Yes. Finally. Nine months after I started, I’m officially a certified health coach.
This has caused me to reflect (just a little) as most of my attention now is towards the future. But when I do look back on when I started this course, what a mess I was. A month earlier my life had been switched upside down with a move to Zurich. New country, new language, new culture. I was busy settling in to our new life with 3 kids (2 of whom went to school only half days – whaaat?!). As a non-German speaker this made ordinary mundane tasks all the more difficult with 3 kids in tow. Simple tasks such as food shopping took longer than expected because I was navigating around labels that I couldn’t read. Everything was in German. I was still carrying around resentment about our move. I felt like my day was a never ending cycle of cooking, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, laundry, mopping – you get the idea. I was not making time for myself. I was depressed. I was angry. I was eating poorly. It was a rough time for me and my family. Why the hell would I add a certification course into the mix?
I had been looking at becoming certified before moving to Switzerland. I had already delayed an intended July start. By the time September rolled around I had already decided to push back again and start in November. I was not in the right place mentally – well…that was my excuse. When I spoke to one of the school’s advisors at the end of September she asked me “What will change between now and November? It’s only a few weeks away.” That kind of stopped me in my tracks. I had to think about it. Sure I could spew off that I would be better settled or I would be more ready. But if I was being honest with myself, I knew probably not much would change in that short time.
What was I waiting for? I decided then and there to take the leap. I WAS GONNA DO THIS!
Immediately I felt better. This was something completely for myself which in turn would benefit my family. After spending a few years searching for something to invest myself in, this was the one thing I felt most strongly about. I felt completely confident this was the right choice – even if I was still stressing about how I was going to make it all fit in.
So I began the course. I was expecting it to be all about nutrition and fitness. Wrong. It was about so much more. What I have learned over the past few months has been life changing for me on a personal level. It’s no secret that I struggled with the move to Switzerland. It has been by far the hardest move I have ever done as an expat. In the end, this course became the lifeline I needed at a time when I was falling apart. It helped me gain control of MY life as I was learning how to help others.
It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows after starting the course. Throughout the year I worked hard to stay up to date and active within my class. I was up a lot of late nights but little by little I was getting better with prioritisation, time management and letting go of things that are not really important. My perspective was changing which affected the way I reacted to certain situations, how I exercise and how I ate. Habits don’t change overnight but I have seen such a dramatic difference in myself from when I began the course until now 9 months later. The best thing for me is the continual learning and growth.
What happens now?
I have already been working with clients for a few months now. I just continue what I am doing but the best part is that I really LOVE this work. So much that I signed up for another course. Why? Well, I have experienced first hand the effectiveness this transformational work has had on my life. I have seen the positive changes it has made in other’s lives. It is absolutely amazing, inspiring and there is this energy that is just rejuvenating. I love it. I want to learn more and I want to be the best coach I can be. That is how inspired I am. So starting next week I will begin my one year long Holistic MBA Graduate Intensive course. I will continue to do my best and hopefully this time next year I will be sharing a new certification with you. But that is still 12 months away….
In the meantime I will just savor the joy of completing this course and becoming a Health Coach. Certified.