Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Red.
Natasha, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was 7 months pregnant, walking on a treadmill at the gym with a big belly waddling back and forth as I walked. My eyes locked in on a cooking show on the screen in front of me. A perfectly dressed woman with ingredients all measured out in glass bowls talked about her elaborate summer meal. A grill already fired up and ready to go. The static of a script in her voice. My thoughts flashed to my own experience: spices all over the counter, water bubbling over the pot and dust on the floor. What I saw on the screen, set off a spark in my heart. I thought: “how many other women feel like their lives don’t match what this show portrays about cooking?”
As a new mom, I wanted to simplify everything, especially food and planning our meals. I wanted to think about what we were going to eat that week only once and then not again until the next week. I wanted to wholeheartedly welcome friends and strangers alike into our home to share a meal. Dinner time felt frazzled, the meals I made were too cumbersome for the season I was in and I felt stress wash over me when I finally sat down at the table. Forget the dinner shared with friends, I was barely talking to my own husband!
I mocked up the Seasonal Meal Planner on a page ripped from an old calligraphy practice pad. I started incorporating more seasonal foods and created simple meals to cook in this season of being a new mama. Finally, I had a clear plan for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week ahead.
I slowly began feeling more peace during the hours of 4-8 pm. I wasn’t frantically throwing my baby in the car to pick up an ingredient I’d forgotten at the store and I was sitting down at the table with joy.
Some of the priceless gifts I’ve gained from simply making a plan include deep conversations with my husband, praying as a family and resettling our hearts after a long day, my daughter learning to eat healthy meals with her family and margin to extend hospitality.
Now, I help women understand that feeding their family is a ministry and worthy service, not a burden. I help women understand the true meaning of hospitality and come up with a sustainable plan to open their home and hearts to others. I do this through our online ministry including the blog, coaching calls, social media and the Seasonal Meal Planner.
Great, 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?
HA! No, not at all. The road has been filled with tears, struggle, financial risks and a lot of isolation. Being a small business owner, especially at the beginning of your venture can feel exhilarating but at the same time, there can be no rhyme or reason. I’ve had to learn who I am as a business woman, what my passions are, what my message is and who it is I desire to serve the most. I don’t have a degree in business or marketing or even design, so there has been a lot of learning, making mistakes, asking forgiveness and moving on.
Natasha Red – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I help women to simplify their meals, make a sustainable meal plan and be intentional about hospitality. I am known for speaking truthfully yet lovingly about hospitality and helping women de-stress the meal planning/cooking process. No other meal planner has a hospitality aspect, which sets me apart. I also teach about making a seasonal meal plan, which includes 16-20 dinner recipes that rotate throughout a 3-month season. This simplifies meal planning, saves time and cuts decision fatigue. I’ve never seen this type of meal planning before, which sets us apart.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Anytime a woman reaching out to me to say that, I have helped her to “keep going” – whether it’s in eating healthy, cooking for her family at home or opening her home to welcome and love on strangers.
- Seasonal Meal Planner $55
- Website: www.natashared.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/natashajred/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/natashajred/
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