I learned a lot over the two days I was in Florida for my blog trip and not just about orange juice (see my recap post about how Tropicana orange juice is made here). But I was reminded about the things I want to accomplish as a dietitian. I looked around in the group of dietitians I was with, I saw dietitians that have written cook books, appeared on national TV, work for major league sports and have well established private practices and/or consulting businesses. I felt like a small fish in a big pond.
It’s not like I haven’t been busy. I was only able to work as an RD full time for 1 year before my husband I made the decision that it would be better for us if I stayed home with our kids. I don’t regret that decision at all.
It’s easy to get trapped in the day to day and let every day meld into the next one without looking at the big picture. And this is something I’ve been guilty of lately. I’ve been keeping myself busy with teaching group fitness classes, which I love. It’s been easy to push my goals to the back burner and focus on things that get and my family through each day.
I’ve been a dietitian for 4 years now. I thought by this time, I would have my private practice established. Yet, I barely have time to blog let alone devote the time it takes to get a practice off the ground. Damnit, sometimes I just want to say stop with the excuses and do it already.
So what do you do when you feel like a small fish in a big pond?
Well I try not to get eaten! To not get eaten, you have to grow bigger and not be the smallest fish in the pond. So, for me to grow bigger, I need to continue to define my goals as a dietitian which I’ve talked about here (it’s time for me to re-read this post, brb 🙂 ) So I wrote this a little under a year ago, and I’m making slow progress towards these goals. It’s a work in progress.
Let’s revisit SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time based. I have a big goal that’s specific: establish my private practice (specific and measurable). Attainable? yes with the right amount of work behind the scenes. Relevant? yes, I have to establish this practice before it can grow. Time based? Yes, I will have this done before I attend the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in October.
If you’re still reading this rambling, first, thank you and second, how can I help you? If I’m going to get a private practice started, I need to start somewhere. If you have goals to improve your nutrition and fitness, please contact me or leave me a comment with a post idea that will help you with your goals.
I’ll leave you with some food for thought: