We had the good fortune of connecting with Delilah Bisase and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delilah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
A major work-life boundary for me is not working on the weekends. I’ve worked so many weekend jobs and no matter how much I enjoyed the job itself, I always found myself unhappy having to minimize my weekend fun time due to work. There’s a certain icky internal feeling it stirs up and I’ve use that feeling as a guideline setting all of my other work-life boundaries. Such as no calls/emails after a certain hour and never ‘working through’ my lunch break. In true Aries fashion, I go pretty hard when it comes to work, which is great when you have a million things to cross off your to-do list. However, it can be a double edged sword because that same ‘go-getter’ mentality I’ve always had is also what lead me to feeling like I need to earn all of my breaks and leisure time. It’s also what justified accepting work on weekends or after hours even when I truly needed rest. It’s a very toxic mentality, and it’s hard to avoid habit because everywhere we look, we’re always being told we need to ‘level up’ in some way. It was a glorious day when I finally came face to face with myself to call myself out on this so that it could be shed for good. I’ve replaced that with the mentality of ‘deserving’ my breaks and leisure time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I’m a plant based registered dietitian and reiki energy healer. I have a virtual nutrition and energy healing private practice where I work with clients one-on-one to help them improve their physical and energetic health.
I have a very unique approach to nutrition, in fact I call my sessions “intuitive nutrition” sessions because I combine traditional textbook nutrition knowledge with intuitive readings. So, Intuitive readings can also be described as psychic readings, but I prefer the word ‘intuitive’ for two reasons. 1- because of the negative connotations associated with psychic work, and 2- the word ‘intuitive’ is a more of an accurate depiction of what I’m actually doing- I’m using my intuition to tap in and understand to spiritual root cause of my client’s issues.
I got to this point because a few years ago when I finally achieved my ‘dream job’ of being a plant based dietitian with a private practice– I was so underwhelmed! Seriously, I found myself so unenthusiastic and apathetic. I truly did not believe I was doing enough for my clients with the standard nutrition education approach. Something was missing, so I set out to fill that mysterious void. That led me to become a level 3/ master reiki energy healer. Once I incorporated this into my work the passion and purpose came back into what I do.
It can be very hard to stick my guns at times. Some people are very turned off by my unique approach. They think it’s silly, non-sensical, or just flat out useless, however; I don’t take it personally. What keeps me going is knowing that those nay-sayers are simply not the people the Universe/God/etc has sent me here to heal and serve. There are millions of people who the Universe/God/etc continues to send my way who truly need these services. It’s my connections with those people that fuel the passion and purpose of the work that I do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LA is amazing, we are in reach of pretty much anything your heart desires. These are all of the things I would do with my friend (in no particular order)
– Beaches; Malibu, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach
– Griffith park observatory hike. And probably one or two other, less crowded hikes
– Food, food, and more food; all vegan. Sage plant based bistro, wild living foods, stuff I eat, sun cafe, cafe gratitude, pura vita, vegan sunday exchange, smorgasburg, and more
– A walk down Melrose to check out the shops
– Hang out in Weho
– Visit an art museum (see what exhibits are happening)
– Go out dancing preferably a day party to soak the in LA sunshine
– Drop into a group class or two: dance, outdoor yoga, or breathwork
– Attend a relaxing and rejuvenating sound bath (ex: at Den Meditation or Unplug)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh man, so much and so many. I’m going to collectively shout out my siblings, all 3 of them. They always support me, motivate me, and hype me up when I can’t do it for myself. I would argue that a strong support system is equally as important as perfecting your craft. You can study, read, and practice all day, that’s the “how”. A solid support system grounds you and serves as a constant reminder of the “why”; why you constantly pour your heart into this mission.