Published on March 7th, 2014 | by thevyne1
#DoWhatYouLove: Candice Bovian
So Candice, tell us your occupation – what it is that you do and love? I am a Holistic Health Coach supporting working moms in an effort to feed their families healthier while also making sure that they take care of themselves.
Was this something you always thought you wanted to do? Health coaching is a fairly new occupation, but food and nutrition have been one of my “passion areas” for about 20 years.
So what was the catalyst? How and when did you decide that that was what you wanted to do? Like many others, my catalyst was a job loss. I was laid off after 13 years at the same company as a Project Manager. Initially, I searched for another job out of habit because that was my first instinct. I was used to the steady paycheck and benefits. The idea to actually change careers and start my own company didn’t come until about six months later.
Three months into my job search, I started thinking long and hard about what I really wanted to do. I figured this was my chance. I knew working for someone else wasn’t really it and even though I enjoyed being a Project Manager, I knew it wasn’t my life’s purpose. So, I started a blog called The Candibee Experiment to use as a forum to help me figure out what I wanted to do next. My intention was to post about topics in my “passion areas” and by doing so I figured that what I really wanted to do would come to fruition. My passion areas are travel, food & nutrition and spirituality. The purpose of blogging about it was to hold myself accountable to a larger audience. I am already a certified travel agent so I had the “travel part” down. But after starting my blog, I got a writing gig at Examiner.com as a culinary travel writer. That incorporated the travel and the food aspect of my passion areas. A few months later, I started researching life coaching and stumbled upon a website for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition which trains people to be Health Coaches. It’s life coaching with a healthy lifestyle focus. That covered the food, nutrition and spirituality passion areas. When I saw that, everything about it resonated with me and I knew in my soul that was it!
What has been most gratifying about following your passions? THE FREEDOM! When I was caught up in the rat race of getting up early in the morning, getting the children off to school, commuting to work in traffic, working 8 – 10 hours a day for someone else and then commuting home to pick up the children, cook dinner, bathe the children, put them to bed, and try to have time for my husband, not to mention time to myself, only to get up and do the same thing the next day and the next, I lost sight of myself. I always thought that my job was getting in the way of my life! I never liked having to endure the rat race, but I was “programmed” to think I didn’t have a choice. That’s what you do…you go to school, get a job, and get caught up in the rat race of life. You may not like it, but bills have to be paid. I thought that your best bet was to get a good paying job with good benefits so at least you could live well. But something deep down told me that dream jobs and dream lives couldn’t just be reserved for a select few because that’s not fair. We are all God’s children and he wants the best for all of his children. It is our own choices that put us in the situations that we are in. Fear is the #1 thing that holds us back from truly reaching our goals.
Being a Health Coach full time with my own company has allowed me to fully invest all of my energies into my business and better serve my customers since I’m not juggling a full-time day job on top of this. Because it is my company, I set my own hours and since the majority of my work is done online, I can work on the beach, at a café, in my home office or wherever I choose. I now don’t have to worry about my job getting in the way of my life. LOL. It is truly liberating and I’m loving life right now!
What advice do you have for women who are afraid or reluctant to follow their dreams? While my decision was made a little bit easier because I was already out of work, if anyone out there has a dream it is their duty in life to follow it. We were put on this Earth to make a difference. Put your dream into action…NOW! Think of it this way – in one year’s time, where would you be if you follow your dream? You will be one year closer to fulfilling your destiny! If you don’t then you are remaining stagnant. You’ve wasted 365 days of your life that you will never get back. It may take a little bit longer to implement if you’re working a full-time job, but many successful people started off small with their own business on the side until they were able to go at it full time.
What are you looking forward to most in 2014? I look forward to the opportunity to service my clients and make a meaningful difference in their lives. I look forward to growing even more spiritually. I just look forward to each day that I wake up and know that every day is a new day where I can make a difference in this world. I thank God every day for this experience!
Where can our readers find you on the web? www.wholelifewellness.info