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… it’s incredibly difficult to get back into ‘blog mode’ after being away for three.point.five weeks? I can’t even tell you guys how many times I’ve attempted to get a post up in the past couple of days only to admit defeat and walk away because I got so overwhelmed by everything I felt I had to explain. But I’ve missed you guys, and things have finally settled down enough for me to get back to blogging on a regular basis, so I guess I should start by filling you in on what’s been going on around these parts since my last real post from waaaaay back in the beginning of July. Eeeep.
Okay. Remember all of those cryptic hints concerning big upcoming changes that I kept dropping in the month or so before I left? I know it was
kind of annoying, but I kept things vague because I didn’t want to jump ahead of myself and share too much info before anything had a chance to actually materialize. Well, after waiting for what felt like forever, things are finally solid enough for me to let the cat out of the bag.
First, I have to apologize for committing one of the biggest cardinal sins of friendship – I abandoned you guys for a boy. I know, I know, shame on me… but I had a good reason! See, I had someone special come visit me for two weeks in the beginning of July, and spending time on the computer when I had a pretty limited amount of time to spend with him felt like a bit of a waste.
So who is this mystery guy? Well, he’s my new guy (squee!!) – we’ll call him J for now. Our story? A little complicated… We’ve known each other for a little over eight years now, and we’ve always been close and had great chemistry, but the timing/situation was always off, which is why we never hooked up in the past. Heck, the timing/situation still isn’t ideal… and by “isn’t ideal” I mean he’s currently serving in the military and we’re attempting to make this work despite the distance and the fact that we have no idea what the future will look like. Foolhardy? Maybe a little, but I’m tired of playing it safe and living a lackluster life as a result. Taking chances is the only way to experience greatness, and while yes – I may crash and burn big time- I’m choosing to stay positive and holding out for the best. The two weeks I got to spend with J were amazing, and that’s definitely something worth fighting for, no? Just try not to get too upset with me if I feel the need to mope every once in a while – I’ll do my best to keep the “woe is me” at a minimum. Deal? Deal.
So that was the first two weeks of my absence – a lot of nights out, a lot of long talks, and a lovely weekend in the Canadian Rockies…
After that, it was off to Vegas for a few (5-ish) days…
And before you jump to any conclusions, no, I didn’t run off to elope – J and I went to the airport together, but we left on separate flights [sad face]. I won’t say too much about Vegas for now because I’ll probably go into a little more detail in tomorrow’s post, but I will say that it definitely helped me deal with the fact that my two weeks with J had come to an end. Boo.
Let’s see. I got back from Vegas on… I want to say it was Monday night (early Tuesday morning)? of last week… and I’ve been scrambling around playing catch up ever since. I kind of put “real life” on hold for the past three weeks, so I’ve been catching up on work, catching up on menial errands/tasks, and catching up on school. What? Yep, school… in a sense, anyways.
Back at the end of May, I signed up with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to start working on becoming a certified health coach. After wrestling with the idea for months, researching tonnes of different education options, and talking to plenty of graduates and health coaches, I decided IIN would be a good fit for me. It definitely won’t be the only schooling that I do in the area (there are a couple more programs that I’m really interested in as well), but it seemed like a good place to start. My classes opened up a couple of weeks ago, and I’m really enjoying the material so far. Health and nutrition are some of my biggest passions, and being able to help people become healthier and happier would be a dream come true. I already do that to a certain extent through blogging, but I figure that getting more education and direction can never be a bad thing.
So that’s life as I currently know it… A new relationship and a new journey towards what may end up being a new career. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t super happy with the way things are going right now, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here…
Happy Monday, friends! 😀
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The hotel and beach are a few miles away, but we were in town for Memorial Day weekend. The teenager and I were driving our rental back to the motel after a morning walk on the beach when we noticed a large, for sale sign in front of the motel. It was a bit unusual – real estate at the beach is always changing hands, with new owners coming in or out – except that this one was at our motel!
Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
Ok, so I’ve totally read this post like THREE times already, but I’m JUST NOW getting to leaving my comment….CONGRATULATIONS…on the boy AND the school! I’m so so SO happy for you love! Annnnnd, since I read all of your other posts up to today, I know how truly happy you are (or at least I can feel it from your words). Ahhh, I wish I could give you a big ol’ hug!!
So happy for your love life and career! Seeing how you have journeyed from fighting an ED to becoming a future health coach is really inspirational. I believe you will be a great health coach and your story will inspire many others. Life’s looking rosy 🙂
Christina @ Pinch of Healthy
Glad to see you back and congrats on all of the new changes!! My husband and I did long distance for 3 years before getting married and although it was tough sometimes, you make it work and I feel it helps you get to know each other even better because you have no distractions when you’re talking, skyping or visiting each other, It becomes all about the two of you during that time and really helps strengthen a relationship if you’re with the right one 🙂
SO glad you are back and that things have been going well for you. I’ve missed your posts like crazy, but I know that it can be nice to just get away from it all sometimes 🙂
Stoked to hear you joined IIN. I loved the material, and I have a feeling you will too. You just learn SO FREAKING much you know?! Its a lot of material, but oh so worth it!
Welcome back and congratulations! A career in a field you’re interested in is a really good choice and I wish you the best of luck in it.As for the relationship – welcome to the team 😛 I can’t lie, LDRs can be so damn difficult at times (and I’m not talking about trust issues or other stupid stuff of this kind; just that void which nothing seems to be able to fill when you’re apart) but it’s totally worth it if this is the person who makes your heart flutter without saying a word. I wasn’t very sure it was a good idea to start a long-distance relationship despite my feelings but now I know it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Yes, he lives at the opposite side of the planet and goes to bed when I wake up but we still find enough time to talk every single day. We may see each other twice a year but those are, without a doubt, the best days of the year. And to make things more exciting (and even crazier) we got engaged on facebook (like actually did it there and didn’t just change the relationship status after doing it in real life 😀 ). Now I really can’t wait to graduate, move back to Europe and build a new life with the man of my dreams.
Waiting for the right moment can only lead to missing opportunities and regret. There is no perfect moment anyway but there is that person who’s perfect for you and totally worth the hadrships you will have to go through. Enjoy every moment you get to spend together and never listen to people trying to discourage you. It’s your life, your heart and your right to choose what to do with them. Be very, very happy (2 years will fly quickly) and if you need a whine buddy every once in a while, I’m here too 🙂
Amanda @ .running with spoons.
Awwr girl, thank you so much for the encouraging words <3 <3 It definitely hasn't been the easiest, but it does add a touch of romance, doesn't it? 🙂 And ... !!! Congrats on your engagement! I'm SO, so, so happy for you <3
Welcome back, and congratulations on your very exciting opportunities. Your new career path sounds like a huge step forward in the right direction. It’s not easy making a big change like that so kudos to you for being brave enough to go through with it. My Hubby’s is about to embark on his own new career….in a school…out of state, which means we will be separated constantly so perhaps we can console each other over our missing men; literally and metaphorically. Speaking of men, I’m thrilled to hear your sudden departure was due to spending some quality time with a boy. Totally worth it, although I’m happy to have you back as well.
My husband and I had a long distance relationship (he lived 4 hours away, but traveled a lot!) for eleven months until we couldn’t take it anymore and we just eloped! LOL
Congratulations on your health coaching schooling! I have wanted to get a degree of that kind for years now. I guess I should just be okay with the degree that I have. 😛
I’m soooo happy for you!!! A new boy, new career – how exciting!!
I know of a few people who have gone to that school- and loved it!! Glad to see that everything is falling into place for you!! 🙂
I REALLY want to do IIN too. Will admit I’m jealous 🙂
But I definitely can’t afford it now. I’m 32 and rock bottom with health, and I feel it could help me ..heal maybe? (Though I also have severe doubts too…considering that a ton of the graduates on the internet who have done IIN have eating disorders or are in denial or are coming back “into ” eating disorders and ought not be giving “advice”….Claire at fitting it all in being one…and another girl (wont’ say who , but who admitted to struggling herself and having “healed her hormones” and asking for 300 dollars to charge clients, when she says she’s healed but admits to ammenorhea and past raw veganism and now lives grain-free life and protein shakes and blah blah blah…bit….too much…and there are a LOT like that…a lot 🙁
So I’m not sure, but IIN is definite future possibility , but not now (the lowest incremental payment I’d have to make would be 300 per month which is impossible when I’m not working and trying to scrape up money for toilet paper!). Grateful for what I have though (am taking another NON-nutrition related course that I love…but too shy to talk about that openly 🙂
Anyway, congrats. And again jealous….school, a MAN, and vegas ….and your beautiful and u eat awesome and have self-control (u don’t binge) and u are beautiful 🙂
and u have a functioning digestive system (unlike me who is either C or D in the bathroom and in major distress and can’t even exercise or walk due to all this….ugh…if U have any online nutritionist that ACTUALLY are smart in that area, let me know…iv’e yet to find someone.)
Get. It. Girl.
So very excited for you, and I was hoping good things were keeping you distracted. So important to simply SAVOR life sometimes and reflect back later. Long distance relationships are tough…my husband and I have been doing it for the past 5 years due to his job, and it requires a lot of patience and communication. But if he’s worth it, it’s always worth the effort. It’s the little things we tend to take for granted – letters, random texts during the day, snuggling in the morning when he’s home – that help sustain you, and that’s actually a beautiful thing.
And the classes? Perfect. You’re already honing your health coach skills here on the blog and doing a phenomenal job inspiring and motivating. Cannot wait to see how you grow and evolve!
OHH my goodness I don’t even know where to begin!! First of all with the new career path..THAT IS SO EXCITING!! I cannot wait to learn more about your journey with this and I think you will make an amazing health coach!!
AS FOR THE BOY! I am so happy for you, and the fact that you guys have been friends for 8 years is huge..I HAVE really good feelings about this, and I don’t even know that much!! I once had a great guy friend for a couple years that I had feelings for, but never said anything. He lived in a different state and the idea just seemed impossible. Come to find out after spending more time together he had feelings for me too, but by then it was too late and I already met someone new. I sometimes look back and wish I had just grabbed life by the balls and told him how I felt..who knows where I would be now!! But alas..everything happens for a reason right!?!? Anyway that story was meant to tell you that I love how you are just GOING for it!!! Life is too short!