I wanted to take a moment to answer a few questions that have landed in my inbox lately. Many of them pertain to how I got started in holistic health coaching, nutrition, essential oils, and freelancing.
To be honest, I did not plan ANY of this... so to say that there is a step-by-step guide would be 100% misleading! What I do know though, is that through many failures & being let go from two of my dream jobs, I have definitely learned a LOT about myself and what my desired career path is.
This 4 part series is meant to help you get to know me better.
It’s meant to let you inside my world a bit.
I’ve recognized that the more I open up online, the larger my wellness community grows– and since that’s truly my purpose at this moment in my life, here I go with a 4 part series on WHY I DO, WHAT I DO!
What is your earliest memory of being interested in natural health?
Quinoa & kale were my first solid foods.
Just like many of my fellow 80’s & 90’s kids… I grew up eating Kraft Dinner, Jo Louies, and Dried Fruit Snacks. But I also had a Mom who made every single meal from scratch and we rarely ate out, making our food choices quite wholesome on a daily basis.
Beyond food, I always had an aversion to stinky perfumes & beauty products, but for no real reason other than they just didn’t vibe with my body. Then, somewhere along the line my sister began shifting her lifestyle to become a Naturpathic Doctor and from that moment on, my journey accelerated. One step at a time.
Were you a healthy kid?
For the most part, I was free of severe illness. I was, however the one of my family who had the weakest immune system, making me sick with a cold or flu more often than the average person. I always wondered why this was…
You must eat a perfect diet and exercise every day…
Thanks for that assumption, but you could not be further from the truth!
I do make a concentrated effort to move my body daily, which is made easy because I choose sports & activities that I really love (like biking and walking). As for diet, I probably eat 70% great, and leave the other 30% for meals out with friends, weekend treats, or spur of the moment foods.
Never assume that anyone has a perfect diet.. because even the people whose bodies you envy are bingeing on Oreos’s at midnight. And that is CERTAINLY not a perfect diet.
How do I become a health coach?
This is NOT a regulated title, so technically anyone can brand themselves as a health coach if they have a passion for helping others. What I would suggest is that you begin coaching others when you are certain that you’ve had life experiences that can help others navigate similar situations that they’re going through. Sounds too simple, right?
Truth is, people connect with those who are just 1 or 2 steps behind them… so it’s important to not JUST have ‘experts’ positioning themselves as coaches! Of course, credibility comes with being vocal about who you are and what you have to offer, your studies, your life experiences.. etc.
What credentials do you have?
I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, a Group Exercise Instructor, a B.A in Business Management & Organizational Studies. My non-credentials are that I’m an eternal optimist, a business coach, and a doTERRA leader (i.e. I help people build a natural health biz)
What nutrition school did you go to?
I attended the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, here in Toronto. I loved it!
What does a day in the life of a freelancer look like?
It looks however you want it to look! Here’s my typical day..
5:30am Rise & Shine
8:00am Shower + Walk Dog
10:00am Arrive at my co-working space (I rent a hot desk) with a coffee, and tackle something important, that requires focus
11:30am Coffee break
12:00pm – 2:00pm Tackling client projects, mentor calls, and entering doTERRA orders
2:00pm Lunch time! I’m starving by now
2:00pm – 4:00pm Tackle the last few things on my to-do list for the day, often I will schedule calls for the afternoon when I’m less focused
5:00pm Walk dog, prepare dinner, turn on music and disconnect for a few hours
7:30pm Branding, content creation, respond to emails
8:30pm Power down the laptop and hang with my man and rescue pup, Abby
Do you make enough money freelancing?
When you begin your freelance career, choosing a fair hourly wage to be compensated with is a tough choice… so be sure not to undercut yourself! You need to factor in the inconsistencies of work, lack of healthcare benefits, focused work that needs to happen in that time. You deserve to be paid well!
Because I have multiple income streams, I don’t often worry about losing a client because there is always something else that will come along. In addition, my doTERRA business grows daily and in just 1.5 years I’ve managed to replace half of my income.
My advice? Ensure that you’re planting seeds everyday in an industry you want to be part of, and let people know what you’re up to!
Why did you begin building a biz with doTERRA?
I had been following some women online who had build very successful businesses with doTERRA, and I was already using essential oils daily in my life. It seemed like a natural fit for me. I love being entrepreneurial, I love natural health, I love connecting with women.
I felt like when I began my business, I was 100% ready. I was confident in the product and how it could help others, and confident in the industry growth that was quite apparent in my eyes (essential oils are set to be a $4.1B market with MLMs continuing to dominate by 2020)
Isn’t doTERRA a network marketing company? How does that fit in?
Yes it is. It’s a really neat vehicle for sharing your message and getting compensated for the value you provide.
As a direct sales rep, you are helping the product not to sit on retail store shelves and accumulate a 25% markup, and instead you are the person being compensated for getting it into people’s hands. No retail markups mean that the 25% that normally goes straight into the pocket of the store, instead gets dispersed to you and your team of wellness advocates (i.e. your biz besties)
How did you learn the skills necessary to start your biz?
A beautiful 3 month mentorship set me on my path towards freedom.
(p.s. stay tuned for part 2 next month!)