Dang! What a busy day! I had to kick the elliptical ass for a little while this morning then I headed off to meet with my gift from God (web designer/business builder genius) to help me make this nutrition business happen!
Then I had to head straight to a meeting with the girls at the Junior League to set up our community projects for next year. This year my project is called Kids in The Kitchen. We are helping a community of single parents teach their children how to cook/make after school snacks for themselves when their parents aren’t home. I’ve GOT TO pass on the recipes to you guys… SO CUTE (peanut butter/banana sushi rolls.. ‘nuff said) I may do the same project next year except this time I may be the leader. They talked to me about this tonight and I’m a little nervous to jump in but I guess there is no reason to not do it.
So lets get back to where we left off last night .. get comfy.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m going to be a Certified Nutritionist. This is an online program from a school in California called the Global College Of Natural Medicine (http://www.gcnm.com/index.html) . When this course is completed I will be accredited by American Association of Drugless Practitioners and the American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board. This is so exciting! So what’s next after I have this big fancy new title of “Certified Nutritionist”? Well, I want to start my own thing. I have a really diverse background of education and would like to put it all together. What does this really mean? I want to talk to kids in schools, write articles in magazines, do public speaking engagements, weekly spot on the news (broadcasting is in my blood) and I’d like to do personal consulting. What job would let me do all this at once? MY OWN company! So… now we begin. YIKES.
I started to get really into the meat and potatoes last week when I met with a photographer to take professional pictures for the website. I LOVE the pictures because they captivate exactly the impression I want to give those who are only going to give me a few seconds when scrolling through my site. 80% of my clients will be in contact with me directly from my website, so I gotta go big.
Today I met with the web designer who will help me create a logo, brand, marketing strategy, and of course website. She is GENIUS because she’s a one stop shop. I LOVE this about her and her business. She’s got it all!
So, this whole business is going to take quite a bit of time , energy, and money. I wish the money was flowing like the wine of Capistrano but I also don’t want to screw up the MAIN source of my business, the website. Hey guys, did you know that websites like AOL,CNN, and MTV cost over a million dollars to generate? WHAT! Yeah, they don’t come cheap.
So with this project up and running, I needed a lot of time to think about my bio, my services, packages, and my mission statement. What better time to do this than a nice long run, say a 7K. Perfect plan right!? Nope… yet again my very recent memories of running have been pretty grim. So, with much consideration and listening to my intuition I decided to skip out on the 7K. I was a little disappointed to not have completed it, or even tried, but I was sure that it was the right thing.
So my dad and I decided to stroll around downtown Denver instead. As we’re heading to Earls for lunch, I was stopped by a news reporter and asked if I wouldn’t mind being interviewed about the economy. ARE YOU SERIOUS!? I used to be on E! Networks every Thursday for Talk Soup and I was the lead field reporter for a tiny news station Channel 3 Costa Mesa News.. I LOVE BROADCASTING. I took her mic quicker than she could blink and fired away. She talked to me for a good 20 minutes solid. The best part was she was so excited because she said all her other interviews for the day were flops and she was glad to have at least gotten my opinions. I then proceeded to not skip a beat to tell her about my pending certification in Nutrition and I’d love to do a spot on the news if they were interested. She TOOK MY CARD and told me she’d keep my info because they WERE thinking about doing something like this! ! ! I’m FREAKING OUT at this point!!! I KNEW God told me to skip the 7K for a reason!
I get home and text message everyone telling them to stay tuned to see me on the news tonight. I DVR it and am GLUED.. counting down the minutes until the familiar news jingle begins. Finally, 11 painful minutes pass and they begin the story. The voice over is showing shots of people walking and then they pan to an interview with some guy that lost his job and can’t find another one. THEN along comes YET ANOTHER interview with a friggin CONVICT who can’t get a job because of his past felony. The whole story begins to wrap up with the point that the economy isn’t too great then they flash me on the screen with O N E miniscule sound bite “I completely think the economy is going to turn around soon!” WHAT!! AFTER ALL THAT!? AND she pumped me up so much for ONE second sound bite?
EVERYONE made fun of me! It was the WORST. My dad said he blinked and missed me (H A H A.) I just hope she keeps my 15 business cards I gave her so she’ll hook me up later.
So the weekend begins and I head about 2.5 hours south of Denver to a city called Buena Vista for a women’s retreat that I helped coordinate with a few women from church. I was freaking out because I was kind of on call for Amanda if she went into labor so I was a little hesitant to get too comfy the whole time.
The highlight of this whole excursion was taking a beautiful hike with a few girls. We all had so much in common in terms of traveling, healthy lifestyles, and of course church. I loved my time with them and enjoyed the 50 hugs I stole from my favorite girls. I have to say … the POWER of female friends, you know, when everyone drops their defenses/competition is a true force that nothing can conquer. When we choose to breathe life into each other by way of support, encouragement, advice and of course love, there is a sense of wholeness that simply can’t exist without each other. I felt like I refueled a certain part that was running low in my life. A note to all Denver (or surrounding areas) readers: LETS MEET UP. I’d love if you would contact me so I know you’re out there. As for my sweet friends that live elsewhere, Jenna, Caitlin, Meghann, and ALL of you that I haven’t had the privilege to meet, ANYTIME you come to Denver, I hope you know you’ve got big welcoming arms here with me.
Ok, enough love fest already. So the week was coming to an end nicely. I felt great! I decided a nice treat would be a trip to my favorite MONSTER Whole Foods about 17 minutes away. This WF is WORTH every mile as well as every lap I take once I enter. So I’m happily jamming out at a stop light when WHAM.. (not the wake me up before you go go one) right into the back of my car. This is TERRIBLE but I actually was wondering just the other day what it would feel like to be rear ended (I’m not even going to address how wrong that just sounded.) The car behind me and I both drive off the busy main street and park. As she opens her door to walk towards me, I am struck by how old she is. How in the world is this woman driving? She comes up to me and apologizes profusely saying “I thought I had enough time to stop.” WHAT! That’s not how driving works. Depth perception is kind of vital, not really a general vicinity type thing. The poor lady was SO shaken up, even worse than me.
I get out of my car and tell her its ok (please don’t have a heart attack old lady). She gives me a HUGE hug before I can even survey the damage. She was SO scared! I felt terrible for her. So I check out my car and everything is ok. We’re both fine and our cars will be fine. No big deal, just more scary than anything. Needless to say I was officially Lindsay the Grouch after this episode. I lost my appetite and kind of felt sick but here’s the kicker, did this stop me from my bee line to WF? NOT A CHANCE! I still made my way over there and sat down to a beautiful mix of coffee/vanilla frozen yogurt. I think this is pretty much the definition of emotional eating. Either way, I regained my composure a bit and headed home to make a huge bubble bath of Lindsay Soup.
So guys…huge EXHALE.. we’re DONE with the past 3 years wrap up (like my subliminal yoga breathing there? J )
I feel so much better. I missed you guys and now I can finally get back to my regular silly postings now that the big stuff is out of the way.
HUGE HUGS… sleep tight.
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