I don't think in my 31 years of living that anyone has outright said, "I misjudged you," until this weekend. Nor did I ever know how I would feel if someone were to say that to me.
So, if you've been reading the 'ol blog for a while, you probably know that I'm a Health Coach. Most people don't know what that means or (I found out) that it can put a bad taste in someone's mouth. This friend who admitted her misjudgment is a dietician. I'm not really sure how to describe it, or the totality of what she was feeling, but to her the term "Health Coach," didn't mean much. And as a dietician who went to 4+ years of schooling, took a state board exam and has 8 years experience in her career, she probably felt like my year of schooling didn't mean much. Which truly didn't bother me. I didn't really know how to feel.
After spending the entire weekend together, talking nutrition and sharing tips and advice, asking questions and listening to each other, she told me that she would refer her clients to me.
The biggest compliment I could've received for someone I highly respected.
She told me, "I have agreed with everything you've said this weekend and I am really sorry I misjudged you." She had a few tears bubble in her eyes.
I rubbed her arm and told her, "thank you for admitting that and that I truly didn't mind."
Because I don't.
But, it got me thinking.
And Lord knows what happens what I start to think.
SO, after asking her a bunch of questions about schooling and telling her I've been debating Bastyr's Master Program, I came home and immediately started googling.
Counseling Psychology programs.
It means that in 2017, I'm going back to school. It'll be the first time I've had school debt, but I'll have my Master's by the time I'm 34 and I am okay with that.
The programs I'm looking at are full time/weekend format/nutrition/counseling psychology. I'm debating on whether to continue building my business while I'm in school or working for a naturopath's office full time while I go to school...
We will see.
When she told me how she judged me, it didn't even hurt me one bit. I know myself and my worth and how credible my experience, both professionally and personally enough to know that it's okay for someone to not "get it."
So THANK YOU friend!!!!