Reflections First, Resolutions Second

Dear fellow survivors of 2018, 

*Insert catch-all statement about how I can’t believe yet another year has come and gone here*

**Insert a few paragraphs here about new years resolutions, eating “healthier,” exercising more regularly & setting sustainable goals**

Whew! Now that all of those things are out of the way, I can get to something that you may actually remember. I know a lot of stuff starts to sound the same around this time of year!

Every year around this time, I start thinking, “How can I possibly add anything of value to the health & nutrition space when it’s already so saturated?”

This thought inevitably leads me to the reassuring little voice in my head (the same one that never fails to remind me of the existence of PB&J when I start feeling hangry) that says “…yeah, but no one has your voice or has lived your experiences.”

And let me tell ya, 2018 was a YEAR of experiences…

Living in a different place

It was the only year that I’ve ever lived outside of Virginia. In my time as a transplant-Ohioan, I met one of my best friends. If it weren’t for Alie, I would still be scared of espresso and very likely wouldn’t have made it through my dietetic internship. If you do one thing in 2019, say thank you to friends like these.

My friend Alie and I
Thanks, Al-pal!

Achieving dreams!

It was the year that I became a Registered Dietitian–something I’ve been dreaming about since early high school. If you do one thing in 2019, work towards something that fills you with a sense of joy and accomplishment.

Finally a Registered Dietitian
Finally, amirite??

Meeting goals…

It was the year that I started taking action towards my BIG dream. In 2018, Yours Chewly Nutrition was born–gentle nutrition coaching, personal branding, podcasting, videoing, and all of the other things they don’t teach ya (or at least me..) in school. If you do one thing in 2019, don’t listen to any voice in your head that tries to tell you you’re too young, inexperienced, or not ready. If you’re willing to work (like…really work) and you have access to the internet, then you can get started. Do something that sets your heart on fire.

Finding mentors

Speaking of taking action, it was the year that I started surrounding myself with likeminded people who push me to reach for more–as a dietitian, business owner, and as a human being. Thank you, Tony and everyone in the I Believe Mentorship for being there for me in moments of both victory and self-doubt. If you do one thing in 2019, invest in yourself and open your mind to the abundance of knowledge that other people have to offer.

Taking nutrition seriously (and not so seriously)

It was the year that I took about 5,000 (not an exaggeration) ridiculous food pictures, and finally came to understand what my grandma means when she says “You are what you eat!”–which, if you’re wondering, is a large majority PB&J.

Relocating … again!

It was the year that I moved back to Virginia, a bit closer to some of my favorite people. *Insert a Pinterest-worthy quote about friendship here* If you do one thing in 2019, make a conscious effort to stay in touch with people who are important to you. I know you’re busy, but life is no fun if you don’t have anyone to share it with (…especially if those people promise to laugh at all of your stupid jokes..)

Becoming an entrepreneur

My first year of business also meant my first year of working with clients. To all of my clients who may be reading, thank you. Because of you guys, the mission behind Yours Chewly Nutrition is real. Together, we’ll continue to learn to Eat Gently, Move Freely, and Love Fiercely–and inspire others to do the same. Click here to join our awesome community of peeps learning to do things like this…

Valuing people

It was my first full calendar year with this guy. I can’t thank him enough for his patience, encouragement, nightly 10pm phone calls, and ability to make me feel endlessly confident, cared for, and valued–no matter the situation. If you do one thing in 2019, find ways to make someone else feel like this.

Me and Mr. IT Security
Thanks, Aidan!

Last (but definitely not least), it was the year that I realized that you really are a product of your environment. I grew up with two of the best parents, and they are a big reason why I am where I am today. If you do one thing in 2019, don’t forget to say thank you to the people who have shaped you into who you are.

Me with my Mom and Dad
Thanks mom & dad!

So…when you look back on your 2018 experiences, what can you learn from them? Who can you thank? How can you start 2019 from a place of worthiness & gratitude?

And one last thing…

If you do one thing in 2019 (this is a big one)….eat, move, act, and talk like you love yourself–because how you treat yourself is how you teach others to treat you. 

Wishing you all the best in the new year.

Yours Chewly with gratitude,