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Phew, what a year! Yesterday was my one year anniversary as a dietitian at WeightWise, which means it has been a year since I’ve been a part of this humble blogging community.  I love to share my thoughts, experiences, and most of all healthier food ideas with every one of you. 

Both in this online community and when I see people in my office, I am usually the one helping others learn more about nutrition, cooking, and their health. But today, I want to share some of the things I have learned from you guys…the people who have turned my job into a something so much more. 

1.  Being vulnerable does not make you weak. It is so difficult to walk into a strangers office for the first time and talk about the dirty details of your everyday life.  It takes a great amount of courage to take that first step, to talk about your struggles, to realize your dreams and go after them. So give yourself a pat on the back…and know that you inspire me with all of the courage and dedication you possess. 

2.  Failing is not a waste, it is an opportunity to learn for the next time.  There will always be bumps in the road. ALWAYS. But those bumps are what makes the next time a little easier. So thank you to those who walk in my office and say, “it was rough, but let’s make a plan for next time”. A little silver lining goes a long way. 

3.  Sometimes a cheerleader is better than a coach (even if you are cheerleading for yourself). There are times when an encouraging word is worth much more than any advice or self-criticism. 

4. The mention of  tofu or kale chips will get you the most hilarious facial expressions. Not joking. Tell someone kale chips are delicious…you will get a look of disgusted shock mixed with a furrowed brow.  Completely worth it. 🙂 

I hope that I am fortunate enough to do this for many more years and continue learning from each of you.  ~Lauren 

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