This morning I opened up my business log I have been keeping since 1996. It contains 20 years of plans to balance work and life with entrepreneurial business ideas. I am sure if you look back 20 years you may see the many jobs you have held! My jobs have included a pediatric private practice, nutrition consultant work, corporate culinary team building and women wellness leadership workshops.
Though I can flip through these pages in seconds- they represent years and years of blood, sweat and tears, of doubt from unmet goals to get a PhD to hiring other dietitians to grow a larger practice … and as I clearly see now… of other dreams that actually…eventually came true. Funnily enough, I don’t know about you, but I never thought the path of a dietitian could take me to places of innovation and creativity. It took this journal for me to realize that the question I have always been asking myself “ What do I want to be when I grow up ?” is answered right in front of my face. Over the years , I have been fortunate enough to do exactly what I should be doing- what I was born to be doing best. To play, to inject creativity into the science of nutrition, to teach and share that knowledge with others in an easy hands on practical way whether through art, cooking, video, speaking counseling, consulting or writing and all the while be there for my family.
It’s so easy to see what we don’t do well, what we need to improve on because the mundane day to day business struggles often hide the rewards of the big picture. It’s also easy to see how society falsely places accolades on 6 digit salaries, on awards, on moving up the ladder . Often these types of “societal- should type” goals steer us away from what really matters at the end of the day. In day to day life, we often can’t see the forest through the trees. If I could tell younger dietitians one thing today I would say, follow your own paths, do what you do best, know yourself and your strengths, don’t wait 20 years to validate your authenticity. If you love the arts inject them into your work, if you are a researcher- use it in what you do, if you love science, technology or media play with them. Take your skills and use them within your work. Sometimes when you listen to your gut … you may just be doing what you were born to be doing and it won’t take a 20 year old business log for you to realize you have been doing exactly what you were meant to be doing all these years!