Change, Coach, Career, Clarity: How I Got IIN

I remember dialing that number with my fingers literally trembling.

I had been crying that day.  The years were just going by and I wasn’t sure who I was anymore. I was four DSCN0768months out of my second surgery in less than a year, depressed, frustrated and broke.  Why I thought spending more money was the answer to my problems, well, I don’t know.  But I had nothing to lose.

Except the dark cloud that was holding me back.

I called the number I had been staring at for years.  I spoke with a counselor who laid everything out for me.  I hesitated at first and swore I’d call back.  I thought about it.  I had to contemplate how spending this kind of money would benefit me.  I needed to make money, not go in a hole.  But I was already in a hole.  And I was ready to climb out.  And I didn’t care how much it cost. I called back and enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in December of 2009 and started in a few weeks.

It was one of the most life-changing decisions I have EVER made in my life.

DSCN0767The question people ALWAYS want to know is how much money did I make once I got out.  The truth is my revenue DID increase.  But it increased because my sense of self increased.  Never in my life have I been surrounded by so many amazing, open people who understood where I was coming from even though we all had different agendas.  Where else could I have listened to Deepak Chopra twice, Geneen Roth, David Katz, Mark Hyman, David Wolfe, Gabby Bernstein, Danielle LaPorte, Patricia Moreno, Sean Corne, Candice Kumai, Andrea Beaman LIVE and learn what they ALL had to say about different dietary theories, physical fitness, emotional eating, leadership, desire and not feel convicted about what I was doing with my life?

There is a curiosity that IIN stirs up inside of its students.  If you grab hold of what’s being offered and open your mind up to everything you hear, you will find yourself going deeper into yourDSCN0017 OWN stuff and not wanting to “fix” anyone else.  I remember my second week’s lecture being Debbie Ford.  I was so out of my mind that I wanted to read everything that woman wrote.  And being clear about who “I” was helped me to be clear about who I wanted to serve and how I wanted to serve them.

And then….then….there’s Robert Notter. 🙂

Robert is truly beyPhoto Sep 17, 6 40 35 AMond his time.  But he gave me the creeps.  🙂 I am not a marketing person AT ALL.  But Robert puts it out there in the most common sense, function way. His passion is obvious.  His knowledge is vast.  It took me a couple of years to not run from him every time I saw him at a conference (and I have been to New York twice, Long Beach and Miami in the past couple of years.  The actually conferences are FREE.) The business aspect of the program is worth the money (not to include the FREE immersion program AFTER you graduate).

Joshua Rosenthal really created a magical community.  There are so DSCN0789many of us struggling with our health and to educate health coaches who can address specific needs and populations while honoring their (say it with me, graduates) bioindividuality is a gift.  And we continue to educated and build up each other.  Where else could I have met an Eileen Fuentes, Hakikah Shamsiden, Aqiylah Collins, Wendy Battles-Plasse, Marilena Minucci and share my story in front of over 1,000 people who were able to take my story and use it to inspire others?

So if you’re asking “me” if I think it’s worth it, I will say “YES!” My business changed, how I handled my clients changed, how I DSCN0005lived my life changed, how I interacted with others changed, what I read changed, where I traveled changed, what risks I took changed, who I served changed.  My life changed.  And THAT was worth A LOT more than what I paid.

But you have to make the decision on your own.

If you’re on the fence, email me at hiphealthychick@gmail.com.  Let’s talk.

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2 Responses to Change, Coach, Career, Clarity: How I Got IIN

  1. Anntronett Pitts says:

    Great article!