This weekend I (FINALLY) completed my Masters of Clinical Nutrition degree. Yipee!!! After a weekend of celebrations with family and friends, feelings of relief and accomplishment, and coming to terms with a few underlying fears (e.g. WhereTheHeckAmIGoingToWork?) I started reminiscing on the differences between the person I was before I started this journey over two years ago, and the person I’ve become.
Sure, I still enjoy a good hotdog now and then, my addiction to updating my bedding has (if possible) gotten even more intense than before, and I feel extremely lucky that the same girls that I called as soon as I got accepted into grad school in 2012 are the ones I celebrated with this weekend (plus a couple new bonus friends)!
Other things, however, have changed…
If you asked me a few years ago what I wanted for breakfast, the answer was ALWAYS – bagels and cream cheese. Today, 9 times out of 10, the food I want to start my day out with is Greek yogurt and blueberries. Not only does this breakfast provide a tad more nutrition than the prior, but I feel like I could go for a run after eating versus hopping on the couch for a post-breakfast nap.
My favorite weekend hobby of all time used to be…wait for it…brunch! For those of you who think brunch is a meal and not a hobby, you are just not brunching properly. Brunch for me was a combination of rallying friends, picking a hotspot with a great atmosphere AND cheap mimosas, and spending my afternoon soaking in every wonder brunch had to offer.
Nowadays I prefer a quick trip to the coffee shop, a morning yoga class, and an afternoon paddle boarding. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy a brunch every once in a while, but I’ve found that I feel like a whole new person when I start my week with a little exercise and some time outdoors.
Products for me used to consist of makeup and perfume. Period. It was always a matter of improving (aka covering up) what I had going on. Today my bathroom is filled with products like Nude skin serum, organic soaps, and face moisturizers with SPF. The older I get, the more thankful (and protective of) I am for the skin and body I have.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”