My journey to becoming a Wellness Coach was a long and meandering one; it has taken literally half of my life to get here, with many necessary stops and side-trips along the way. At the start, I wanted to be a lawyer with an eye toward eventually going into politics. Then I figured out that the world had a plethora of lawyers and probably didn’t need another one, so I switched gears and ended up in culinary school. There I was able to nurture my love of good food and cooking. After graduating with my culinary degree, I set out to work and travel the world as a chef. I discovered that good, wholesome food and sharing meals is a universal language. I used my kitchen skills as a way to connect with people everywhere I went, and was lucky enough to make some lifelong friendships along the way.
When I returned to the US, I kept cooking, this time as a Personal Chef. Without consciously focusing on it, I began to build a client list of people who had specific health issues, and consequently specific dietary needs and goals. Luckily, I have always been a nutrition nerd and was able to use my skills and knowledge to help my clients in these areas. However, I always wished I could do more to help them achieve their health goals.
Fast forward to 2012. I left the mid-Atlantic region, relocated to the South and began working as a Healthy Eating Educator for Whole Foods. I was now able to work with people from a wide cross section of the community— co-workers, customers, community groups, school groups, and University students. I taught classes, facilitated Health and Fitness Challenges, and worked one-on-one with people. It was great! However, I still wanted to do more—to connect more deeply with the people I was working with.
So I decided to take a leap of faith. I resigned from my position at Whole Foods and opened Tenacious Acorn Wellness Coaching. This was a terrifying decision; however, I know deep down this is what I am meant to be doing. My purpose in life is to help people achieve their optimal wellness goals, and I wasn’t able to do that where I was. I had to go out on my own and create a place where I could grow and help you do the same—just like an acorn must drop from its branch in order to sprout and grow into a strong, beautiful Oak.
So here I am, ready to help you achieve your optimal wellness goals. Are you ready to get started?
p.s. If you’re still wondering just exactly what Wellness Coaches do and how coaching can help you improve your health and life, start with this blog post. Coaching can be a powerful tool to achieve lasting change.