Bittersweet: Chasing Dreams

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Five years ago I started this blog as a way to share the healthy modifications I was starting to make to meals with my friends and family. The husband and I had gone through a season of cleaning up our diets, going through a few rounds of P90X, and were feeling healthier and stronger. About the same time, I started to get frustrated with my seemingly complacent, go-with-the-flow lifestyle. I had found myself in a career I was really good at, with coworkers I loved, and lived in a neighborhood with a great group of friends. But I felt stuck. I hadn’t planned on ending up where I was; it just happened as a result of choices and moves and life.

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Today, I am super excited to share that because I acted on that restlessness and did something to change the frustration I felt, I am on a path to a new career that I cannot wait to begin. After months of soul-searching, job shadowing, researching, and talking with friends, I decided to go back to school to become a Registered Dietitian. A year of pre-requisite science classes, and a year and a half getting a second bachelor’s degree while traveling non-stop for work was worth every single long night teaching myself microbiology and organic chemistry, every cold networking call to get clinical experience, every day of PTO taken for exams, and even every weekend doing anatomy dissections in my kitchen. It feels so good to finally be able to share this journey publicly, especially since it is not over yet.

Last month, I resigned from my job in event management. The journey as a dietetic intern starts this summer. And hopefully a year from now, I can share the success of passing the national exam to become an RD. I am grateful every day for the few friends who have known and walked along side me to this point. I would never have gotten here without their support, their hands-on assistance, and their encouragement. I am excited to be able to share this next step a little more publicly, so get ready for some more in-depth nutrition posts. I am looking forward to using this space to share my experiences and expertise as I go through school.

Thank you to those of you who have been reading from the beginning. Having this space to share my passion for nutrition, my love of food, and my gift of hospitality gives me the purpose and excitement I was looking for back when I started this journey. Here’s to one more year and finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Let’s Do This! May

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After waiting and waiting for April to get here all year, it suddenly arrived, threw all it’s anticipation at me and disappeared as quickly as it arrived. And while it was a busy, exciting month, all the activities, travels, and life changes meant my plans took a backseat to the busyness that comes with big life changes actually happening. And then of course a free vacation to end the month meant barely even phones, let alone anything remotely productive (which was much needed). So while April’s goals get a B- for completion, it was definitely a good month.

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April in Review:

  • Develop 4 new recipes. (Create) // Traveling made this a little difficult, but with all the spring bounty growing, it was hard to not make all the salads with this month’s CSA goodies. // Green Go Salad // Artichoke Chickpea Salad // Simple Spring Salad with Strawberry Mint Vinaigrette // Tropical Orange Goodness Smoothie
  • Finish the Statesman Cap 10k strong. (Speed) // Success! Didn’t make my time goal, but had a strong  and fun race.
  • Do yoga every day. (Speed) // This went great for about 1.5 weeks. My brain cannot let me focus on yoga at home. Especially in my office. And making time to fit it in was also difficult since I kept finding things that took precedent. I have been doing a morning 10 minute yoga/stretch routine that has been a perfect wake up, and that’s actually become (almost) a daily habit.
  • Surprise someone. (Slow down) // This one got lost in the craziness of the month and did not happen. Giving myself Grace and trying again later.
  • Turn off technology. (Be present) // I did WAY better on this one this month. Not perfect, but 90% successful. And 5 days on the beach without a computer and minimal phone time was also helpful to break the addiction.

May Goals:

  • Complete 3 blog projects. (Refresh) // Still updating, still growing. Will share more once this one is complete!
  • Develop 4 new recipes. (Create) // Spending more time in the kitchen this month to gear up for Summer. Lots of fun recipes coming in May.
  • Practice yoga 3 days per week. (Speed) // Every day was a lot, but 3 days a week this month is doable and I already built it into my schedule so I stick to it!
  • Invite a new friend to coffee. (Slow down) // With a little more free time on my hands this month, it’s time to get more intentional with relationships.
  • Take a technology-free weekend. (Be present) // A computer-free vacation was so freeing, that I am going to recreate it one weekend this month. Adios to the phone as well.

May is all about rest, fun projects, lots of gym time, and gearing up for a new routine. As much as I want to dive into it all right now, these goals will help me to slow down and take one thing at a time. One day at a time. And hopefully enjoy the break.

Let’s Do This! April

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A month of traveling is over, and a month of fun is ahead. I am so excited for April. Texas VegFest, Easter, and a free vacation are on the horizon. A few goals are starting to repeat as I try to continue to build new habits and routines now that I am home for a bit. March was mostly successful, but I’m looking forward to extending the time on a few important items.

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March in Review:

  •  Research and select a photography course to take. (Learn) // Minimal action taken here, but I did decide on one to take. Looking like a summer goal on the horizon to complete!
  • Build list of recipe ideas. (Create) // Framework is in place, but still have some work to do on the content. Thankfully, this is going to be an ongoing list.
  • Keep run streak alive through a month of traveling. (Run) // This one got rough after repeated 4:00 AM treadmill dates, but the streak is 93 days and going strong!
  • Sign up for a Spring race. (Speed) // Last minute registered, got the husband on board, packed up the car, and drove to Dallas for 24 hours of Pi(e) Day fun with my favorite running buddy.
  • Surprise someone. (Slow down) // My surprise plans for the husbands birthday ended up with me telling him in advance, but we still had an epic weekend celebrating in our new city.

April Goals:

  • Develop 4 new recipes. (Create) // Time to get back in the kitchen and experiment with some fun food combinations.
  • Finish the Statesman Cap 10k strong. (Speed) // Two weeks from race day! Some shin pain derailed my scheduled training but still planning on racing my heart out next Sunday.
  • Do yoga every day. (Speed) // Post-race, the calendar is completely empty through the summer, so the goal is lots of strength and lots of yoga. Trying to build a new habit. And avoid future injuries.
  • Surprise someone. (Slow down) // Let’s see if I can actually keep a secret and surprise someone with something fun this month.
  • Turn off technology. (Be present) // Still haven’t mastered this in the slightest, and I do not like the addiction. No multitasking on the phone, no phone after 9:00 PM, and no screens of any kind (except maybe a movie theater) on Sundays. Ready, GO!