What is your WHY?
What is my Why? LIFE. I get up in the morning because I’m thankful for another day (I know it sounds cliché, but I really am!), because I have a family that is my world, and because I know that each day brings opportunities and new experiences.
Why Wellness? Because I believe in it wholeheartedly. While we cannot control everything that happens to us, we can create the best version of ourselves by making healthy choices around physical, nutritional, emotional, and mental well-being. To me, wellness is a holistic approach to disease prevention and optimal living that I truly believe in.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Always be yourself because that is good enough. Trust and believe in yourself.
What drives me? I’ve always been an internally driven person. I’m driven by the notion of showing up every day, fully aware that some days are better than others, but that at the end of the day, it is up to me to make every day as good as possible. I’m also driven by gratitude; I know how fortunate I am while so many are not, and this knowledge keeps me on my toes. The thought of wasting days is very difficult for me- by that, I don’t mean that every day needs to be maxed out with projects or to-do-lists…it simply needs to be as good a day as possible.
My husband and kids are huge drivers in my life, as well…they make me want to live forever! They greatly influence my need to take care of myself so that I can be around for all the great moments to come…which goes hand in hand with my passion for wellness. I want to live a very long time, but I want to get there healthfully and be an active and healthy grandparent and even great-grandparent someday!
What motivated me to start a career in wellness? While my 13-year career as a competitive gymnast and my belief in Food as Medicine led me to become a Registered Dietitian, it was a serendipitous meeting with Amie Hoffman, Founder, and CEO of Wellness Concepts, that motivated me to start a career in wellness. We were introduced and met for coffee in midtown Manhattan one afternoon. I was in grad school at the time to become a Registered Dietitian and did not know all that much about the Wellness Industry, but after my conversation with Amie, I knew that it was exactly what I was meant to do…and the rest is history. It has been an amazing almost 16 years with Wellness Concepts!
What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
Here’s my advice to my 16-year-old self:
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
- Always be yourself because that is good enough
- Trust and believe in yourself
- Don’t worry about what others think or about disappointing them
- Speak your mind more often (kindly) and be proud of who you are
- Be more present and go with the flow more
- Take life a little less seriously and live more freely
I would then hug my 16-year-old self and tell her to enjoy the journey…it will all turn out the way it’s supposed to (and it turned out great ?)
Is there a woman who has been influential in your life/path?
My paternal grandmother. She was a Holocaust survivor. She was a brilliant, loving, calm, worldly person and one of the most amazing human beings I ever met. She had a tough life, to say the least, but she walked around so gracefully and never complained.