Hello Everyone! It’s been a long time and so much has happened in the last 7 months. Some of those things have been good and some bad, but I’m still here, so you know I’ve made it through the bad. I’ve missed you! And I’ve missed creating allergy friendly recipes and then sharing them with everyone. These last few months, the only thing I have been able to do is think about recipes and how much I couldn’t wait to test and share them. I just needed a little breathing room to process what has been going on.
So, where have I been? I’ve been away, figuring out what I want to do with my life. Yes, this 30 something year old has been trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up, especially since being laid off in February. I (and 199 of my peers) were laid off from my employer of almost 6 years. Was it time for me to move on? Yes. Was I miserable at work? Yes, but the money was good, real good! Why do we stay in work situations that make us miserable and literally sick, but the money is good, so we stick it out? Why?
I was willing to run myself into the ground, just because I was making good money. In the long run, that good money, almost cost me my health, both mentally and physically. For the last year and half with my former employer, I’ve suffered from chronic headaches, weight gain, numbness, high blood pressure, and mood swings. As soon as I realized that the money wasn’t important as my overall health, I was laid off. It was a blessing in disguise because honestly had I continued to stay in the role I was in, I probably would have had a stroke. The pressures of my job and the pressures of being a single mom raising boys who were having such a hard time at school during last school year, made me feel like I was slowly going to lose it.
The time off I had from work helped me refocus my energy to my kids and my family. Once I was ready to to for another job, one literally fell into my lap. The position pays less money, but offers me better health benefits and flexibility. And you can’t beat that!
Now to the real good stuff! While I was off from work, I enrolled into a course to become an AllerCoach. An AllerCoach helps individuals and families manage their food and environmental allergies and medically necessary diets. I haven’t put my certification into practice just yet, but I do plan on taking on clients in the next few months.
Moving forward, what should you expect from Realistically Allergy Free? More recipes (of course!), cookbooks (already in the making), meal plans (free and for fee (if a personalized meal plan is needed), cooking tutorials, ebooks and ecourses, and of course…. coaching and consulting.
I look forward to getting back into the the groove of blogging and sharing my love of cooking with each and every one of you. If you or someone you know would benefit from an AllerCoach, please direct them to this site.
Lisa Elliott, Realistically Allergy Free