I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to write about for my final quarter of college. Last year (the 2012-2013 school year) when Food Digest came out, I was in a totally different place. In fact, I think every year in college has brought about a new idea of what I want to do with my life! So indecisive. But as I creep closer to finally being free of the school, work, school, work, eat, school, work, get 4 hours of sleep, school, work-cycle, I find myself so not ready.
I will be graduating in June, then getting married in September. I have no job lined up, I weight 17 more pounds than I ever thought I would, I live 4 and 1/2 hours from my family, and I am simply hoping for the best. Well readers and friends, that is about to stop. I’ve taken you with me as I’ve explored food labels, delved into dramatic story-telling, and shared my love of cooking. Now I’m sharing a last ditch effort to get my ducks in a row before I start a whole new chapter in my life.
Over the next 12 weeks, Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer will guide me to become confident in my skin. But that’s not all- I need to be mentally prepared for life after college, too. So each week, I will be doing something to further my goals of working in school food service. That may be signing up for a credentialing exam such as Certified Dietary Manager, volunteering at a nearby school, or finally going to one of the Resumaniac workshops on campus! Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves, this girl still likes to have fun. Friends and family are just as important to me as my career goals. Actually, they are more important. So don’t expect an account of hours spent in the gym; this quarter will chronicle change– the only constant in life. I have failed before, and I’m not making any promises that I won’t fail again. But “if you don’t leap, you’ll never know what it is to fly” (Guy Finley).
As nutrition professionals it is our job to help others, to inspire others, and ultimately, to change others. But we’ve also got to walk the walk! Health challenges all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional, and even spiritual. And in focusing holistically on those things, I wish to catapult both you and I, into a new way of seeing life so we can grow more fully into capable people. Here we go.