Pamela R. Slater
Remember the homework assignment to write about what you wanted to be when you grew up?
In 1975 I enrolled in a nursing program. What a challenge for someone new to yoga, meditation and no meat.
The cafeteria mother-board who cooked crispy fried chicken, collards with fat-back and candy yams picked up the baton my grandmothers handed off to make it their mission to change my mind. Eventually I fell off the wagon!
I was the student nurse intern who was often in trouble for letting patients sneak in their favorite quilt & stuffed animals. I taped up pretty posters to drab institutional blue, green and yellow walls. I sat with patients to hold the hand or pray instead of giving a bed bath. I was a problem in spite of good grades and relationships with the instructors.
There were no Health Care Design or alternative medical options. Ironically, great-grandma Daisy Kirkland was known for selling organic herbal potions in glass mason jars from her Philly row house. Her pharmaceutical inventory came from the back yard. Intuitively, I knew there was another way.
Within that 2 years I discovered the School of Architecture. This made sense because the second childhood report was on “Interior Decorating”. Unfortunately, dad was not having any of that nonsense as an "art" related career could not earn me an honest living. What did I do? Yep! I dropped out of school much to everyone’s horror. Eventually I went on to get my BFA with a concentration in Interior Design. I've worked on corporate, health care and residential projects.
In my twenties I started to have what I now know are food related health challenges that I did not come to fully understand or manage successfully for many years. This consisted of migraines, allergy induced asthma and skin rashes. Doctors thought I was neurotic with so many symptoms!
Today I’m full-circle with yoga, meditation, organic plant/fruit and a pescetarian (salmon/eggs) diet. I’m still a work in progress with dark chocolate and potato chips.
I know how an environment and food impacts the mind, body and spirit. In 2015 I received my training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program.
My intention is to provide a holistic approach between the living/work environment using both my Interior Design experience and Health Coach training to help others.