Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Integrative Nutrition! 2011 Reflections


And happy 2012! I hope the new year is treating you well so far!

As I sit here this afternoon, having just opened my official IIN certified health coach diploma in the mail... I realized something! Exactly one year ago today, I opened my beautiful big red box with all of my course materials + more, and officially began my journey as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition!


*Yes, I received my coursework via the iPod Nano. However, as of January 2012, all new students started receiving their IIN material on an iPad! I am a little jealous... lol. read more about it in this post

Getting started

I had been contemplating my decision to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition for weeks before I picked up the phone to speak with an admissions advisor. I don't remember how I came across the school... but I remember that out of the several nutrition and natural health schools I was looking into, IIN immediately seemed like the perfect fit for what I wanted to do: start my own health counseling practice supporting individiuals to improve their overall health and happiness in a fun and enjoyable way!

Blindly, I 'leaped in,' enrolled, and made a promise to myself... 2011 was going to be 'the year of amazing!' After a somewhat rocky start (getting laid-off from a job at the beginning of the year)... things just kept getting better and better! I have never been happier, had a greater sense of purpose, nor have been more enthusiastic and passionate about everything! The glass ceiling that I had experienced at previous jobs was completely shattered. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to launch my holistic health coaching with IIN's support and guidance. It seemed like I blinked, and all of a sudden I had 6 clients enrolled in my 6-month program!

In May, I even got to meet Joshua and fellow IIN students from the Los Angeles/Southern California area at the W Hotel! posted about it here


Integrative Nutrition greatly stresses the importance of setting goals. At the beginning of the year, I had heard that it was possible for students to earn back their tuition by graduation. Immediately... Bam! That was going to be my goal. And, I can happily say... I've definitely accomplished it. :)

Additionally, of course, my other goal was to have clients. Check. I also started my monthly newsletter, presented several seminars and webinars including "Sugar Blues", "Healthy Kids," and 'Veg 101: Plant-Based Basics," published several articles on health + wellness topics, and had several recipes featured in Integrative Nutrition's seasonal recipe collections.

Looking ahead... 2012 Excitement!

I am so excited for what the future holds! I can't wait to spread the ripple effect of health and happiness into the lives of many more individuals!

Also... the Integrative Nutrition Mega Conference #MegaIIN is coming up!

The Integrative Nutrition Mega Conference is going to be held in Long Beach this March! It's going to be different, but totally exciting... returning to the Long Beach Convention Center for a professional conference that is completely unrelated to the last one I attended there! I am a firm believer that holistic nutrition is the way of the future! And, I can bring 5 guests with me to the conference, completely complimentary!

Something else I am excited about in 2012... the IIN Health Coaching Practice Management app is going to be released! I am definitely elated about this and can't wait to have a paperless practice! I adore that IIN continues to support their graduates even after graduation!

Have an excellent rest of the week! xoxo

P.S. If you are interested in learning more about exactly what an IIN education is all about, I highly recommend reading "Integrative Nutrition: Feed Your Hunger for Health and Happiness" by Joshua Rosenthal, the director and founder of the school. It's listed on Amazon for about $25. You can also download it here, completely complimentary!


  1. Can't wait to go to the conference! Looks like it's going to be fun!

  2. So exciting!! I am also looking forward to the conference...have you already booked your hotel? Is it close to the convention center? Great post, I would love to meet up..

    1. Hi LizAshlee! Great to hear from you! :) I have yet to book my hotel! I think I am going to get to that today! Have you? It's definitely going to be close to the convention center. I would love to meet up as well!

  3. Congratulations!! Reading your post made me reflect back a few weeks ago when I was considering IIN and doing my Homework, to make a decision if IIN was a good fit for me. I though about how we connected on Twitter and how blessed I was to have you as my referral, which helped me with my tuition and answer some of the questions I had about the school. Now I’m filled with that same excitement and anticipation you described your 2011 starting off with =) I’m looking forward to 2012
    I’m so excited about the Mega Conference; I already have my hotel and flight booked. Sure would be nice to meet you in person while were down there!

    1. Hi Vanessa! I am so excited you are attending #MegaIIN! :) Congrats again on officially being a member of the IIN family! We will definitely have to meet up @ the conference... can't wait!! It's going to be amazing!

  4. Reading this post makes me so excited! I have been postponing my enrollment for way too long. I am so happy to find another IIN graduate with a blog!

  5. Hey Ashley! I tagged you on my blog for the 11 Randoms Game... check out my latest posting for the details!

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