My Journey

There has always been a part of me that has known there was something more. Something deeper, truer, more freeing, and joyful that I was supposed to get out of this life. I just knew somewhere within me that life was supposed to be enjoyable and fun, but I couldn’t understand why that wasn’t my reality. Everything felt like such a struggle, and the amount of effort I had to put into ‘acting happy’ was kind of insane. I was tired of people telling me to smile.

My ability to hold on to the belief that life was supposed to be better, and continue to return to it year after year is what lead me to The Institute for Integrative Nutrition® (IIN).

I had just moved to a new town and was looking for a job. I didn’t have internet at the house yet so I spent a lot of my time at the public library looking on Craigslist for anything that could bring in a little income. However I did deeply want to do something with meaning. Something I enjoyed. After a couple hours of scrolling and feeling horribly defeated, I came across a blog post from a girl talking about Health and Wellness. I had already started my own health journey a year or so before so it intrigued me. She mentioned she received her training from a school called IIN.

A light bulb flashed on in this incredibly tired mind of mine. I wanted to do what she was doing. She was confident and self assured. She was doing something she thoroughly enjoyed and was helping so many people in return. She had time freedom, location freedom, and financial freedom.

I left the library that night with a little more hope, but no real belief I could have that myself.

Fast forward 2 years – I was working two part time jobs and still barely getting by. I had signed up for a nutrition class at a near by junior college and was somewhat enjoying that. I went back to craigslist and agreed to a job of house keeping that would allow me to only juggle one job and was Monday through Friday. At least I got my weekends back.

A schedule I hadn’t had in a very long time.

I have never stayed at a job for more than a year and half. I get bored and then frustrated, which turns into becoming completely fed up and done with it.

I’m a Gemini 🙂

This way of earning an income never felt right to me. I didn’t want to trade my time for money. Especially if I didn’t fully enjoy being there.

Five months into housekeeping I was ready to rip my hair out. I enjoyed the fact I was helping people, and I enjoyed the solo work aspect, and I even gained a meaningful friendship I had been looking for, but I couldn’t stand the way things were being run.

It is in the moments of complete dissatisfaction that we are able to get really clear on what we DON’T want, and start thinking about what we DO want instead.

I remembered my desire of wanting to work for myself. I remembered that intense feeling of peace when I thought about how life was supposed to be enjoyable. I started spending a lot of time daydreaming about what it was I wanted out of life. How I wanted to feel, and what impact I wanted to make on the world.

And then that girls blog came into my mind. But this time, it didn’t leave.

I somehow found her post again, and looked up this school she was talking about. I had a lot of hesitation because school wasn’t my thing. I had already dropped out of college a few years back because it felt so awful to be there, and my new attempt to try out that nutrition class had just proved to me I still didn’t want to learn that way and the information didn’t feel right.

But something about IINs curriculum and community did feel right. I immersed myself in the information about what I would learn, how they taught it, and what I could do with a certification as a health coach. I read every page of that girls website – twice- if not more, trying to understand how she was able to create the life she had. It was the first time in a really long time that I felt alive. That I felt I was in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. My gut instinct, my intuition, was loudly saying Jody, THIS IS IT!

It was easy for me to decide I wanted to enroll. I made that decision almost instantly. I had followed my gut before with good results.

It was a good amount of money. Certainly more that I was used to spending at one time. I kept the majority of my excitement to myself and put it off. Thanksgiving came around and I so badly wanted to enroll when I saw they were offering a discounted price on tuition, but I didn’t. No one around me would understand or approve of what I was doing. It took me another 3 months to gain the ability to trust myself enough and learn to put my own needs first. My intuition was so strong, that every action I took against it increased the discourse in my life. Intensifying the struggles I already encountered on a daily basis.

The hope this school gave me that I could live a better life, even before I enrolled, was incredible.

I remember so clearly the exact moment I had gained the self assurance I needed to trust that I could make it work, and not worry about what others thought of what I was doing. My gut feeling was so incredibly strong, and speaking it aloud just intensified it. Nothing was going to stop me. My belief was so strong that I would attend this school it was as if I had already signed up.

A few days later I saw it was Health Coach Week and IIN was offering another discounted tuition. But today was the last day. I had been given another opportunity, this time even better, and I wasn’t going to pass it up like before. I called and asked if they would extend their discount one more day for me. Upon them saying yes, the next few hours went by so fast and so smoothly it was like there was something guiding me making my decision seem so effortless and easy. I got home . . . this was my chance and I wanted to take it. I would figure out how to pay for it later.

I got back on the phone and was enrolled to start in 2 months.

Man did I feel alive.

The decision I made that day to put myself first and listen to my intuition is one of the best decisions I have made. It was the beginning of a transformation I really can’t explain. The information I learned from this school, and continue to learn even today, re-opened a part of me I had lost in the noise our world today surrounds us with. It reminded me and re taught me how to live, and what it feels like to be truly alive. It taught me how to break down the limiting beliefs I didn’t even know I had and replace them with beliefs that have aloud me to flourish and begin to check off the dreams I have always had for my myself.

It was the beginning of a shift in my life I will forever be insanely grateful for.

IIN is a community of individuals all workings towards improving the lives of each other and as many others as possible. It is a movement creating a massive ripple effect on this world we currently live in, to help awaken others and show us life is meant to be fun. We are hear to enjoy every moment intensely and life out our wildest dreams. And it brings me incredible joy to see this exact thing taking place day after day as more and more people step up, and wake up.

Your turn.

If you’re like me, you might have questions. I am here to answer all of them for you. And if you decide to embark upon this journey for yourself, I am also here to give you that sweet discount on tuition I received myself. If you’ve got that feeling in your gut like I did…this is not a decision you will regret, but one you will cherish for years to come.

To get your Discount on Tuition just mention my name

Jody Vining

upon applying. This will get you up to $1000 off.

nice huh ! You’re wellcome :p

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