As you all know, I quit my corporate job in June to
1) pursue my passion,
2) be my own boss, and
3) provide value to others.
I am truly doing these things now. This has been an extremely crazy month for me and I am busier than ever. I didn’t leave my job to give myself more of a “work-life” balance or to become a couch potato. I left to challenge myself and mostly because I was preoccupied with my own business ideas. So, what exactly is going on with me now?
A brief (not so brief) update on me and ALT Performance Nutrition:
- I am still seeing individual clients daily, either in person or virtually. I see athletes and general wellness clients. This brings me true joy. I absolutely love providing value and service to others.
- I have a contract position with CCM Hockey – I am traveling for 6 weeks throughout the northeast presenting sports nutrition concepts to youth athletes at the CCM Hockey Skills Camps. I have loved this opportunity! These children have challenged me and pushed my buttons more than I ever would have imagined! But the most amazing and rewarding thing is watching them skate and seeing the true joy on their faces when they are moving their bodies in ways that they love.
- I have been working with local teams, including Geddert’s Twistars USA Gymnastics Club and Playmakers running clubs. I am providing group and individual sports nutrition education to athletes and parents at these organizations. Each of these new interactions have taught me something amazing; and for that, I am forever grateful.
- I am the co-chair of the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) Annual Conference and the Reimbursement Chair on the MAND board this year. I love serving our national and state academy; and am especially avid on showing others what value RDs bring to people’s lives!
- I am working part time at a psychiatric hospital in the eating disorder unit. This has been the toughest of all. So far, I have worked with patients from 13 years old to 53. These girls and women are so sick. All I want to do is give them a hug and tell them everything will be okay. Honestly, I am still working out my feelings about this position; however, I am so happy to be giving back and serving a purpose in this community of individuals who suffer so severely. I only hope that I can provide as much love and support as my therapists and support team did for me.
Am I making as much money? Nope, not yet. Have people doubted me? Absolutely! People ask me what my husband thinks. The truth is, he is doing the exact same thing! He is also self-employed and just as busy. Some people call us crazy and tell us we are too intense. No, we haven’t been on a date in four months and no, we will not be going on a vacation in the next few years. But we are winning every single day and bringing value to other people’s lives. The quickest way to become successful: 1) be an honest person and 2) help others. Right now, my husband and I are pouring as much as we can into other people to build success and teach our future children about values and confidence. Absolutely; there are things we do on a daily basis that we don’t want to do. However, life will not go on like this forever. Successful people do the hard things every day that others are just not willing to do. My plan is to keep doing them.