After graduation I spent 3 years working at a job I did not like. One night while working the midnight shift, my then friend (now husband) asked what I would do if I won the lottery and money was no object.
I had always enjoyed art classes in high school but had been talked out of pursuing them at a collegiate level by my well-meaning dad. So, I decided to go back to college and get an art degree.
Not long before graduation #2, I realized I might need to be able to get a job and took an education course. I fell in love with art education, specifically student-led art, and earned my Masters of Arts in Teaching after getting another BA in Fiber Art.
Around the time I finished my Masters, my doctor finally told me something that hit home and I realized I needed to take control of my health. I began eating healthier, and lost 150 pounds over 4 years.
My passion for health and wellness surpassed my passion for teaching art. After teaching for five years, and a lot of soul-searching, I decided that I wanted to help people live more fulfilled lives and improve their health and well-being the way I had done in my own life.
I then went back to school to study Health and Wellness Coaching through a partnership between Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Joni Hough, MAT
Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Joni has been married to David for over 10 years and they have three fur babies, Harley, Cookie Monster Choo Choo Train, and their little girl, Tough Guy. When she is not coaching, Joni enjoys obsessing over Doctor Who, bullet journaling, drinking loose-leaf tea, and being the Queen. She believes that when given a choice the correct answer is always purple.
Five years ago my doctor told me I could either lose weight or I would have a heart attack. This terrified me because at the time I was only 10 years younger than my dad was when he had quadruple heart bypass surgery.
I chose to lose weight. Since then, I have lost 150 pounds. My blood sugar and cholesterol are both now under control. My journey, which has by no means been easy or without setbacks, has inspired me to help others improve their well-being and to take control of their health. You don’t have to do this alone.
When I discovered the health coaching program at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, I realized I could combine my need to help people with my belief that ultimately everyone is an expert in their own life. In my previous career as a teacher, I loved when students’ self-confidence would grow as that light bulb went off and they discovered something new. As a health and wellness coach, I love to see my clients’ self-confidence grow as they put self-revelations together and reach their goals.