#SheWearsThePants: Andrea Wien, "Nutritionist-Writer-Chef-Adventurer-Traveler" on Ambition, Confidence, and Goals

Andrea Wien, Cleveland, Ohio - “Nutritionist-writer-chef-adventurer-traveler”

Andrea Wien

Need nutrition advice? Check out Andrea's Functional, Holistic Nutrition consulting business. She specializes in helping people create "Gluten Free" lifestyles but offers advice on all levels - championing "Food as Medicine" at the core. Andrea caught our attention because she was the first person to ever mention the importance of diet when trying to conceive - for BOTH parents! Read more about Andrea below.

What do you do - and what what drives you in your career as well as personal endeavors?

I’ve always hated this question because what I do often doesn’t fit into a very tidy box. I currently work in the holistic nutrition world, with a large focus on healing people’s guts. I’m driven by curiosity, but even more, by the notion that there has to be a better way. I like to joke that humanity needs a big “reset” button because we’ve messed up this round of experimentation pretty badly.

What does ambition personally mean to you - what place does it have in your life? Do you think our culture perceives “ambition” to be a dirty word for women? Why or why not?

Personally, ambition means never settling for something that doesn’t feel right. My career looks chaotic from the outside, but on the inside, every opportunity has given me a new skill or a way of thinking about something differently. In terms of whether I think our culture perceives ambition to be a dirty word for women, I don’t think our society has that much self-perspective. I’ve never felt like I didn’t get an opportunity because I’m a woman (though maybe I have) and it’s not something I dwell much on. While there are certainly glaring inequalities that I’m happy are being addressed, I see more women than ever before kicking ass and being celebrated for it.  

What does ‘having confidence’ mean to you - what place does it have in your life? How do you work on it?

Having confidence means owning it even when you feel inadequate. It means that when you don’t know something, you still have self-confidence in yourself and your abilities. It’s not tearing yourself down the first chance you get, and it’s being comfortable enough in your own skin to allow others to be comfortable in theirs. In my own life, confidence comes from setting goals and then achieving them. This could be anything from physically, emotionally, professionally, or in my relationships with those around me.  

Goals: Please share one of your current, important goals (can be personal or work-related). Why is this a goal and how did you realize it was something that you wanted to work on? What’s your plan for achieving it?

Right now, my life is in total flux. I just moved to a new city, am in the midst of a career transition and am considering what it may look like to be a mother in the not-too-distant future. At the moment, my main goal is to stay connected to my husband and establish myself in a new place while focusing on my next career move. My plan for achieving that? Putting one foot in front of the other, attempting to remain positive and upbeat, and working hard (but also smart) to see some professional success.

What do you do if you are having a hard time defining goals? How do you stay motivated to fulfill your goals and sense of ambition, and what do you do when you get stuck?

I think about what I want in the future and work backwards from that, so I’m always asking myself: “Will this get me closer or farther away from the ideal life I’m creating for myself?”

What is your outfit when you really have to get shi*t done?

HA! I’m not much of a fashionista, but I’m usually always rocking dark skinny jeans, low-cut black booties and a silk button down.

What is one fashion tip / hack you swear by for a quick or on-the-go change?

I am totally the wrong person to ask this question. When I’ve got eye shadow on, you know it’s important.

What is your process - or what are you guidelines - when choosing to buy something new for your wardrobe?

I have a few fashionable friends that I aspire to imitate, so I’m always thinking, “Is this something X would wear?” My style is a weird mix of bohemian and rock n’ roll.

What activities do you do outside of your full-time gig (whether that’s work, parenting or something else)? How does it bring balance to your life? How does it make you more successful in your full-time gig?

I have a consistent meditation practice, so I try to meditate twice a day for 20 minutes. I also do yoga a few times a week, and a good book is a pretty good antidote to just about anything.