New beginnings

New beginnings

Somebody started their new job this past week-

Yesterday was Terry and I’s first day at our new church. Terry will still be a youth pastor at this new church, but a new place always brings new challenges and new adventures. He brought the message yesterday and did an awesome job. Every time he goes up on stage I am so impressed. I don’t know if I could do that!

The whole church was so welcoming. They even themed the decorations around Terry’s favorite TV show, Psych-

Going to a new place is scary, but I’m feeling really good. I made a lot of connections already. Plus, I’ve already been experiencing the perk of having family near by. A huge portion from our families were able to attend the service too.

^Flowers to match my flower dress. : ) (PS What does it say about me if both times I went to type “flowers” I typed out “flour”??)

Of course, today is a big day for me too, as it is my first day at the hospital! Most my nerves are centered around getting there and parking. Rest assured I’m leaving a solid 30 minutes before I probably need to leave.

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on what I hope to get out of this internship. I want to grow professionally, of course, and I want to expand my knowledge-base by seeing my classroom learning expand through real life cases.

I am also going to try making a weekly goal to try and reach each week. One of my biggest challenges is staying focused and not letting things slip away from me, so I’m hoping by forming goals (and checklists) I’ll be able to do so. My first goal is a simple one, but one that seemed appropriate for my first week. Observe the work flow and communication style among my department. I think by paying close attention to how others work and operate I’ll begin to better understand how I’ll best fit in. I want to be as much of an asset as I can be, so learning fast is imperative.

We will see how this week goes! The first day is always the most illuminating.Bring i

So you tell me- 

Do you make weekly or monthly goals? If so, what helps you stick to them?


Dairy farm trip + Top 3 Friday #24

Dairy farm trip + Top 3 Friday #24

Woah, this was one busy week! I am exhausted, but also energized in the way of being ready to take on the world. Ya know what I mean?

Yesterday I had a blast going to a dairy farm with my fellow dietetic interns. We got to meet some cows…

^This one was only a day old!

We learned that calves drink at most 2 gallons a day, whereas a dairy cow will typically produce 6-8 gallons of milk. They make enough for all of us.;)

I loved getting to talk face-to-face with the farmers themselves. Being there, I realized just how much hard work and dedication such a job would take. We were all drenched in sweat after an hour of being there and we didn’t even do any work!

One thing we talked about was antibiotics and growth hormones in cows. Antibiotics are used as little as possible and when a cow must be treated with antibiotics, all of their milk is dumped until the antibiotics are no longer in their system. Most farmers are a part of co-ops that agree to not use growth hormones. The milk is tested both at the farm and at the plant before being processed. If the milk is contaminated, the farmer is issued a HUGE bill. Much bigger than what they sold the milk for. Humane treatment of the cows is vital for both farming processes and ensuring milk production. Happy cows mean happy milk!

To be honest, I’m not a big milk drinker, but I do love other dairy products like cheese and yogurt. I’m thinking about adding a glass of milk to my day because of the nutrients it provides are so plentiful- magnesium, vitamin D, calcium, and potassium.

It’s been a filled week. I’m going to try to sum it up in this week’s Top 3 Friday!

Top 3 Eats

  1. Naan Pizza. On Sunday night before I left for our internship I made Terry and I this super easy dinner: naan bread with tomato sauce, hummus, carrots, and goat cheese.

2. Burrito bowls. For our first night of orientation, we decided to make burrito bowls. Rice, black beans, cheese, salsa, iceberg lettuce, and corn. This was so good! I don’t know why we don’t make this more often.

3. Brinner. For another dinner, we all pitched in a made brinner- great comfort food for tired girls! Banana pancakes, roasted potatoes, ketchup, and egg. 

Top 3 Lows

  1. I had a bit of stressful weekend trying to get everything before leaving for Rock Hill for the week. Everything came together, but it was quite a scramble!
  2. I miss Terry! I’ve been in Rock Hill for the week and haven’t seen him since Monday. I’m ready for seeing him and Jules tonight.
  3. Summer is gone!

Top 3 Highs

  1. Spending time with my friends. One of the perks of orientation being in Rock Hill is getting to stay with my friends. I’m savoring this since my social life will be limited once my orientation starts.
  2. Orientation. This whole week I’ve learned so much from various seminars and talking to my fellow RD-to-be’s. I’m so excited to get started in the hospital!
  3. Date night with Terry this past Saturday. I loved getting to go out on our new town together and share a meal at a new place.

Link up with your top 3’s – 

What’s your top 3 highs for the week?

Orientation fun plus WIAW

Orientation fun plus WIAW

Howdy friends!

How has your week been? It’s been a busy one for me so far. This week I’ve been spending my days in orientation for my dietetic internship. I’m so out of touch with the interwebs right now….

I’m sharing my eats from yesterday today- linking up with the What I Ate Wednesday gang.

To run out some stress, Kelly and I went on a early morning 3-mile run. It was only 60 degrees outside, so the run felt super easy compared to the 90 degree runs that I’ve been having this summer. I felt like I could have easily gone longer, which always feels good.

Breakfast: blueberry baked oatmeal with sunflower butter and a big mug of coffee.

With so much information being thrown at me, it would be really easy for me to feel overwhelmed. I remember when I used to get a syllabus at the beginning of a class and I would start to freak out about all the things I had to get done. The pressure would build as I got further into the semester and deadlines got closer and closer. The best thing I learned to do was to take everything day by day, one assignment at a time. So even though I have a bajillion things to do over the next 8 months, my goal is to stay focused on one assignment at a time, while being prepared to continue to keep checking things off my list.

Some grapes in the morning plus more coffee and a side of pencil.

I’m taking in a lot of information right now, but I’m doing my best to be a sponge! Hearing about all the ins and outs of the different rotations has me so excited to start next week.

Lunch: Spinach salad, feta, walnuts, craisins, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers with balsamic vinaigrette. A side of cottage cheese.

Something I’ve been thinking about is how dang blessed I am to be where I am right now. I’ve made it to the place that I worked so hard to be. It’s here- it’s now. I don’t have time to be overly stressed about what’s ahead. It’s my time to grow.

Afternoon snack -> Smart Foods spicy ranch popcorn, a random buy at the store.

Apart from orientation, I’m staying with some of my friends while I’m here in Rock Hill, which has been fun too! It’s a crowded room of ladies, but I kind of love it. We’ve been watching Bachelor in Paradise, something me and Terry would normally not do. I really like it! It’s so ridiculous.

The entire internship group went out to dinner at a local restaurant after we got out. I felt like my meal was for a cowboy, if that makes sense. Haha.

Dinner: steak sandwich with sweet potatoes fries. This provided me with some leftovers!

Later in the night we relaxed and I had some toast with cream cheese before bed. I passed out rather quickly. So tired!

So you tell me-

Do you do well with stress?

What’s the most delicious thing you had yesterday? (baked oatmeal wins for me!)