The Bridge to What is Possible

It is so easy to get emotionally stuck the minute something unexpected happens in our lives. I’ve seen friends, family and clients get derailed by everything from a surprise expense to an unexpected and unwelcome diagnosis.  Sometimes the uncertainty of an experience we are having does not let us see a way out of our predicament. How can we stay positive when we lose a job, a child is ill, we have financial problems or an important relationship is in conflict?  How can we make a new plan when we feel groundless and lost in our new circumstance?

This is a perfect moment to embrace Maybe.  Maybe does not demand that we figure out our problems in this moment because sometimes situations take time to resolve. Maybe works to help us remember that life can unfold in many ways.  Maybe is like some fresh air or a little opening of light awakening hope that Maybe we can achieve our goals, our loved ones can recover, we can find a new job, we can mend our relationships or that there is a way to live and find possibility with whatever we are experiencing.  It allows us to stay open when we can’t see where the road in front of us is going.

Life’s only guarantee is change, but Maybe is a constant companion creating a bridge for us to cross into hope and possibility.  Resisting the change only brings more difficulty; Maybe gives us strength to accept it and find another way to exist with whatever is before us.

I am Honored to Accept the IIN Health Leadership Award

Below is the announcement that was posted on the IIN website on Friday.  Since 1992, Integrative Nutrition has been at the forefront of holistic nutrition education, offering cutting-edge health coach training to tens of thousands of people from all over the world.   

Announcing the Health Leadership Award

Posted on May 11, 2012 by Joshua Rosenthal

AllisonI am thrilled, proud and honored to present the very first Health Leadership Award to an outstanding graduate who has been a leader in the school food movement, a health educator, and role model for her children and her community:  Allison Carmen.

When I first met Allison, she was a young woman in her twenties, highly educated and a successful lawyer for a large New York City firm. As one of the thirty students in Integrative Nutrition’s very first class, she demonstrated an exceptional desire to understand the transformational effects that nutrition can have on our lives.

With curiosity and intelligence, Allison has continued to analyze and put into practice the ideas and energy she gained from that program. Her most recent project, The Book of Maybe is inspired by her time at IIN, as well as her experience as a business consultant and coach.

Early Adapter

Overworked, stressed and exhausted from her successful career in corporate America, Allison was seeking a way to heal herself and others. She recognized the possibility of holistic principles long before they had entered the mainstream.

A Working Friendship

Over the past twenty years, Allison has not only become a close friend, but also has served as an important advisor. Her support and expertise as a business consultant has given me great strength, confidence and guidance. Without Allison, there is a good chance there would be no IIN.

Role Model for Healthy School Food

Allison’s first big accomplishment was to transform the food at her daughter Morgan’s school. The program was filled with food that had high fructose corn syrup, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives and additives. There was hardly any fresh food. Together, she and Morgan worked with other parents to create a “truly amazing food program”, which now serves organic, local meat, vegetables and fruit. Continue reading…