It's about time I dusted off this 'ole blog of mine and really started diving into the backlog of blog ideas I've kept in a list in my phone until we finally launched our joint venture that you are so kindly visiting right now! So sorry for the hiatus - sometimes life happens and you just don't feel like anything you write will feel authentic.
While on said hiatus, I've made some changes in my life that made me realize something: I am shifting my focus in SUCH a natural way. It happened so steadily, I never even realized it until now. I no longer sit in my cubicle and think, "Is this it?" I am now reaching for something more, that speaks to me on so many different levels, and excites me on so many more. The best part is, it feels totally attainable because I finally believe in myself. My small changes added up to big confidence.
I turned 32 yesterday, and in the last few years as my birthday comes around, I am reminded of when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. (I was diagnosed around this time two years ago.) I use it as a new benchmark in my growth and development not with my disease, but as a person. Am I happy? Am I moving in a direction professionally that I enjoy? In a direction that makes me excited? How have I become a better person within the last year? What do I still need to work on?
I actually ask myself these questions daily, but it is hard to gauge any real movement on each topic within an hours-long timeframe. A lot can happen in a year. This time last year I was blogging on a free WordPress site and working on my Wellness and Nutrition Consultant certification. A few months later I had that certification, plus my certification in MS Fitness and Nutrition, and was opening up my real website and business for Lindsay Makes Lemonade where I was the sole owner of an online Nutrition Coaching business. My husband approached me shortly after opening, with an idea to go into business together. He then grabbed his certification in Plant Based Nutrition and we officially launched Brass Roots Nutrition earlier this month.
So man, what a journey this past year has been. Professionally my business went through many stages to get to it is today. I owe a lot of that to inspiration. I have a few friends in the blogging space, a few friends in the nutrition coaching space, and a few friends in the autoimmune treatment space (some in all three!), and they have all contributed one way or another to strengthening my drive. Whether I cheered them on with exciting new projects or had conversations that really helped ignite a fire in me that may have needed a little help burning brighter, I felt inspired. I truly recognize that we are all a product of our environment. The energy you allow in is the energy you will put out. Surround yourself with like minded people and they will be your best cheerleaders. I'm so thankful for them.
Through all of this I'm realizing that every single day I am taking small steps (sometimes leaps) in a direction that excites me. And those small steps every day may not feel like much when you constantly compare to the day before, or even the week before. Some days I fall into my couch and barely have the mental energy to string together a few sentences for a new social media post, while other days I knock out my entire eBook layout on a new program I just happened upon that morning. It comes in ebbs and flows, and I'm allowing it to happen naturally.
I am a firm believer that the universe will always have a way of balancing you out. Sometimes you need those "off days" in order to recharge and make your next project or content that much better and more insightful and more relatable. We are all human, and people respond to you showing up exactly as you are.
My point is - I didn't and I don't let my daydream drain me. I feel like the path I am on (although we would all love things to happen over night) is allowing me to constantly find, fix, and change my groove accordingly with each opportunity. I am so lucky that I get to now bounce my energy off of my husband and we can continue to balance each other out not just personally and romantically, but now professionally as well.
I've had quite a few people reach out to me recently about starting their own project - whether that be a blog, or a new Instagram page, or a nutrition business, etc. I feel so honored and lucky that they look to me as a source for advice and good vibes. Because while I have mentioned several of the things that help psych me up for my own path, I love nothing more than to be that cheerleader for someone else. (Especially those who have been there for me - you know who you are.)
So here's to another year of growth, good vibes, and never allowing my groove to settle.