Embracing Change & Some Exciting News

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.

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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.

Embracing Change + Some Exciting News

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.

Embracing Change + Some Exciting News

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.

Embracing Change + Some Exciting News

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.

Embracing Change + Some Exciting News

sarasig

7 thoughts on “Embracing Change & Some Exciting News

  1. Awesome Sara, you rock! Very brave of you, go get em ;)
  2. Congrats! We have similar backgrounds about graduating, starting careers, and then making the decision to turn around and go back to school. But I'm glad it worked out so well for you! Im almost done with my pre-reqs. I'm applying to LLU coordinated program next year, 2017! Any tips on how to stand out? Again, congrats! Best of luck in your goals.
    1. Thanks so much Jackie!! Love that we have similar stories and that you're applying to LLU! It's an amazing program and I couldn't be happier. Doing volunteer work will definitely help you stand out. If blogging is something you would be interested in, that could potentially help your application as well. If you have any other questions, feel free to send me an email: sara@kashinonhealth.com Good luck! : )

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