We had the good fortune of connecting with Kara Burnstine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kara, how do you think about risk?
I am risk averse so starting my own business was extremely outside my comfort zone. But, at some point I just decided that I wanted change and in order to create change I know that I will experience discomfort. If nothing else bringing more risk and vulnerability into my life has brought me much discomfort comforted by utter joy and passion for what I do.
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?
My company name Nutrition Your Weigh, Inc. came from the fact that I feel that based on the client’s lifestyle, time allotment, personality, etc. that will dictate the way we go about reaching their nutrition and wellness goals. My concierge service is what sets me apart from other nutritional professionals. Each program is tailored made for the client as are the sessions. Sessions can be via phone, zoom, virtual cooking, cooking together, at the grocery store shopping, or even meal prepping together depending on what is needed. Through the pandemic I have also provided virtual corporate lunch and learns for companies with cooking demos and lectures focused around staying healthy and boosting the immune system. I am most excited about launching a business that allows me to help others be healthier and overall have a better quality of life, while doing what I love. Getting here sure was not easy. A lot of trial and error, failures, struggles, doubts, it’s all part of the business, but so they say, “nothing good comes easy.” The challenges of being a solopreneur for me I would say is there is a whole lot of work with not always a whole lot to show for it and that can take time or it may not happen. So, the best way I have learned to overcome these challenges is try my best to live life day by day, hour by hour and sometimes minute by minute. I have learned along the way that when I think or look too far ahead of myself, I can get too overwhelmed, anxious and derail my progress. My main message to everyone is that once you can find a good relationship with food, eating healthy becomes a lot less stressful. I love creating meals that are super simple and quick to make packed with a whole lot of healthy ingredients and love.
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.
Eat: -Lucali, Pubelly Sushi, Joe’s Stone Crabs, Fireman Derek’s for dessert Do: -Go to the beach for a day, a day walking around Wynwood having lunch, checking out the art and cool stores, a day on a boat, jetskiing, waterskiing, listen to live music outside while having dinner, bike riding on the boardwalk, jogging or walking on the boardwalk; check out the Frost Museum and PAMM
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out to my husband, Mike. Through his encouragement and belief in me more than I believed in myself, he convinced me it was the right time to start my private practice. His continued support carries me through those tough days when I say “Should I just go back to the J.O.B.?
Some photos professionally photographed by Jodi Gross Photography