Monday, January 2, 2017

Thoughts On 2016 and Embracing 2017

Although this blog may have taken an unintentional hiatus over the past ~ 6 months, I certainly have not forgotten about it. Rather, I am grateful I can always come to this space to share my thoughts, even if for just a few readers (Hi, Mom). 

This past Thursday night, I did (my beloved, thank goodness for gift cards) Barry's Bootcamp. As always, it was a fantastic class taught by my favorite instructor, and I was joined by Brent, as well as some friends, making the butt-kicking all the more enjoyable. At the end of the class, the instructor led us through a meditation/reflection, where we thought about one thing we were most proud of in 2016 and one thing we were not as happy about. Moving through this exercise triggered me to think more about reflecting on the past year and how I want to move forward in 2017. So, here it goes. 

The accomplishment I am most proud of this year is getting matched to do my dietetic internship at UCSF. After one year of night school while working full time, followed by two years of full-time schooling, volunteering, and waitressing, all my hard work finally felt as though it had paid off. Now, I am five months into my internship and I can honestly say, every damn day I feel so grateful to be learning at UCSF. Not only is the internship exceptionally organized, but I get exposure to so many different areas of nutrition daily. I can write more on my thoughts in another post, but lets just say, I am grateful.

This past year (well, really the past three years) has been difficult as far as school/work-life balance. I feel as though I have had to say no to a lot of events, trips, or get togethers, for not so fun reasons. While of course, there is a time and place for saying no, which can be hard, I am excited about having a little more free time towards the end of the internship and after. I've hit the age where friends are moving out of the city, maybe even out of California, and I want to soak up time with them. And if I am really being honest, I find myself craving more time with my family, including my Mom and my sister. I want to be a more dedicated family member.

2017 will be a big year for me. And for Brent. We are getting married in March after a year and a half engagement. I am excited about our impending wedding, not just because I get to officially marry Brent, but also because we will be surrounded by friends and family from near and far; I don't want to take that for granted for one moment. I want to remember every second of it. 

On July 28th of 2017, I will finish my dietetic internship at UCSF. After finishing, I will likely study for a month or two for my exam to become a Registered Dietitian. Once I pass the exam, I think I will officially feel relieved. Professionally, my big goal of 2017 will be to get a steady paying job. I have worked my butt off the past 3 or so years to put myself through graduate school and this internship. I would be lying if I said I was not excited about a more steady paycheck, even if it is not that much. After all, I'll be starting, from scratch, a new career. 

Another goal, professionally, and a bit personally, in 2017, will be to get back to my holistic health roots. I have always been passionate about holistic health and preventative medicine, as evidenced by my completing Bauman College's Nutrition Consultant Program and my I-ACT certification as a Colonic Hydrotherapist, but it has been hard to focus on this in my dietetic internship, which emphasizes Western medicine (which of course, I expected going into it). There is a time and place for both, I just want to make sure I am still delving into both.

And really, that is about it. I don't have a long list of other goals really. 2017 will be a year of embracing big transitions - entering into a marriage and becoming a Registered Dietitian. 

For anyone with health-related resolutions this year, I leave you with this thought. Throughout my internship thus far, I have seen many very sick people (and of course, some not as sick people) and people who have been dealt some real shitty cards. Please treat your body with kindness because you deserve it. And never, ever take for granted any workout you do, whether it's walking or bootcamp or yoga. Your body is truly a gift and you should be thankful for every time you are able to move it in a way that feels good. These days, after each workout, I find myself thanking my body over and over again, for allowing me to move it. Please consider doing the same. 

Happy New Year!