Hello you fabulous readers! I wanted to think out loud and share a quick little review of 2015, my favorite year yet, in the books. I am really excited for 2016’s new changes and adventures. 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.
Celebrated the completion of grad school’s comprehensive exam with my wonderful cohort.
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!
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.
Honeymoon’ed in Antigua. Just the R&R I needed after all the wedding planning throughout grad school and an intense clinical rotation.
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.
And of course, working on the Nike campus was pretty amazing.
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.
- 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?