First, let me introduce myself. My name is Abby, I’m Marni’s assistant. I’m also a fresh graduate from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I love Glee, Michael Jackson, whole natural foods, and chocolate.
I first heard about Marni when I was in school. She was highly spoken of as a great, successful graduate. While I was in school, my mind took many twists and turns as I tried to figure out what exactly I was going to do with my life. Yes, I was going to be a nutritionist. But when you see a website (that I now update) listing accomplishments like Marni’s, you have to wonder, how am I going to measure up?
I candidly remember my first teacher scaring the life out of me. I went home and tore apart my family’s kitchen cupboards, ranting and raving and preservatives and artificial colours and demanding to know “by which mechanism” does my father have high blood pressure? Over the two years I was in school, I came to learn a lot about the importance of balance. It’s really hard to change over night. As much as I wanted (and still would like) to, living at home on a student budget didn’t really allow me to.
I was working as a receptionist at a high end health club during my last year of school, sincerely wondering where my life was going. As classes finished up, I got a promotion that gave me more money and more hours, and I suddenly understood how easy it would be to let my life keep going in that direction. Enter Marni.
I began poking my head around, looking for a better opportunity in my field. Which, by the way, you have to be extremely dedicated (such as Marni) to really be successful in. It is not an easy field to get into. After a series of interviews, I got a email from Marni asking me to come in for an interview. I got the job, but I considered not taking it. I thought maybe I should just stay a receptionist that happened to have a ton of useful, amazing nutrition information in her head and a regular paycheque.
Let me just say, I don’t think I’ve ever had a job that inspires me every single day to live a healthier, better life. And I feel so blessed that I get to say that now. One thing I’ve learned since graduating is to not let yourself be rushed or pressured by others accomplishments. It’s so easy to be green with envy over some else’s job, achievements, or skills. Have faith that your opportunity is coming, and it might not be what you expect.
Hopefully, all of you can find your Marni.
On that note, I’m glad I finally got to introduce myself. I will be posting a blog entry every once in a while, in between confirming class attendees and updating Marni’s website. I’ll post anything from book reviews to new products, or maybe just what Marni’s up to lately. If you have something you’d like to hear about, email me at email@example.com!
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