Big News!

by Lauren on October 17, 2012

I have neglected to let you all in on some pretty big news that has been going on in my life recently.

Sorry about that, it’s not intentional, I just simply forgot to post about it.

Anyways, back to my news….

I recently accepted a position with a recreation center in my city as the Health and Wellness Coach.  Honestly, this job is perfect for me and the whole thing was more of a blessing than anything. A few weeks ago, I was poking around the classifieds to see if there were any health related jobs in our area.  My town is starting to become more accepting of natural overall wellness and many gyms and facilities are taking on to this.  I happened to stumble upon a position for a Wellness Coach and decided to look into it to see what it entailed.

I guess I should be clear, I wasn’t exactly looking to get back into a full-time job or go back into any corporate setting and I am still fully engaged in my self-employment primarily as a writer and consultant; however, my overall passion in the health industry is something I choose to pursue as well and I definitely believe these two industries coincide.

So I called and an interview was set up.  The next thing I knew, I was offered the position and I said yes.  So what exactly does this mean in terms of my job?  Well, it’s a part-time position with complete flexibility.  I basically choose my hours and base them all around the clients I see.  I’ll be working with members of the center to show them the equipment, perform fitness assessments, help them set fitness goals, keep them accountable, etc.  It’s basically like a personal trainer but I’m not actually training them on exercises, more on overall health.

I’ll also be teaching classes (planning on coming up with my own bootcamp series this winter) and doing presentations and demonstrations on healthy cooking and eating.

My first day was yesterday and I can already tell I’m going to love it there.  The facility itself is extremely nice and well-kept.  Everyone is friendly and accommodating and they have given me free reign over the position. I hope to bring a lot of new and exciting ideas and help build myself in this career field so I’m beyond thrilled for this experience.

It’s funny, when I left my full-time job a few months ago, I knew I would be busy but I never really expected to be this busy ALL OF THE TIME.  It’s wonderful, don’t get me wrong.

So now my life is revolved around writing, cooking, social media, and fitness.  It’s a lot of hats but when your performing work in the fields that you love, it’s much easier to balance everything.

I wasn’t sure when I would be getting home last night since I told them I was open for the afternoon to get started.  I ended up leaving around 5pm and headed home to think about dinner.  I probably should have thought about dinner beforehand, but thankfully I’m pretty quick to come up with something when I have a great deal of ingredients at my disposal.

Mediterranean Chicken Sausage, Vegetable and Quinoa Salad

 

Mediterranean Chicken Sausage,Vegetable and Quinoa Salad
Salad, Entree
1
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 Italian Chicken Sausage link
  • ½ cup chopped broccoli
  • ½ of a medium eggplant, cubed
  • ½ cup baby bella mushrooms
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ of a small cucumber, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons good quality balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa accordingly.
  2. In a large bowl, combine broccoli, eggplant, and mushrooms with oil and dried spices. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Lay vegetables on a foil lined baking sheet coating in cooking spray.
  4. Slice chicken sausage into 1 in slices and arrange on the baking sheet with the vegetables.
  5. Bake the vegetables and sausage in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Arrange spinach, tomatoes and cucumber on a plate. Top with cooked quinoa, vegetables and chicken sausage.
  7. Drizzle balsamic over top and add feta cheese to finish.

I always feel slightly weird posting these kind of recipes because they are more of recipe arrangements. Anyone can roast vegetables and put them on top of a salad which is why I feel cooking is more of an art than anything.

Sometimes you’re sculpting from scratch and other times your painting an image on an open canvas.

Either way, I’m always satisfied with the end result.

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

 Question: Do you consider yourself more of a cook or a food assembler? 

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{ 46 comments }

lynn @ the actor's diet October 17, 2012 at 11:05 am

congrats on the exciting life changes!!!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Thanks Lynn!

Lily October 17, 2012 at 11:18 am

Congratulations on your new position as a wellness coach!! It sounds like a dream job! It’s so awesome that you are able to wear many hats and do what you love!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thanks so much Lily. I’m truly blessed.

Alysha @Shesontherun October 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

Congrats, girl! This seems like such an awesome job! I can’t wait to hear more about it when you start.

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Thanks Alysha!

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife October 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

congrats again on your new job! I’m glad you are loving every second of it already! That’s awesome! that recipe looks amazing.. like always… i’m going to pin! (:

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thanks girl. :)

Anne October 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Congratulations that is so amazing! I’m so glad your transition has been so successful!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Anne!

Anna October 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Congrats on your new role! How exciting! Wish I lived closer, so I could take some of your classes!!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Aw me too Anna!

Valerie October 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Congrats! I use to be a Wellness Coach as well. Loved it!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Really? That’s awesome! Thanks so much Valerie!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Congrats! What an awesome opportunity and definitely something right up my alley. I’m sure if I was in your position, I’d have a hard time saying no as well. I’m hoping after I get my NASM CPT, I can pursue a Masters in Sports Management and really take this passion of mine for healthy living and fitness to a whole new level. :)

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

That’s so great Katie. I am so sure that you will do so well in this field. :)

Lindsay October 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Congratulations on the awesome job opportunity!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Thanks Lindsay!

Shaunna@mamas13minutemile October 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

What a great part time gig! Congrats!

Jenn (eating bender) October 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I’m so excited for you, Lauren! I found myself nodding my head throughout this post, especially when you said, “It’s funny, when I left my full-time job a few months ago, I knew I would be busy but I never really expected to be this busy ALL OF THE TIME.”

I feel the exact same way in my life – it’s a blessing to be able to have the flexibility to do so many different things you love…and it’s also pretty much insane some days. I wish you the best of luck with this crazy/awesome ride and am so happy for you. Congratulations!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Thanks so much Jenn. I know, some days I literally don’t know how I keep it together but then I remember why I’m doing what I am doing and it makes it all worth it. I know you can relate. :)

Bethany @ Accidental Intentions October 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Congrats on the new gig! That definitely sounds like something you’ll be fantastic at :)

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Thanks Bethany!

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Congrats! That sounds like such a fun position!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Thanks Erica!

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn October 17, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Haha, definitely a food assembler ;) When I throw things in a pan or a crock pot, it’s usually because it’s what is on hand and will taste good. It (almost) always turns out awesome!

But YUM. Get me summa that salad bowl!

And CONGRATS lady!!! So proud of you. Having a “job” isn’t just about paying the bills; it’s about helping others and making yourself happy. Make others happy, you are happy. Know what you love, do what you love, love what you do. So simple, isn’t it? :)

love you!

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thank you love! Hope all is well with you! :) xoxo

Diane @ life of di. October 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

I think both my husband and I would enjoy this salad. Looks great Lauren :)

Erica October 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm

SO excited for you! Congrats!! SOunds like just the perfect opportunity

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thanks Erica! :)

Karen October 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

So excited for you Lauren!! Let me know if your new employer needs anyone else : )

Lauren October 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm

:) Thanks Karen.

glidingcalm October 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

this looks delicious!! i need to put feta back on my grocery list! I havent had it in a while! :)

congrats on the new job! sounds like a lot of fun for you and a great fit!! i have 4 jobs, so sometimes it is overwhelming, but I, like you, also enjoy wearing lots of different hats and having a different schedule everyday! it’s fun to have so many different experiences with different people!

HAPPY THURSDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, MAMA! :D

Lauren October 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks so much girl! xoxo :)

Melissa @ Fit 'N' Well Mommy October 18, 2012 at 12:13 am

Congrats on your job! It sounds like a lot of fun! I’m definitely a cook! I love cooking and baking! :)

Lauren October 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Thanks Melissa!

Floey October 18, 2012 at 6:05 am

What wonderful news! :) And a wonderful way to start capping off 2012

Alexis @ Hummusapien October 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

Congrats on the new wellness coach job! That sounds amazing! That medditeranean salad looks delish as well :)

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

Very exciting! You will do awesome I’m sure! Congrats on the new position girl!

Lauren October 18, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Thanks so much Ashely!

Teri {a foodie stays fit} October 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm

congrats on the new gig!!! <3

Lauren October 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Thanks girl. xoxo

Jessica October 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Sounds like this is a great fit for you- congrats, girl!

Lauren October 18, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Thanks Jessica! Hope you are well. We should catch up soon.

luv what you do October 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Congrats! Sounds like an awesome job!

Sara @ sarasmiles October 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

Congrats on your new job! Feels so good to be filling your life with the work you love in an industry your passionate about does it??

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