Portraying an Image

We are so much more than our fears allow us to be.

The fear of being judged prevents most individuals from living their dreams, taking risks, wearing comfortable clothing, going on a trip alone, falling in love, ditching the destructive relationship and pretty much every aspect of life.  We stifle our lust for adventure.  Our identity, our passions, our truth becomes hidden behind the illusion of What Will People Think.

A week into my enrollment to become a certified Health Coach, I uncovered that I have been traveling in this direction for a years.  I just didn’t know it.  When I stopped looking outside of myself for my life’s purpose, the answers appeared and the inner compass exposed my calling.   One of those signs came from a simple three-ingredient Christmas treat that ravished my body in an allergic reaction and one more food item was added to my list of never-touch-that-again.  The need to explore healthy options grows and is the driving force behind my desire to help others with their food intolerances.  I want to know how our diet affects our health.

As I wrote my thoughts in a journal, a question surfaced – If I am a Health Coach, don’t I have an image to uphold?  Does this mean the grocery store clerk is going to judge me harshly because I have a bottle of wine, a bag of potato chips and a six-pack of chocolate bars on the conveyer belt, or is she going to smile sympathetically and know it’s that time of the month?  Does this mean I have to run marathons or become a yoga instructor?  What if I post things contradictory to a healthy lifestyle on Facebook?

 

The fear of being judged can be overwhelming and it stifles our authentic self.

 

My intent as a Health Coach and author is to assist people explore healthy eating options tailored them and to find balance in the four elements of life – career, relationship, spirituality, physical activity.

I am, just like you, a work in process.  Life is forever evolving.  I plan to share my stories, knowledge and keep an open mind to new possibilities.  As far as my image, just know that I am sassy, I am a momma of two sons (and their beautiful wives) and a grandma to three boys, I am a writer, I love to giggle, I am bull-headed, I swear, I love deeply and the rest I’ll leave to your imagination.

Life is an amazing adventure…

Barely a Nibble

Well, the idea to write this evening bombed. The writing bug just didn’t bite hard enough. Boring, lifeless words thirsty for pizzazz limped their way on the page, dragging their pathetic little feet. I must admit the smears they’ve left behind do make an interesting pattern. Oh well. My pillow has been seducing me for the last half hour; is it too late for a nap?