theories, but also counseling and business skills that enable you to start your own business immediately. The one-year program is taught online, incorporating podcasts, telephonic coaching calls, and other methods of communication with students and mentors.
I am excited (and proud) that I made this investment in myself. It is something I have had on my mind for a long time. My philosophy: “If you can’t get it out of your head, it is probably supposed to be there.” I think this is just another step in my journey to my career as The Nutrition Nut — another piece to the puzzle, per se.
I am a little apprehensive that going back to school – in additional to working 40 hours per week – will hinder the attention I give to my baby, this blog; but, I will cross that bridge when I get there. I know other bloggers and IIN graduates, such as Eating Bird Food and Fitting It All In, have fit it all in (pun intended). I think I can. I think I can.
In other news >>
My Halloween included this roasted butternut squash recipe. #heaveninmymouth
butternut / olive oil / balsamic / honey / sesame seeds / chili flakes / s + p / feta cheese
… and four dozen cookies. I’m keeping this secret recipe from you until a later date — just wait!
Happy Friday… and Happy November!
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What is a “big and scary” decision you’ve made? Was it worth it?