Celebrate! October

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Late, but not forgotten! I really enjoy having these posts to look back on each year and see progress, especially on days when I feel the work is never-ending, and I am getting nowhere. And I do have more goals each month than I share on here, but these are usually the big ones for the month, the new ones, the important and fun ones. Reminding myself that this year is about Celebrating Others and Cultivating Gratitude. Last week, I was in an introverted rut, working on projects, head buried in books and writing, and missed out on the people, the fun, the joy. These next few weeks, as I moved my office to make space for a nursery, I have a new view, a feeling of a new start, thankfulness to do what I do, and time to focus on what matters most.

September in Review:

  1. Bring back Supper Club! (1. Plan for it) // I am still in the habit of planning this last minute, but it happens. Working on being more prepared next month!
  2. Grow photography skills (7. Capture it) // I signed up for a program but have not started it yet. Practicing in October in correlation with some new goals.
  3. Work/Life Balance (4. Schedule rest) // This has been working pretty well so far, hopefully I can keep it up with all the projects coming on to my plate this season.

October Goals:

  1. Host a girls night (1. Plan for it) // Thinking up a girls night dinner with a handful of friends to change up Supper Club.
  2. Finish Celebration Nutrition project (3. Grow it) // I have a big, fun project that is due November 1st, so this one gets top priority.
  3. Prep for Vegan Month of Food (8. Share it) // Yup, it’s happening again this year, and with posts every single day in November. Writing and testing lots of fun recipes this month to share with you!

Have a Grateful and Joyful October!

Celebrate! September

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Hello September! I am so ready for so many things this month, but most of all actually cooking something! Anyone notice that there have been zero recipes here this summer? The thought of cooking, let alone anything involving salad or vegetables, was absolutely appalling to me. A travesty I was not very happy with, but that’s what happens in early pregnancy. Yup, a little Darby is arriving next Spring, and I am looking forward to finally sharing the tricks I have learned so far in terms of what I have managed to enjoy eating and keep down while still ensuring adequate calories and nutrition for a growing baby. Stay tuned!

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August was rough. I was still exhausted and sick, and so my goals were disguised efforts to build up energy and maintain balance through the first trimester. Some days were successful, some not so much, and I had to learn to be okay with each day as it came. And while I am still not feeling the energy spike that is supposed to be coming, I am eagerly anticipating its arrival, so I can return to my cooking and running routines. Because I cannot function without routine!

August in Review:

  1. Connect once a week (1. Plan for it) // This didn’t happen every week, but the few times it did were wonderful times of fellowship with friends.
  2. Add income streams (3. Grow it) // This is still in the works here. I’ve been a little picky about what and whom I am willing to work with.
  3. Exercise 5 times per week (5. Prepare it) // Most week days have been good, as long as I get out the door before 9:00 AM. The heat is still a little rough here.
  4. Drink more water (5. Prepare it) // This one has surprisingly been the easiest on the list to follow. I blame the Yeti I finally caved in and bought. 3 refills each day, and I’m at my goal!
  5. Be consistent with content ( 8. Share it) // This fall is going to have some fun recipes coming, as well as some pregnancy nutrition tips and tricks, and possibly a return to racing.

September Goals:

  1. Bring back Supper Club! (1. Plan for it) // This has been on hold this summer, as managing to cook and eat and entertain have not been remotely fun or easy to pull together. But I miss these evenings of fellowship and food, so hoping to revive them through the end of the year.
  2. Grow photography skills (7. Capture it) // I have had this as a goal all year, but with school, then starting a business, it’s not been a priority. But with only a few months left this year (yikes!) it’s time to start improving. Perfect timing for creating some new meals!
  3. Work/Life Balance (4. Schedule rest) // Being a new business owner, makes it easy to work ALL THE TIME. Nights. Weekends. Whatever it takes. And while some of this is necessary, so is rest. (I love this post on this topic.) This month, I am going to try to stick to my office hours, and limit weekend work to Saturdays.

Here’s to a September back on track!


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Celebrate! A New Chapter

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As many of you may have guessed from my goals over the past few months, I am very excited to be finally launching my own nutrition counseling practice! When I first went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian, having my own business was something I thought of as a very far-reaching goal, never actually believing it was something I would or should or could do. There were so many avenues I was interested in pursuing in nutrition, so I kept studying and figured time would work it all out.


Then I got to my Dietetic Internship, and in the place that terrified me the most, clinicals, I discovered that I genuinely enjoyed educating people on nutrition. Especially those who had a medical need for very specific, specialized diets and were desperate for someone to tell them what they could eat, not just what they had to avoid. At the same time, I was engaging with friends who were going through similar battles, and the challenge and reward that came along with being able to help these people made me feel fulfilled and whole in my work. I began to think, maybe I could do this, maybe I should do this.

So onward I went from clinicals to shadowing an RD in private practice. And she was transparent and genuine and real with me about her journey, the day-to-day, the good, the frustrating, all of it. Three weeks later, I came home knowing this was something I would do. One day.

As the internship ended, I fell in love with community nutrition. Here I was blending my background in marketing and business with nutrition and making a real difference in people’s lives. And this is something I still desperately want to focus on. It’s why I went back to study nutrition in the first place. And there is absolutely more to come here as this journey progresses over the years. But for now, in my current stage of life, I came to a point where I realized starting my own business wasn’t for one day. It was for today.


So just as this year has been about celebrating others and cultivating gratitude, it’s also now about celebrating food. Celebrating life. And celebrating the extravagant balance between enjoyment of life and nourishing the body. And so Celebration Nutrition began. (You can read more about my nutrition philosophy and what guides my practice in this post over at CelebrationNutrition.)

I cannot wait to see where this path goes. And while this business will remain separate from Neat & Nutritious, you will continue to see healthy recipes, nutrition information, and healthy living discussions in this space, with a more personal spin on them. And for anyone looking to partner with me on any nutrition projects or counseling needs, you can easily connect with the new Services and Contact Me links at the top of the page. Thank you so much for supporting me in this space and this journey over the past few years!