A junior in high school, that's the time where all of the teachers were telling me I needed to figure out what I was going to do with my life; it was time to choose a career. What a big choice for a teenager to make; I had no clue. At that age, all I was interested in was hanging out with my friends and running track. I had no exposure to any career opportunities outside of my parents' occupations and I don't recall having that special teacher who helped me find my life's passion to pursue after high school.
I set myself up to do some job shadowing at a physical therapists office and I even considered becoming a teacher, but I had no idea what was after high school. What I did know, if I wanted to get anywhere, a college degree would make it a lot easier. I enrolled in college with an undecided major and about a year later decided to declare my major in business administration. Pretty generic if you ask me, I still had no clue what I was going to do for a career.
Luckily, I had a professor that saw my overly generic resume and class schedule and pointed me on the path of human resources. Now with a sense of direction, I dove in head first by getting involved in a student-run human resources group on campus that got me noticed by a few local business professionals.
Upon graduation, I landed a job in human resources that was pretty spectacular. I was lucky enough to report directly to the CEO who mentored me. I was young and eager and had goals of quickly advancing in the corporate world. My goals pretty much included adding certain job titles on my resume. Eventually, I realized the titles I wanted to see on my resume weren't coming fast enough and I didn't want to limit myself to only working in human resources. It was time for me to think bigger picture. I wanted to be a CEO...go big or go home, right?
On my journey to become qualified to be a CEO, I earned an MBA degree and became involved with local organizations sitting on their Boards of Directors and serving on executive committees. Time passed and my patience was running thin...come on CEO role where are you already?
Fast forward a few years, I was at the top of my career as the Director of Human Resources. In this role, I oversaw all areas of human resources in addition to creating the organization's first ever corporate wellness program. The purpose of the program was to implement strategies to lower health care costs by improving the engagement of employees in their health. What a fun part of the job! I mean, through these wellness initiatives people quit smoking, lost weight, started exercising, learned more about healthy eating habits. It was so awesome to be a part of something that positively affected the lives of so many!
Through these wellness initiatives, is where I was first introduced to yoga and is how I was introduced to Ayurveda. Ayurwhada? Ayurveda is the world's oldest medicine dating back 5000 years ago. Though Ayurveda only made its way to the United States in the 1970s which is why so many have never heard of it. In short, Ayurveda is a preventative approach to healthy living where people are seen holistically (mind, body, and spirit as one) and are honored for being individuals, unique in their own way.
This was a pivotal point in my life. When I graduated from yoga teacher training, my corporate job just wasn't as fulfilling as it once was. I knew I needed something different and made a leap of faith to enroll in the Florida Academy of Ayurveda to become a certified Ayurvedic counselor with the goal of opening my own business.
This May, I will graduate as a certified Ayurvedic counselor; my training includes Ayurvedic concepts in elemental and doshic theory, anatomy and physiology, subtle energy, the disease process in addition to Ayurvedic nutrition and diet, herbology, aromatherapy.
Through my business, Wimtastic Wellness, I present the system of Ayurveda to groups (i.e., yoga studios, gyms, special interest groups, etc.) and offer Ayurvedic consultations with client assessment and recommendations for daily regimen and lifestyle routines and guide my clients toward balanced health and well-being. All while continuing to teach yoga.
My story, beginning in high school, has been a journey to lead me exactly where I am today. Starting with no sense of direction, to gaining valuable business and wellness experience in the corporate world, to earning an MBA, to becoming a yoga teacher and now becoming an Ayurvedic counselor. All of it served its purpose to allow me to be exactly where I am today and has given me the tools to bring Ayurveda and yoga to others.
So, friends if you're interested in learning more about Ayurveda what it is, how to pronounce it, how it can help you feel physically and mentally balanced, and how to apply it to your life, let me know. You won't regret it.
Love to you all,
This post was originally published in February 2018.