Thank you for taking the time to visit me here and allow Vibrantly Healthy Kids to be a part of your parenting journey. I wanted to say hello and tell you a little bit about myself. In 2009, I left my thriving career in women and children’s fashion merchandising when my first daughter was born. The work was no longer in line with my shifting values. In my 20’s fashion was fun, challenging, helped me cultivate life long friendships, surrounded me with amazing women breaking glass ceilings, and gave me the opportunity to move to California. Yet, I knew I was ready for something new. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to consider this. I think of those ahead of me, the ones I love who paved the way, but never had this chance.
In the space created, my dream was born. I wanted to be able to do work that made a difference in people’s lives and really spoke to the core of who I was.
Nutrition became an invaluable tool in my rocky health journey. My functional medicine pediatrician taught me how to use nutrition to support my own children’s health challenges. From there, I started helping friends find answers for their own children through food. My pediatrician and other local children’s practitioners reminded me that there was so much need for more individuals to do work to support children in the field of nutrition. Many families and children are struggling with preventable or reversibele chronic diseases and health issues. I knew I wanted to help be a part of the solution.
I have said out loud on several occasions, “I am never going back to school.”
You know what they say about never saying never. In my early years, like many girls I thought science was not my strength. The idea of entering a new career rooted in science was terrifying. In the Spring of 2015, I enrolled in a lengthy list of prerequisites at my local community college, and tackled the science courses with ease. My free time was spent reading research papers and nutrition books. It turns out, science was my thing. I began my road to graduate school one day at a time and met many people just like me along the way.
The 2nd semester in my masters’s in Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition began today. My dream is to use Vibrantly Healthy Kids to continue to support as many families as possible in making healthy choices and making eating whole foods as approachable as possible. The website will grow in providing parents more tools as my knowledge base grows. When I complete my program, I plan to provide care to children with chronic childhood conditions, specifically I hope to support children with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, food allergies, allergies, and autoimmune disease.
My life is not perfect. It is not easy, and it is not without sacrifice. I started school over 2 years ago, and I may be in school for 2 to 4 more years. There are many nights I find myself studying until midnight. Some weeks my partner feels neglected, my daughters feel frustrated with my distracted mind, I forget to do things, and sometimes I feel overwhelmed. Some moments it feels easier to run back to the comfort of what I know, then to go forward into the unknown.
I stopped listening to that voice inside me that said, “you can’t do this” and “you can’t start over.” Instead that voice now says, “why not?” and “if not me, then who?”
Thus far on this journey I have met so many amazing mother’s who are reinventing themselves. These women give me hope for the future. The road ahead is long, unpredictable, and I have no where to go but forward.
Have you had the opportunity to find something inside or outside of your home that brings you joy? If so, what is that dream that gets you out of bed?