This is an overdue little life and business update, which I hope you enjoy!
Since I have mostly been existing “offline” over the last 7 months, there are a few things I wanted to talk about before I start posting again. Like most of us, my relationship with social media, and the online space, is complicated and continually evolving. As a business owner, social media is often seen as crucial and can be a major component of building/running a business. However, my personal feelings get in the way, and I find it can become overwhelming and difficult to find the balance.
I took a very unintentional break from social media, as well as posting on my blog. It started as a nagging feeling that I was not positively contributing to people’s lives through social media. I always saw social media as an extension of my private practice and corporate wellness business, and as a more accessible way to educate others. In more recent years, it has also been a way to connect with clients and form meaningful work relationships. However, I have been increasingly more aware of all of the “noise” online, both in and out of the nutrition space, and I really didn’t want to be negatively contributing to that.
I took time over the last little while to think about how I want to show up online. Since social media is not a critical financial stream or revenue generator for my business, I was lucky to have the time and space to reflect. This was also combined with the fact that my schedule is super busy lately (more on this later in the post!). I am excited to continue posting articles to my blog, Twist&Sprout, and to my subsequent social media channels. I hope to continue important conversations around health, wellbeing, food and nutrition, including topics relating to health equity and food justice. I also hope that my content will continue to evolve as the landscape of social media changes, and as I continue to grow as a person, and practitioner.
So now for some actual updates.
In July I closed the doors to my in-person space. This was bittersweet as it really felt like the end of an era, while at the same time felt like a huge relief. It feels good to close the doors on one chapter, and start another. I have been working remotely and both seeing clients and running workshops online via Zoom/Skype.
(The above photo shows me moving on a super hot day. I cleared my office is one day and was feeling happy and excited to move onto a new chapter.)
I am also still in school, which takes up a substantial amount of my time. Again, this is another reason for my social media break. Related to school, I hold a few different volunteer positions, work as a research assistant and work on other extra-curricular research and nutrition-related projects.
On a more personal note, I had a nice summer/early fall, all things considered. I spent as much time outside as I could, and went on a few great canoe trips and weekend getaways with my select few ‘bubble’ friends, and with my partner. My partner and I also created a mini outdoor oasis on our front balcony and experimented with a container garden, which was really fun. This actually brought me a lot of joy (and some vegetables!) throughout the summer and into early fall.
As for next steps, I’ve outlined a few areas below:
Workplace Wellness: Again, all workshops are offered virtually and live through Zoom. Our 10 Day Challenge Program is completely virtual, as well. If you are interested in workplace wellness services, you can find some details here. Feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a full price sheet.
Blog + Instagram: Blog posts will continue on with a mix of recipes, educational content and informational posts. Blog posts moving forward will reflect my values as both a nutritionist, and forever student, and integrate a wide range of topics. Discussions will revolve around nutrition, food, sustainability, food systems, health inequities, food justice and nutrition research.
Shop: My shop is where I sell meal plans and little recipe booklets. I am continually updating the resources I have here! If you are looking for anything in particular, please let me know :)
Thank you for reading my little update! Please let me know if there are any specific posts you would find useful, and of course let me know if you have any questions!