I believe there are no mistakes, no accidents and that you are exactly where you are, at exactly the right time. There is a reason you are here reading ‘My Story’, just as there was a reason the universe threw me a curve ball 6 years ago which turned my world upside down and inside out and lead me on my journey to becoming a Holistic Health and Wellness Coach.
Had you met me all those years ago you would have met a somewhat different ‘me’. I was in my early twenties, working a 9-5 office job and simultaneously pursing a career as a professional singer. That’s right, I was going to be a pop-star! I lived and breathed singing and had done since I was about 10 years old. I was also in a not so healthy relationship, trying to subscribe to the ‘norm’ with marriage and starting family in the not too distant future. Yikes! Thinking back to pressures I had put on myself to tick all those boxes and keep the people pleaser in me alive, well it’s exhausting just thinking about it!
As the universe would have it I needed a wake up call, and boy is that what I got! After a pretty icky few months I was single, heart broken, overweight, unemployed, in a mountain of debt and living with my parents. It was as if the rug had been pulled out from underneath me and I was left with nothing, I was empty. Now, I understand that many people experience challenges far greater than what I did, but to me this was all I knew and it was rotten.
Fast forward 12 months and with the support of my family and friends, I had a job and place (shoebox) of my own. It was terrifying yet liberating. For the first time in my life I was the only person I had to answer to. I could watch what I wanted on T.V, see who I wanted and of course eat what I wanted! After the novelty of endless take away rubbed off I began experimenting in the kitchen, cooking! I soon discovered how easy and fun it was to create healthy meals. It was around this time I joined my local gym and started getting into fitness. As the two go hand in hand I started noticing the weight coming off, my energy levels increased and I was happy! I began to feel empowered, I was in control of what I fuelled myself with and how it made me feel. This was exciting!
Next stop – Google. I would find myself spending hours each night researching health and nutrition, reading articles, blogs, watching documentaries – anything I could get my eyes on.
It felt so good to be passionate about something again! Don’t get my wrong, I still loved my singing but after nearly 15 years it had become a chore in many ways and it didn’t bring me alive like it once had. I made a decision to follow my heart.
Since I hadn’t done any study since high-school and working full time I had to be realistic and decided to dip my toe in the water with a short course in Nutrition through a private college in Sydney. The last thing I wanted was to enrol in a 4 year Bachelor degree to discover it was just a ‘phase’.
I’m so glad I did, I learnt that whilst I did have a passion for nutrition, I felt there was something more. It can’t all be about proteins and short chain fatty acids. Surely being ‘healthy’ was more than just what you put in your mouth?
Turns out I was right! Of course, the science of nutrition plays a vital role in our health, but what if I told you it was also about who you surround yourself with, your career, your thoughts, the way you move your body. And then what if I told you that what made you ‘healthy’ last week might not today? I believe in a holistic and very much individualised approach to health. We are all so unique, a one size fits all approach just didn’t and still doesn’t make sense to me.
It was then after much more research and toing and froing that I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. I was blown away to say the least when I discovered the philosophy behind the school. It allowed me to explore what a holistic approach to health really meant. I learnt from some incredibly inspiring educators, explored so many different dietary theories and opened my mind to another level.
The people I have connected with along this journey have played an integral role in getting me to where I am today and allowing me to share with you some of the things I am so passionate about.
So! Now you know how I got here, let me help you get where you want to be and on the path to living your BEST life!