I suppose I have wanted to do an updated “about me” post for a while (or any post, really), but finding time blah, blah, blah. There may be some new readers from my tweeting frenzy at Paleo f(x) (hi, welcome, i love you!) and maybe I just feel like talking about myself. Whatever the reason, let’s get down to it.
I have exciting news. I will be starting my M.S. in Nutrition and Functional Medicine next month. This is a huge move for someone who took forever to decide what she wants to do when she grows up (someone like myself). The program looks amazing, difficult, and perfect for me. I am guessing it will somewhat determine the content of this blog in the upcoming months. I can’t wait to get started and see where this thing takes me!
Now a little about me: I am a late bloomer. I never knew what I wanted to do when I grew up. At NAU, I majored in Environmental Science because it was interesting. I have always been obsessed with the ocean, as most land lubbers are, so after graduating and a brief stint as a ski bum in CO, I started saving money to pursue a career in marine biology (oh biology, where you have to work for free before you can work for $8/hr to then go to grad school to then write grants for a living. Sigh.). I volunteered in BC on a grey whale research team and fell in love with working on a boat. When that was done, I received an internship with Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, out of Mote Marine Lab. I was hired as a staff biologist after a couple months, and worked on various projects there. I loved many things about my time there (working in flip flops!), but I couldn’t handle the sexism and hoop-jumping. I turned down a graduate assistantship at FSU and moved to the most opposite place of FL I could think of, Bozeman, MT
In Bozeman, I worked in a bakery, restaurants, for a wolf biologist (I blended up elk poop to look at the effect of wolves on elk cortisol levels!), and for Yellowstone Park Foundation. Most importantly, I met my husband, TDL, in Bozeman. We moved to Bend, OR together. I changed my mind about several professions after applying to the respective grad programs: acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, physical therapy… As soon I hit “submit” on the application, I would realize I didn’t want that career in the first place. As a graduate school applying expert, I can recommend an excellent book that anyone applying to grad school (esp. in the sciences) should read: Getting What You Came For by Robert Peters. This thing was my bible for all these applications. Its shortfall is that it can’t make the decision for you.TDL and I got married in a courthouse outside Joshua Tree, finished up some coursework, moved our stuff into a friend’s basement, and went on a 3 month honeymoon in Central America. When we got back, TDL got into nursing school so we moved to Flagstaff. And here we are.
I talk about my food journey more here, but I thought it might be nice to properly introduce myself. There’s always more to tell, and I would love to hear your stories too. My reasons for having this blog is to have a voice in this real food community, something that I have not yet fully achieved, but I am willing to be patient.