Hello friends! Happy Monday – I hope you all had a productive/relaxing/fun/adventurous weekend. I’ve had this post brewing in my brain since the start of the New Year, but I needed to let it “sit” for a few weeks before publishing. 2017 was a really big year for me – there were many changes, both positive and challenging, that happened in a very short amount of time. Although the achiever in me has tried to fight it, 2018 really needs to be a year of rest. My physical body, mind, soul, and heart all need a whole lot of self-care right now.
And as I continue to learn how to provide the highest quality of care to my patients and grow as a provider, I’m finding that I need a lot of time to recharge, process, and reflect after long and challenging days at work. My work requires a lot of empathy, and as much as I love giving, I also understand that I can only give if I take care of myself. And as my side-business continues to grow, the limited remaining spare time I have is used to recharge. And more often than not, I can only recharge by fully removing myself from the world of nutrition.
Hold the phone – who dis??
Finding myself disinterested in nutrition after I was immersed in it for four years was a tough adjustment. I used to LOVE studying, talking, writing, reading, and watching ALL things nutrition. And I still do love it, but my nutrition cup is full. Now, I’m drawn to other extracurricular activities that bring me joy by helping me escape enough to feel full and ready to dive into another work week.
What does this mean? I need a break from nutrition-related blog posts (oh, the irony. I said the exact OPPOSITE thing almost a year ago), and formally “announcing” it is my way of “asking” for your permission to not focus solely on nutrition. Part of living a life elevated means prioritizing what and who makes you happy.
You can still keep up-to-date on evidence-based nutrition by listening to my podcast, The Three Aminos Podcast: Real Nutrition for Real People. New episodes come out every other Monday. If you haven’t had the chance to check us out, I totally understand! I will say that we’ve received a lot of really great feedback so far, especially on Episode 4: How Whole is the Whole30? and on Episode 6: Introduction to Health at Every Size® (HAES®).
What does that mean moving forward?
You can expect to see more snippets of my life behind-the-scenes. When I think about what I’d love to share with you all, it’s more posts on life as a 30-year-old independent woman, side-hustle #ladyboss, full-time dietitian, outdoor enthusiast, and eligible bachelorette who is learning something new about herself – or life – daily. My life is SO far from perfect – I’m full of insecurities, anxiety about the unknown, and worry that I’m doing it “all wrong.” My reality is messy…real messy – but it teaches me. And humbles me. And reminds me of the people, feelings, and moments that truly matter. And we all share in these same struggles. So I’d like to share some of them with you – including the joy – to inspire and encourage you to continue fighting the good fight.If there is a certain topic you’d be interested in reading more about, please let me know!
So there you have it – 2018 in a nutshell for Nutrition Elevated. It may change as I learn to navigate my new normal, but this feels very “me” and very “right” for the time being. Thanks for sticking around and look for a fun post coming later this week.
P.S. Have you taken the StrengthsFinder Test before? I had the opportunity to take it as part of my LEAH Fellowship and at the time, my strengths were: learner, achiever, activator, responsibility, and focus. Please share yours!