We had the good fortune of connecting with Mary Stewart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mary, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Giving up is not something that is in my vocabulary. I am a big believer in “not giving up”, yet reserving the ability to decide when it is time to change course. During my time working in corporate America, I had a tough decision to make that would impact the direction of my career. Someone I highly respected gave me some wise and much needed advice at the time and he said, “Ask yourself if you are running toward something or away from something else?”. The most fulfilling decision usually lies in the thing you are running toward and for me, in that moment, it made me pause and reflect on what the best decision really was. He was right, if I had stayed with the comfortable decision it was ultimately because I was running away from something out of fear, whereas the harder decision was to run toward something that was completely unknown, but fueled my excitement and passion. I also believe your business and your mission must be aligned with your purpose, passion and priorities or it may be time to pivot. There are many factors that influence one’s decision to change course, but I continue to ask myself this simple question as I grow my business which has served me well.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Cultivate Nutrition (CN) is designed to educate and empower busy women to cultivate their health through nourishing foods and sustainable health habits that will make an impact on generations to come. CN offers a variety of services and resources to meet you where you are on your health journey. You can become a private client through 1-on-1 wellness coaching to help you reach personal (or family) health goals, join a virtual group coaching program to learn how to fuel your body for optimal health or gain access to FREE resources available through www.CultivateNutrition.com like menu plans, recipes and articles on the latest nutrition topics. What sets CN apart from other nutrition and wellness businesses is that my clients are busy, yet they still want to make health a priority so my approach is individualized, realistic, fun and efficient (because we could all use some time back in our day!) My clients gain the confidence around how to nourish their body (goodbye restrictive dieting!), tips to make healthy eating simple (not stressful!) and strategies to build healthy habits that actually fit into your lifestyle. My passion is to equip you with powerful tools (no strict rules!) so you can feel alive and ready to conquer your day. The key to my business success has been to take one step at a time. It can be overwhelming trying to comprehend how to execute on your grand vision, however, my commitment to taking a step (big or small) every day has drastically elevated my business. I’ve also benefited from staying focused on the areas and opportunities that complement Cultivate Nutrition’s mission and values. Avoiding unnecessary social media distractions and forgoing partnership deals that don’t 100% align with my brand and vision has allowed me to be laser focused to show up and serve my clients the way they deserve to be served.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is so much to explore in Dallas! I’d start with East Dallas. We would grab coffee from a local coffee shop called White Rock Coffee. We would then take a morning walk around White Rock Lake. The views are outstanding and the water is peaceful. Lunch would be at Smokey Rose where you will enjoy the best BBQ in town and their massive outdoor patio seating. The afternoon would be a stroll through the Arboretum seeing the most beautiful flowers, plants and partaking in events and programming offered for children and adults. Dinner would be at Cedar and Vine located in Lake Highlands. I would recommend the crab and artichoke dip for an appetizer followed by the Salmon entrée served with broccolini and farro. The next day I would explore Uptown. We would grab breakfast and coffee at Merit Coffee followed by a walk up and down Katy Trail. Lunch would be on the patio at R+D Kitchen where I believe they have the best sushi and cashew kale salad in town. The afternoon I would spend taking the trolley around uptown exploring the sites of uptown and downtown. Dinner would be at a quaint Italian restaurant called Carbone’s. Homemade pasta paired with amazing wine! The following day we would explore downtown. Our morning would start at CBD Provisions where we would enjoy a hardy breakfast. Take time to walk through the Joule Hotel. It is a site to see and the spa is a must if you are looking to splurge on self-care. Don’t leave without spotting the three-story eyeball sculpture off Main Street. Next step would be museum hopping from the Dallas Modern Art Museum to the Perot Museum. End your day at Meddlesome Moth where their diverse menu offers something for all dietary preferences and learn why it is known for “the World’s Best Place for Beer.”
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?
Yes, there are many people that have played a significant role in Cultivate Nutrition’s success. The first person who gave me the courage to take the first step in carrying out my vision for Cultivate Nutrition was Keri Glassman, Dietitian and Founder of Nutritious Life. I consider Keri a mentor and leader in my industry. She is a celebrity nutritionist and developed a world-renowned coaching certification that I’ve had the privilege of completing. During a 1-on-1 conversation with Keri, she encouraged me to pursue my dream and just take one small step each day. I followed through with her advice and before I knew it, I had a real business with real passion and real momentum. I would also not be where I am today without Sarah Langan and Genevieve Peel. Sarah is an attorney at Law by Langan and Genevieve is a creative genius who works at Hole in the Roof. These two women hands down accelerated the start of my business from establishing my LLC to creating my brand/logo. They both continue to inspire me through their entrepreneur spirit. Last but not least, I would like to give recognition to my husband, David Stewart. He has always been my advocate and willing to step up and help in other areas of our life so I can continue to pursue this dream.
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