Life Update: I enrolled in IIN’s Holistic Health Coach Training


I'm so excited to share that next week I begin my one-year holistic health coach training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)! This year is all about learning more and digging deeper into what fires me up, so I can continue evolving and growing my knowledge.

I didn’t study anything related to health and wellness when I was in school. My background is purely in fashion from marketing to design and production. I started my blog as a creative outlet to share my ever-evolving wellness journey. It became clear to me my career in fashion wasn’t fulfilling me the way my wellness journey was, so I got my 200-hour yoga teacher certification back in 2015. All of these steps one by one led me to continue pursuing a career focused on wellness.

I was able to take Om & The City full-time in January of 2017, and since then I’ve been laser-focused on scaling this business. I’m finally at a point in my career where I feel really good, and I’m comfortable enough to switch gears from solely focusing on what’s in front of me to now thinking of the bigger picture.

Continuing my education

In addition to my 200-hr yoga teacher certification, I am about to wrap up my 25-hour mindfulness teacher training with MINDFRESH. I’m excited to expand my toolbox and teach breathing techniques, meditation, and mindful movement to people in the corporate work world. Now that this training is concluding, I’m ready to start my next certification with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.


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Why the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?

My relationship with food has been a rocky, rocky road over the years. In high school and into college I had an eating disorder. Then, I struggled with chronic gut pain and inflammation every year after that. I’ve learned SO much about my body through all of these challenges. It’s what led me to finally see a functional medicine doctor at Parsley Health to quitting birth control to pinpointing my food allergies and sensitivities.

Besides a real food diet and regular exercise, I’ve realized just how equally fundamental sleep, stress management, relationships, and spirituality are to my overall wellness. The IIN curriculum digs into this, and it seems to perfectly supplement what I’ve learned through my own personal experience and research. Not to mention, IIN is the largest and most recognized institute for health coaches. This training will also help me further develop my expertise in the holistic wellness industry, and give me more experience and certification to expand my business.

Do I want to be a health coach?

Yes and no. I am not enrolled in this program to specifically become a health coach. I’m very passionate about the personal development niche and helping people through content on my blog, YouTube, and social media. However, I'm expanding this businesss and will have more offerings this year. My overall goal is to create helpful, inspiring, and realistic content that reaches more people, so right now, I’m staying true to that goal. It’s too early to say whether I’ll end up doing some one-on-one coaching. We’ll see where all of this leads.

All in all, I’m just so grateful for the opportunity to partner with IIN for the full year, so I can keep learning. It feels good to finally take that step and to commit to something like this!

I’ll be sharing more about my journey with IIN over the year, so if you have any questions, feel free to leave a  comment below. I’ll refer back to the comments as I write more on this topic. If you’re a current IIN student or grad, I’d love to hear from you too!

*If you decide to enroll in IIN after hearing about it through me, I’d so appreciate it if you used my referral link (here)! You can also view a sample class here. Feel free to get more information in IIN’s Facebook Group as well.

Photography by Hannah Haston (@hanhaston)