"Take an inventory of your skills, interests and strengths and look at how you can best apply them to help other people." - Laura Wilson, Health & Wellness Author and Entrepreneur
Can you tell us more about what you do for a career?
I am a health and fitness enthusiast and Nutritionist and help people all around the world to improve their lives and health through an alkaline, plant-based diet and lifestyle.
I run a popular website and weekly newsletter, am author of The Alkaline 5 Diet and Alkaline Diet Vitality and organiser of and speaker at The Natural Health & Vitality Conference. I also coach people 1-1 online via Skype and in group webinars.
There are lots of different aspects to my career – researching, writing, coaching, managing my website, speaking at events, interviewing and being interviewed, so it’s quite varied and always interesting.
It’s really lovely because I often get to help and see people go from being sick and suffering with disease and low energy to healthy and vibrant and in good shape.
I also use my web marketing and writing skills to consult and copywrite for larger organisations and online businesses, mainly in the technology and financial sectors.
What inspired you to start your popular health and nutrition site www.Alkaline-Diet-Health-Tips?
Being heavily into health and fitness and an avid researcher, I discovered that an alkaline plant-based diet was amazing for reversing chronic and even terminal diseases like cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
When I applied the principles to my own life, I lost around 15lbs of fat, started to visibly look younger and my energy levels sky-rocketed – inspiring me train for and race long-distance running events.
I naturally became an evangelist for the alkaline diet amongst friends and family and felt like I wanted to bring this message to more people.
Having studied Law at university, I applied for and got the job of medical research manager within my local health service and thought this would be a great way make a positive difference in people’s health. Unfortunately, after two years, I became very disillusioned and frustrated that most of the medical research focuses on managing disease through pharmaceutical drugs, not promoting health. I was offered a promotion but declined it, feeling that I could not spread the good news of the alkaline diet in a very big or meaningful way and needed to set up my own platform for doing this.
So in 2007, I went out on a limb and left my job and started my health website, www.LauraWilsonOnline.com and have not looked back. I have been able to help people ease and even reverse many different diseases and illnesses and lose excess weight through the information that I publish and point people to.
You juggle many balls as competitive athlete, writer, coach, website owner. How do you manage it all?
I really thrive on the variety and it helps being a quiet introvert; I am happy going from one situation and role to the next on my own and with ease. I like company but don’t need to be around people all the time to feel happy and comfortable.
Also, I find it helps to not be too hard on yourself with time management! Whilst I am organised and have a tight schedule, I also factor in a lot of alone-time for research, planning, writing, prayer and decompressing.
I believe that you make time for what is important. I do not own a TV – I threw mine out over 10 years ago. I do not watch mainstream films, play computer games or waste too much time on mindless activities. I am quite strict with my social media usage, aside from legitimate business use.
I often like to double-up on activities, such as combining an easy workout day at the gym with clearing e-mails on my phone, or a walk by the sea with listening to some research on an audiobook.
I get up early but never set an alarm, unless I have a specific event or meeting to attend in the morning, and I got to bed around 11.
I eat well and the diet I follow and advocate gives you sustained good energy and concentration throughout the day, without caffeine.
You’ve managed to style a flourishing career out of your passion – health and wellness. What is your big secret in making it happen?
Being curious, an avid researcher and making it about helping people and getting the knowledge of good health out there, not own egotistical self-promotion.
I have worked for several years for free, setting up my website and writing articles and creating videos. I took a long-term approach, rather than trying to make money from the outset. Because of this and because I have been 100% self-funded, it helped to have savings in place when setting up my business initially.
I used my time and money to work on things that would remain in place for a long time – unlike earned income, I focus on creating derivatives of me and my expertise – books, videos and a website, which can reach many more people than working purely in the normal model of exchanging time for money.
What’s been the biggest challenge?
Knowing which direction to take for the best. Sometimes the path is clear, at other times, when I’ve come to a fork in the road, it can be hard to know the best decision to make. I look to God for guidance and have faith that He will lead me in the right way. I also have had good mentors around me.
What’s been the biggest highlight?
Getting a major publishing deal with Hay House and holding my international health event, The Natural Health & Vitality Conference.
Tell us about your Upcoming book The Alkaline 5 Diet?
The Alkaline 5 Diet is about eating foods that work with your body’s natural acid-alkaline balance. When that balance is restored, you begin to effortlessly lose weight, look and feel great and can start to get rid of your health issues.
A5D is Simple – each meal takes around 10 minutes to make, it’s Satisfying – which means that the meals are pleasurable and stop unhealthy food cravings, it’s Sustainable over the long-term, it’s Super-healthy and it’s Systematised with 5 specific daily meal types to ensure you get maximum nutrients.
What would you say to women who are unhappy in their career and want to make a change, but don’t know where to start?
Don’t make any rash decisions. Take an inventory of your skills, interests and strengths and look at how you can best apply them to help other people. Starting your own business is not for everybody – you need a great deal of resilience, vision and confidence that what you want to go into will not only be well-received by people but also make you a living.
How do you keep yourself motivated and on the top of your game?
I love health and fitness and I love writing but sometimes it all gets boring and mundane. I have cut off any possibility of not doing what I do. I have a unique set of expertise, skills and experiences that feel I need to use to help other people. So it’s not really about motivation it’s out of call of duty, if you like!
What’s your favourite quote?
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:16-17
And also, ‘simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ by Da Vinci.
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