We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Schlick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My business sort of happened by life and the changes it threw at me. I got very sick with Lyme Disease in 2012 but was not properly diagnosed until 2014. For 2 years I went doctor to doctor with a list of over 60 symptoms that were debilitating me. My blog and business began as a way to track my recovery from Lyme. After 3 years of treatments, I finally made it to remission and that is when my business really started to thrive. I added more content to my blog, I started adding healthy recipes, gluten-free travel guides, my cookbook and health coaching to help others on their own path to healing and wellness as well.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is unique in that it was birthed from my own personal and devasting life experience. I have been able to turn my Lyme into Limeaid and use my experience to help people and give them hope. Having been in their shoes, it gives me a true understanding of what a lot of my clients are going through and I think it gives them hope that they can get better and live life again. My experience and everything I have learned about health along the way helps me to be compassionate and empathetic to what people are struggling with and give them some inspiration through my health coaching programs and blog content.
Another aspect of my business which really helps reach even more people are my healthy recipes and my cookbook, Wandering Palate. Diet really was one of the things that helped me the most in my healing journey and eating clean and healthy does not have to be for those that are just chronically ill, everyone can benefit from it. I love this side just as much as helping those with chronic illness becuase eating delicious and healthy food is somethign that everyone can benefit from.
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?
I am all about showing people from out of town a good time and I love to eat out! My blog includes Gluten-Free Dining Guides for various cities I have traveled to so we would definitely be eating at as many of the LA ones as we can, especially Barrique, Chulita, Breadblok and Watergrill.
I also love how much we can be outside here in LA so taking some time to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors is a must whether that is at the beach, poolside or a hike.
If time permits we might even fit in a fun little day trip to some of my favorites like Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara or Catalina.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would definitely say the shoutout goes to all the doctors that gave me back my life after years of struggling with my health. If I had not gotten healthy, I definitely would not be doing the work and content production that I do today. I also want to shoutout amazing charities that I work with, Global Lyme Alliance and Ride Out Lyme that are doing great things to help the Lyme communities and ultimately find a cure.