Wow. What a year. This has been the most intense year in my short life so far so I thought I would look back and reflect on the year that was. So much has happened that I think its best if I go back through chronologically…
I got engaged
2016 started with a marriage proposal, which, after much crying and hugging, I gladly accepted. There are no wedding plans at this stage, but we are happy living in bliss for the moment knowing we have all the time in the world to figure out all that stuff out.
I became a dietitian
After grueling exams and a placement that nearly broke me I finally achieved one of my major life goals: I officially become an Accredited Practising Dietitian. It hasn’t been easy, but now I am sitting where I am sitting I know it’s totally been worth it!
I connected with the most amazing people, both off and online
When I started uni, I thought I had found my “people”. Now I know that I am truly connecting with the most amazing people who continue to inspire, challenge and push me to be the best dietitian I can be.
I haven’t been able to physically meet all of you (thanks social media for allowing us to connect anyway!) but my hope is one day that I will! It’s a good excuse to travel all over the world to connect with like minded people.
So thank you to all you wonderful people who have helped me get to where I am now. Words cannot describe the gratitude that I feel towards you now.
I moved out of home
This affected me more than I though it would. Geographically, I didn’t move that far away but boy is it different. I had to get used to a new area, new rules and expectations living with different people and I had to quit my jobs as the travel to and from these was suddenly very taxing.
I do feel like I am living in a very different part of the state – the people and the culture are very different (in a good way!). It’s a slower pace of life in Pakenham and everyone here is so friendly!! Now that I am used to living here, I do enjoy it.
I started my own business
This has by far been the most exhilarating and scary thing I’ve done this year.
It is hard to get work as a Dietitian. Although most of the applications I put in got me interviews (thanks blogging!) there was always a candidate that just had that little bit extra than me. Even the supposed “entry level” positions went to people who had graduated a year or 18 months ago and who had some prior experience.
And moving to Pakenham made it really hard to find work since there are no advertised positions that are remotely close. Travelling to the city everyday for work is unrealistic as is going to the other side of the city.
Becoming a Private Practice Dietitian has always been the dream for me, I just needed someone to give me permission to set up my own practice. I’d previously been applying for all the established practices that were advertising positions with no luck. I talked it over with my mentor and it was the kick up the pants that I needed!
So I got to work. I searched high and low on DAA for resources that I would need to set up my own practice and I began calling around the local GP practices to see if someone had a room for hire. To my great surprise, I struck gold on the second phone call.
Things moved very quickly from there. I had to decide on so many things; what days I would work, which clients I would and would not see… oh and how I would set up my assessment forms, which resources I would need! So much to organize! Nevermind all the back end stuff I had to figure out… props to the guys answering the phone at Medicare you’ve all been so helpful!
I’ve been in Private Practice for just under a month now and I love it! I feel like I’m exactly where I’m meant to be and fulfilling my life’s purpose. Deep I know, but that’s how I feel.
When people walk into my office, they aren’t sure what to expect. When they walk out, they feel that someone has heard and understood their concerns and that they are being offered nonjudgmental, realistic advice that is going to fit with them and their lifestyle.
They aren’t afraid that the Dietitian is going to tell them off for drinking coke. They feel safe knowing that I’m not going to prescribe them some boring meal plan or tell them to make an already restrictive diet even more restrictive for “health” reasons.
In the span of a month I went from travelling 3+ hours per day doing things just for the money to being able to walk to work and do something that I feel deeply passionate about. Things have worked out well indeed.
So what a crazy ride 2016 has been. Time for a break. This will be my last blog post for a little while. Everyone needs a break, including me! In fact, this blog post has been scheduled in advance, I’m currently down the beach enjoying some R + R… and wine!
I’ll be back mid January with all new content to help you live your healthiest life on your terms, minus the green smoothies!