Friday, March 1, 2013
1 Year Later...A Personal Reflection
It's March 1st again which signifies 2 things; National Nutrition Month and the anniversary of my blog. This year, National Nutrition Month serves as a month to reflect on my career and to really market my services as an independent practitioner. As I look back on the past year, I have made the biggest career leap in my 12 years as a dietitian. One might think relocating to Minnesota and taking 2 part-time jobs that were different than the norm would be my biggest leap, but no. Nothing has trumped what I'm doing now in regard to experience or satisfaction.
Starting one's own private practice is a humongous undertaking. I won't lie, there was an impetus for this and that was surviving a reduction in force in October. It was the push I needed, as I'd been starting to form a business plan since July in anticipation of leaving the company. So far, I have acquired two of the most fulfilling per diem positions I've had; One as a nutrition instructor for LPN students and the other counseling clients for a personal trainer.
At the close of each of the two nutrition sections I taught, I was anonymously reviewed by my students and floored at their level of satisfaction with me as their instructor; so much so that it has brought tears to my eyes. Of course, I have a level of insecurity with this brand new position where I am constantly questioning myself, which is why I get emotional when I think about it. Never, ever did I think that I would be cut out for teaching or enjoy it as much as I do.
Working with personal training clients to fine-tune their diets has also been very fulfilling and motivating. These clients are very enthusiastic about eating well and maintaining a superb level of fitness. The role of sports & fitness dietitian has always portrayed an admirable image in my eyes and I am very excited to fulfill this role.
As for what lies next to add to these two positions remains to be seen. I recently started writing for a local newspaper and have a couple of consulting gigs. I've even had a few individual clients of my own. I am in high hopes that, with enough marketing, my business will grow and blossom into something I've been dreaming of - a solid private practice with a great reputation. Everyone's support and encouragement has been wonderful, so thank you if you've been one of my cheerleaders. :)
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