I invited local small business owners to share their entrepreneurial tales with me and my community LIVE at my event, Journey to Success 2014. I received about a dozen submissions, many of which I will be sharing with you. Here, the first of three who were chosen to speak at Journey to Success, Kathy Dickson of Vital Body Wellness:
You could say my journey has been a circuitous one. I’m really an artist at heart, purpose-driven…but at age 20, I found myself a single mom with no marketable skills. So, I went to college to study Industrial Engineering (really?). Hey, it was the 80s — women in technical fields were in high demand, and baby needed a new pair of shoes (not to mention, we both needed a roof over our heads)!
Once I got my degree, I pursued a career that paid well but led to numerous health issues because I was doing work that I didn’t love. Pain is a huge motivator for me, so I sought out natural solutions: exercise, massage, herbs, nutrition, and mind-body modalities. As my symptoms began to fall away, I became more resilient and vibrant again. I shared the things I learned on my journey back to health with whoever would listen.
Fast forward 25+ years…I found myself in a development and leadership role for a corporate wellness program that was dramatically changing employees’ lives. This incredibly rewarding, meaningful work changed the trajectory of my life. I became certified in Thai Massage, then went to school for holistic nutrition and became a Certified Health Coach. I started Vital Body Wellness – Holistic Health and Nutrition in 2012. Now I live a rewarding, purpose-driven life helping people create vital bodies so they may live vibrant, and healthy, happy lives.
Kathy Dickson founded Vital Body Wellness in 2012 because she is passionate about wellness and helping others create healthy, happy, balanced lives. She is a Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach as well as a Certified Thai Massage Practitioner who received her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC and the Institute of Thai Massage in New Jersey.