We had the good fortune of connecting with Nia Carrillo, MS and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe it’s important to take risks when they are aligned with the dreams of our lives and careers. When it comes down to it, taking a risk has a lot to do with connecting to your intuition. I say if it’s not harming yours or others’ safety/wellbeing and it feels right, the risk is worth taking!
We grow up with a lot of societal conditioning that suggests how we *should* live our lives, and sometimes the dreams and visions for our lives don’t always fit into those boxes. I know when I quit my corporate career at 25, it was a huge risk. It was the first time I left a job without any clue on my next step. I just knew I wasn’t happy in my job- so the risk of stepping into the unknown felt like the next best step. I had no plans of starting a business, but one bread crumb led to the other and here I am five years later, working for myself. It was the best risk I took!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a degreed Nutritionist but my work with my clients goes far beyond food. I support my clients in healing their relationship to their authentic self through a blend of nutrition counseling, spiritual-centered guidance, and inner child healing. Early on in business, I realized the challenges people were facing with food were a symptom to a deeper wounds (mostly from childhood) and thus this blend of both body AND soul healing has become my specialty.
Getting to this point in my business wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies. In order to help my clients heal on such a deep level, I’ve had to heal myself in deeper ways I thought possible. I’ve been in my clients’ shoes and I really mean that. If I’m teaching something, I’ve been through it.
It’s my mission to lead with authenticity and vulnerability, being the guide I needed when I felt the most alone.
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.
I always take friends and family to Little Italy. It’s my favorite place to dine and drink in San Diego. Some of my favorite restaurants in the area include Barbusa, Kettner Exchange, Morning Glory and Salt and Straw! There are always great street musicians playing so you can enjoy a meal and cocktail with some live music. Other places I’d include in San Diego would be Shelter Island, Liberty Station and North Park!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people that have helped me along my journey. The one person that stands out so clearly to me is my husband. He has gone along with every *crazy* idea I’ve ever had…as long as it makes me happy and lit up, he supports it. Running my own business has involved a lot of spiritual growth and financial investments that weren’t always easy. It has been my husband who has stood by me through it all. I’m so grateful that he is my life partner along this journey.