We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think taking risks is one of the most important things you can do for growth in your business and in your personal life. Some risks pay off, and some risks you learn from. But swallowing your fear and taking that leap of faith is almost always essential to grow, learn and evolve as a person and in business.
I think any time you start working for a new company or deciding to start your own, that’s a risk. Some of these decisions have lead me to great company culture and financial growth, others not so much. But even those risks that didn’t “pay off” allowed me to learn more about myself, how I deal with conflict, and ultimately get clear on what I truly enjoy and what I want to do. For this reason, I don’t regret any previous risks or decisions I’ve made, because they’ve forced me to learn some very valuable lessons.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a registered dietitian and nutritionist, specializing in the natural foods and wellness space. Over the years I’ve gained an extensive knowledge base about the food industry, educational marketing, food labeling, and so much more. I’ve had the opportunity to connect with individuals and brands whether it be for nutrition counseling, building an educational marketing campaign, or analyzing recipes. I’ve come to realize I am able to provide a lot of value to anyone I work with, and I’m proud to be able to serve others in that way. When I first started out as a dietitian, I had a part-time job with an hourly rate not far above minimum wage. Now I am working with a variety of different clients and doing what I’ve always wanted to do as a dietitian – having the freedom and autonomy to do the work I love most and being paid for the value I bring.
From the very beginning of my career, I was very selective in where and who I wanted to work with because I knew my ultimate goal was to have my own nutrition business. Most RDs go the clinical route, but I always knew I wanted to work with people and food on my own terms, so I always chose roles and sought out opportunities that would support that ultimate goal.
It was definitely challenging to be an unconventional dietitian, so I constantly had to show how I could bring value and advocate for myself. I’ve always been a really hard worker and have gone above and beyond to deliver results.
Some lessons I’ve learned along the way: be kind and courteous, communication is absolutely key, listen to your gut and stay true to yourself – it will never steer you wrong, and a little self-grace and compassion is essential.
If you take a look at my website or social media, you’ll see my goal is health, happiness, and balance, but that didn’t always come easy, so I deeply understand people who struggle with their health. I believe we’re meant to do more in life than worry about food and wage war on our bodies, so my ultimate goal is to help people find their happy, healthy balance by providing approachable information and plenty of resources so they can go out and live out their life’s purpose.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There’s so much to do in Dallas! We’d have to visit some of my favorite restaurants: Bowen House for unique cocktails and the tuna tacos and fried brie, Hudson House for their legendary cheeseburger, E-Bar for frozen margaritas and the best queso in Dallas, Toulouse for amazing French food. Homewood for delicious, chef-created shared plates, Eataly for eating and shopping,
Breadwinner’s Cafe for chicken and waffles, Doce Mesas for upscale Mexican, and Paradisio for the amazing atmosphere and delicious food. Pre or post-dinner we would grab drinks from The Standard Pour, The Old Monk, or Apothecary
To balance out all those eats, we’d walk the Katy Trail, take a Hot Yoga class at Ritual One Yoga, or sweat it out at Barry’s Bootcamp.
And it’s Dallas after all, so of course, we’d have to go shopping at the North Park Mall, Highland Park, and Bishop Arts boutiques, fueled by coffee from Houndstooth or Toasted Coffee + Kitchen.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to shout out my support system! My partner, parents, siblings, and friends have all been so supportive of my career as a dietitian, and are cheering me on every step of the way. I know for me, the impostor syndrome and self-doubt are so real, even though I know I do great work! My support system constantly reminds me of my value and special talents, and that is absolutely essential, especially if you’re someone like me who needs a bit of reassurance.