How to take back control of your life

It’s 10.59pm and I’ve been staring at my computer on what to write because I got caught up with blogging the “right way” and went into a big rabbit hole of self-doubt.

Can you relate?

Well this is my blog, so I can blog anyway I like and so I’ll just keep typing and hope for the best!

But it does bring me back to one of the regrets of the dying explored more deeply in a book written by Bronnie Ware, where they wished they had the courage to live a life true to themselves and not the life that others expected of them.

So imagine, you’ve come face to face with the knowing that you’re on your last days on earth and you hear yourself say “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

I want you to take a moment, close your eyes and imagine this scenario clearly.

Say these words out loud to really feel the gravity of these words.

Then come back.

Life, at least the way I know it is chaotic and busy with two little kids. It’s so easy for me to get swept away with the day to day life that the year can feel like it flew by. My mind constantly somewhere else other than right here in this moment.

That’s why bringing my attention to the breath, my senses, what I can see, feel, smell and hear helps bring me back to the here and now. Incorporating mindfulness helps me stay true to my compass.

Being mindful can give space in our day to get present to areas of our life that we want to honour.

What are our dreams, desires and aspirations that are deep within that has been supressed because we’re too consumed about what others might say or think?

Maybe you’re in a job that is literately destroying your soul but you stay because of the money, you could be in a toxic relationship but preserve because it’s not the “right time” to leave or you find yourself late at night loading your body with all the stuff that’s triggering you to have major health problems but stress is to debilitating that you need the quick fix just get through it.

You’re waiting for the right time to change, whether that time comes, who knows.

I don’t have the answers for you and that’s the most powerful thing about this because only you can create a life that is true to yourself.

How do you know when you’re not in control?

It just feels icky because everything is hard and not in flow.

I’m actually thinking about my client who told me last week that she’s feeling like she’s found her frequency! You can read more about her recent testimony she wrote half way through her health coaching program with me.

So coming back to reading this sentence again, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me” I really get that no one can live my life except me.

Who knows maybe in the future, we can transport our consciousness into another body but right now as far as I know, this mind, body and spirit has me at its command.

Exercise:

So I dare you to just explore perhaps in a journal this week, is to imagine yourself at the end of your life and start writing just a few things you regretted not doing on the left hand side.

Then on the right hand side of your journal, pick one and write small actionable steps to making some of those things a reality for you.

For example, maybe you always wanted to learn to speak Spanish, play the piano, write a book, get a tattoo, be on stage at a TEDx talk, go to uni in your 30’s or live in a tiny house.

What’s one thing you could do tomorrow that brings you that one step closer to making it a reality for you?

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Can you have a career as a health coach?

I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in November 2018 and my son at the time was 21 months old.

I remember having so many great ideas on what I wanted to do with my Health Coach Training Certification that I couldn’t wait to get started.

I had been self-employed as an independent contractor within the occupational rehabilitation industry and had these grand ideas about how I was going to transform the industry.

I also had an online business where I was really passionate about women’s health and how I wanted to deepen my service offerings to impact more women. I was really divided in where I was going to focus my energies.

So I did both.

In the meantime, I had a goal to night-wean my son off the boobies when he reached 2 years of age and hopefully in due time, he’d wean himself naturally from the day feeds so I could really focus on ALL of my projects (you’re probably already getting a sense of where this is going.)

If you’re wondering why I chose to study with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, you can read all about it here but today I’m going to focus more on what’s happened since I graduated.

I had declared 2019 was going to be my best year yet.

Did that happen?

Well I was right about one thing, it was my best year yet because I fell pregnant with our second and we were so happy that my son was going to have a baby brother as a Christmas present.

In the chaos of motherhood, running a natural parenting mothers group, taking my son to his weekly activities, working in my consulting business, maintaining my online wellness business and JUST being “oh you know” pregnant whilst trying to work on several coaching projects, I felt I was running on a treadmill and not getting anywhere with anything.

I teamed up with one of my besties and we were creating opportunities to work with national brands, having serious conversations with decision makers of companies and penciled in workshops for the year but things started to unravel and fall apart because we were heavily reliant on other people to pull through.

So one of the biggest lessons I learnt from that experience, is to start small.

I don’t mean start with small thinking but if I could do 2019 all over again, it would be to write down all those big ideas and just park them when I have the time and resources to dedicate to them because in hind-sight, I was about to have a baby!

So between coaching calls, I did managed to squeeze in a talk for Blacktown City Council for Women’s Health Week and built relationships to do more workshops in 2020.

Can you have a career as a Health Coach?

Yes.

Full-time? It’s a choice.

For me, right now I choose to work part-time because my life is dedicated to raising a threeanger and a 6 month old baby.

It’s all about having a small happy little practice where I can wake up and love what I do and it resolves around the needs of every changing and growing family.

My practice is online and have clients nationally.

Initially I had expected to grow my practice seeing clients face-to-face like I did in 2019 but then Covid19 happened.

But turns out having an online practice just made more sense since I breastfeed between appointments.

So if you’re a mum or time-poor and have so many competing priorities but have been imaging your life as a health coach, then it’s totally possible.

You don’t necessarily have to have everything worked out, I certainly didn’t after I graduated.

Almost 75% of our students have clients
before they graduate.

Institute for Integrative Nutrition

My health coaching practice has evolved as I do life.

Get a sneak peak into the information and inspiration that IIN’s Health Coach Training Program has to offer and enjoy a free sample class from their online curriculum on me.

The next class starts July 20th. If you have any questions or would love to chat more, you can contact me directly.

As an IIN Ambassador, I know it helped me so much to be able to talk to health coaches who were working in the field, so don’t be shy!

You can call IIN and say I referred you “Merly Hartnett” on a dedicated line (844) 315-8547 (U.S.) or +1 (212) 730-5433 (International) for discounts on tuition and additional bonuses.

Dr.Oz shares the benefits of Health Coaches in the healthcare system

“What role can Health Coaches play in the ongoing healthcare crisis in America? A very significant one, says Dr. Mehmet Oz, who recently sat down with IIN founder Joshua Rosenthal to discuss the issue.

Their probing conversation explored the different roles of doctors, patients, and Health Coaches in our current system, and how each can help contribute to a wellness revolution. Rather than overhauling the entire healthcare system, Dr. Oz says, Health Coaches should function as an added layer between doctors and patients, helping patients be healthier and doctors be better practitioners.

In fact, Health Coaches are essential in this equation, as most doctors don’t learn fundamental nutritional principles while in medical school—principles that can often serve as a replacement for medicine or invasive operations!

Today, 20% of Americans drive most of our healthcare costs, and these people “desperately need Health Coaching,” according to Dr. Oz. By focusing on this group, Health Coaches can not only help a large group of people lead healthier and happier lives, we can also take an enormous burden off of our economy and transform our society into one with a raised standard of nutrition and complete wellness.”

I’ve been told by my clients there is a lack of support and guidance around what to do about making improvements to their health and lifestyle at home when they have been given a diagnosis.

Often, coming to be because they have exhausted all other options and feeling fearful of the future.

I believe we can help many people before it’s too late. Alleviating the pressure on the healthcare system and the economic impact to a rise in preventable chronic illnesses.

When a patient goes to a medical centre to discuss a health issue such as trouble with sleeping, perhaps a persistent headache, infertility due to an irregular cycle or unable to shift excess weight, there is so much that can be done for people if they were referred to a health for ongoing support as an extension to the care a doctor provides.

I’m a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and have a private practice based in Western Sydney, offering health coaching virtually.

If you are a GP or Medical Specialist who would like to refer a client for health coaching, click here.

Click here to learn more about health coaching.

5 practical work from home tips for a productive day

You might have fantasised in the past about working from home but now this might actually be your new reality and realised it’s not all it’s all cracked out to be. Maybe you have the kids at home too, so trying to find the balance of doing productive work whilst keeping the kids entertained is darn challenging or you could be feeling unmotivated to work because your worried about family and given these uncertain times can be quite overwhelming.

One way of coping and making a smooth transition to working from home is focusing on what you can control. One thing is to think about how you start your day.

As a work from home veteran, here are 5 practical things you can do:

1) Wake up an hour earlier to get some work done before the kids wake up. If you don’t have kids, take full advantage and use this time to focus on your health like doing a YouTube workout, meditate or declutter a corner of a room. All this helps boost your health and wellbeing and you’re more likely to feel you can tackle the day ahead, no matter how challenging.

2) Create blocks of time to do productive work with pockets the day for regular breaks. If possible, have a big bottle of water and snacks in your designated office space to stop you going to the kitchen to stare aimlessly into your fridge for hours at a time.

3) Let friends and family know your office hours. Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you have all the time in the world to chat. Being constantly interrupted will have you feeling defeated by the end of the day. So set yourself up for success by setting boundaries and be vigilant.

4) Schedule everything in your diary. Whether you like to use a paper diary or an online calendar, make sure anything that is going to take more than 5 minutes to do is recorded. Our brains have so much to contend with these days, so give yourself some breathing space by not having to remember everything. Use the tools to help you.

5) The Law of Diminishing Intent basically means the longer you wait to do something, the less likely you are going to do it. So tackle the hard stuff as early on in the day as you can. You might choose to do an easy task first to ease you into work mode while you have a coffee but if you have a few calls your avoiding, or a report that’s killing ya life, schedule it in before lunch. Trust me, lunch will taste so much better.

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Should you become a health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition?

I graduated in November 2018 from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and I loved it every minute of it.

When I enrolled I was a stay-at-home mum and breastfeeding my 9 month old baby and this transition into motherhood was a turning point for me to turn my passion for health and wellness into a career.

My story

Prior to enrolling into IIN, I had been researching a couple of courses, I looked into counselling, naturopathy and life coaching but something about IIN really resonated with me.

About a decade ago I studied with the Australasian College of Natural Therapies to study Nutritional Medicine but didn’t complete it due to lifestyle circumstances at the time.

So when I happen to come across a friend who had studied with IIN, I reached out and everything she shared with me, I just knew it was exactly what I was looking for. That’s why I believe it’s so important to be able to talk to someone who has gone through it, especially in Australia when health coaching is in it’s infancy.

When I look back, I don’t know how I was able to run my online wellness and consulting business, function as a co-sleeping and breastfeeding mama and still manage to fit in my study.

It really came down to the fact that studying with IIN felt so aligned with what I wanted to do with my future. So instead of feeling tired at the end of the day, I was excited to be studying between naps and from the hours of 9pm to midnight!

What is the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN)

IIN is the world’s largest nutrition school that offers a year-long online program designed for people who are passionate about health and wellness.

Perhaps you just want to study for your own personal benefits, launch a new career or adding it to your existing business in health and fitness.

Below you can download a sample class:

What is a health coach?

Firstly, Health Coaches do not replace the role of a GP, Psychologist, Nutritionist, Dietitian or any other allied health professional.

The same way a Fitness Personal Trainer can work in partnership with a Physiotherapist, is the same as a Health Coach can work closely with GPs, specialists and other allied health professionals to support clients in their journey to build healthy new habits and create sustainable dietary and lifestyle changes.

Whilst studying, I developed a strong understanding of many dietary theories however this is considered secondary in our training, primarily we focus on the food that nourishes the soul such as things like fulfillment in relationships, career, exercise, spirituality and home environment to name a few and how this has an impact on our health.

Our lifestyle choices are interrelated to our food choices.

I’ve heard some Health Coaches say they are like Life Coaches with an emphasis on food, self-care and healthy living.

The mission of the school is to “play a crucial role in improving health and happiness, and through that process, create a ripple effect that transforms the world.”

What I loved about the health coaching training program

  • It’s a 1-year program that’s delivered entirely through an impressive online learning platform where you can study from your phone, pretty useful when I had to maximise my time like breastfeeding or trips to the grocery store
  • They have a coaching circle where you get to speak to a Mentor and other students to delve into more what you’re learning and putting it into practice
  • They have a Facebook Group dedicated to all the students that are studying the same time as you, so you can connect with students in your country and abroad
  • You’ll learn over 100 dietary theories as well as business skills and coaching training
  • The school teaches you how to work with clients one-on-one, run group programs and hold workshops
  • IIN covers cutting-edge, modern, traditional, and holistic nutrition concepts you won’t find in a traditional nutrition program
  • You’ll fall in love with it’s founder Joshua Rosenthal, hubby called him my boyfriend because I talked about him so much
  • IIN has a global community of over 100,000 students and graduates from over 150 countries and provides ongoing training and support

Sharing the love

Graduating from IIN was a turning point in my life. I had already had years of experience running workshops and coaching people 1:1 in my corporate career and online wellness business and doing this course was the next piece of the puzzle.

I get questions all of the time about my journey as a health coach, I love sharing information about the program with anyone else who might benefit from it and created this post specifically to answer the most frequent questions I get.

This may or may not be for you but if you’re curious about starting your journey? I’ll be in touch to answer any specific questions and I can share exactly how much you can save through me. Click here to chat!

As an IIN Ambassador, I received a small commission for every person who signs up and mentions that I have referred them. I choose to be an Ambassador because I had such an amazing experience and it has changed my life!

Ready to enrol?

Call (844) 780-3300 (US) 212-730-5433 (International) to speak with an admissions advisor, or email: admissions@integrativenutrition.com to schedule an appointment.

Be sure to mention “Merly Hartnett” as your referrer to get you savings and bonuses!

Curious about starting a career in health and wellness?

There is no better time in history to start a career in the health and wellness industry. If you are looking for a career that you can be passionate about and enjoying making a difference in the lives of others then you are in the right place.

See yourself as a wellness warrior & business owner?

As a wellpreneur, all you need is passion to work in the health and wellness industry and that entrepreneurial spirit to get up and go!

Starting a heart-centred wellness business is something you can do as a side gig to fit around your family and lifestyle but still pursue an exciting career in wellness today or make it your full-time ambitious if that’s what you want. We have lots of people in our community that are doing life like that right now.

You don’t need to have any formal qualifications in health or wellness, just a desire to want to make a difference in the lives of others, enjoy working as a part of a team, self motivated and coachable.

I started helping people by created my own health and wellness programs back in 2011 before I even became a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach in 2018 as a direct result of the transformations I created in my own life. As a result I helped so many women with their own health and wellness journey.

Business Support & tools for success

You can be part of our thriving community and tribe of wellpreneurs and receive:

  • Comprehensive training modules to graduate from
  • Personal 1:1 business coaching with me and your support team
  • Access weekly business mastermind group
  • Monthly online training
  • Dedicated corporate team that manages all the administration, marketing and promotions as well as cheering you on to success
  • Opportunities to be recognised for the impact you are making in the world and to qualify for awards, holidays and more for your service to the community

Check out our photo from a recent event that happened Plant 4 Bowden (June 2019)

Imagine having a career where you can work anywhere in Australia, all your need is good internet connection, laptop and mobile phone, the rest I can teach.

Book in for a chat in person or video conference and let’s start exploring what’s possible for you, let’s chat!