Long time no see, eh?
Well I wanted to pop in and just update you all a bit on the happenings of my life. Why? Well, because I do think at some point I had a few readers here and there. And also because I like blogging, I miss it. I enjoy having an outlet for the areas of food, nutrition and healthy living that I may not get to share on a day to day basis in my career as a dietitian.
My plan is to come back to blogging now that I somewhat have my feet back on the ground, and I have visions of where I want this blog to go! Food is a huge part of my life, and I want to continue sharing what I’m cooking at home but I also now live in a city with fabulous culinary offerings and would like to start reviewing restaurants – but maybe with my own twist on how to remain relatively healthy with so many delicious choices. On another nutrition note, now that I’m out of school and into the real world, I find myself looking for the best ways to keep up-to-date on current nutrition research and trends. One thought I had about that is researching and posting about something new-to-me, on a regular basis.
I would also like to incorporate fitness and general wellness, as those are both imperative in maintaining good health. Using my blog as a tool for self-motivation and accountability when it comes to exercise would be so helpful, as I’ve fallen off the wagon a few too many times this past summer. Stress management would be another topic I’d like to divulge into a bit.
Anyway, those are just a few of the main ideas bouncing around in my head, but I’m sure more will pop up as I actually sit down and organize my thoughts into a concrete plan. More on that later – but first… where have I been?!
Well you may remember back in March, I moved out of South Florida to return to my hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan. If you don’t remember why, here’s a post that generally explains the situation. Note: I may decide to make all of my past blog posts private soon, so if this link does not work and you’re truly curious just shoot me an e-mail! I moved back to Michigan just as winter was ending and the ground was starting to thaw – luckily I only got a little taste of the cold. It snowed one morning about an inch or two but I survived by scraping the snow off of my car with a shoe (I forgot how important it would be to have a snow-scraper!). I was now in a familiar city with familiar faces, but without a job or a place to live. To say that moving was the answer to all of my problems would be so, so wrong. I now faced a world of new issues to solve for myself.
My biggest issue: employment. If you hadn’t noticed, the economy sucks. I’ve heard rumors that it’s improving but I have yet to see proof of this, so I call BS on that. The thing is, everyone and their mother would like to hire a dietitian, but here’s the catch – not fulltime, at least not in this area of Michigan. Since I moved with a decent savings, I wasn’t concerned about finding something fulltime immediately. In the spring and summer, I was fortunate enough to be offered a handful of part-time/perdiem/contract positions, and pieced these together to make-do. I thought for sure something would come along with more security and consistent pay, but I was wrong, of course. The more time went on, I actually began hearing less and less of open positions for dietitians. So, as of right now, after moving back 6 months ago, I am still piecing together multiple jobs. I actually really enjoy being able to exercise my knowledge of nutrition in different facets on a weekly basis, the only downside is that my income isn’t consistent month to month. I’m fortunate enough to be able to pay my bills and buy my groceries though – I remind myself of that often. If need be, I do know quite a few people in the foodservice industry that could get me in as a hostess or serving tables on nights and weekends if I was truly strapped for cash – I am so not above that! But right now, I am making it work.
Currently, I work in a dialysis clinic with patients that suffer from chronic kidney failure and must follow a very strict renal diet. I am also working as a contractor for part of a government grant, focusing on improving vegetable consumption of school-aged children and their parents – this one is a lot of fun for me because I’m able to cook and work on recipes quite a bit! And lastly, yet probably most importantly, I am working in private practice with eating disorders. This is so, so huge for me, as it has always been a passion of mine. I was so lucky to have gotten the experiences in South Florida at the residential treatment facility, and was worried I was going to lose my practice and experience once I moved away. Through networking, I found an established outpatient practice that was looking to add a dietitian to their team and they wanted me! Though my clientele will take time to build, I couldn’t be happier to be a part of the team.
Although I still have days where I feel like my life is a complete mess, compared to 6 months ago I definitely have come a long way. I’m happy, and that is not something I was able to say before. And since this post is now becoming more like a novel, I’ll leave it at that. In the next week or two is when I plan to make moves on my visions with the blog – so stay tuned!