Each of us has days in our lives that we’ll remember forever.
Tuesday, March 31st was one of those days for me.
In February, I found out that I had been named the Top Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA).
I was overjoyed and shocked when I got the news and am pretty sure I didn’t stop smiling for about a week!
Doing the work that I do is rewarding in and of itself because I’m put in a position on an almost daily basis to impact people’s lives for the better and to give them hope that they can be well.
A super cool perk that was packaged with the award was a trip to San Diego to attend WELCOA’s annual summit, which brings together leaders in our field and serves as a source of inspiration, energy, and community each time I come.
On the second day of the summit, I had the privilege and opportunity of delivering an acceptance speech to nearly 400 of my peers, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
I had spent several weeks working on what I wanted to say, crafting the words based on inspirations that came to me first thing in the morning, on a run, after conversations with my dad, and even in the midst of reflecting on what other speakers shared during the conference.
Our message was essentially the same: Tell your story. Stories are powerful.
As Ryan called me up on stage, I was so present to that moment and just took in everything I could. You know you’re doing what you’re meant to do when you feel so alive and excited you could burst with joy, and that is how I felt in this moment.
I was humbled by the kind words complete strangers, colleagues, and industry leaders shared with me afterwards. Several people commented that I should speak at a future WELCOA conference.
Wouldn’t that be the coolest?! 🙂
I felt so overwhelmed with gratitude for being given this honor and so humbled that what I had to say meant something to and touched so many people.
Some people wait their whole lives to feel how I felt on Tuesday.
At the beginning of this year, I declared that I wanted to FEEL five things:
The experience I had at the WELCOA Summit gave me the opportunity to feel all of them at once.
I felt so alive.
I can hardly put into words how incredibly special and meaningful this experience has been for me.
It was a feeling, a moment, and a day that I will never forget, and for that, I am grateful.
Do you want to bring health and wellbeing to your workplace? If you want to learn more about how I can help, including leadership training and interactive health and nutrition workshops, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.