Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and the projects you’re working on.
A: I’m a Holistic Nutritionist and Community Educator, based out of Vancouver. My practice consists of workplace wellness programs, private consults, and community workshops. I teach an environment course and both business courses at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition and I launched my mentorship program for new nutritionists later this month. Things are busy, but it feels good. On my off time, I travel, cook, eat, cook some more, get outside, practice yoga, garden, and play with clay.
Q: What has been your biggest struggle so far with building your business?
A: I find that when I’m having a bad day, it can be a challenge to stay positive and keep on pushing. I’ve put in the work around decreasing stress and anxiety and have a ton of tools in my tool belt, but it can still sometimes be tough. My go-to’s for an upward spiral of positive emotions are yoga, meditation, calming baths, calming breaths, tapping into a creative outlet, talk therapy, cooking, sage smudges, forest bathing (look it up!), restful sleep, and crying it out!
Q: What is your favourite part of freelancing and being your own boss?
A: Being able to go for midday walks! Or if I’m working from home and in the mood, I can take an extra long lunch break to make a full out feast or meal prep for the rest of the week. When I’m organized in the kitchen and with meals, I free up so much time in my week.
Q: Have you had any standout experiences in your past that helped lead you to where you are today?
A: Not sure about standout experiences, but I have learned that slowing down gets me further. I used to have a jam packed schedule where I had to pencil in when I’d do laundry or eat a meal. Every night was booked, everything I did was rushed, and I took no time for myself. I burnt out and got nowhere! I’m now very much into slow living – embracing small pleasures, stopping to smell the roses, no tech bedtime, taking time to sip my tea, working hard and diligently, but also mindfully. I try to live my values: being calm and peaceful. I have slip ups though ;).
Q: We heard that you have a new project in the works, can you tell us more?
A: Of course! I have a few projects percolating, but I’m thrilled for the launch of my organic skincare company, Canopy. Everything is organic and non-toxic with a strong emphasis on naturally powerful ingredients. There will be details (and a shop!) up on the website in the coming weeks. We’re setting up social media platforms so be sure to follow along. Would love the support plus there will be a number of giveaways as we get closer and closer to launching.
Q: What advice do you have for the wimmin in our community who are starting their own business?
A: Take a business course, ask questions, find a mentor, read books and articles, watch youtube videos – do whatever you have to do to understand the business side of the industry you are in. The key is mastering the art of combining your passion with business. The two have to go hand-in-hand. It’s also crucial to make short term and long term goals and to check in on these frequently. Be sure you’re working towards those goals daily. Finally, take care of yourself and keep up with hobbies and your non-work related life. Finding balance through integration will yield rewarding results.
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