the new kid

Say hello to Awkward Girl Gets Fit, my new baby.

This past year has been one of searching for me. I realized a few months ago that I’m just sort of bored. As much as I love my children and being mom and homemaker, the seasons when they’ve needed me to be so hands-on and immediate have passed. It’s been a year of prayer and seeking, trying to figure out where and what God is calling me to.

I’ve known for a long time that I want to work in the nutrition and wellness field. I thought I’d even found the perfect way to start on that journey. Sadly, that’s not the path for me right now. The school is saying there was some miscommunication, but in reality it was bad information that they gave me after I was very specific in my questions months ago and I’m starting the search again.

It’s disappointing, but it’s also given me a chance to really flesh out what I want to do.

I was planning on going the Registered Dietician route, but I see now that perhaps that wasn’t going to be the best choice for me.

Ultimately, I want to work one on one, or with a family, to reach their health and wellness goals through diet and fitness. Help planning meal plans, navigating allergies and sensitivies, finding the right diet for an individual, making it all work for a familyn – that’s where I’m feeling called – even doing crazy things like help learning to grocery shop for special needs or going into the kitchen with new or reluctant cooks. I also believe that food and fitness go hand in hand when it comes to wellness, and I’d like to be able to offer that.

I can offer the more holistic viewpoint I personally believe in and know to be more beneficial than conventional nutrition. While there’s less oversight, something that concerns me, there’s more freedom. I’ve found a few courses of study that are more tailored to these desires, and that I can complete a lot more quickly.

There’s a lot more research to be done before I get too much further on my journey, but Awkward Girl is my first big step. I never intended for this blog to become so diet and fitness focused – originally, it was intended to keep our family up to date when we moved across the country. We’ve been back for over a year now, but I feel like it’s time to make the split. This blog will remain more family and faith focused, the other will be more food and fitness.

And I promise I’ll do better at updating both than I have this summer!

Oh, and the Awkward Girl name – you can read about that here.

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