I’m Roberta Schwartz Wennik, a writer, dietitian, and practitioner of the MBTI®. My path to getting here has been a somewhat circuitous one. And, as you’ll see, I tend to think on both sides of my brain. There is the right side – the artsy, creative side. And then there is the left side – the logical and more analytical side.
More Than Just a Degree from College
My first career was in the Interior Design field. I suppose I’m dating myself, but one fun fact to share is that my diploma from the University of California at Berkeley is signed by Ronald Reagan, when he was governor of California. It was a time of the free speech movement, Viet Nam, conscientious objectors, love-ins, and the list goes on. I had an education in more ways than one.
A Love of Writing
Years later, when wanting to lose the couple of extra pounds from having had two children, I started reading diet books. I was appalled at how many weight-loss books were full of pure quackery. With my love of writing and helping people, I decided I needed to write the “definitive” diet book. Of course, a background in Interior Design wasn’t going to take me where I wanted to go. So, after pursuing a Master of Science degree in Nutrition at the University of Washington, I became a registered dietitian/nutritionist (RD/RDN) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND).
The MBTI® Fit
As I started my writing career, I became familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®, a tool for identifying one’s personality type) and became a certified practitioner of it. So many years ago in the early 1990s, I was unique in seeing the beautiful synergy between the MBTI® and losing weight. Through my writing and consulting, I’ve shown people how to improve their lifestyle in a way that is comfortable for their type. After helping so many people lose weight with type, I knew it was time to write a book that helped people deal with the stress in their lives. It seems to be so prevalent today. That’s what brought me to writing, Is It Worth It?
The List Goes On
I’m proud of the many books I’ve written, including those published by Perigee-Penguin Books, Kensington, and Alpha Books. When self-publishing came along, I found another way to reach my target audience. I’ve written such books as Your Personality Diet, Your Personality Lifestyle, and To Eat or Not to Eat, That is the Question. If you need to lose weight and would like to learn more about using type to do it, visit my website at Advantage Diets.
Not only have I written books, but I’ve had articles appear in such magazines as Fit Magazine, Fitness, Eating Well, Cooking Light, Elegant Bride and Mature Outlook. I’ve also appeared on television on PBS, Fox News and TLC, and I’ve been a spokesperson for Vitamin Water (Coca-Cola) and APRE (Alliance for Potato Research and Education). Again, visit the above-mentioned website for more information.
Helping Others Realize their Writing Dreams
I know what it feels like to be published by mainstream publishers, as well as being self-published. With that in mind, my husband and I started Affordable Editing Services where we provide editing, writing coaching, book design, and publishing coaching. Our main goal with AES is to help writers get that same thrill of seeing their ideas and thoughts published in a book. As we like to say at AES, “no author should be without an editor”.
Volunteering – An Extension of Who I Am
I volunteer at the local community college, helping adults in the Adult Basic Education Department achieve their GED (General Education Development), a high-school equivalent diploma. Many people need support in reading, writing and math. I did similar work with the Snohomish County Literacy Group. I also volunteer in my granddaughters’ classes. What a great joy it is to see kids’ eyes light up when they get that aha moment. And what fun it is to spend that kind of time with one’s grandchildren.
Creativity Never Stops
During my free time (when I can find it), I like to travel, knit, bead, play the piano, cook and create recipes. I’m even trying to learn to play the guitar. I just wish my mother were still around so someone would nag me to get to practicing. However, finding the time as an adult is far harder than when you’re a kid.