2015, my favorite year yet, in Review

  Dec 31, 2015  |  #Lifestyle

Hello you fabulous readers! I wanted to think out loud and share a

While I don’t have a ton related to the blog since this little baby just started in October, 2015 was still a year of many changes for me. It challenged me moreso than I could ever imagine, but also led to some of my greatest achievements yet, and some of the most memorable and happiest moments of my life.

Here’s a little recap:

PR’ed in the Tobacco Road Half Marathon with 1:38. 12th in my age group and the 40th overall female.

half marathon

Celebrated the completion of grad school’s comprehensive exam with my wonderful cohort.

graduate school

Had a wonderful bachlorette party in Charleston with the best bridesmaids a girl could ask for.


Completed my clinical rotation in a trauma hospital, which culminated with a case study presentation.

Mine was on a patient who had esophageal cancer. The chemotherapy drug had many side effects that made his treatment and progression difficult, and his tube feedings had to be changed multiple times. Nonetheless, it was a very intricate and complicated case!

case study

Got married. Hands down the best day of my life. Everything was perfect. So thankful for every single person who was a part of it.

BMs dad walk down aisle favorite year, wedding

Honeymoon’ed in Antigua.

Just the R&R I needed after all the wedding planning throughout grad school and an intense clinical rotation.

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Shortly after that, I moved out to Portland, OR for 3 months by myself to complete my last dietetic internship. While the timing was difficult (literally 3 days after returning from our honeymoon), I knew this was the best opportunity in the field of corporate nutrition for me, and it gave me a chance to grow exponentially.

I adjusted to a new environment, new people, and new attitudes.

I fell in loveee with Portland and hope to be back out there someday. The scenery is incredible. The people are super laid back and welcoming, and the food…the food is life-changing. That’s actually what inspired me to start Bucket List Tummy. I had a list of so many restaurants on my bucket list and tried to cross off as many as I could.

lake trillium Multomah Falls portland hike
vista house


And of course, working on the Nike campus was pretty amazing.

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When I got back from Portland, I was hard at work on my thesis. I then Graduated from UNC with my Master’s of Public Health (MPH) and presented my thesis on the role of Antioxidant (Vitamin C supplementation) and whether it is necessary to counteract oxidative stress resulting from endurance exercise.


Phew. What a year – great memories, tears, laughter, stress. I just about experienced it all.

What’s next?

  • Study for and take the RD exam so after all of this hard work, I can finally say I’m a Registered Dietitian!
  • I have a few job opportunities on the horizon and I’ll really spend the next month or so deciding what I really want to do in starting my career as an RD.
  • I’ll also be working on expanding this blog.

Speaking of the blog, it may be down for the next few days. It’ll be undergoing some exciting new renovations to start off 2016 😉 Stay tuned. I have a lot of exciting things coming up for the year. If you have not already subscribed to the blog, I urge you to do that for up to date news, posts, and some other goodies that I’ll be rolling out in 2016. Also, like the Facebook page for up-to-date news!

I hope to get a post up of my specific 2016 goals in regards to life, fitness, nutrition and career within the next week. In the meantime, I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year, and pray that 2016 is your best year yet. I can’t thank you enough for following me this far and sharing my journey with me. I hope you’ll stay along for the 2016 ride. xoxo.

Happy New Year! Now go eat something good, will ya?

20 responses to “2015, my favorite year yet, in Review

  1. What a great year with so many great events! Your thesis sounds really interesting. That must have been tough to move on your own just a few days after your honeymoon but Im sure living there was a great experience! Wishing you all the best in 2016!

  2. So many glorious pictures!! Your wedding photos are spectacular, as well as your stay in Portland. Presenting your thesis and having the experience of your internships are big big big things for one year. This next year is going to be SO exciting as it is now – because of all the work of this past year – time to take the BIG next step into your career! I’m thinking you are more than ready. And I’m quite excited to follow along as it all comes into play :). Happy New Year’s!

  3. I can totally see how this was your favorite year yet!! So many life-changing experiences.
    I am glad you shared some honeymoon pictures since we missed out on that. I am excited to read about your venture into the working world as an RD!

  4. What an awesome year!! You accomplished A LOT! I love Portland too, although I haven’t spent nearly enough time there. Your wedding dress was beautiful! And now I want to go to an all exclusive resort, haha! Cheers to 2016!

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