Mentor Private Practice

One of the biggest struggles for me at this very moment is the work-life balance. I can’t tell you the last time I took a non-work vacation and I certainly can’t tell you the last day I was not checking email or doing something for my practice. I do LOVE my practice so much and really can’t complain when it comes to what I get to do on a day to day basis. And having time away from the office and work is important.

Today I want to share with you what I have learned and slowly adding into my daily life and practice to bring about more work-life balance. Please know I am still trying to figure this all out and as of today, this is what works for me.

As you can tell from these pictures I did take a road trip and Yellowstone was a part of that, and why there has been such a gap in blogs is we MOVED!!! More to come on our big office move!!

Schedule You Time

Pull out your calendar right now! I can wait!! Can you see when you are not working? When you have a day, 2, or even a whole week free? If so block out that time right now for you. Taking time just for you to not be working on your practice is so important. I was always worried that it I took time out of my practice them I would get behind or worse, loose money and motivation. I am here to tell you that if you do NOT take time off you will 100% loose motivation and money. You will get burnt out and begin to resent your practice and hate working on it. This was a very hard concept for me to learn and I still have to remind myself that time off is a good thing.

Plan Ahead in Your Work

The way I was able to get past the freak out of scheduling time off, was to plan ahead. What I mean by that, it when I take time off I will make sure I still have all my normal task done and scheduled out. For example, I will make sure that the bookkeeping and blogs are all scheduled so while I am unplugged from work I am not stressed about those things. Another key element I have learned about planning ahead is scheduling a day between coming home and going back to work. If I get back from a trip in Tuesday, then I am using Wednesday to get back in the groove of work and do laundry, and I will officially be back in the office on Thursday.

I know y’all already know this, and still going top remind you; set you email vacation status. If you are using Gmail I love the vacation status because it has a yellow bar across your inbox to remind you that you are a vacation too!

Have Fun

This is probably the hardest for me. Honestly! I forget that I am not only my work and that there is so much for in the world that my practice. Remember to go do what bring your joy, smile, laugh and don’t take yourself too seriously! Adding in those simple ingredients helps to keep you in the alignment of who you really are and bring you abundance in your life!


By Adrien Paczosa

Adrien Paczosa is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian practicing in Austin, Texas and the surrounding counties. Adrien is also a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian(CEDRD). Adrien began her path towards nutrition through her falling down. She has been a dancing since age 2 and in college was a Kilgore College Rangerette. During a practice, she took a fall and broke her foot, and that sparked the ideas of needing a new direction in her life. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a bachelor of science degree in Human Nutrition, Adrien began her career as a staff dietitian at the hospital in downtown Chicago. She was promoted to the hospital’s Director of Food Service and Nutrition and was responsible for all food preparation as well as patient nutritional care. While working at her clinical job, Adrien maintained her passion for movement by working as a personal trainer and nutrition coach in downtown Chicago. In 2006, Adrien returned to Texas to be close to family, friends, and warmer weather! She opened her private practice, I Live Well Nutritional Therapy in 2007 and has only continued to grown. To date, iLiveWell Nutrition Therapy has multiple locations, contracts with numerous corporations and treatment centers, and currently, five dietitians are employed under iLiveWell. “Creating better access to dietitians!” has been one of the driving forces of Adrien’s company.

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  1. June 9, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Adrien, you are simply amazing. I knew when I met you that you had the spark! I am thinking about opening a private practice for eating disorders in Rochester. We have nothing here! I may look to you for some tips.
    It would be very small , and being a counselor and a dietitian I think I am qualified and I have a lot of ideas, but not a lot of money ( paying student loans still is killing me softly)

    You are an inspiration to me !

    • June 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      So excited to hear Therese!!
      You are going to be amazing and the community needs you. Please let me know how I can help you start your practice!!!!