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Episode 010: Credential

Transcript from Stirred By Words Episode 010: Credential

Chrissy Holm (00:05): Do you love words? Are you passionate about diving into meaningful conversations? Hi, welcome to Stirred By Words. A podcast that focuses on words and questions that impact our daily lives. I'm your host, Chrissy Holm, health educator, writer, curious creature and now podcaster.

Chrissy Holm (00:42):

Today, we'll start with the health tip. This week's tip is learning something new. According to, the mental health benefits of learning a new skill are that it improves your brain health and memory, increases your mental well-being and happiness, fosters connection with others, and keeps you relevant. Learning can help you build your confidence and sense of purpose. It also helps you connect with others and encourages a growth mindset. Whether it's learning a new language, learning how to fix something, or reading a book or article, there are many ways you can learn. And I challenge you to learn one new thing this week.

Chrissy Holm (01:23):

Now it's time for today's word. Credential, defines this word as number one, evidence of authority status, rights, entitlement to privileges, or the like usually in a written form. And number two, anything that provides the basis for confidence, belief, credit, et cetera. Fun fact, the word credential was first recorded in 1425. And words that are related to credential are authentic, conceiving, certification, deed, diploma, license, paper, and permit.

Chrissy Holm (02:02):

Today's question is how have credentials impacted your life? If they are important, why? And if not, why not? So I've been a certified health coach. I've studied in college to be a certified health education specialist. And my bachelor's degree is in Public Health Education and Promotion. I've taken many courses including LGBTQ plus sexuality and gender, how to become a meditation teacher, the science of well-being, SEO cooperating, and so much more.

Chrissy Holm (02:35):

I'm ordained so if anybody needs me to marry them, I can, but honestly, I just love learning. And in the previous episode, I talked about always signing up for courses and learning opportunities, and that still rings true today. If you haven't checked out that episode, make sure you go back and listen.

Chrissy Holm (02:54):

Outside of myself, I really think of the credentials that are surrounding my life. For example, doctors who have helped me when I've sprained my wrists and ankles. Nurses that have helped me like the one time that I fell rollerblading and had gravel stuck in my knee. The nurse took care of it. I think of the midwife certification, not only do they help deliver my daughter, but they've helped deliver some of my family members, my niece, nephews.

Chrissy Holm (03:23):

I think about these things day in and day out of the people who help and support others. I think credentials can be important, but it's really not the only way to pursue knowledge. I understand that not everyone has access to the funds, privilege or opportunities to achieve these credentials. And yet, they can still be wise and help people beyond a piece of paper or a few letters behind their name.

Chrissy Holm (03:48):

Today, we'll hear from one listener, Lizzy Miller, with their thoughts on these questions. How have credentials impacted your life? If they're important, why? If not, why not?

Lizzy Miller (03:59):

If you look me up on LinkedIn, it might look like I'm overcompensating with the amount of letters following my name. My name is Lizzy Miller and Chrissy graciously invited me to give my two cents on credentials, how they've impacted my life and if I think they're important or not. So here we go.

Lizzy Miller (04:19):

Like I said, if you look me up on LinkedIn, you're going to see a lot of letters following my name. I have a Master's in Nutrition, a Master's in Public Health, I'm a registered dietician nutritionist, and I'm a national board certified health and wellness coach. My LinkedIn profile name is Lizzy Miller, MS, MPH, RDN, NBCHWC, and just like everyone else, I worked hard for those letters and I'm really proud of them. It is a mouthful though. The only time I truly flex my credentials is in relevant professional or academic settings. And even then, I keep the flexing to a minimum.

Lizzy Miller (05:03):

Credentials have played an important role in my career. I can't deny that. They helped me land a job right out of grad school. And even though I no longer directly work in a field that requires my credentials, they certainly facilitated the career path that I'm on. I definitely think credentials are important and I don't think their importance is going anywhere anytime soon. I don't think they're dwindling. However, there are a few points I want to make before I explain why I