Welcome to a new week! My weekend was jam packed, but super fun.
I went to my first Duck game of the season with my mom, had a "long run" of only 8 miles, got some colored skinny jeans, had breakfast with my brothers and took Jonah Bell for a 5 mile hike up Spencer's Butte.
So, I have some exciting news to share: Next week I'll be heading back to school! No, I won't be going full time, but I am cutting back my time at work to 30 hrs/wk and going to school Mon-Thurs for a few hours in the afternoon.
The backstory: Since before I graduated with my bachelors of science in Journalism: Public Relations, I knew I wanted to get a masters degree someday. However, it was said that you should go out and get some real world experience before heading back for an advanced degree.
Well... seven years later, here I am! In my self discovery to find a career I am passionate about, I have wanted to do MANY things. The list includes: physical therapist, sports psychologist, sports medicine, counselor, personal trainer, nutritionist, graphic designer, sports marketer, writer and editor and public health professional.
As you may know I am just a wee bit indecisive. That has made this discovery process EXTREMELY difficult. That and the fact that I like marketing (the field I'm in), but there aren't a lot of opportunities in Eugene.
Alas, I finally bit the bullet and took the steps to get this school train moving - I went to orientation at the local community college, I obsessively checked the registration page until spots became available in the classes I needed and I talked to my bosses at work. Everyone has been incredibly supportive, which I am so thankful for.
So next week I'll be taking basic chemistry and biology classes that are pre reqs for general chemistry and biology. At this point, I'm looking at the path of getting a MPH (masters in public health) and possibly RD (registered dietician) - some schools have a combo degree. OR an MPH with a nutrition focus.
In a dream world, I would love to help clients one on one in an office setting to get moving on the right path towards a healthier lifestyle. But I'm also interested in the public health promotion piece of things. I am passionate about health, my community and nutrition and I think my communication and marketing skills will only add to this field. Ultimately, I would love to write a column in a monthly magazine - big dream (eeks!) in addition to my full time gig.
Am I scared? Hells yes. I am a 'takes NO risks' kind of person. I am unsure if this is the path I will end up on, but for now, it is the one that will get me moving to a career I am passionate about.
Is the timing right? Well, no. But it's never going to be perfect. Plus, there's no time like the present! Over the next 3-4 years, we will be getting married, I will be going back to school (and trying to work part time when possible), we will hopefully go on a belated European honeymoon and likely start a family.
My biggest fear? I'll realize after a few years of school that I'd rather go back into the communications field.
What are a few of the careers you considered going into? Is there something you've been putting of for oh, say...7 years?!
Happy Monday Funday!
Week Prep: I made noodles, sauce w/ veggies, kale chips and whole wheat bran berry muffins last night so this week would be a little easier. I'm testing it out to see if this is something I might do during the school term. More to come...