Change is sweet. At least that’s what I maintain telling myself.
Last fall, I attended the DiabetesSisters PODS Leadership convention. Shawn Shepheard of The Leadership Advantage led a session about creating our imaginative and prescient for the long run. We every wrote down our largest alternatives and what challenges would possibly maintain them from turning into actuality. It was the type of high quality time you not often get the luxurious of spending on your self. The expertise pressured me to suppose lengthy and arduous about Diabetic Foodie’s future.
After the convention, I reached out to Shawn and requested if he may assist me work on a 2020 marketing strategy for Diabetic Foodie. I felt it wanted some new power. He agreed and we had a name that was life-altering.
Discovering My Unique Abilities
Shawn advised I spend a while fascinated by the issues I’m obsessed with that I like to do. He stated people who find themselves “successful” and “happy” spend greater than 80% of their time utilizing these distinctive skills. Through a sequence of workout routines, I made up my mind I used to be at about 17%. Yikes.
Next, I attempted to determine how I may mildew Diabetic Foodie into one thing that allowed me to make use of my distinctive skills more often than not. To make that work, I would wish to rent a bunch of individuals to do the issues I didn’t need to do, and I must handle all of them. Management is one thing I’m pretty good at, however don’t have any ardour for. It’s not certainly one of my distinctive skills.
I taught a few courses at my native Lifelong Learning Institute and actually loved it. Around the identical time, I had a dialog with my pal from DiabetesSisters, Christel Oerum of Diabetes Strong, about my work with Shawn. Christel talked about she was all for beginning a meals weblog.
What’s Next for Shelby?
By January I used to be planning to supply my first in-particular person cooking class. I had situated a business kitchen to make use of and scheduled an Instant Pot class for March 21. Nine individuals signed up. My lifelong finest pal handed away on March 7 and her memorial service was deliberate for March 21, so I rescheduled my cooking class for May 16. Almost instantly keep-at-house orders have been issued for my state (Virginia) by June 10. Both the memorial service and the category have been postponed indefinitely.
In enterprise-converse, I pivoted. I provided my Instant Pot class on-line through Zoom. Cameras, lighting, and the configuration of my kitchen posed challenges, but it surely was type of enjoyable making an attempt to determine all of it out. And, thank goodness, my viewers was very forgiving!
As staying house turned the “new normal,” I began listening to from individuals who lived alone. Their social outlet, consuming in eating places with family and friends, had been taken away. They have been searching for connection. I noticed that whereas we couldn’t share meals collectively, we may share a meals expertise. We may prepare dinner collectively on-line and have enjoyable dialog alongside the way in which. Cook & Chat with Shelby was born.
My final dream is to mix cooking courses with journey experiences, however the pandemic received’t enable that to occur for some time. The excellent news is that I’ve loads of time to work out the main points!
If you need to sustain with what I’ve bought cooking (so to talk), please attain out through my web site (at present a piece in progress) or on Instagram or Twitter. I’d additionally like it in the event you’d join the Cook & Chat with Shelby mailing record.
What’s Next for Diabetic Foodie?
What does this imply for Diabetic Foodie? Remember that dialog I had with Christel? We each realized that Diabetes Strong taking up the reins of Diabetic Foodie made good sense for each of us. To that finish, as of June 1, 2020, I’ll be leaving Diabetic Foodie within the oh-so-succesful palms of the staff at Diabetes Strong. You can anticipate nice issues sooner or later.
Please welcome the brand new house owners of Diabetic Foodie and present them the entire love you’ve thrown my method over the past 10 years.
I’m so grateful for all of you and the whole lot you may have taught me. Until we meet once more…