With the end of 2019 approaching and the last full moon of the year which has just passed, I have been called to write and share this piece with you which touches on topics of growth, achievement, failures and some trends which are likely to come for the upcoming 10 years in wellness.
I am reminded today that six years ago I moved to Trinidad from Oxford with so much passion and drive to make a difference in the islands. For the first year, there were two people who understood my vision and we created an online meal delivery service together and it was going well. At the time I had no business experience and eventually, I quit the venture and went to explore options on my own. While I learned a lot and was able to use my creative skills well and see visions come to life, there were other plans that life had for me at the time. There were many business owners that I’d chatted within 2014-2016 in Trinidad and Tobago about the fact that wellness was on the way up and would continue to rise and many of them laughed at me and doubted that there would be market trends. Market trends that would begin to favor healthy eating choices in fact and while the Carribean does go slower than the higher economic countries in the world, the shifts are becoming increasingly noticeable.
Well at least now you can come to terms with the next ten years, it is only going to continue because with the rise of lifestyle disease and the connection between what we eat, drink, think, how we sleep and move. If you don’t believe me yet, remember where you heard it first and also that as a pioneer in the wellness field I would still be happy to be on your team for the next ten years. Together we can make a stronger impact and save lives but also make them more fulfilling and thriving.
Today I am ending the year smiling, acknowledging that the trends I predicted six years ago that we have experienced this 2019, has finally reached the Caribbean and people are finally ready to realize that you can feel better, more energized, lose weight, have a profitable healthy business.
Thank you for the businesses who understood the vision in hiring me for consulting opportunities in your businesses, wellness product purchasing, speaking engagements, school speeches, menu design for meals to go, recipe creations for specialty menus, thank you for investing in me and have been able to join me in pioneering in the wellness space, making a contribution to the health crisis in our nation and confidently doing so along the way.
Here are some of the trends I mentioned to you six years ago.
- Online ordering
- From fast food to fast casual
- Shift to health and wellness
- Vegetarian, plant based dining
- Unique and global flavours
- Glutenfree living
- Sugar-free and dairy-free alternatives
Diets to stay for the upcoming few years, yes some stability.
Next to be expected
- The sober curious movement
- Less processed sugars
- Plant based meals
- Regenerative agriculture
This is a time of year that I like to reflect on what I’ve done, how I’ve grown and how much closer I am to becoming the woman of my dreams and best contributing my gifts to the world.
I am grateful to have been able so far to meet people who have left a mark in my mind, heart, and journey.
I am grateful for the trust that I’ve built with my clients and the people and the incredible transformations I have witnessed with my own eyes, and whose lives I’ve been able to positively contribute value to.
I paid off my online business and marketing school and completed school while building my business, coaching, and prioritizing my wellness.
Moving twice in one year was tricky but good.
Taking care of Lucci, my 20 llb Siberian forest cat.
Paying off my car loan.
Built the best course I’ve created yet Toned in thirty and updated the Flexitarian Fat burn which is the best introduction to plant-based eating online eating and weight loss course in the Caribbean.
I’ve learned how to efficiently handle my schedule and maximize wellness and productivity.
I have had some wild experiences that have reminded me to work hard and also play hard.
I’ve failed several of my personal goals, and cried over them but learned from each one.
I put myself through months of private coaching to elevate my belief system and focus on what is really important to me.
I’ve been grateful to live in a place that I’ve always dreamed of living in as a start.
I left a relationship that I was in love with the person but made the difficult choice after realizing that we were going apart. It was one of the toughest choices I have made in my life and most challenging to build myself back up from but you supported me, your messages were comforting.
I made some messy life choices but gained clarity and self-care practices which have taught me more about my worth, my strengths and clarity about who I want to show up in the world to be every day and what choices I would like to make less of.
Grateful to have survived a car accident.
Mended a broken heart and fell in love with me.
Healed my hormonal issues.
Elevated my emotional intelligence.
Successfully moved my wellness business online.
I moved into an office that I have always dreamed of doing.
I created a wellness routine that works for me on the go and to enjoy my leanest and most comfortable body yet.
I’ve gained more clarity on the ways that I can and love to contribute to the space that we share and make my difference.
Improved relationships with my parents and strengthened meaningful family bonds.
Living on my own fully for the first time in my life and understanding what life is like standing one hundred percent on my own two feet.
Sometimes I am working silently and many people think they know me but life elves as do we and it is nice to remind people whether your friends, family, and co-workers that you are allowed to grow, elevate and change and you will be loved along the way by the people who get it.
Life will support you if you let it and sometimes the plan God has for us is greater than anything we could imagine personally and lean into that takes faith, courage and letting go of lots but at the end, if you ask yourself if it would be worth it, and the answer is yes then do it!
Healthy Christmas menu ideas that I am loving this year that I want to share with you because if you are like me, you will want some yummy choices that are without the extra bloaty ingredients.
- Vegan Cesar salad
- Vegan green bean casserole
- Ham or turkey as normal
- Quinoa stuffing
- Broccoli salad
- Roasted potatoes
- Creamy vegan cauliflower pie
- Roasted squash with pesto
I would be pleased to continue serving you in the next year. Keep posted as we launch Toned in thirty to kickstart your 2020 with your favorite community Green Balance Life.