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  • Writer's pictureKate Cleveland

I'm back! And I missed you.

Updated: Jan 12, 2021

Here it is, my first post in over a year and it comes with exciting news. Many experts write about how blog posts shouldn't be about me, the writer. They should be about you . . . my reader. I can appreciate that, but bear with me because this one is all about me, Hopefully you will understand why by the end of the page and then we can get back to what really matters. YOU!

So . . . juuuuuuuuuust in case you don't already know where I have been, I will fill you in.

First, there was a brief stint into the world of Commerce, Development, and Tourism. A close friend of mine was in a bind and I was honored to step in to help plan and execute our town's annual celebration of science, technology, art, history, culture, and more. What a ride! The learning curve was steep, the stress was on, and the unexpected happened again and again and again . . . but I wouldn't have changed any of it. I consider those five months to be a fabulous little detour where I learned an immense amount and had some fun along the way. I had a chance to work with some of the most amazing, creative, and charismatic people I have ever met (you know who you are!) and when the job was done I was given the opportunity to stay on. I thought long and hard about it, considered every angle, but ultimately decided to go back to the path I had started down right before this detour presented itself.

The challenges and opportunities I faced while working on that project (not to mention alongside that incredible group of people) helped me gain more of an understanding of what I could do, but more importantly, it built up my confidence. The world of small business/non-profit/commerce/marketing, etc. was all completely unfamiliar to me. Other than watching in admiration from afar as my parents worked through it all with their own business, I had no real idea about any of it. This detour was an eye-opening opportunity which I loved. . . . and it was one that I walked away from knowing what I wanted to do and thinking "I can do this!"

I realized that helping people understand nutrition, comprehend wellness, set and achieve goals, and enrich their lives was something I wanted to do. I mean, something I really wanted to do. As you know, this journey started out as a hobby but it became obvious very quickly that it is a passion. A true passion.

After thorough research into several of the top coaching programs I enrolled in the Holistic Health and Life Coaching program through the Natural Wellness Academy. I can honestly say that it was one of the single best decisions I have ever made. The program encompasses mind, body, and spirit and the learning takes place in an experiential way so that each graduate walks the walk, doesn't just talk the talk. The program paired really well with my Master's work in nutrition and molecular toxicology at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and I was pleased to round out that part of my education.

Anyway, it's probably needless to point out that I completed the program, but I am going to do it anyway. I graduated!

And here's the official seal from the Natural Wellness Academy!!

Why am I telling you this?

Mostly because I want to bring you up to speed, apologize for my absence, and a little bit of me wanted to pat myself on the back for all the hard work I put in! Also, wouldn't it be a bit weird if I just started putting up posts and resources again without telling you all what I've been up to?

That's the update, thanks for reading. Leave a comment below and let me know what you have been up to over the past year!

Here's to Keeping it Simple and Sustainable,

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