It seems like forever since I shared a more personal update over here, but today feels like a good day because I have allthenews. But first, let’s backtrack a little.
I’ve known for six years that one day, I’d move away from home to be with Drew wherever he was working. He’s a mining engineer, and it limits the locations he can reasonably live since he needs to be on-site for planning and management purposes. Going into college, he knew this was the path he wanted – and since we were high school sweethearts, I knew that it was a very real possibility that it would be the path I’d join him on. Note: I’m thankful for a mother-in-law that encouraged me to choose my own career without considering her son’s plans. I pursued a degree in nutrition based on my own passions, and not based on whether I could get a job in the towns where Drew would reasonably be living.
So, for the past six years, I’ve been somewhere in the middle of 100% doing my own thing + thinking towards the future that Drew and I want to build together. It was challenging to cling to my independence while still dreaming of getting married and starting our life together at a young age (that’s a whole other topic for another day). But somewhere along the line, as we started to seriously talk about getting engaged and married, I began to think about what my professional life would or could look like in the towns we’d live in.
And that’s when my anxiety ramped up, because dietitian jobs in these towns are limited and the future was incredibly uncertain. So I dug into the information and came up with a reasonably simple solution: I’d open a private practice.
I started a small blog in college (that I no longer post to), and toyed around with various business ideas. I liked learning design + entrepreneurship, and loved the idea of creating a personal brand and supporting myself with a blog and practice. The idea of having my own nutrition practice was daunting and terrifying and exciting.
After we got married in August + I moved to rural Idaho where Drew worked, I threw myself into learning how to start a private practice + blogging more. I’m so proud of Satisfy and the opportunities it’s given me, from blog collaborations to refining my viewpoints on health to meeting a new best friend on the Internet. I’m grateful to each of the private practice clients I’ve had for allowing me to be a part of their food freedom and health story. Which brings me to my first and biggest update:
As of March 1, the private practice side of my business is closing and I am no longer accepting clients.
I’m making this move for a few reasons, the main one being that I’ve accepted a job at a local hospital as a clinical dietitian and part of that is a non-compete clause. But I think another equally important reason is that private practice doesn’t suit me as well as I thought it would.
If you’ve read Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please“, you’ve read a phrase that changed my life:
Good for her. Not for me.
This more or less sumsup the feelings I have about private practice, even though I’ve been denying it the last few months. The beautiful and unique thing about the field of nutrition is that it is so diverse + there’s so many areas you can work in. From the beginning, I’ve felt called towards clinical work – but I began to worry that our living situation wouldn’t let me respond to that calling. The more I fought to suppress my love for clinical nutrition (in what I thought was an act of self-preservation), the more my anxiety around my job rose.
I think dietitians who have private practices are awesome. I have the highest respect for all of my friends and mentors that rock their businesses and create their own path and help allthepeople. But I also think that maybe this path isn’t for me – so it’s time to explore how I can serve people through clinical work (and still incorporate HAES/IE, don’t worry)!
I had my orientation at my new job on Wednesday, and I’ll be there ~32 hours/week (I’m still completing my Master’s degree via a distance program, so splitting time made the most sense). The job I’m stepping into is a big one, with a wider variety of responsibilities than a typical clinical RD would have, so I’m giving myself some time to adjust and grow into this position before refocusing on blog content. However, once I get settled in, I’ll be back with a regular posting schedule! In the meantime, I’ll still be co-hosting the Abundantly Enough group + finishing our current blog series.
If you’re looking for a Health at Every Size/Intuitive Eating dietitian to guide you through eating disorder recovery, general nutrition, digestive issues, etc. – I am happy to refer you to my talented friends!
If you have questions or requests for blog content, please continue to let me know!