Women Immersed in Love: Lindsay Pleskot
Who are you? Not your age, not your name, but who are you really?
I am someone who loves deeply and I’m always on the search for adventure, creativity, love and connection.
I love learning and anything that brings new experiences and adventure. Whether that’s trying a new recipe or dish at a restaurant, traveling and experiencing different cultures and ways of life, or discovering a new coffee shop, hiking trail or creative outlet right in my own neighbourhood.
Family is everything to me and I am so excited to see this take on a whole new meaning as I become a momma next year!
I’m a bit of an introverted extrovert, I love being around people and nothing fills me up like connecting with others- my clients, my friends, or even strangers - but to feel connected to myself I also need my alone time!
Tell us about the ways that self-love shows up in your life.
This has changed over the years and I know that I’m still in the process of figuring it out, but for me self love shows up when I truly listen to what it is that I need and honor that without judgement.
Food is definitely one way it shows up, nourishing my body well gives me energy and really makes a difference in how I feel mentally, physically and emotionally. This can be packing my plate with nutrient dense foods that make me feel great, creating a new recipe, or sometimes it means indulging in that craving for those salt and vinegar chips ;) I truly love all aspects of food from it’s visual beauty, ability to heal and nourish and the pleasure and connection it brings. There’s nothing like sitting down to a good meal with great company.
Taking care of my mental health is one of the things I’ve really prioritized in more recent years. For me this is prioritizing sleep, even when I feel like I don’t’ have time. As much as I wish I could get away with 4 or 5 hours, I’m an 8 hours a night kind of girl. Meditation is another practice that has become essential in keeping me feeling my best.
Self love is also acknowledging that what it looks like can be different day to day. Sometimes the most loving thing I can do for myself is spend an afternoon or an evening alone- reading, cooking, or just being. Sometimes it’s surrounding myself with my big, amazing group of friends or family and taking it all in with good conversation… and likely good food.
Tell us about a time when you felt lost on your journey.
When I first started my business I definitely experienced some challenging times that made me feel lost. I felt like I was constantly pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and felt so vulnerable putting myself out there. I questioned whether I was smart enough or skilled enough to do this, worried way too much about what other people thought, said yes to way too much out of fear of missing an opportunity or disappointing someone, and just sort of overall felt like I was constantly questioning whether I was enough. I put so much pressure on myself to succeed and and felt like I had to do it all on my own.
This led to some major burnout. I took on way too much, including things I didn’t really want to be doing, and created a lot of anxiety for myself. This led to problems sleeping which made everything worse. I remember one day, about a year in I just felt so overwhelmed and couldn’t stop crying.
Sometimes things have to come to a head before you really take a look and do something about it. I think I really started looking at balance, self-love and self care differently at this time. It forced me to take a look at what was really important to me and why I was doing what I was doing.. After all I was creating this business to live a life I loved and really help people. Neither of which can happen when you’re ignoring your gut.
Why do you think you got lost?
I didn’t listen to my gut. I was too worried about what other people thought or were going to think. I tried to do things the way I thought I was supposed to rather than how I wanted to or what felt truly authentic to who I am.
I felt like I had to put on a front of knowing everything and knowing what I was doing...which is hilarious because I really had no idea. My pride and my ego got in the way and I didn’t know how to let go. I was afraid to be vulnerable and ask for help or support.
Give us the list of all the things you tried to get back to centre? What finally worked?
I reached out to mentors and family for support and realized that I didn’t need to have it all figured out and that no one expected me to! I realized that I was the only one creating these expectations and pressure for myself and was able to let go of that fear of failure, seeing that those are really just learning opportunities and you can actually have a lot of fun with them along the way.
I made a point to get my sleep on track!! This was huge. When I’m tired I just can’t think straight or make good decision. Haha. What really helped with this was starting a habit of doing guided meditations before bed. It really helps to clear my mind and go into sleep with positive, calming thoughts. I’ve since developed a bit of a morning and evening ritual that really help me stay centered and in check with myself.
I also learned to say no and to listen to what it was that I was really excited to do and what t I was just saying yes to because I felt like I “should”.
What finally worked?
It was a combination of all of these things and is still something I work on daily.Definitely listening to and trusting my gut more and not being afraid to use my support network!
I also think the way you start and end your day is super powerful. For me this helps me make decisions that are in line with my core values and how I want to live my life- both personally and professionally.
I start my mornings with some sort of movement. Usually Barre or running or sometimes it’s just a walk if I’m feeling like something more mellow. I also use my 5 Minute Journal to write out three things I’m grateful for, three things that would make the day great and a daily affirmation or intention. It only takes a few minutes but it sets a tone for the day and helps me go into the day with more positivity and intention.
Before I go to bed I also write in my gratitude journal, three amazing things that happened that day and what could have made the day even better, then I do a 20 minute meditation.
I’m not perfect with this and there are definitely times I let these habits slip, but I try to be as regular as I can. When I get out of the routine I can feel that I get frazzled and let the little things get to me a lot more easily.
What do you wish every woman knew?
You are enough. It’s cliche but there’s a reason cliches exist!
I often write this down as my daily affirmation and just those three words are so powerful. They don’t need explaining or justifying. You just are! Whatever version of yourself you are today, no matter how you’re feeling, what you’re celebrating or struggling with, you are enough.
Lindsay Pleskot, RD, Bsc.
Lindsay believes that a healthy diet is about balance, moderation, and an understanding of how your body works best. This starts with acknowledging that every body is different and unique, and then addressing both the physical and emotional impact our food choices have on our wellbeing. Lindsay is dedicated to showing you how to make eating well an enjoyable experience and to helping you fuel your body to its optimal level. By supporting you in creating realistic and achievable goals, together you will work towards lasting lifestyle changes. Check her out at www.lindsaypleskot.com 💜