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Inspiring Conversations with Katie Barolak of Well Nourish’d

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katie Barolak.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us how you got started?
As with anyone venturing out to start their own business, it’s been a long road to get here, but I’ll give you the short story. I moved to Nashville convinced I would work in the music industry, and I have for the past 6 years. I dearly love the Nashville music community, but I also have a deep passion for health & wellness.

Growing up, I trained with the Olympic diving team and was recruited to Clemson. I had a back injury my first year, and I could no longer dive, but that pain (physical and emotional) was the start of learning how to care for my body through holistic practices. During my time at Clemson, I was also allowed to attend Culinary school in Florence, Italy, which only fueled my love for nutrition even more. That passion never went away, and in 2019 I went back to school at Institute for Integrative Nutrition to get certified as an integrative health coach.

I was working as a publisher on Music Row while getting certified as a health coach, and I began to realize how the demands of the music industry were taking a toll on my colleagues, the songwriters I was working with, and the artists on the road. But I also realized that so many of the learning tools could minimize the stress those demands were causing. And that was the beginning of Well Nourish’d.

I have always been a caretaker, and I love being able to pour into others’ lives. I believe artists, musicians, and songwriters have a gift to give this world, and if I can help them feel their best so they can authentically show up and share their gift, then that’s all I could ask for.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Yes and no. I would say it’s been an intuitive road, but it hasn’t been easy. As with many people in the wellness space, it all started from a place of not feeling good in my skin. I was borderline anorexic in college and fueled much of my need to be healthy from a place of not feeling like I was enough. It took years to finally learn how to care for myself from a place of love instead of shame. And until I reached that place, I didn’t feel like I could authentically share my desire to become a health coach. I had to go through many personal struggles before I could even imagine starting my own business. It was also tough to decide to leave the publishing community – I loved my time as a publisher, and giving up something I loved for something I felt called to was (and still is!) very hard to do.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
My mission with Well Nourish’d be to help people feel their best physically, mentally, and emotionally so they can show up fully & authentically for whatever life may bring. I do that through personalized holistic health coaching. Each client is different, so I tailor everything I do to fit their needs. Some clients want to balance hormones, some want to lose weight, and some just want more energy. Depending on their goals, I will create personalized wellness plans that are realistic and effective to help them reach those goals. I work with various clients, but I am mainly focused on working with artists, songwriters, and professionals in the music industry because they have a unique set of demands that I can help them navigate.

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory is going on vacation with my family – every year, we took one vacation to Colorado and one to the beach. I loved just being outside and exploring the mountains and the beach and being able to do so with my family. I especially loved finding sharks’ teeth with my dad!

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