In 2007, I needed something for me, for my mind. My husband told me to get on Google and start searching until I figured it out. Not long after, I realized I had a hunger for knowledge.
I found a nutrition course, which fell into line with my new found hobby…the gym. But this wasn’t just nutrition or weight loss, it was Holistic Nutrition. Interesting information that gave a little insight into herbs and how they worked. The fun of finding inside of myself topics of holistic nutrition that interested me and doing the research. More options for learning was offered and I was hungry to learn. Between 2007 and 2012, I obtained these:
Certifications: Nutritional Consultant (NC), Master Herbalist (MH), Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Classic Homeopath (cHOM), and Naturopath.
Board Certification with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP)
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Holistic Health (BSHH), Master of Science in Holistic Health (MSHH), and Doctorate of Philosophy in Holistic Health (PhDHH).
I completed all my school, the Global College of Natural Medicine (GCNM), had to offer. I had focused on ADHD and did my own clinical trial using Bach Flower Essence Therapy, the topic of my dissertation. But then I was lost again. I went to the sister school of GCNM, Vancouver Island College of Natural Wellness (VICNW) and took a course for another certification:
Weight Management Coach Practitioner (WMCP)
Then my inspiration, GCNM, closed abruptly for reasons unknown. I had seen it grow so much in those 5 years, they lost their school license, maybe this was why, I don’t know. But it was a great school and unfortunately I have never found the same style where we get to do guided independent research nor the dedication of the instructors.
I found another school, the New Eden School of Natural Health and Herbal Studies. Getting credit for some GCNM courses, I dove right in and signed up for a Doctorate course:
Doctorate in Alternative Medicine (AMD)
No independent thought, no individual research, no nothing. I felt like I read a text and answered questions. I found multiple errors in the course materials, and even a possibly fatal ‘typo’ in a text which I brought to the attention of the publisher. Finished April 1, 2014, coincidentally my parents wedding anniversary, I did not feel as accomplished as I did before.
Trying to challenge myself, I have an herb combination I infuse in oil and make into products that works great for many skin irritations, I have a recipe that ‘boosts’ it. I have a recipe for lips. Then I taught myself to make cold process soaps, herb infused of course. Then a new herb, infused for topical use that worked to firm. Added flower essences to lips. Then a free class.
As part of an ebook bundle, for aromatherapy. I checked out the school and got a little excited about expanding my knowledge in essential oils. I finished, but lost my excitement. Unsure if it was because of the influx of all is free students or not, I felt like the communication with instructors was not there.
So I am back to teaching myself. Next up is hot process soap and essential oil blending.
And here I am now, on the edge of 2015. What do I do now? Do you offer courses I would love? Or would you like to fund my learning, I would love a grant or scholarship or ‘gift’? Want to fund a new business? I’m in and ready to do the work!