I was all set to post our wedding ceremony recap post this morning, but I’m waiting to hear back from our Officiant because I had a couple questions and want to make sure the post is complete, so I’m sorry to say you’ll have to be kept in suspense a little longer. Please stay tuned – it will be up sometime next week!
Instead, I’ll share some updates and announcements. Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and settle in.
Adorable mug is from Anthropologie – it was a wedding gift!
1) Today is the last day of my very final dietetic internship!!!!! I can hardly believe it. It’s been such an interesting journey, but I’m of course very happy to have one more thing checked off the list. Thanks to Danielle Omar for a great last internship! I was actually able to counsel a few of my own clients through her, which was really helpful. There’s only so much observing you can do before it stops being helpful, so I was appreciative of the opportunity to actually give it a shot myself and get her feedback (she listened in on all my counseling calls)!
For those just tuning in, my first dietetic internship was last summer (2011) at the NC Cooperative Extension – we had a blast hosting kids cooking classes, teaching adults how to can their own food, etc. This past summer, my second internship was at Washington Hospital Center in DC. This fall, I’ve been bouncing around to a couple different place, working with Wellness Corporate Solutions, Rebecca Scritchfield, and most recently Danielle. Whew!
2) I submitted my first draft of my masters paper to my UNC Chapel Hill advisor on Wednesday! I’ll be going back and forth with my advisor making edits and then my final draft (along with a PowerPoint presentation to go with it) is due the day before Thanksgiving. I’ll be heading down the UNC the week after Thanksgiving to join my fellow classmates as we all present our papers and then enjoy a graduation celebration with our Masters of Public Health department on Friday, November 30th! I can’t believe my grad school journey is almost over. I’m excited for the next step in life but I already miss all my wonderful grad school girlfriends since we haven’t been there all together since the spring. Sniff!
3) My Hurricane Sandy Relief Auction Fundraiser ended last night and was a great success – thank you so much to all of you for your support in bidding and spreading the news. Together, we raised $385 for the American Red Cross to help those in need after last week’s terrible hurricane. Every little bit helps! I’ll be sending out your prizes later today and next week, so please keep an eye out if you won something.
4) Speaking of Sandy relief fundraisers, please check out my friend Gina’s Sweets for Sandy bake sale fundraiser! It ends at midnight tonight (Friday) and there are some really awesome goodies up for bid, including my 5 Minute No Bake PB Granola Bars! Please go show them some bidding love! :)
5) Girls on the Run DC is in need of volunteers and running buddies for the girls participating in their program finale 5k race on Sunday, December 2nd. I would love to help out but Matt and I will still be down at UNC; if any of you can help, here’s the link to sign up! Girls on the Run is an awesome organization and I always love supporting them.
6) Last but not least, I wanted to share an email I got from a reader named Cait sharing her inspirational running story.
To say running is my life would only be a slight stretch; I ran competitively for years, but it wasn’t until I was hit by a car out running and nearly lost my leg that I realized just how much I loved it. The doctors told me I probably wouldn’t be able to walk normally ever again (running nearly impossible), but I knew in my heart I’d prove them wrong and be a runner again. In the struggle to once again call myself a runner (YAY!! I made it!) I used my other passion for art as an outlet and it sparked in me the desire to create a line of running shirts that could help motivate and inspire other people to achieve their own goals, even if those dreams may seem impossible at the moment. I also wanted the shirts to be fashionable enough to function as ‘normal people’ shirts too… fashion is all about making a statement and mine is this: I am a runner and proud of it. I’ve personally designed each shirt, each has a deeper meaning behind it, and are screened on tech-tees. I hope that they may ignite in you the drive to dream big and go for it! You can see and learn more here: www.CaitChock.com/store
Amazing, huh? I’d love if you guys checked out her store (the shirts are REALLY cute!) and gave her some love. I was so awed by how she turned such a terrible situation into a positive one, and that by her own pure determination and drive she was able to run again. Truly inspiring, and a very good reminder to not take our ability to run and do the things we love for granted. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and do something active today, for those who can’t.
Have a great Friday and a happy weekend, everyone!