Most times when I blog, it’s because I have a lot stirring within that leaves me excited and a bit scattered.
Blogging helps me get it out there and feel more organized.
And, for the most part, I have found that my posts speak to one or 17 people.
Today, I’m feeling grateful.
Grateful because I have so much on my plate that makes me feel scattered.
After only thirteen months in business, I’m pretty amazed, on a daily basis.
It’s December 1.
I know! How has this year flown by so quickly?!
In browsing through my own Instagram account last night, I came across this post, from last fall. Before STK was a legit business.
That was something that I had tagged often on my personal Facebook timeline.
Mostly because of a funny that had to do with my daughter and I, our drive to work together and our Tim Hortons coffee stop.
Those were good times.
We have both since left that job, she went to a position at a dealership that she is absolutely thriving in and me, you know where I went.
I’m one lucky girl.
That giant (and I mean GIANT) leap of faith took me to heights that I thought were only made for dreams.
Back to getting it together.
If I could list the amazing things that have been happening, developing and evolving, you would be excited and a bit scattered with me.
One year ago, I set out on this mission put before me.
I started out with a food template, some knowledge about a healthier way of life, some kinda cool personable skills and a strong desire to help people.
Oh, and I studied real hard, took a lengthy exam and became a certified health coach.
To date, I have sat with over 80 people, which equals a lot of kitchens.
That’s me working with each one, on a daily basis, for a minimum of 30 days.
In the spring I also began a holistic nutrition course that gave me a whole lot more information.
Between both of those, what I learned on my own healthy journey and now having worked with such a variety of people in showing them “the way”, it’s resulted in many, many, many people having GotItTogether.
I love catchy phrases.
If you have followed me for any length of time, you’ve noticed that.
#stkarmy (a new one and highly favored by my most recent healthy lifestyle converts).
It’s going on tshirts that are literally in the making as we speak.
I have walking billboards all over the place. Now, many will sport a cool red tee that points people to STK.
I have a new one too in the making, along those lines, but mine is tailored to me and my rank in this #stkarmy.
I get thrilled about so much along the way.
That’s the way it should be.
When you are allowed (I always use that term.. because it’s how I feel and do not take this position lightly) to pour into people’s lives, and make such a positive impact on them, it is beyond thrilling.
But you’ve read many of my blog posts and that is a common theme.
So I’ve got people GettingItTogether all over the place.
Most of the wonderful people that come my way now are referrals.
Every business owner loves referrals.
That is a really good gauge.
You must be doing something right.
I have many people coming right to my house, which is the first step in this process.
I tell them about me, they tell me about themselves and the education process begins.
Wanna know something really neat!?
Twice this week, I’ve done two consults, long distance.
Oh, I’ve done a few long distance already. Very cool.
But these were a bit different.
How fun is that!?
A lovely mother and daughter in the south, Sunday evening.
And a wonderful person, who happens to share the same name and exact spelling as myself (not common at all), who lives in the east.
That happened last night.
She was my fifth consult for the week and we got a late start (an hour before bedtime for me is kinda dicey).
My consults are generally lengthy and zap a bit out of me.
So I had to apologize often to my friend in the east.
She understood and today I’ll be shipping out her STK package and we will be working closely for 30 days, beginning next week.
When I first began my coaching business, I coached 1:1 for 30 days and even though I very much wanted this to become a lifestyle for them, I hadn’t yet equipped my business to keep people in my circle and offer services to help continue guiding and supporting.
Yes, that’s right.
Now I do.
Took some really great ideas.
And have put them into action.
STK-Roundup happens every two weeks, here in my home.
I have 6-10 ladies who come on a regular basis.
Most look very forward to it.
It’s my way of offering continued support and continued education as well as having them try a new recipe, in my kitchen, at each Roundup.
It’s been very successful.
I look forward to continuing that service and improving it as we go along.
Another service that I have developed is online group coaching.
My STK Roundup mixed with daily coaching.
I’ve got 28 people that signed up three weeks ago and they took the challenge of continuing to clean eat through the last eight weeks of this year.
I’ve also nudged them to incorporate exercise into their new lifestyle.
It is a pilot group (see my last blog post).
It was a bit bumpy (only in my mind) at first, but it is a work in progress and I know that those that are in there, that truly want the help and guidance, are thriving and very much benefiting from it.
I’ve got many plans for developing online groups for the new year.
That’s my “I’m so excited” girl.
I LOVE each opportunity that I’m given to make an impact on people’s lives, big or small.
At first, I was hopeful.
Now, I’m grateful and confident.
What I do works.
There are many, many GREAT influential people out there doing what I do.
Okay, maybe not exactly.
I’ve branded myself a bit different.
But not with much effort, per se.
It’s who I am.
It’s what I’ve been set a part to do.
I now recognize it as my calling in life.
I have raised my four children and am now at a point in my life that I can touch people’s lives, in a very positive way.
I tell people all of the time,”I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.”
I am 48.
So if you are a youngster, I hope that encourages you that it’s never too late.
This isn’t for everyone.
Many want to do this. But it takes work, some special gifts and a very driven mindset.
I’ve done just that and believe that I have been properly fitted for this.
Not tooting my own horn.
I try and remain humble, because I need to. I have to.
I am no one particularly special.
Just a flawed person called to do something extraordinary.
At least that’s what I am told often.
Get to know me and you’ll fast discover where my intentions are.
Oh, there are many with good intentions.
And most, even though a bit off in there “healthy” standards, are making a difference.
I want to be different.
I landed on a health coach’s Facebook page this morning.
She has many followers.
She posts daily motivational things, just as I do.
She talks about God.
She posts videos of herself working out.
She posts selfies with her shirt lifted up (you won’t see me doing that….you’re welcome). In her defense, she’s much younger than me and I get that).
But this is where my eyes popped out a bit.
She talks about beer and pizza.
Please do not think of this as me being judgmental.
I say it to point out that by claiming certain things, it can be confusing to your followers.
She offers meal plans.
My face when I read the ingredients.
Canola (last I checked, that’s a heavily processed, GMO, junk oil)
Whole wheat bread, flour and the like (if you haven’t met with me, you’ll think that this is good).
Pasta (labeled whole wheat and blah, blah, blah…). There are much better alternatives.
Sugar (no explanation needed).
I get it.
No, I don’t.
You’re either IN, showing people correctly, or you’re not.
I help shape people’s lives correctly, in that I teach them how to eat and why, but also that we don’t live terrified.
I do not have recipes close to that and I don’t send mixed messages in my public posts.
I’ve done things incorrectly myself at times.
But I take very seriously my health coach position.
I’m leading people.
People ARE GettingItTogether.
And as long as I am able to continue, I will GetMoreTogether and KeepItTogether.
If you haven’t, you should sign up for this #stkarmy.
It’s a movement that’s worthy of your time.