The month of April marks 5 years since I began my private practice, Eat in Peace, to support people in their recovery from eating disorders, disordered eating, and chronic and lifelong dieting.
It started as an idea to start a Facebook page while on maternity leave. Followed by deciding to see a few clients while still on maternity leave from my “proper job”. At this time, my daughter was 6 months old. Was that the perfect time to start a private practice? Probably not? But, I was motivated to, and I have discovered that for me, I need to ride these waves of motivation. You never know when the wave will break!
So I sat on my couch, developed and put together all my forms, registered my business and details with Medicare, developed my website from scratch (!), found an office space, organized a day of childcare for my daughter, reached out to peers for support, and said let’s do this. Ok, I didn’t really say that. It was more like… Um, I think I’m ready to do this… maybe?
It wasn’t until I realized this month that it has been 5 years, and sat down to write this content, that I realize the amount of work (physical, emotional and psychological!) it took to begin but also maintain it over the 5 years. It’s always felt like I am doing everything on a whim, minimal planning, and flying by the seat of my pants. I’m also really good at not giving myself credit, not centering myself and flying under the radar.
I also understand the privilege which enables me to do this work, and the fact that I can do this work when others struggle for their voices to be heard. I am grateful for my clients putting their trust in me. They give me the greatest gift of being able to learn and grow from them. I have also met the most amazing people and friends working in Eating Disorders , Health at Every Size and the Non-Diet Approach. Many have had my back, and given me a chance.
So now I will celebrate all of this. And looking forward to growing further over the next 5 years. I’d love for you to join me!