So I did a Facebook Live about this a week ago and I also wanted to write about it. Too many times I’ve held off on doing something or have never done it because I am a perfectionist and want to wait until the exact right time or until I feel totally ready. Well guess what, that time actually never comes and whatever it is that I wanted to do never actually gets done. I’ve learned that lesson through experience and I am now doing things before I am ready. My new mantra is, Better done than perfect.
I know that if a date isn’t set, it won’t actually get done.
This is exactly what I did with my photo shoot, which I talk more about here, and what I did while thinking about and planning this Mindful Eating Seminar I am hosting. I’ve been thinking about hosting workshops and events for about a year now, but I haven’t taken the leap. I didn’t feel ready, I didn’t feel qualified, I didn’t feel worthy.
Who am I to be hosting a seminar about mindful eating and how to have a healthy relationship with food?
I’ve been struggling with this question for a while but you know what, I realized, who am I not to? Who am I not to share my experience, my struggle, the lessons I’ve learned and experience I’ve had? Who am I to hold in and keep to myself everything I have learned? Keeping the knowledge I have to myself is quite selfish. I did some reflecting, had conversations with some amazing leaders and mentors and decided to ask myself the question of “who am I” in a different light. A positive, uplifting, and confident one.
Who am I? I am a woman on a mission to help other women find their inner goddesses through vulnerability. I am so passionate about getting up in front of a room and sharing every single thing I know about mindset, mindfulness, food addiction, and having a healthy relationship with food.I am an advocate of loving yourself wholeheartedly through the process of becoming the best version of you.
Do I have a masters, certification, or PhD in any of these areas? No I don’t ( I did graduate suma cum laude with a Neuroscience degree from Boston University though I will give myself credit there). Have I let this lack of education stop me in the past? Yup. And then I just shifted my mindset and thought process. I’m not telling anyone I am something that I am not. I am not acting as a binge eating expert or coach. I looked at my role models and their backgrounds and while those in the coaching and binge eating space did have more certifications and degrees, other role models did not. Does Oprah Winfrey have extensive schooling and degrees? Nope. How about Tony Robbins? Again no. (If you don’t know who he is look into him here). Does Robert Kiyosaki have business degrees? Nope. And what about my girls Lori Harder, Emily Vavra and Peta Kelly? No extensive formal education for any of them. What they all have in common is their transparency, their willingness to share their stories and their experiences and their big, open, and kind hearts. They are students of personal development gurus and leaders in their industries. Maybe they didn’t write a thesis on self-love, being a conscious entrepreneur, or loving your body but they have invested thousands of hours (and dollars) learning from the best of the best and now they are sharing that with the world.
So again when I turn to myself I ask myself different questions in a different light. Have I struggled in the mindfulness, binge and emotional eating, food addiction, and body dysmorphia space for 3 years (and counting)? Yes. Have I spent thousands of dollars on training, coaching, learning, growing, and developing myself? You bet. Is what I’m saying and sharing going to resonate with everyone? Absolutely not. But this is my truth and I deserve to step into my power, shine my light, and share my passion and soul-calling to those open and willing to listen.
Okay so enough with the background and mental struggle behind getting this seminar up and running! What is it actually going to be about?!
The 3 things we are going to focus on are:
- Mindfulness around eating. What it means to be mindful in general and then how to apply it to your meal times.
- How different foods affect your brain (the science behind food addiction).
- Tools to help someone who suffers from emotional eating/binge eating/ an abnormal or unhealthy relationship with food.
And if you’re sitting there reading this thinking, “That’s all awesome and cool Nancy but I actually don’t have any issues when it comes to food.” Then 1) that’s amazing and I applaud you! And 2) I’m almost positive you know someone who does. So how amazing would it be to be able to understand a little bit better what they are going through and help in any way that you can?
My intention for this seminar is to keep it fun, light, short, and interactive. You are going to leave with tools and concrete information on how to have a healthy relationship with food and how to be mindful while eating. I want people to understand that they are not alone, that they are not crazy, and that there is nothing “wrong” with them.
I am so excited and grateful to be partnering with my new, amazing friend Kristin Contre, owner of Contre-Fitness. She has seen many of her clients struggle with their relationship with food, and with emotional and binge eating. Kristin is passionate about helping them get through these food issues in order for the people she works with to be their best selves, have incredible health and amazing results. Not only does she care about others with such a big, open heart, she literally has some of the highest enthusiasm and best energy I have ever encountered!! But don’t take my word for it, come out to our seminar on Saturday June 3rd and see for yourself 🙂
In order to register, go here and we are asking for a $10 donation in order to support the Addiction and Recovery Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (I’m running a 10K on June 25th for this cause!). Please be sure to enter your name when donating so we can keep track of who registered!
I so look forward to seeing you guys there and I hope my story helps you start something before you’re ready, knowing that it’s better done than perfect 🙂