The Start of a Journey Traveling as a Female Entrepreneur
Over the past few years, I have been putting pen to paper, exploring the world, and learning new lessons as I have bumped along the journey. As a female entrepreneur traveling full time across the country, I have naturally been pushed out of my comfort zone multiple times. Thus far, I held back writing about my journey publicly. I honestly wasn’t sure if I wanted to share it in the beginning.
Over the past few months, I have had a number of aspirational individuals reach out to me for guidance and advice on how I’m doing what I’m doing. The phrase “You’re doing it!!” has found it’s way to me a lot lately.
Whatever I’m doing with my life right now… be it travel, growing remote wellness company, or just being a strong healthy woman out in the world… it’s speaking to others and giving them the inspiration they need to chase after their dreams too. And thats pretty cool.
Today, I’ve decided to start sharing the journey with you.
I hope my story will inspire you in one way or another to find your own balance, chase after dreams and find more joy life in your own journey!
Back in 2016 I started Elevated as a remote nutrition consulting practice. At the time remote coaching was not a cool thing. In fact, I felt like a jamoke because I was not providing services in a brick-and-mortar office space.
But you know what? All that money I could have spent on putting up a “front” to appeal to the Joneses next door, I put that money into furthering my knowledge, joining networking groups and saving up for a mysterious future purchase.
The beginnings of starting a company tested me. It is such a bittersweet endeavor. Some days I was popping champaign and celebrating!! Other days, I found myself begrudgingly scrolling the help wanted ads. A place that seemed to only have positions that I knew I would slowly die inside for working at.
When I first started Elevated Nutrition, I knew I wanted to focus on preventative healthcare and optimizing human performance. I had a really wonderful opportunity right after I graduated with my Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics to work as the nutrition coordinator at the PGA Tour Headquarters in Ponte Vedra. It was a great start, but there was not enough work there to have it fill my sails fully.
To make ends meet I had to hustle… and I hustled hard.
At one point, I had at least 5 jobs. I served tables, was a private surf instructor, sold furniture I fixed up and Air BnBd out my spare bedroom. It was a grind and tough to watch my friends climb up the corporate and clinical ladders to cushy jobs. And yet there I was, sunscreen caked on my face from a day in the water blearily staring at a textbook trying to figure out how to run a business.
Every day I would wake up early and study. I researched practices, concepts and all things nutrition and business. As quickly as I wished it would happen, I slowly began to accept that this would not be an overnight success. I learned time and time again that slow and steady wins the race and consistency and a vision is essential.
Unfortunately, the skills needed to start and run a successful company, were not taught to me in a nutrition degree. In order to grow, we need to continuously learn and challenge ourselves. Getting outside of the comfort zone is where much of that growth is found.
In starting any new endeavor, I have found that it will not always be perfect. While no source of information has the perfect formula for success, the tips and stores provided can provide clues for how to get you there. Just as I had to make my own path, you’ll need to make yours. And you don’t have to do it alone. Having a strong and supportive community makes the journey 1000x easier.
Be genuine, be positive and be you.
Sometimes the scariest thing in life is chasing after your dreams. It took 3 years for believe in myself enough go all in on Elevated Nutrition in the fall of 2019 and give up my side hustles. I was nervous I wouldn’t make any money or that I would step on toes.
In the beginning of 2020 the company started to gain traction, I was in a strong networking group, and things were looking up! I even thought to myself, “I’m going to make it!”. March came waltzing around the corner at that point, my boyfriend and I split…
… and the pandemic hit.
Belly full of fire and fear, I knew I had to pivot and change my game plan if things were going to work. Amidst all the chaos, I saw a beautiful opportunity start to unfold that could make a difference in our culture, my community and the company.
Stay tuned to learn how I worked through 2020 as an entrepreneur and set things up to travel full time.
Have a question or need advice? Drop a comment below or reach out to me! I’m always happy to help.