I could say that each year, not only 2016, has its ups and downs. Some years might be more memorable than others (good or bad) depending on specific events and individuals. I’m working towards making each year memorable (hopefully for the good!), while continuing to grow and gain new experiences. Those “bumps, downs, bads” may and mostly will happen but how I, You, We, overcome them, is what makes us stronger and turns us into the people we strive to be. 2016 was a pretty significant year for me, here is why:
I Started Naked Face Nutrition
This was probably one of the biggest things that happened in my life in 2016. My original plan wasn’t to start a blog or work on building a social media presence… I walked into Strategy Lab for a static website to begin nutrition counseling for health and beauty. However, when I discussed the idea of sharing my passion for nutrition and beauty, all roads lead to here.
Naked Face Nutrition has completely taken me out of my comfort zone…first off I never really saw myself writing (English wasn’t my favourite class) but also putting myself out there for people to get to know the real me has been a major step out of the box. I’ve accepted that myself or my work is never going to be every single persons’ cup of tea but I know that I have knowledge, talent and passion that will relate to a lot!
I could go on and on, so here are some things I learned from started a blog and creating a small but growing and responsive following (*note each point is not an end point- each of these I continue to work on and improve):
- taking/designing my own photos. Attractive photos are a must to get your blog, instagram, facebook, pinterest etc. noticed. I didn’t have a lot of money to drop on a bunch of fancy lenses and lighting equipment so I made due with what I had and picked up small things here and there. The library is a great resource for books on photography 🙂
- reaching out to people I don’t know, building new relationships and collaborating with talents from across the globe
- how to use WordPress, and all the behind work to running a blog and other social media pages. I had a lot of help with this from the amazing guys at Strategy Lab who helped set up my website, designed my logo, and dealt with my lack of technical knowledge 🙂
- how to write a blog versus academic papers that I was used to
- accepting criticism but also accepting compliments
I’m so happy that I was lead into this direction and am excited to continue to learn, grow and share with you all!
I Became A Ride Motivator
After 2 months of training and a lot of sweat, I became a member of the Wheelhouse Cycle Club Team. Leading rides as a Wheelhouse Motivator was again, something totally out of my comfort zone. I never really thought I would be the one in center and leading the pack, but instead of believing that I couldn’t, I worked hard and now here I am. I’ve become part of a team, a community and gained a great group of friends. It was such a good decision and it couldn’t have fit my lifestyle more perfect. Inspiring others to do good things for their bodies while at the same time I’m benefiting as well.. win win! I’m not only benefiting physically, but in major way mentally as well – my leadership skills and confidence keep getting better 🙂
I Learned How to Skip
Ha ha okay so for a lot of you this probably isn’t very significant but hear me out. All of my life, up until this year, I have not been able to skip with a skipping rope with both feet coming off the ground at the same time. When Gideon decided to help me gain more strength he also wanted me to skip… I replied “I can’t.” This lead into one of Gideon’s much appreciated motivational speeches opening my eyes to see that I was saying “I can’t” a lot. It was holding me back from pushing farther and succeeding.
So with the skipping rope and Gideon at my side, I practiced skipping – I said “I can’t” many times as the rope got caught in my hair, around my foot and lashed the back of my arm. I continued this for at least 15 minutes a day… many days… until the point where I could actually skip. It was a proud moment. Each time I practice, I get better and feel the benefits of skipping. The other day I actually was able to do the cross over with the skipping rope like you see the boxers and really fit people do!
Yes I learned how to skip but what I actually gained is the strength to push away the ” I can’t,” work towards a goal and succeed. Like writing a blog, becoming a ride motivator and learning how to skip, I’m continuing to say “yes I can” and letting amazing things happen.
Changes and New Careers
- I took on another dietitian position with a local health clinic!
- Even though it wasn’t easy, I left a place of work that I felt wasn’t benefiting me or allowing me to grow
- I joined a new team as a makeup artist! Check it out here.
I’ve had ups and downs in 2016, but I have accepted those times that were tough, learned and became an even stronger individual this year. The theme of my 2016 – “Actually, I can.”
Here’s to doing everything in 2017 with passion and purpose, and continuing to saying yes I can.
Happy New Year!