2017 · lifestyle

Looking Back on 2017

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New Years Eve – an annual day, for many according to my social media feeds, for reflection.  I’m a proud ticket holder of the reflection train and have enjoyed looking back on both the highs and lows (aka growth opportunities) of the 2017.  Even though I’m posting this in 2018, I wanted to share this look back on 2017 with you and for my own record.

By far, the highest high of 2017 was completing my dietetic internship and passing the RD exam.

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I’m officially a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist!

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As I was studying for my exam, I came across a podcast that ignited a spark.  The RD Real Talk podcast expanded on the concept of intuitive eating, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  In addition to other areas of nutrition and well-being I’m passionate about like integrative/functional nutrition and sports nutrition, I’m immersing myself in learning about intuitive eating.  I am so excited to continue to learn and grow in my practice as a dietitian in 2018!

Another high of 2017 was all of the hiking we were able to do in the later half of the year.  This high came after the low of Tim breaking his foot.  We are grateful that his recovery went smoothly!

There was a lot of running in 2017 – the Oktoberfest 5K in September, the Glass City Marathon Relay with my family in April, the Muddy Mini half with my sister in June, and my sixth marathon in October.  It was this year I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and started running with a local trail group and did the Fall Running Series.  I fell off the bandwagon toward the end of the year with meeting up with the group, but it was another one of the highest highs from the year because it was something I had wanted to do but had put off because of fear.  There was anxiety over meeting new people, but mostly fear over expectations of not being fast enough, running long enough, or running as much as others did.  This was SO not the case.  The trail running community welcomes everyone with open arms.  I am thankful for the continued passion for running, and for getting to share this passion with others.

BGSU – a common thread in the core of my life.  I completed my dietetic internship through Bowling Green and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Food and Nutrition, my youngest sister graduated, and my entire family (#FalconFamily) headed out to campus for homecoming.  Forever a Falcon, BGSU will always be a highlight of my life.

What is it about water and nature that brings so much joy and contentment?  I am thankful for getting to spend a few days by the Atlantic Ocean with my mom, a few days on the Gulf with my family, a few weeks by the lake – by myself and with family, and many miles of trail running soaking up the beauty of the world around me.

This year, we also faced some challenging times.  There were tears, questioning, and hard times that I can’t even summarize in one word – but the ups and downs, twists and turns, expected and unexpected are what make this life what it is.  I’m internally programmed to look for gratitude and found comfort in looking for the lesson and opportunity to grow in every situation.  By no means did I or am I doing this perfectly, but that’s okay, I’m a work in progress.

But above all, the high of my life will always be those I share it with.  My husband, family, friends, classmates, colleagues, teachers, mentors, running buddies, and more.

Thank you, 2017.

What is one of your “highs” from 2017?

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