From early November through next spring, I’ll be living in the Tohoku region of Japan.
It all started with a question.
While taking a business class this spring, I considered why I do what I do.
I joke that I got into nutrition because I loved food and needed an argument for eating a lot of it. But, really, that’s not the reason.
I went into holistic health because I needed it.
After high school I came down with mono and never bounced back. The next two and a half years were a constant struggle with fatigue, tummy pain, hormone issues, and anxiety. There was nothing medically wrong with me, I just never felt good.
Whole-food nutrition and a practitioner who looked for causes instead of symptoms finally helped me. When I woke up feeling well for the first time in years, I knew this was what I wanted to do.
I’ve experienced the affect physical health has – not just on the body, but on the mind and spirit.
My passion isn’t just for nutrients. My passion is to help women live vibrantly – physically, mentally, and spiritually.
You might be wondering what any of that has to do with Japan. Or with the question that “started it,” yet hasn’t been mentioned eight paragraphs later.
During my class I had to write out a business vision. There was a list of prompting questions, and as I read them one jumped out.
Is there anything you’re passionate about that, if you don’t pursue it now, you’ll regret?
And something completely unrelated to my business came up.
My passion is business-as-ministry, but I also have a heart for missions. That question made me realize missions is something I want to pursue, even if just for a short time.
Physical health can only take you so far. Because we’re still gonna die.
My dream as a health coach is to share a bigger picture. I want to share healing in more than a physical sense.
That’s why I love to talk not just about health, but about hope. And about pain, purpose, and joy.
I don’t ever want my work to be “just” about physical health.
That’s why I’m going to Japan.
I’ll be working with Serve Asia, a branch of OMF International, on a team in a university city. I’ll be helping them with their work, and reaching out to the student population.
I don’t expect anything glamorous or revolutionary. I’m going as much for my own growth in Christ as for anything else.
But no matter what happens, I want to share it with you. Because this is what we all need – to live for something (Someone) bigger than ourselves.
Until November I’ll keep blogging weekly. While in Japan I’ll write as often as possible, though not as regularly.
When I return, I hope to share what I’ve learned. My long-term dream is to help women find physical and spiritual health, and I’m excited to see where God leads.
Now that you’ve heard my story, I’d love to hear yours!
Let me know:
1. What’s your bigger picture? What is more important to you than physical health?
2. Is there anything you’re passionate about that, if you don’t pursue it now, you’ll regret?
Leave a comment and let me know! I’d love to hear from you.
Next week I’ll be back to health and nutrition. I’m also at work on a new class to be released this fall (it’s gonna be good!).
Until then, wishing you the best of health and wholeness,