Sarah and I knew each other in college (we were in club together!) and I've always admired her sweet spirit. Now Sarah is a dietitian, and I love following along with her for great tips. She has such a soft, gentle spirit... I'm so excited for you to get to know her today!
Tell us about yourself! My name is Sarah and I grew up in Weatherford, TX most of my life. I had a great childhood being active in school, playing basketball, and had very supportive parents. I went to school at Abilene Christian where I met my husband and we now live in Denton. I finished my Master’s at TWU and I became a dietitian in 2013. So at the moment, I work at a hospital in Decatur (providing nutrition to IV and tube-fed patients as well as diet education) and I have a private practice where I work mostly with kids to improve their eating habits.
What inspires you? Food! :) I love cooking and trying new recipes, but more importantly, helping people improve their health through nourishing food. It constantly amazes me when I learn about the nutrients God created in each food and the purpose they serve (and sadly, how much we’ve messed up our food in the modern world). My goal is to learn more about how certain foods can be healing. My inspiration for enjoying a balanced life would be the French or Italian way of thinking: eat fresh, real food; love food, but know when to stop.
My husband, Alex, is also inspiring to me. He has been so patient and persevering as he studies to apply to med school while working to support me when I went to school for 2 years. Now, if it’s in God’s plans, it’s his turn!
What are your gifts and talents? Whether they are talents or not, I enjoy painting and playing the piano. These two things have always been in my life since I can remember- my grandfather inspired me to do both when I was young, as he did. I am my own worst critic, which can be a huge handicap if I let it. But usually these are some of the most relaxing things to do in my spare time. They are something that lets me lose track of time- which I consider a good thing!
How do you use your gifts to serve others? I wish I could answer this question differently because I know I could do so much better when it comes to serving others. I love to give my paintings as gifts- mostly to friends and family. I was honored to be able to paint a few pieces to be sold and raise money to build a water well in Africa at ACU.
When I was younger, I had the opportunity to play the piano for nursing homes. I need to get back to that- I know most older people enjoy listening to music- even if it’s not perfect!
This is something I’ve been praying a lot for lately. Now that I’m done with school, I’m constantly asking God how He is going to use me to serve others not just in my career but in my spare time. I’ve got to have my eyes and heart open to opportunities and know when to say “yes”!
One of my concerns is going through life on autopilot without making everything I do intentional or without seeing opportunities placed in front of me to serve others for Christ.
I’m naturally a quiet, shy person, so I can easily let those qualities hold me back when I see opportunities to serve others. The scripture from 2 Tim, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline” has always spoken to me.
What would you do if you had nothing holding you back from your dreams? In another life, I’d love to be a part of a group that rescues or saves animals. I’ve always had a huge heart for them- I think it’s their innocence and intelligence that intrigues me (and they are often smarter than we are!)
Within my career, my goal is to incorporate good health with my faith- whatever that may look like. I would love to have a practice that is able to serve the underprivileged or those who wouldn’t usually have extra money to see a dietitian and reach people who would otherwise be forced to live off less-than-nourishing foods. In reality, many people just eat to stay alive or they eat only for pleasure; I want to help people find balance in both.
To be able to travel to Europe (particularly France and Italy) to soak up their slow paced way of life and rejuvenate a passion for good food every once in a while also would be nice :)
Tell us about a season of suffering that lead to good things in your life. I don’t know that I’ve really had a certain season, but one thing that can cause suffering at any time I allow it is comparison. The quote, “Comparison is the theif of all joy” is spot-on for me. In today’s world of social media, it is so easy to compare your life and looks to others. People can look perfect when no one really is, and people’s lives can look perfect when they’re really not (one example: Pinterest! Is there anything on there that isn’t perfect?!). When I allow comparison to creep in, everything suffers. I’ve been working on overcoming this temptation and it’s a great feeling to be able to just stop. I think of it as painful to God when He sees His creation unhappy with what He created or what He has done (usually because my tiny mind and eyes cannot see the bigger picture).
Share your proudest moment. Becoming a dietitian was a great feeling- lots of hard work went into that and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without support from friends, family and my husband. Hearing some of my first success stories with clients was an amazing feeling! I do feel nutrition is what I’m meant to do, at least for now, and that feeling is hard to beat. I just pray that God leads me to a place where I can not only help people put nourishing foods in their bodies, but to do it in a way that glorifies Him so its not just about looking better, but rather, FEELING better and having a higher quality of life. Or, if nutrition is not a lifelong career, I pray that I am open to that and willing to do whatever He calls me to do!
"I feel my purpose in life is to..."
- Reflect Christ’s love
- Inspire others to find true health through food
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