I continuously reevaluate what I want to do with my career by trying to decide what truly makes me feel accomplished and happy. I like being a physical therapist and I like educating people in nutrition but what really inspires me? I realized that there is one thing that all of my recent ‘careers’ have had in common: empowerment. All I want to do is empower people to achieve their goals and their dreams. As a pediatric physical therapist in the home setting, with kids ages 0-3 years old, I absolutely love empowering parents and caregivers. I love showing families that they can support their child through development, and even more importantly, they can support their kids to become self-empowered individuals.
I believe that our views and beliefs start from infancy. The more that we empower our children to learn things for themselves, the more empowered they will be through all growth and development. You can roll a child from back to belly over and over again but once they learn how to do it themselves it opens up a whole new world of possibility. We need to be willing to let our children make mistakes and get the toy they drop and learn for themselves to achieve a sense of self-empowerment. One of the best ways to teach our kids self-empowerment is to embody it ourselves.
This is where-in my continued passion lies. If you’re like me, you’ve spent the years since completing high school following a big list of “supposed-tos.” I don’t mean that in a bad way, because I am so happy my path took me the way it did. I was supposed to go to college, get a degree, and find a job – hopefully one I enjoyed. Along the way, I found love, marriage, a baby in the baby carriage (and one more on the way). I feel extremely accomplished in my life. I am good at what I do. I have made a career that allowed for the flexibility to expand my knowledge into the realm of nutrition. Despite all of these accomplishments, I didn’t experience self-empowerment personally until recently. Rather than use my accomplishments to inspire and empower me, I hid behind them.
So where did I find empowerment? I found empowerment by changing my relationship with food. I took charge of my fertility. I quit my steady job of 5 years to transition to a contracting position with less guarantee of income. I did this so that I could focus on the more fleeting things in life – time with family. Empowerment for me, is the culmination of small choices we make for ourselves. It can be big decisions as well, but in my opinion, it’s the little ones that can often make the most difference.
So what do I do? What is my career? My career is in empowerment. I will continue to work in the early intervention system to empower children and their parents. However, my ‘online’ career, the one that I hope to expand to achieve a farther reach, is to empower people like you. In big business, working for companies and corporations I believe that our true passion can get lost in the mix. But here? It’s just me, seeking to empower someone else, you. Whether your need support in nutrition, physical ailments, mindset or maybe more general life coaching – I am here for you. What’s holding you back from achieving self-empowerment?