I am so excited to announce that Living Satisfied is now a LLC. Meaning I get the wonderful pleasure of paying taxes. Now get ready for a long read!
This journey started on January 31, 2012 when I wrote my first blog post. I wasn’t sure at the time what it would lead me to, but I had decided to begin writing recipes on a blog. For me the blog was an silent outlet because I wasn’t sharing it with anyone. I was engaged, finishing up college, and feeling extremely unsure of the future. I spent many days talking about my career dreams with roommates and friends to the point that some individuals felt that they could no longer relate. You see they thought I had my life all together. Man were they wrong because for most of my life I have cared about what others thought of me. I put my heart on my sleeve just for others to bring me down. I focused on dreaming about my future and not living in the present. I thought that by talking out loud about my ambitions would be helpful and not hurt. However, this all changed when I got engaged because I realized that I really did not know who I was. Therefore I decided to no longer share my ambitions, but to hold them dear to my heart instead. I didn’t want any judgement or opinions.
I started to isolated myself. I focused on school, nutrition, blogging, and myself and I have learned more about myself in two years than any other time in my life. My decision to be selfish led me not only closer to my faith, but allowed me to feel the peace that my true friends would love and stand by my side during this time of self exploration.
Allowing myself to be introverted was the best thing that could have happened to me. The fact is, is you are only young once. You only have so much time before you are married, start a family and have a job. I purposed myself to become my own friend and not worry about others thoughts about me. Now I’m not saying this was easy. I had some of the biggest heart breaks and periods of sadness that still are heavy on my heart today, but I knew I had to fill myself before I could pour out to others. Thankfully I can finally say that it led to greatness.
You see because of this time spent being selfish, I prepared myself for my marriage and my career. I learned that just because someone can be a friend doesn’t mean they should be your friend. I learned to be selective and to act with purpose.
So how does that lead to Living Satisfied LLC? EVERYTHING! Like I said before, you can’t pour out if you aren’t filled. Preparation makes the process and the process makes the outcome. I had to prepare myself for the unknown future. I scouted every avenue and took every resource given to me. I dreamed big and failed big and because of that in December of 2012 my preparation met process. Leading me one step closer to the outcome.
My husband received notice late November in 2012 that he was accepted into a new job in Nashville. (we had been living in Chattanooga) So in December we moved back to my hometown.
I was graduated from college and had no idea what next step to take. Luckily soon after moving I was invited by my mother to attend a women’s of St. B’s church soup party. It was there that I met the woman who changed the course of my future Shane Kelly. After a while of chatting about nutrition and food she introduced me to the Nutritional Therapy Association and the rest is history. I signed up for the Nutritional Therapy Consultant Certification course which started a short month later. The NTA program was home for the next 9 months. It was tough and time consuming, but I fell in love with everything nutrition.
I just finished my certification exam, I have 100 blog posts to date, a giant stack of books and reference materials, and a unbelievable NTA support team. It is a bitter sweet end, but my outcome will be without boundaries. Walking out of the Secretary of State office with my paper saying Living Satisfied LLC is inconceivable. I would have never believed on January 31, 2012 that I would be starting my own business at age of 23. I have proven to myself that dreaming big equals big outcomes.
I am finally at a place that I can pursue crazy things like blogging. I publicize my blog, Facebook page, twitter, and myself. I know I have the education to greatly impact people. I know I have a personality to bring people in. But most importantly, I know that building an audience takes time. So Here I am World. A Nutritional Therapy Consultant and blogger!
In conclusion I want to say thanks to my unbelievably supportive husband and family. I could not do it without you all. Thank you to my friends who have sent me continuous prayers, snapchats, and messages when I felt that I couldn’t take another step.
Finally, I want to say thank you to my readers. You have pushed me and supported me without even knowing it. I am constantly shocked at the amount of daily views I receive even when I haven’t posted anything for a week and half. You all bring joy to my life on a daily basis. As I continue to learn and grow, I hope you do too.
Living Satisfied, LLC!