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New Beginnings

It was about a year ago that I admitted I was unhappy.

I had become a version of myself I didn't like. Work had completely taken over my life and I developed severe anxiety (and, most likely depression).

I would wake up DREADING the day ahead of me; dragging my feet as I rolled out of bed each morning. Agitated, unmotivated, unhappy.

It took me a long time to realize how accustomed I had become to this lifestyle. A job I once loved became the thing that sucked the life out of me, and I was too blind to acknowledge it. I had no idea who I was without this career. I had no idea where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do next with my life (I still don't). The one thing I did know was that I couldn't keep living the way I was.

I began desparately trying to hold on to anything that gave me a shred of hope or happiness. I leaned on running and exercise as an outlet - an escape. I hoped that by trying to prioritize something that once brought me so much joy, I could begin balancing my mental health again. Finding solace in a world of like-minded women who were also prioritizing their fitness, I clung to Instagram like my life depended on it. Through this digital world, I was introduced to Health Coaching.

(A time when I was struggling and you wouldn't even know it)

...'You're telling me there are people out there who will help you priortizie your health and wellbeing AND support you on your journey while you gain back your confidence/motivation to be the best version of yourself? Sign. Me. Up.'

I found Health Coaching at the right time. Not only because I felt I could benefit from a Health Coach, myself, but something within me knew I wanted to be that person for someone else, someday. I wanted to be the support for another Emma out there who just needs a little guidance to get her back to her best, fulfilled self.

There is a specific feeling you get right before you're about to make a big life decision. Butterflies in your gut and the adrenaline pumping through your veins. The complete and utter fear of the unknown and failure. Recognizing that you are changing your path forward but regardless of the outcome, you are going to grow and come out the other side stronger - that is the most comforting place to be in.

Something happened a year ago that I can't quite explain. I was unhappy and I knew the only way to pull myself out was to make a change. Weeks later, with butterflies in my stomach, I found myself signing up for the Integrative Health and Wellness Coaching program through the University of Vermont. By September 2023 I would begin my new journey to become a Health and Wellness Coach.

So, here we are a year later. I quit the job that sucked the life out of me, I started a new job, I completed the UVM program, and I'm on track to become a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. To top it all off, I'm even training to run a marathon in October - something I never imagined I would do.

Life is too short to be unhappy. It's so easy to get comfortable in a lifestyle that isn't benefitting you. It's so easy to make up excuses for reasons why we 'can't' do something.

What if this is the year we all get comfortable with growth and failure?

It's never too late to make a change - you just need to start. If any of this resonated with you I hope you take the first step to get back to your best self. If you need a little help, my door is always open. Cheers to new beginnings!



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