It’s time to share some of my favorite practice memories from 2013. I celebrated 8 years in business transitioning from Charlottetown to Moncton. Moving corporate headquarters to Moncton was a proces and not easy to do at times. My entire career on PEI was dedicated to service and I certainly lived life in the fast lane. Prior to July 2013, I operated with waiting lists and by doctor referrals. I enjoyed physical fitness, community involvement and always operated with the cup half full. It seems the busier I was, the better I was. Although exciting, a fast paced lifestyle can only last so long. Eventually the body requires rest and a deserves a break.
The later half of this year I’ve stopped to smell the roses, and often. I walk the long way by the river to and from work. Since moving to Moncton, this relaxed lifestyle has defiantly increased my zen. Jasper (10, all white) and Alaska (7, all black) are completely spoiled with attention and I’ve been living primarily vegan. I've read 50 Shades of Grey, which really impressed my friends. This fall I moved offices and now sit in a well established Dieppe clinic. I’m helping more Monctonians find health through 1 on 1, corporate and group nutritional counseling. My approach comes with 9 years experience, and I can’t thank those Islanders who’ve encouraged mainland friends and family to check out my services.
Rather than do a chronological count of events, I’ve decided to list: Top Practice Memories of 2013
1. Venturing into Travel Tourism and escorting a group of (mostly) Islanders to Iceland for a week. This was a dream come true, as Iceland put a magical spell on me during my first excursion in 2010. I hope to host more trips to Iceland over the years, as it also feels like home to me. Perhaps if you go back a few thousand years it most likely was. I’ve read the Icelandic Sagas and am fascinated with the countries magical ways. North America could learn so much about sustainability, environmentalism and rebuilding a failed economy from this tiny country. For the good of humanity put traveling to it on your bucket list … please!
2. Safely storing over 3000 client files from PEI office. I shed a billion tears while packing them for storage. Looking over client success stories has deeply inspired my next chapter, and the experience of helping so many Islanders with various aliments has enriched my practice more than words can verbalize. No matter where I choose to reside, PEI will be home, and for all my generations. And Moncton clients tease that I speak French with a PEI accent.
3. Moving my solo Moncton practice from Main Street to a multi practitioner bilingual clinic in Dieppe. Every day I go to work it’s a mini French lesson. Gallie Wellness has welcomed my years of clinical experience and 52 week written weight loss approach with open arms. I’m so honored to work with and learn from a dedicated team which includes: naturopaths, osteopath, massage therapists, nutritionists, a life coach, medical intuitive, herbalist and psychologist. Aside from these services the clinic practitioners offer food allergy/hormone testing, blood cell and hair analysis, iridology and hosts a health food store and vitamin shop. I hit a grand slam with this move, and am able to welcome new Moncton clients ASAP!
4. Going back to high school to share my health building story with high school students, on a few separate occasions. Although I’m a seasoned public speaker and educator, it’s hard to entertain a high school students attention span for 30 minutes. Going off the grid I shared a few short stories from my older, unhealthy, obese days (with photos to prove it). Then inspired the students with how I decided to take charge of my disordered eating and attend nutrition school at the age of 20. It was so touching when a few of the students LIKED my facebook page post speaking engagement.
5. Inspiring and mentoring 3 of my best girl friends who have recently started new businesses. I encouraged them to keep deadlines, create marketing plans, apply for funding and often volunteered my time to assist in any way (aside from baby sitting, ha). Love you fine ladies and always believe in your dreams!
6. Hosting the first PEI Catered Cleanse in partnership with Montagues newest restaurant, The JUICEBOX, in October 2013. Its owner, Jana Furness, is one of my best friends (see #5). We first met in 2003 while working at Natures Harvest health food store in Charlottetown. I managed the store and she the juice bar. I always knew that years later she would own her own. She’s also a mother, cares for her community and aims to only support local producers and smart environmental practices. She’s a total gem folks!
So what’s in store for Moncton? I name 2014 the Year of Teaching Monctonians in corporate, group and private settings. A new service offering I recently designed, End Emotional Eating Cleanse, pairs 6 like minded eaters wishing to rid this unhealthy habit with group support. Be on the look out for more Lean & Clean Cleanses each season. I’m taking a little down time to restructure my service offerings and Monctonize them. You’ve requested more groups, evening and Saturday appointments. Et oui, je parle francaise.
For PEI clients the JUICEBOX and I plan to host more Island Catered Cleanses, with our next one close to March break. I’m debating hosting another specialized tour to Iceland, one with more of a spiritual quest. I plan to see PEI clients monthly, but am taking February off traveling because it's terrible driving this season.
Another promise of mine to all of you is to write more about my dietary struggle. I’m working on an ebook which shares success stories from chronic dieters who have ended emotional eating. Why do so many people struggle with dietary addiction yet are offered little support? My practice aims to change that and raise awareness about the dangers of compulsive overeating disorder, food addiction and chronic dieting. The reality is, you don’t have to suffer alone.
I truly appreciate your support and please continue to follow my journey throughout 2014!
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