Monday, May 21, 2018

Focusing on me and where I have been

Well hello out there, I have finally decided to get back into blogging after a couple month long hiatus. Some things have changed since we have last chatted, including by the time you read this I have graduated college! I will officially have a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. The normal plan for individuals within this major is to go directly into a dietetic internship and then sit for an exam to become a registered dietitian. However, as we all know, I am not normal. I actually didn't even apply for an internship this year. Internships are usually 10 months long and are un-paid and full-time. Not only do I not have the money saved for 10 months without work, but I also don't know if being a registered dietitian is actually what I want to do. I have decided to take a year off and focus on me and building on my personal experience to figure out where I want to go and what I want to do. I have been in school for 21 years now and I'm ready to figure out what I enjoy doing outside of school. I absolutely love blogging and now that I have graduated, I will be able to devote more time to my new content coming your way soon!

This last semester of college was extremely difficult on me and my health. I work full-time as a store manager while also doing internship work for a non-profit. I gained 20 pounds this semester and felt so over whelmed that homework usually got done the morning it was due rather than taking my time to complete quality work. I started taking a lot of things personally that people were doing and it took a while to realize what these people were doing and saying about me had more to do with themselves than me. I was watching Allegra Shaw the other day on youtube and she had some amazing insight into how to be happier. She said imagine that everyone has their own movie, and you are the star of your own movie and everyone else is supporting characters in your movie but stars in their own movie. It really put certain things into perspective for me. Its so easy to become self-centered and think everything that is happening to you and around you is because of you, but sometimes other people just don't realize what they are doing. Everything happens for a reason and I feel like its time for me to focus on the here and now. Another thing Allegra said was to imagine that everyone around you are children, you wouldn't get mad at children for doing something wrong because they don't know any better. When I think of people this way it just makes me think well maybe they haven't learned that lesson yet and I am less inclined to be angry over stupid every day occurrences.

I do follow a plant-based diet, but over the past semester that turned into vegan junk food and a lot of fried foods and wine...Oh the wine! I am now committed to going to the gym and eating a much healthier diet, I mean after all I do have a bachelors degree in nutrition. I actually pulled a muscle in my abdomen this past week so I've been slowly getting back into the swing of the gym again but going a little lighter for a while until it heals. I want to focus on my personal health both physical and mental and plan on making this the summer of me and what I want and need. I want to listen to my body more and pay closer attention to what it needs. For the longest time I have been so focused on getting through the day and finishing tasks that I wasn't taking the time to appreciate what I have and enjoy living life. Appreciating what you have and all the positive things in your life helps you get over the shittier ones.

I have started to create real life goals for myself and can't wait to try and make them and hopefully even surpass them. With a new positive attitude and a lot more time on my hands to live life I can't wait to see what I can do. I have set four goals for myself for the remainder of this year:

1. Feel better and healthier through changing my diet and adding exercise and activity into the mix.

2. Post at least twice a week and then eventually 3 or more times a week to my blog. I also want to post more frequently to Instagram and create a visually appealing aesthetic for both my blog and social media accounts.

3. Get out of my comfort zone, meet new people, and experience new things. I am so socially awkward and often find it difficult to make friends who understand my awkwardness. My mom and I are going to Mexico in October and I can't wait to see all it has to offer.

4. Be more organized and tidy. This applies to everyday life, with school and work my life was really hectic but now that I have more time to say fold laundry (I hate folding laundry) I feel like I will have a less cluttered house and in turn less cluttered mind.

I could go on an on about this sort of stuff but I think I'm going to stop the post here and possibly continue my rambling in another post soon. Do you have any goals for the rest of the year or any goals that you set at the beginning of the year that your still working on or have even achieved!?

Have a great day!

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