What you were doing before you decided to become an IAWP Wellness Coach?
I had just gotten back from living in Turkey and working as an au pair when I found the IAWP program. This was the last job in a slew of part-time misadventure stories and I was desperate for some stability and direction in my life. Since yoga and healthy eating had been my foundation for so long — and people often came to me for health advice — I finally decided to stop fighting the direction in which life was so effortlessly guiding me. Although I had a BFA in writing, I knew it would be years of hard work before that career path would give me a sustainable future. I also realized shortly after graduating from college that simply having a degree doesn’t guarantee a job anymore, so I set out to find my niche and become an expert in a field.
Why did you decide to become a Wellness Coach?
I think this is something common to coaches and therapists, but a lot of us start out as that one person who friends and family have always confided in. I definitely was. So simply studying nutrition and health to write about it didn’t have enough of a fulfilling outcome for me. I wanted to learn the skills to help people in my own life most effectively. The most important aspect of the wellness coaching program that intrigued me was using the holistic approach. I’ve been against Big Pharma and over-prescribing medicine since I was a child, so to see an entire organizations coming together to teach how to heal ourselves naturally felt like I’d finally found my tribe.
How has being a student at the IAWP helped you?
I went into the IAWP program expecting to learn information and techniques to help others, but what I didn’t expect was how much it would affect my personal life. Receiving the coaching sessions and working with my student buddy changed my life. I’d struggled with anxiety and depression for years, had no idea how sensitive my body was to dairy and gluten, and didn’t realize just how hard I’d been on myself. Throughout the program, I practiced many of the diet and lifestyle changes we learned about, and little by little my body and mind started to shift as well. My goals became clearer and my confidence to reach them improved. Having another student to share in the experience made it even more incredible. My student buddy is still such an inspiration in my life, even two years later. The IAWP enabled me to pursue my dream of being a Wellness Coach, Wellness travel writer and teaching yoga in Cambodia. I’m also now writing travel and wellness articles for various publications and hope to publish my travel and wellness memoir later this year!
IAWP Certified Wellness Coach & Wellness Travel Writer