In April, when I received the invitation to New York, I wasn’t open to the possibility that it would happen. Every reason why it wasn’t logical immediately came into my mind. The cost was the first reason, but also fell amongst excuses like “I’m too busy” and “My husband would FREAK out if I even asked.”
I held off responding though, and as a day turned into a week, my Inner Voice began to speak a little louder. “It’s important”, “It is a once in a lifetime event.”, “Your community is there, Tammi.”
I introduced the idea to my husband, whom responded with so much love and support, saying that there is always a way and if I feel like it’s important to go, I should go.
When your spirit is calling, do you listen?
There were many layers of growth for me on this trip to New York City. I had never traveled alone and the idea of traveling to one of the biggest cities in the Nation alone scared the heck out of me. What if I got lost? What if I missed my plane? What if … some one stole me? (I know, irrational, but that’s how these voices called Fear of Uncertainty work in my head)
My husband helped me through the pieces of finding a flight and hotel. He reminded me to do things like call the shuttle, and print a map of the area. Then, he allowed me to sift through the pieces and make my way through it, alone. I needed to do that. To know that if I was left to my own devices, I was still strong enough to be successful. I had to know I could do it without someone holding my hand.
Upon arrival in New York, I made my way to the hotel via shuttle. (If you like death defying roller coasters, this is a similar experience!) The hotel I chose was the Hudson and it was incredible! It was beautiful and filled with natural colors and warm lighting. I was over whelmed with a sense of accomplishment, a feeling of strength, and clarity that I was where I needed to be in that moment. My weekend got even better as the days continued.
Have you noticed when your body tells you that you are in the right place?
If you haven’t yet guessed, I went to visit New York to attend an Institute for Integrative Nutrition conference. I’ve watched these from afar for the last couple of years and felt like it’s been an interesting and enlightening experience – even from my living room. Upon arrival at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday morning, there was a short line. I chose to hop right into it, knowing I’d be waiting for awhile. I was okay with a wait, just knowing that I’d be able to watch as my peers arrived, listen to the chatty excitement around me, and begin to plug in to the IIN community energy.
The elevators opened and I entered with over flowing anticipation of the magic, energy, love, and healing I know happens here. I scanned the faces around me, sharing short stories about me and my practice before entering the auditorium. I was there. I made it! I was given the gift of VIP seating and quickly made my way to the front and center seats. I found my spot in the second row. I was so excited. Looking around I could see I wasn’t the only one who felt this way.
The key speakers for this conference include amazing authors, doctors, nutritionists, and graduates who work hard to change people’s lives every single day. Some of names included in this were Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, Marie Forleo, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Mastin Kipp, and my most favorite; Daphne Miller. All of these speakers offered incredibly valuable insights, knowledge, and inspiration.
During these two amazing days, I found inspiration, connection, confirmation, and energy to refill my personal care bucket. I found that not only listening to these world changing speakers but that plugging into my community, my tribe, was nourishing, inspiring, and fulfilling.
I left Sunday afternoon with my head spinning with all the gifts I had received, so much information, love, support, connection. I felt the incredible sense of belonging – like nothing I’ve ever felt before.
Do you have a community of people who lifts you, challenges you to be your best, and lights you up to take action in your life?
I was able to end my weekend on a very sweet note. A fellow graduate of IIN and I shared the room at the Hudson for part of the weekend and Sunday evening we chose to spend it together. This new friend created space to hear my story, affirm my vision of old, listen to the challenges I currently have in my business and life, and allowed me the space to debrief my thoughts and ideas from the conference. This space gave me the room to pull the pieces together and see why I was pulled by my Spirit to the conference. Daphne Miller spoke about Soil. This is a part of my long term vision. When she spoke, I felt pulled in every way to take action, because this is an area that I can. I felt the pull in the conference but did not get clear on it until many hours later. (wee hours of the morning on Monday) My new friend, my peer, allowed me to connect those dots and find the clarity for my future and the future of my business. My weekend ended quietly, on a plane back to Colorado. I was exhausted, but fulfilled. I had done it. I listened. I acted. I succeeded in pushing past fear and opening my life to the next door of opportunity.
Do you have a vision for your life?
I’m sharing this experience with you because this school is not your ordinary school. The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is the foundation of a MOVEMENT that is changing the health and happiness of the WORLD. This school is represented by graduates in over 100 countries around the globe and is often the foundation of the changes you are seeing in your own communities. It’s incredible, isn’t it?
I am blessed to be a successful 2010 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and proud to be a part of what is known as the Ripple Effect.
What would your life look like if……?
Is a part of you curious about what it would be like to become a health coach and be a part of this movement? Could this very weekend be your chance to make a change in your own life and to be of service to others?
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