We had the good fortune of connecting with Leah Tsui and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leah, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
I am a creature of habit, which serves me well when it’s a positive habit! In my private practice, I start off every week with writing down 3 big priorities to accomplish by the end of the week. Then each of those priorities are broken into smaller, tangible steps on a checklist that I can work on each day. When I put these tasks into my calendar, I try to set realistic time blocks of how long each task will take, which requires some flexibility and grace when things take longer than anticipated.
Another habit that helps start my day off right is my morning exercise before I look at any emails or check in with clients. I start off with an accomplishment that helps me set the tone for the rest of my day.
Lastly, I have an alarm set for 5:30 pm each day to close out my tabs and “turn off” for the day. This is a helpful reminder because I work for myself and sometimes it’s hard to allow myself to rest.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started my business in private practice during quarantine, which was scary and exhilarating at the same time! I was let go from my job in April of 2020, and while applying for new jobs, I started taking some clients privately for nutrition counseling as a side hustle to keep me afloat. As I started to see more and more clients, I realized that I could take this full-time, and commit 100% of my time and energy into my business, instead of applying for jobs that I felt lukewarm about. I’m most proud of myself for taking the leap in pursuing this full time, and for betting on myself.
It hasn’t been an easy journey, but I’ve learned to rely on my network of family, friends, and colleagues for support when it comes to asking for help in unfamiliar areas. Additionally, word of mouth has been my biggest referral source of clients, because people trust the other people in their lives and their recommendations.
I support people in their pursuit of health through nutrition, however they define health for themselves. This can mean healing their relationship with food, optimizing their intake for performance and longevity, or supporting their gastrointestinal health. I love it when a client makes a breakthrough about food and body image, or have an “a ha” moment about the connection between mind and body, because that means the client is putting in the work to heal.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Eat and drink on the westside: – The Misfit at Third Street Promenade –> love their cocktails, sangria, and lobster nik niks!
– SoCalo –> tacos are amazing, and their margaritas are fantastic
– Thai Vegan on Main Street –> delicious pad thai and curries
– Jameson’s –> live band at night with a dance floor
– Farmers Market in Brentwood on Sundays –> produce is top-notch (with both organic and non-organic options), snack foods are plentiful, hummus and honey galore, with plants, clothes, and jewelry sellers as well.
– Point Dume in Malibu –> short, easy hike with beautiful views (stop at Malibu Seafood or Cholada Thai Beach Cuisine on the way back)
– Los Leones Trailhead –> moderate hike with ocean and city views
– Escondido Falls –> fun, adventurous hike with the reward of a waterfall at the end
Museums: can’t go wrong with any of the following options!
– The Getty Center
– The Broad
– Grand Central Market –> love all the food options here
– The Last Bookstore –> historic and beautiful to check out
– Two Bit Circus –> arcade games that are bigger and better than your typical games
– smorgasburg –> food vendors galore on Sundays
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?
I am incredibly grateful to be a part of Dietitian Business School — it’s a group of dietitians in private practice across the US using a non-diet approach to health and wellbeing. I love being a part of the group because I can ask questions, receive support and encouragement, attend supervision calls to improve my counseling skills, and learn everything there is to know about creating and running a business!