For those of you who read the blog, you know a lot’s changed in the past nine months. I replaced Graduate Student with Registered Dietitian on my resume, left my apartment in Chapel Hill for the excitement of San Francisco, landed a job beyond my wildest dreams and ran off to Italy to marry the love of my life.
You’d think after eight years in a college town I’d be ready for big city living. Or after six years of studying and numerous dietetic internships, I’d feel like I had earned my dream job. Or after dating the man I’ve loved for four years, I wouldn’t have nervous butterflies walking down the isle. After all, each of these milestones has been years of hard work in the making.
Becoming a RD, moving to a big city, landing my dream job and getting married –these recent milestones have been nothing short of amazing. What I wasn’t fully prepared for though were the big changes that came with them.
The truth is, part of me misses Southern living and being a student in Chapel Hill. I sometimes sit at my desk in downtown San Francisco and wonder whether I’m capable of the great things my bosses think I am. And you know what? I didn’t really feel married until the hubs and I had our first argument last week. Something about having to kiss and make up finally made marriage feel real.
No matter how ready I felt or exciting they’ve been, navigating a new career, learning a new city and becoming a new wife hasn’t necessarily been easy.
I know many of you are chasing milestones of your own. Maybe you’re studying for a degree, moving to a new place, training for a race, planning a wedding of your own… I thought I’d share just a few things I’ve learned about embracing achievements and making the most of new adventures.
- Live in the moment – Enjoy life as it is now, whether it’s your last few days as a student or your first night in a new apartment. You might miss something wonderful if your mind is stuck on the past or preoccupied about what’s to come. Some of my fondest memories from Chapel Hill were my last!
- Celebrate your accomplishments. Spend an entire day exploring your new city or plan a post-exam fiesta with friends. Don’t miss the moment getting caught up thinking about what’s next. The hubs and I indulged in a large pizza and bottle of fancy champagne the night I got my job offer!
- Accept the challenges – Things may not be quite what you expected or you might occasionally think you’ve gotten in over your head. Take it one day, one moment at a time –and remind yourself: Great things are rarely easy. I’m constantly reminding myself I got my job because I am 100% capable of doing great things.
Hopefully sharing what I’ve learned from my recent milestones will help you make the most of yours when they happen!
What milestones are you working towards –and do worry about any of the changes they may bring?
How do you make the most of new and exciting but sometimes scary changes?
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