monday mantra

Now is the right time

The New Year is brimming with possibilities, and while many of us have resolved to get healthier or more organized, it seems a lot of you also want to be happier–in your careers! I’ve been getting a lot of emails from blog readers about career changes recently–many from aspiring RDs.

How do I know if I’m cut out to be a RD? At what point do I take the plunge and go for it?

Not too long ago, I wondered the same things–and thought this mantra was perfect for those of you contemplating making some big time changes this year.

Regarding going back to school to become a RD, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. It took a lot of hard work, and challenged me in ways I never expected, but it was worth it. Sure, doubt crossed my mind every now and then, but I’ve never once regretted the decision I made. It took a little bit of faith and a lot of determination, but by following my heart and exercising my talents, I have made a career out of doing what I love–and you can do the same!

Remember, life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself–and it’s never too late to start. For those of you dreaming up big goals and new adventures in 2014, I can only say two words: Start now. Even if it’s a small step, the time to start is now.

Have a great start to your week, friends!

New beginnings: Considering making big changes this year? Let’s hear them! I’ve decided to make a fairly big change to the blog this year. Just wait and you’ll see!

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  • You said this perfectly Elle! Took the words right out of my mouth. School is very challenging, but I’ve never questioned why I am doing this. It’s all worth it in the end! Your posts about changing careers is very inspiring for us future RDs!

  • I’m in the process of exploring options for my career. I love what I do but recent changes in my company have me branching out. My husband and I are always going to start trying for a baby this year!

  • I couldn’t agree more! I spent about 1 1/2 years debating whether or not I should go back to school and I’ve finally started taking the small steps to work toward the goal of becoming an RD. I’m a bit nervous, but I couldn’t be happier or more excited. Also, during that time, I found your blog through your “how I became an RD” post. Happy that happened as well. :)

  • This is a great quote! I’m actually going back to school to be an RD (one more semester of pre-reqs and then hopefully starting my master’s this fall!) and two years ago or so, when I was deciding whether to leave an industry where I was really successful and go back to school for a science (something that was never my thing) I really appreciated a quote by Earl Nightingale:

    “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.”

    It reminds me of the quote you picked today. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m so happy I made the switch. And I love chemistry, who would have thought?!

  • Great post, Elle.
    I’ve been wanting to study abroad in Spain. It’s something I really want to do. And, it gives a different perspective of how cultures view food, nutrition, and health! =)

  • I like this! I’m constantly thinking about a career shift but I’m just not sure which direction to go into. Sometimes I think I’m too old for that since I’m already in an established career .. but I’m not even 30 yet so I have lots of young years ahead of me!!

  • Elle, this couldn’t have come at a better time for me…seriously. I have been debating whether or not to go back to school to become an RD. I have a BA in Kinesiology but I have always wanted to become and RD. I am just debating on whether or not it is worth the hours and loans I will have to pay back on top of my other loans. I guess if it’s my passion it won’t matter. Thanks for the motivation!