It’s clear that hard work, passion, authenticity and commitment have been keys to Meghan’s success in building her growing business. However, every good entrepreneur needs a break and Meghan’s long term vision for the company and herself include the goal of her not having to work so hard. She developed her company to have separate components such as the Love in the Kitchen Academy and the Nourish Your Soul Holidays that focus on components such as education and travelling. Her long term vision includes having cooking schools and retreats around the world which don’t require her to run them and can be managed by others. This model will also allow her to bring health and nutrition information and education to more people across the globe, which is ultimately her goal.
At only 31 years old now, Meghan wants to retire in 4 years at the age of 35. She clarifies that retirement for her doesn’t mean not working; it just means working in a way that works for her. Showing her passion for her work and her business, Meghan goes on to explain, “as I hope comes across through my blog and my presentations and my classes, I do the work that I do because I really love it. I don’t have a business plan, have never met with consultants and have yet to find just the right mentor for what I am aiming for (Oprah was busy).”
She has truly developed an “appreciation for how fortunate I am to be able to run a company that is working, being supported by colleagues, being assisted by people who I greatly respect, appreciate and like and having people come back day after to day to care about what I want to share. That is not work at all, by most people’s definition.”
So when I asked Meghan what words of advice she would offer to a beginning nutritionist and how to advise people on health, she stated that “there is a lot of fear that is most terrifying for people to take control of their own health. People must make a conscious choice everyday. Food and our health, it’s about making a choice. How we think, how we sleep, how we interact with others, how we respond to others. You can either choose to build your health or build your disease. Choose the direction – where do you want to go? Bring a sense of mindfulness to food and about making the right choices.”
Perhaps the most enlightening and inspiring portions of our conversation for me occurred when I asked what advice Meghan had about starting out with a business. Her response was so simple, yet as a near graduate nutritionist, resonated with me so clearly. “It’s really easy to fail at something you don’t care about, but it’s really hard to fail at something you love. I had the questions of what if I can’t do this? What if I am not good at this? When you have that fear, it is because there is a lot of love in it.” And this love for her business and nutrition is surely another key to her success. It is our fears that stop us from realizing our dreams whether it be starting a successful nutrition practice, leaving the corporate world to pursue a dream or taking control of our own health and wellness, despite what our doctors may say. From being able to talk about a rainbow of colours in the diet while wearing head to toe coloured clothing, to talking about soap nuts, and making almond milk with a nut-sac in her typical humorous tone, to instantly being able to give life lessons on fear, passion and hard-work, Meghan Telpner embodies everything required to helping and inspiring others to live a truly healthy life filled with passion, love, good health and happiness.
As our meeting began to come to a close, there was one question I had for Meghan that I had always wondered: What do you want to be remembered for professionally? Without hesitation, she answered that when she was sick, there were “certain people that really helped me, and whose lessons really resonated with me. They helped me through challenging times.” In many of Meghan’s professional talks, she often speaks of “the importance of the teachers I had that helped guide me along this path. The people that were leaders and heroes to me in my journey, delivering information to me in a way that made me get it. They gave me the space to feel and remain healthy. When I graduated from nutrition school, in my valedictorian speech, I said that I hope to one day earn the honour of being that person for someone else.”
As I took in all the sights and colours of her amazing loft, I realized that for Meghan there is no divide between work, play and passion. All is one, and one is all that is Meghan Telpner; from the rainbows in her clothes and diet, to bringing light to her own life lessons, health struggles and career choices with honesty and humour, Meghan truly is a leader, a hero and a teacher that is already guiding many of us down our very own path. These paths however, are definitely full of sunshine and rainbows.
Alana Clark is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and the founder of Little Sprout Nutrition, a company that specializes in pre-conception, prenatal, and postnatal nutrition for women, as well as good food and health for the whole family. She was inspired to pursue her own passion of Holistic Nutrition after discovering Meghan Telpner’s blog, Making Love In The Kitchen. She now works to inspire others towards living in a world full of good food, great health and of course, sunshine and rainbows.