At this point in time, it’s fair to say my career is still in transition- but what an exciting transition it is. - Brandi Wagner
I’ll preface this post by saying I never knew what I wanted to be “when I grew up.” It changed weekly. Since I loved writing so much, and from a very young age, I defaulted on becoming an English teacher. But once I graduated, the English teacher plan no longer seemed to ﬁt. Neither did the graphic design degree that my father saw the potential for. And by the age of 21, after working in the service industry for 3 years, I felt the need to go back to school to do something towards my undetermined career. So I applied for the graphic design degree.
A mere week later, I found myself in an airport bookstore in Dallas, Texas during a layover. I never could’ve imagined it was there I’d find the exact book to take my interests, goals and career in a brand new direction.
This life-changing book was about Traditional Chinese Medicine, written in an easy to absorb format with hilarious verbiage. It spoke perfectly to a 21 year old who knew nothing about health. I was so inspired and energized from what I was learning. How did I not know the dangers of genetically modiﬁed food? Or that dairy produces mucous in our intestines? Or that healthy poop should look like a big brown banana? I was so intrigued and wanted to know more.
A short while later, I learned that I was too late in applying for the graphic design degree and there were no seats left in the program that semester. I was a little crushed, but the day I got the news, I immediately started researching nutrition degrees. Since I felt most inspired by alternative medicine, it only made sense to pursue the holistic route. Interestingly enough, I was living directly across the street from the only holistic nutrition school in British Columbia at that time (and had no idea). I enrolled a few weeks later and began my schooling in the fall of 2010. I wrote the board exam exactly 1 year later and graduated as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist.
The schooling changed my lifestyle and character in more ways than I could have imagined. Still, once I graduated, I was hungry for more. In perfect timing a Toronto based holistic nutrition school opened up it’s doors in Vancouver, so I went on to enroll there.
If I’m being totally honest with you, it hasn’t been an easy transition in to a career in holistic nutrition, although hard work and consistency does pay off. Initially, I kept my job in the service industry for a few years after I graduated while pursuing opportunities. On the side, I combined my love for writing with my passion for nutrition and started writing for healthy living companies and my own blog, while taking clients. Most recently, I decided to pursue my dream career instead of waiting for the “right time.” A month ago to date, I packed my life in to two suitcases and moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever been. I made the decision to dedicate my time and energy to what fuels me with inspiration and fills me with purpose.
I’m currently living the dream of being my own boss, working from my laptop anywhere in the world, and educating about holistic health through my blog and holistic nutrition consulting. I’m also fortunate to have office space in San Miguel de Allende, where I can see clients in Mexico who are looking for natural solutions to sustainable weight loss.
At this point in time, it’s fair to say my career is still in transition- but what an exciting transition it is.
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, BC. Having ﬁnally found her way to wellness through nutrition, she is inspired to share her knowledge of holistic health and the impact of real food on ones radiance and inner glow. Brandi is often found creating homemade facials in her kitchen, writing (usually about food) and spending time on her yoga mat. For more from Brandi, visit her website at www.eatplantsbesexy.com, or follow the link here.