In 2006, I was working as a personal assistant and cook in the homes of some of New York’s wealthiest residents. While it was fun to spend the day shopping for and then cooking meals in beautiful kitchens, it was truly exhausting work. I liked the playing with food part. I enjoyed feeding people. I really loved knowing that a family too busy to cook, was sitting down to a nutritious home-cooked meal that I had prepared with care. But standing on my feet for 8 sweaty hours in a blazing kitchen with the oven and 4 burners firing wasn’t really a sustainable career path for me.
A few years earlier, I had worked with a Health Coach on my own health transformation. I knew I wanted to go into health coaching myself and teach people how to prepare the healthy food I was cooking for my clients, but I was really afraid of opening my own business. I was working in an agency that took care of all the client bookings, payments, and marketing. I didn’t know anything about running a business, and couldn’t imagine being responsible for making my own money.
After attending an Open House at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – the school I wanted to attend – my fears were assuaged and I registered for enrollment in the class of 2007. At that time, classes were taught in person in the auditorium of the Time Warner center in NYC. Once a month, several hundred of the shiniest, happiest people I have ever seen, took planes, trains, and automobiles from around the globe, to learn from integrative health leaders such as Deepak Chopra, Annemarie Colbin, Debbie Ford, and Michio Kushi. The classes were electrified, edifying, and inspiring.
More than just teaching nutrition courses though, IIN takes students on a journey to know themselves, their dreams, their beliefs and their fears. If you go in thinking you will learn about protein, carbs and fats, you come out having conquered your life-long fear of public speaking, as well as understanding why you always pick the same fight with your husband!
And yes, IIN also teaches students how to coach people, how to run a business, how to design a website, how to market yourself, how to find your tribe of clients and much, much more. (Some of that is taught in the 2nd year of the program, which is offered to students for free!)
For the past few years, IIN classes have been taught entirely online to thousands of students around the world. Considering you are trained and ready to see clients in under a year, and given all the materials you need to start from the get-go, (including your fully loaded and designed website with lifetime hosting!), tuition is remarkably affordable.
In case you couldn’t tell from this post, you can color me 100%, more than satisfied, with my IIN experience. As for my feelings about my career as a health coach, just look through the 3 years of blog posts on this website to see how I feel about this amazing career where I get to help people change their lives and the lives of their families. (And it’s a lot less sweaty than standing over that hot stove for 8 hours a day!!)
If any of you are interested in hearing more about the school, or have questions about health coaching as a career, please email me and we will set up a time to Skype: Emily@TriumphWellness.com.
If you already know you want to attend, speak to me (or any IIN grad) first, as many of us are given discounts to pass along.
To see why the world needs more health coaches, watch this inspiring video HERE.