What I Did this Summer (err…year)

I suppose as the summer winds down it’s time for me to post, so much has happened since the last time I posted and I’d like to share it with all my followers. My goal when I started this blog was to teach people that food is your fuel, your medicine, and the ONLY way to stay healthy.  Based on the feedback I’ve gotten, I’ve accomplished that, but I wanted to do more.

So a year ago on July 1, 2016 I embarked upon getting certified as a health and wellness coach by the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy (which is a partner to the Institute for Functional Medicine). I would love to have my own practice, but I’m not an advanced practice nurse, so that’s out of the question. This was the next best thing. So for the last 12 months I have been in school. Which has caused my blog to go quiet.

We had lessons on everything; positive psychology, different food plans, nutrition, motivation, documentation, malpractice, business, toxicity, and the psychology of eating. I will be sharing more of what I’ve learned over the next several years.

I would just like to thank all of you who do follow me for sticking with me even though I haven’t posted a lot this year. I will graduate formally in Dallas on Sunday, September 10. I’m going, because this might be my last graduation ever!!

School was in many ways harder than I realized, but I learned a facet of helping other people that I hadn’t been able to focus on before, the psychology part. We had a practicum and I had two clients over six months that I then presented at my final practicum exam.

This year has been a year of highs and lows.  I also lost my mother in April to a rare form of dementia.  I had moved her near me three years ago, but the end of her life was complicated and emotional, as our relationship had been.  So, grief for her and grief for what I never had.  Complicated.  On a very happy note, my youngest son will get married in three weeks, so you won’t hear from me right away for a while, but I will post in September!  For now, I just wanted to say hello and I haven’t forgotten you!

Here’s my new logo, and I will be taking both Skype clients and in-person clients starting later in the fall. Wishing everyone the best.

I’m very grateful for this opportunity to take the next step.

Eileen, R.N., FMCHWC