So often I forget that I’m only 23. I unrealistically compare myself to successful RDs who have been in the field for half my life span, spend time mostly with people who are closer to 30 than 20, and have this constant pressure on myself to be more. Ya feel? All my friends tell me that’s totally normal in your 20’s so while I don’t think it’s abnormal, its stressful! This week however, I loved being 23- it was a very happy, smiley, and fulfilling week. Here’s what I did.
Monday was the usual, school. I really was having a hard time physically though and couldn’t shake a headache that was going on and on for hours. I finally gave up on the idea of staying for night class, sent my professor an email, and booked it home to my bed. I was casual most of this week.
(Jeans are from gap and are a loose fit, top is jcrew, sweater stitch fix, and shoes the best investment of summer- I got through 2 weeks in europe sockless with these bad boys and my feet weren’t stinky I swear to you they are amazing)
Tuesday was crazy busy. I gave a lecture in the morning on campus 10 am-11 and sprinted to a local senior center in Glendale to shadow their RD for my community nutrition hours. Sarah works there and she had told everyone, including the residents, that I was coming so I really felt welcome! I really enjoyed my time there mainly because the facility is very small and the full time care ward is even smaller. The RD knows everyone’s story, name, grand children, etc. I don’t think I could ever work in a larger facility because the work is pretty hard (I’m emotional and death is something that happens more often there) and it’s very numbers based which isn’t how I work. I got a full tour of the kitchen as well and I got to try some of the veggies and soup for a snack.
The RD actually graduated from my program at CSULA so it was fun to chat with her about my classes and the professors. She was so accommodating and really walked me through charting, weight fluctuations, different meal adaptations for seniors, a little food service, and some typical stuff you see in geriatrics. I loved meeting the residents the most, just something as simple as a cute grandma telling me I looked beautiful and young made my whole day.
Wednesday I finally got to go to yoga! I haven’t been able to be in my classes (I REALLY miss zumba) due to traveling and it felt amazing to use my muscles. Also, can we just talk about how not practicing forearm stands for a few weeks makes them 20 times more difficult once they are back in your life? I lasted maybe like 4 or 5 stands before my triceps gave out. We did a lot of ab work too which felt amazing the day after- haven’t been sore in a while. With a healthy dose of endorphins I went to campus, sat through lecture, and spent the afternoon at the Y getting work done and catching up with my people. I headed to Y and G later that night and it was a great meeting! The kids are all bonded after Fresno and it’s sweet to see them let their guards down a little.
Thursday was more teaching and sitting in class. The day took a turn when my friend Kelly asked if I wanted to see the Imagine Dragons with her and 2 of our other friends because she got tickets last minute. Before I knew it we were leaving campus to drive back to my house between classes to shower so we didn’t show up to a concert wearing leggings and birkenstocks, booked it back to campus to make it to night class till 8 pm, grabbed some wine, and headed to Anaheim! We had a blast, the concert really was amazing!
We also went out after the concert and got home at 2:30 am to eat cheesy gooey quesadillas before crashing.
Friday was a rude awakening at 7:30 am but I had a meeting with a professor and volunteering hours for the food pantry for community nutrition too so I had to get my life together rather fast. My parents are visiting my sister this weekend so I had to deal with finding the dog a last minute babysitter (bless our awesome neighbors!) since I was going to be in Santa Monica till Saturday morning. I packed up clothes in the car and left to do school stuff and snuck a 30 minute nap in the back seat before heading to the West side. I ended up at Everytable for lunch at the promenade.
This company is working to provide healthy options for more people at a low price. I payed 8 bucks for this and my drink and it was so yum. I believe everyone should have access to nutrient dense food if they want it and sadly that’s not the case for many so companies like this give me hope!
Kelly and I studied at the TOMS store, their coffee it LEGIT, and the pre gammed dinner with some Jeni’s toasted marshmallow and darkest chocolate. Great decision. We stopped by Whole Foods to grab wine, GF pasta (Kelly is Celiac), and some chicken sausage.
Our friend Lalita is a chef and her pesto was amazing. This dinner was satisfying and always good to girl talk which was our entire evening before I left to go out for a friends birthday.
Ubered myself back to Kellys and she made me breakfast in the am! We adapted these GF oatmeal pancakes from Minimalist baker.
I headed home to a grocery delivery on my doorstep, a long shower, and sitting my booty on the couch. I’m planning on avoiding all my responsibilities and instead watching all my shows that I missed this week. A good use of my time? 100%