What’s in the box?!
As most of you know, I’m a full-time Speech-Language Pathologist in a school system. I love my job and I also love the flexibility that my career field offers. I can work in school systems, private practice, nursing homes, hospitals, NICU, etc.. It’s the perfect career for a military spouse since we have to pick up and move every couple of years. I love all of the experiences that I’ve been afforded. During this season of our life, the school system has been perfect considering the ages of our children. I’ve been able to take them to school with me and share in those experiences, as well as, be on the same schedule as them through two deployments. As we look ahead to another move, we’ll have to decide what’s best for the next stage. Only time will tell! LOL!
I also began a venture into health coaching a couple of years ago. I was working on my own health/fitness and figured out that the best accountability was to help others as well. It’s been so rewarding and the benefits have carried over to all aspects of my life…parenting, marriage, vision for the future, goal setting, embracing the positives and striving to live each day to the fullest. Being a part of an amazing team has pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone and strive to become a better wife and mother.
I used to work in a hospital in the NICU and outpatient pediatrics. Many people aren’t aware that a part of Speech Pathologist’s scope of practice is feeding/swallowing. I loved that environment. I was constantly challenged and constantly learning in the medical environment. Since having my own children and dealing with bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups, spoon feeding, picky eating, etc., I’ve been wanting to get back into the area of pediatric feeding. I plan to pursue this when we find out our next location.
About a year ago after my experience with coaching and improving my own nutrition, I found myself wanting to learn more. I love being an accountability partner, but I wanted to have more knowledge in the area to serve others the best that I can. I am a firm believer that good nutrition can be the starting point to improving any aspect of life. I also believe that teaching our children good eating habits is crucial. The obesity rate is astronomical in our country. There are so many busy families out there and often quick/convenient food takes priority over nutritious. I want to help families come up with plans to incorporate healthier habits.
I’ve decided to take courses to become certified as a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and Youth Nutrition Specialist. It’s been something that was weighing on my mind for awhile and I decided that this was the right time to go for it. I feel that the knowledge will help me both in the area of pediatric feeding and coaching. I’m looking forward to the challenge and I look forward to helping others lead healthier lives!
So what’s in the box?! TEXTBOOKS!
Here’s to another adventure!!