BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Kristen Ciccolini, Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of Good Witch Kitchen

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW WITH: Kristen Ciccolini, Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of Good Witch Kitchen

What is your name and occupation?

Kristen Ciccolini, Holistic Nutritionist and Founder of Good Witch Kitchen

What is your instagram handle?

@goodwitchkitchen

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

Less than a year

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I was born about an hour outside of Boston in Leominster, MA. I moved here to attend Suffolk University in 2005 and never went back!

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

I spent six years in marketing before making a career change into nutrition. In the past I dealt with long periods of depression and as I committed to transitioning into a healthier lifestyle, the fog began to lift and it finally clicked for me how much our diet can be tied to our mental health. I became enthusiastically interested in the ways food affects our bodies and eventually enrolled in the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. That program gave me the tools and confidence I needed to go out on my own, which I did about 6 months after receiving my certification. It was a scary change, but I knew I could do it!

What would your clients say about you and your company?

My clients really enjoy my nonjudgmental approach and say I'm able to break down overwhelming or confusing subjects into easier-to-digest information. My focus is really on building long-lasting habits and I firmly believe that education is key to doing that, so I make sure that my clients fully understand the reasons behind my recommendations.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

It's two pieces of advice, both on learning when to say yes and when to say no. The first is ``say yes to everything,`` which is pretty much what I have done up until recently. You don't know what you do and don't like until you try. The second is ``If it isn't a hell yes, it's a hell no.`` At some point all of the yeses add up and you get overwhelmed, then it's time to evaluate what's really making you excited about work. If it isn't adding value to your life, it's a no!

What is your favorite book?

Just Kids by Patti Smith

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

Podcasts. I listen to an insane amount of them, many related to business and wellness. I learn so much about the problems people in my industry have and how to solve them, as well as what kinds of things people are looking to learn about. Between podcasts and industry Facebook groups, I feel very connected and supported in my business.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Stop caring so much what other people think. Being yourself is the best part about you.

How do you spend your free time?

I go to a lot of concerts with my partner, and in my quiet time I like to read and listen to podcasts.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I used to play the piano when I was a kid. I wish I stuck with it!

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