Career journey

Where have you been?!

Hi everyone,

As you may have gathered, it’s been a little quiet around these parts recently.  Well, there’s been a couple of good reasons for this.  In February I started my Diploma in Nutrition with the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (you may remember I blogged about having to do my Science Access Course last year, if not you can catch up here).  We’re now coming to the end of semester one and despite it being amazingly full on (who knew I could find a spare 25 hours a week to study?!) I’m absolutely loving it.  Every week my head is left spinning from all the biochemistry (seriously, our bodies are amazing) but not once have I doubted whether this career change is a good idea.  The more I learn, the more I love.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I also made a significant change in my working life.  I left behind my job in the legal world and started a new job working within the realms of childhood obesity and school food – fulfilling a New Year’s resolution to find employment which aligns more to my long term career aims.  It may sound like just a job change but for me it’s been a significant shift in how I identify myself (I’ve always been the ’lawyer interested in food’) whereas I’m now learning what ‘Student Nutritional Therapist who works in food’ looks and feels like.

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I’m becoming more comfortable with these new labels (although, perhaps the lesson here is I shouldn’t be identifying myself through just my work?) and the new areas I’m working in are so fantastically complex and challenging that there’s never a dull day.  So far I’ve met some amazing people who are incredibly passionate about how we tackle the obesity health crisis facing the nation (from large scale organisations and Government through to independent women in their local community organising activities for those in need). I really do pinch myself at the moment because some days I can’t believe how things have changed (for the better) in a number of months.

Over the next few weeks you’ll notice that I’ll be updating the look of the blog, creating regular content and even adding in extra useful tools that some of you have asked me about (meal planners and other printables).  I’m really excited to be changing things up after my mini-break and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

With that in mind, my parting thought is a positive one.  I’ve realised that if you’re passionate about something and want to make a change then don’t wait.  Don’t do what I did – don’t get in your own way and stop yourself because the time is now.  It sounds cheesy but you can do anything you want to and if something is really important to you, you’ll find a way to make it a success.  And if you’re stuck about how to get started then I refer you back to my favourite quote from Amelia Earhart which is: ‘’The most effective way to do it is to do it.’ Because sometimes you just gotta do it (take it from someone who spent years talking about doing something in food/ nutrition).

I’m going to sign off by saying thanks for sticking about during the radio silence since the new year.  I’ve finally got my study schedule down pat and the job appears to be settling down so I’ll be back doing my regular blogging thing from this week on. I will be sending those of you who subscribe to receiving updates (and if you don’t –  go do it now, that way I’ll send you regular content to your inbox.  No effort required) a GDPR email this week (sorry – you’ve probably had about a million land in your inbox at the moment, but needs must) so watch out for that.

Until Wednesday,

Katie x