Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is nutrition coach Jamie Lee Mock, who we caught up with to find out what inspired her career and where she sees herself and her work 5, 10 and 20 years down the road…
1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.
I help individuals achieve positive changes in their lives through mind, body, and spirit integrative nutrition coaching. Oh, and I blog all things nutrition + lifestyle + wellness.
2. What was the inspiration for your career route?
My inspiration grew gradually. I had been trying to identify my purpose and passion in life, all the while teaching myself photography. I came to realize my niche in photography was food and needed a platform to share my work. Food photos became recipes became benefits of healthy eating and lifestyle. Before I knew it, I was enrolled at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to pursue holistic nutrition to further my knowledge. Little did I know it would drastically change my life for the better.
3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?
My most memorable milestone thus far has been healing my body of chronic symptoms using the tools I gained throughout my schooling journey. Food is medicine.
4. Where do you see yourself in five years, 10 years, 20 years?
In the next five years, I will be teaching others the power of nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and mindfulness, and the impact it can have on not only our bodies but our mind, overall well-being and environment. I will also be integrating an energy healing approach in my practice. In 10 years, I see my blog having expanded into an integral piece of my business puzzle and working out in my private coaching studio; a bright space filled with lots of plants (and love). In 20 years, I’ll be doing all of the above while travelling the world, gaining and spreading my knowledge and wisdom.
5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Let your business grow organically; don’t force it. Determination and drive are important, but this approach can be more manageable, less stressful, and ultimately true to you.
You are always where you need to be.
6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?
For years I’ve supported the local, sustainable food movement. It is so important to support and contribute to local farmers who do their part in providing us with nutrient-rich, seasonally grown, chemical-free food. Ultimately, supporting local nourishes our soil, our plants, our people, and our planet.
7. What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I’ve had to overcome at this point has been myself. I struggled (and sometimes still do) with personal expectations and judgement toward decisions I made about pursuing my passion. To shift my perspective, I adopted the notion that what I teach is making a positive change in the world, the best way I know how.
8. What does the word notable mean to you?
To me, notable means being recognized for being influential to others; standing for what you believe in and sharing it at every opportunity.
1. Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
I live in Vancouver’s beach neighbourhood, Kitsilano. My go-to spots are Fable, known for its local, sustainable farm-to-table menu, and Nook, a simple Italian spot with my all-time fave roasted garlic prosciutto pizza with arugula. Drool.
2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser? The most played song on your phone?
Probably the most visited website on my browser is my blog, The Fresh Method. I’ve been consistently updating the blog in its entirety and continually working on fresh, new content. As for the most played song, I’ve had Cavalier by James Vincent McMorrow on repeat lately.
3. Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?
Sarah Britton of My New Roots (mynewroots.org). A fellow holistic nutritionist with a positive outlook and passion for food and life. I feel as though we’re kindred spirits and I’ve never even met her. What an inspiration.
4. What’s your favourite country to visit and why? And what’s the next one you plan on travelling to?
My favourite country to visit, and one that I frequent, is Italy. It’s my ultimate happy place. And the food? To die for. Next on my travel list is Morocco.
5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?
To be honest, I don’t often experience FOMO because I strive to make decisions based on what’s best for me in the here and now. You can’t miss out if your decision is to be exactly where you are.
6. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Doing absolutely nothing and not feeling guilty about it. Me time, baby.
(Wait, does that make it simply a pleasure?)
7. What’s something you wish you didn’t spend so much money on? What’s something you wish you spent more on?
Food! And not because it’s organic (often expected to be expensive), but because I’m always hungry.
8. And finally, what does success look like to you? Work, play, or otherwise…
Success for me is sheer happiness. The kind that makes you feel light. The kind that others can feel. The kind that enables you to be your best possible self. What is success without happiness?