Gratitude-Giving Thanks

So, it is good during this time of year to take into account a few tips that remind us that life happens to us all and not be discouraged but be thankful. 

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posted first by Al Bell November 21, 2018

Well, we made it to that time of year where we are just around the corner from Christmas.

Yes, it’s Thanksgiving time 2018! It is a time to stop and recognize where you are in respect to health and wellness and all that life on earth encompasses.

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This might involve family, friends, your health, your current means of sustenance, or any relationship. Whatever the case, this is a good time to put things in perspective and just give thanks.

Sure, this time can also bring about those hurtful and tragic memories. In these cases, one must find it within themselves to latch onto that which brings comfort and solace.

So, it is good during this time of year to take into account a few tips that remind us that life happens to us all and not be discouraged but be thankful.

Remember:

  • Although things may be tough for now, remember there is always someone else dealing with a tougher circumstance.

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  • One’s thinking/thought will determine outcomes. One’s thinking can be likened to a rudder on a ship that guides it.
  • Lifes circumstances are designed for one to gain some type of experience. Learn it and move on just as one successfully endures schooling.
  • Tough situations are temporal not to last forever. If it were not, there would be no success stories from successful people we know.
  • One has not experienced a challenge alone. At some point, someone else encountered the same challenge.

Definitely not a complete list, so if there are any helps I missed please feel free to leave in the comments.

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Have you connected with me on IG or Twitter? If not, I’d love to connect with you. On both platforms, you will have access to daily inspirational quotes designed to give you that mental charge to get you through.

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Tell Your Story

Everyone has a story. Within each are identifiable life experiences connecting us all;Designed to teach encourage and inspire not only the individual but another too. What’s Your Story?

Welcome to the “Tell Your Story” highlight reel.

If you haven’t guessed it as yet, everyone has a story. Within each is identifiable life experiences, anyone can glean from if open to receive.

This is a Highlight Reel of another’s life journey designed to inspire.

So, prepare your mind and enjoy a coffee/tea as Kirsten of @f00dventuresRD shares her story.

First off, a big “thank you” to Al for asking me to be apart of his “Tell Your Story” highlight reel. I am honored that he chose to feature my story 🙂 

So a little about me. My name is Kirsten and I am a Registered Dietitian but I am also a huge foodie and a bit of a free spirit (if you didn’t already guess that from my picture lol). While on my journey towards becoming a dietitian, I knew I didn’t want to take the traditional career path which is clinical work. It just wasn’t for me. The problem was, I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a dietitian. I had hoped my dietetic internship would open some doors for me but all it did was confirm what I already knew- clinical work would slowly kill me inside. So I decided to take a little time for myself and teach myself how to cook.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is FullSizeRender-1024x1024.jpg honestly never set foot in the kitchen other than to make frozen meals and I figured as a dietitian it would be extremely helpful if I knew how to actually make healthy meals. Not just for my own benefit but also so I could better help potential patients/clients in the future. And that’s how I first got into blogging. 

I started my blog in April 2012 just talking about my kitchen failures. But eventually my kitchen failures evolved more into “experiments” and adventures in the kitchen as I learned how to cook and bake and that’s how my name came about food + adventures = “f00dventures”.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is D2AF38B7-5043-4324-9E19-55BA23AD60A6-e1544298051968-768x1024.jpg

 I have always been a very creative person and I love being able to take that creativity and use it to “healthify” food so I can show people that you don’t have to cut out all the foods you love to live a healthy lifestyle. I regularly eat desserts, mac, and cheese, pizza, etc either through making “healthified” versions or just enjoying the real thing in moderation. I started to share my experiments on Instagram and in 2013/2014 things really started to pick up for me as I got better at recipe development. I started entering food contests through Instagram and ended up winning a lot of them. Within a pretty short period, I had gone from 80 followers on Instagram to close to 20,000. And this is when my struggles with blogging and social media kicked in.

I gained so many followers so fast that I constantly felt pressure to keep the momentum going. I started to forget why I had started blogging in the first place and started posting things I thought my followers wanted to see rather than posting what made me happy. I started to get extremely burnt out and obsessed with stats to the point that I just couldn’t handle it anymore.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is 3DCA7F3F-F1AC-4B0A-8FD1-49823CB5FAAA-1024x768.jpgI got rid of all social media and stopped blogging for about a year. I got rid of not only my business Facebook and Instagram pages but also my personal ones because I  just couldn’t bear to face social media anymore.

Fast forward to 2017. It had been about a year since I had left social media and I finally started to feel strong enough mentally to make a comeback. I had a new approach this time; I was going to blog for me. I wasn’t going to let everyone else dictate what I posted about. Yes, as a dietitian, I wanted to help and inspire people but I also wanted to help myself keep my sanity. If people didn’t like it, too bad. And yes, I did lose a lot of followers. 4,000 and counting. But the great thing is that it doesn’t bother me anymore.

I still have people tell me how much I have helped them from sharing my struggles with disordered eating or inspired them to get back in the kitchen because of my fun, unique recipes. And that means way more to me than having a bunch of followers. So my biggest piece of advice? Don’t get caught up in numbers. Blog because it makes you happy. Blog about whatever you are passionate about. Your passion will shine through and that is what will draw people in.  But also remember to live your life. Don’t let your entire life revolve around blogging or social media. Don’t just let life pass you by. 

Thanks, Kirsten for sharing Your Story. Hopefully, your experience has encouraged others to go on.

You can connect with Kirsten on these social media platforms.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/f00dventures/

Instagram: https://Instagram.com/f00dventures/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/f00dventuresRD

Blog: https://f00dventures.wordpress.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/f00dventure0169/