I had a recipe all ready to go for you today, but somehow managed to lose the picture!! I guess I know what I’ll be making for lunch/dinner sometime this weekend J And what you’ll be anticipating reading next week!
So HUGE change of pace for today. What did you want to be as a child? Was it an astronaut? A teacher? A doctor? A chef? A writer? Me too!! Among many, many other things. Somewhere along the way, we are told to chose one, stick with, don’t change, be happy, make money, and don’t ask questions. Sometimes that works. For me, it didn’t. Today I’d like to tell you the longer version of how The House of Healthy came to be. How I ended up in the holistic health field.
Most of my life, I would tell people I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. Starting in the first grade, this would be my answer. I wanted to write books and teach first grade. I eventually went to college with this idea. Truthfully though, I didn’t want to do it. I was bored in my classes, bored when I volunteered in the schools, and feeling very, well, bored. You see, I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher, but this is what most people in my women in my family did. This is what I knew how to do. I understood the basis behind it, how to get a job, and how to work with kids.
Eventually, I changed a little bit. I decided to go for Speech Therapy, not because I had a passion for it, but because it was familiar – it was still in the school. I started my journey and actually liked it for awhile. I realized you could work in many fields and was told it was a solid career choice. I could make money, work in different settings, and help people.
I continued on to graduate school for Speech Therapy. In my first semester, I realized I wasn’t in love with my career path. I realized that I might not actually like my major. But I was told to stick with it. I would love it once I graduated on my own.
It was during this time that I started to become interested in nutrition and holistic health. A year before graduate school, I developed difficulty with milk. Which led me to try alternatives. From here, I researched more into alternative health. This led to research into nutrition and fitness. And this of course led to yoga. And eventually to where I am now.
You see, when I graduated, I started working. I went into many, many different fields. I had panic attacks at home. I cried a lot. I got grumpy. I felt tired, impassioned, and stuck in a rut. I knew deep down that I didn’t like what I was doing. I didn’t feel that I was really helping people in the way I was meant to. I was helping people AFTER they became sick. I was helping them live, or even helping them heal for good. I was patching them up. I was billing insurance and making money for the facilities (school, hospital, and nursing homes alike). That is all I felt I was doing. I didn’t feel that people really truly cared. I know this will make some people angry, but this is how I felt.
Then I found yoga. I found my training. I taught a class to a friend and I knew – this is what I’m meant to do. I felt happy. I felt at peace. I felt light. And I felt that I was truly helping someone and making a difference. I continued to love nutrition and my knowledge of healthy food and lifestyle grew.
Last year, I made the decision to try my best to do this as my “job”. To make this my life. It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t always smiles and happiness. But it felt right. I know deep down, it is all worth it. And now, all these years later, in a different form, I am a teacher and a writer.
You see – the most important thing in this world is to live your purpose. Whatever it may be. When we are out of tune with our purpose, we stop being us. We stop being who we truly are. We start to live life negatively, rather than positively. When we love what we do, we are less stressed, we treat ourselves well, and we radiate good energy. It is one of the keys to true lifelong health.
Do you love what you do? What steps have you taken, or are you taking, to love your life? What is holding you back? Leave a comment below and we can discuss.
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Coming up tomorrow: Another addition to the DIY series! It’s going to be a good, “juicy” one, hint hint 😉 And if you missed it, check out the Energy Flow workouts and subscribe to the houseofhealthy on YouTube!
Peace and love,