What a YEAR. Let’s reflect shall we?
January: I headed back to DePaul for my last Chicago winter in the foreseeable future to work as an Anatomy and Physiology TA, a fitness instructor, and a senior Health Science Undergraduate Student. It was my favorite winter- I felt comfortable in my place, loved my roomies, and started to get a little sappy about leaving.
February: Much of the same. I also attended my first Fitness Conference at Purdue University where I worked out for literally 3 straight days and realized that fitness is not where I see myself. It was here where I blogged furiously on my blogspot about realizing that I enjoy teaching group fitness for the fun of it. Everyone was walking around that conference with extreme fitness goals for their self wither wanting to expand their clientele, move higher in their place of employment which for most everyone was campus recreation, or to at some point make fitness part of their professional lives or pretty much their whole lives. There I was thinking to myself- absolutely not. I came away from that weekend with sore muscles and a changed heart in regards to the way I think about fitness. I think I thought the same all along but it took me being in a room full of people deep in that industry to realize I want to be far from it.
March: Much of life was consumed with finals and I took many many lake breaks. I still remember the sound of the water hitting the concrete wall. Nothing soothes me more than that place not even the ocean.
I also got to spend time with my sweet friend Shelby! Her dad treated us to an AMAZING dinner at RPM owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic filled with some decadent food and great conversation that made me smile!
I came back home for Spring Break and had a lot of time with my sister and we went over to Oma’s house to sit by the pool! She’s 83 (82 here) and doing great!
April: April was a HUGE month for me. It started with my 4th and final Cubs opener with my family and bff/cousin Ella. My cousins live next door to Wrigley and I went to more Cubs related things in those 4 years than I had in my life- and it was so dang fun. I was raised a Cubs fan but never got an opportunity to be present there until I went to DePaul. Also of COURSE the year I leave Chicago is who the Cubs win the World Series. I’m just a little salty.
Next was an awesome weekend spent at my grandparents farm in the middle of no where Indiana. It’s literally Amish country with no wifi and barely any signal. I was so sick this weekend but it was also the most amazing weekend. I hadn’t been to the farm since I was a kid and it was so awesome to be back. I hadn’t done this rock climbing/ladder skimming/water wading hike since I was little and forgot how amazing it was to be in the hollows of rocks and to see what nature made. Unreal. I was grateful to get away form the city and be there.
The BIGGEST thing of the year was hearing that I had gotten into GRAD SCHOOL. I had made it into CSULA’s graduate program in Nutritional Science as well as being one of about 15 applicants admitted into the Coordinated Dietetic Program as well and I was floored. I had spend months studying for the GRE, filling out applications, banging on the director’s door at CSULA getting more info, and WAITING to hear. It was an amazing day to say the least. My DZ sister Annie who worked at More Cupcakes in Chicago made this cute thing for my to announce on constancelyeating and it made my day.
On top of all that I attended the Pediatric Nutrition Conference at Lurie Children’s Hospital with Ann, the RD and CDE who wrote me a letter of rec for my grad program, showed me what the real life of a clinical pediatric dietitian does and became a sweet mentor for me.
Last of all I taught my last Zumba class ever at Dance Marathon for DePaul. FTK and See ya!
May: Much of the same- Cubs games, good food, friends, and some fun foodie events!
Siggis Dairy Nordic Cooking Class and the grand opening of a new Portillos in Chi!
June: I turned 22 and graduated college. What?
Pub Royale in Chicago- HIGHLY recommend.
BS done. MS RD to go!
I would be no where without Delta Zeta. This sorority filled my life with women I hope to become, experiences I’m thankful to have had, and life long friends. BRB shedding a few tears.
I also started Graduate School 6 days after undergrad graduation. So that was a whirlwind.
My first food science class- hairnets, gross black pants, lab coats and all- and yes there were 6 ovens on in a room with no air conditioning on serval 100+ degree days- what a time.
July: My parents and I met my sister in Spain where she was a Au Pair for the summer. It was an awesome trip. We ate tapas till we had to unbutton our pants, had sangria every night, and enjoyed the wonderful history. We went to Granada, Sevilla, Madrid,Cordova, Toledo, and and more!
All smiles except for when I was sweating out of my clothing in the 100+ degree heat every day and lack of AC. BUT mostly smiles.
August: I started my next semester of grad school and was offered a faculty position at CSULA in the kinesiology department teaching basic nutrition of weight loss. (Still in shock) I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to teach well and that my students wouldn’t like me and I was terrified of my next classes. I also had some nice family time squished in there before Kate left for Tulane- her freshman year!
September: I keep chugging along with school, went to train for being an advisor for my YMCA’s Youth and Government Program, started coaching my 2 teams of 5 year old boys with my dad in AYSO soccer, and somehow got sleep.
Youth Development is my jam. I think empowering young people is one of the best things I have an opportunity to do. Kids make me smile and offer a different perspective that is so refreshing.
I also tried to show you that you can make health and healthy food a priority even if you have 3 lectures that you have to take, a lecture to teach, hours of studying, and a life to live.
October: A super fun month with lots of events again! I got to know my family group aka the 15 ish kids Im responsible for at Y and G conferences and just getting to see them grow has been amazing. In a matter of months their confidence in public speaking and making connections with each other has made my time there worth while.
I also got to host the Instagram stories for Cafe Gratitude at their annual Vegan Taco Competition having various restaurants come in and having the public and judges decide which taco gets voted best! My vote went to Gracias Madre!
I also got to host a Healthy Halloween table at my YMCA helping kids make healthier snacks while they carved pumpkins and had a costume competition.
Lastly, Soul Cycle was so kind in inviting my friends and for a free class to take together. My grad school friends got to meet my Y friends who got to meet my life long friends. It was awesome. Oh and my mom rocked at soul cycle!
November: Soccer season ended- the holidays began, my Y and G kids killed the game, my Chicago cousins came here for Disneyland and I got to be there for it all.
I found a raw food truck in Fresno where I got to be an advisor for my first Y and G conference. It was so different being there as an adult versus a high school teen.
My dysfunctional 5 year olds brought a smile to my face every Saturday and hugging them and their families good bye was blah. They asked the weirdest questions- forgot they they were playing soccer and picked grass instead- and gave the biggest hugs.
December: I finished my last finals of my Fall semester and ended up with a 4.0 GPA and an exhausted mind. This is what the last final on our faces looks like!!! I am so grateful to have met some amazing friends. I was scared I wouldn’t be in the right program and that it just wouldn’t work but all of us work together like we were meant to be here and I am so happy. School would be horrible without them and I look forward to Spring with these ladies by my side!
I also got to see Dani who flew in for her winter break in LA. Dani is my little in my sorority and she gets me. I appreciate her dedication to her faith, her ability to lighten any situation, and just being the kick ass/successful/spontaneous person that she is!
I also started the 40 hours I needed for my Institutional Food Service Class at Project Angel Food in Hollywood. I went into it with no expectations but in the middle of my hours now I am so lucky to be able to work in this space. The people that make up the organization are just good hearted and share the love with you. I feel appreciated and enjoy the time I spend there. It has been such a great way for me to spend my break off school. I’m totally coming back after my 40 hours are done.
Thats it for now. I hope you had a wonderful year- I sure did and I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings.