I’m generally a very private person but today I want to share a snippet of my life about how some not-so-great news led me to follow my dream.
After graduating from college, I worked at an online marketing agency for a little over 3 years. I was growing within the company yet something in my life wasn’t measuring up. I didn’t feel fulfilled; I felt empty and I couldn’t figure out exactly why that was. It was as if I was going through a major quarter life crisis and I wasn’t even 25 yet! It got to the point where it was affecting my personal life. I needed out, but I also needed a solid plan first. I started interviewing for other marketing positions, but I realized fairly quickly that changing jobs wasn’t going to cut it. I needed a greater change.
Nutrition has always been a passion of mine, yet for some reason I never really thought to make a career out of it until I realized I was spending the majority of my time reading health articles online. I contemplated getting my masters in nutrition, but the thought of going back to school to take all the science prerequisites in order to get into graduate school was very intimidating. I felt as though it was too late for me to make a career change.
After doing some soul searching at a yoga retreat, I was determined more than ever to go back to school and pursue my dream of becoming a registered dietitian. When I got back to work, I told my boss my plan and he surprisingly took it really well and even gave me the option of staying part time. I agreed to working part time because, in all honesty, I didn’t have the courage to fully cut the cord. Little did I know, the universe was going to do that for me so that I could really focus on the bigger picture…
Four months later I was informed that the company I was working for was going in a new direction and that they needed to lay off a few people, including myself. I couldn’t really believe it at first. A small part of me felt relieved but the other part of me felt like a complete failure. My first job out of college and I was getting let go? Sure, I was technically already checked out since I was back in school pursuing something entirely different, yet it still stung. I didn’t tell anyone about this except my family. That’s how embarrassed I was.
Everything happens for a reason. I sincerely believe this. You may be angry or hurt at first, but sooner or later you’ll understand why things went the way they did. Getting laid off was a blessing in disguise because I was able to focus on my prerequisite classes even more. I finally had a clear vision of what I wanted and nothing was going to stop me.
This week it all came together for me.
I was accepted into Loma Linda University’s School of Allied Health Professions for their Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics Program. Once I complete this coordinated dietetics program, I will be able to take the registration exam in order to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am to have gotten to this point. It feels surreal. I know I still have a long way to go, but this itself is a milestone for me.
If there’s a small voice in the back of your head telling you to turn in a different direction, listen to it. Don’t stay in something just because you’re comfortable & scared of the unknown. Take that step forward and embrace change.