Ch-ch-ch-changes! Big News for HHB

by Her Happy Balance on December 30, 2013

I’m giving you fair warning right now, this may be a tad long. But I think I’ve got some explaining to do…

Well, I cannot believe that another year has come and {almost} gone! It’s been nearly two years (is this real life?!) since I graduated from college with my B.S. in Biology. I thought my days of cramming for bluebook tests and memorizing different synthesis reactions would never come to an end. I actually danced down the empty hallways after finishing my last final. I was excited and thankful that I had lined up a job in my field and would be starting two weeks after graduation day.

I planned on taking a couple of years to work doing research to try and figure out if I wanted to apply to medical school or go for my PhD in science. However, after the first few weeks of my new job, I came to the conclusion that this was just not for me. It was a rough couple of months adjusting to my new life. I was extremely grateful to be employed, but I just knew this wasn’t where I saw myself staying. It was one of the reasons I started this blog. I needed an outlet.

One day at work, a coworker asked me “Leslee, what’s your passion?” I actually felt ridiculous. I kind of just paused and didn’t know what to say. No one had ever come right out and asked me such a direct question. I honestly didn’t know. It took me a pretty long time to figure out the answer to that question, which leads me to where I am at today…

I don’t know if it was noticeable or not, but these last few months I have sort of turned my blog more towards recipes and reviews and let my personal life take a backseat. That is because I was busy taking an online college course, studying and taking the GREs, writing personal statements, and applying to graduate schools. The month of October was essentially non-stop essay writing and resume updating on the weekends…my weekend recaps would have definitely put you to sleep.

I had a particularly stressful day right before the holidays and was walking to the train station to head home and put it behind me. The school I really wanted to attend had started reviewing applications that week, and on a whim I decided to check my application status. I fully expected to read that it was “under review” but as I was scrolling through the text, about halfway through, I realized that a decision had been made. I got in. I couldn’t believe it. I was almost too scared to even apply to graduate school for fear of failing.

So, there I stood, at a busy train station platform, balling my eyes out from sheer happiness that I had actually gotten into school. I called my mom and pretty much choked the words out between sobs over the phone. I am not a cryer. I hate to cry. But the actual joy I felt in those moments was so immense I couldn’t help it. The tears just came.

Getting into graduate school may not seem like a big deal, but for me it really was. I knew I had a family that – although they would love me no matter what – really wanted me to pursue med school. I think this is one of the first times in my life that I actually made a decision all by myself based on what I wanted and not to please others. So I’m making a slight career change, and as of this coming fall, I will be going back for my M.S. in Human Nutrition! After I finish the degree, I will be eligible to apply for dietetic internships and then sit for the registered dietitian exam. I think I can now officially say I am an R.D. in the making!

It took me a decent amount of time to put all the pieces together and realize that my passion was health and fitness. I was spending any and all free time trying to de-stress through activities that made me happy. The common denominator for those activities was that, in some way, they all involved bettering my body. So, nutrition it is!

Now, what does this all mean for HHB? I honestly don’t know. I love this little blip of the internet. I am so thankful for all the friends that I have made through it, and all of the support and inspiration. Now that the stress of the application process is over, I may actually be able to sit down and update you on my life’s happenings without sending you straight to Snoozeville, USA. It’s a place. I’ve been there mannnny times. Usually during work meetings. I’m kidding…anyway…

Cheers to the new year! And here’s to embracing all the changes that it will bring with it.

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Jessie December 30, 2013 at 6:19 am

Congratulations, Leslee! I am so proud of you. Never stop following your dreams <3

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Aww thank you, Jessie! <3

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 30, 2013 at 7:32 am

Woohoo–that’s awesome! Congrats!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Thanks SO much, Erica! πŸ™‚

Caitlin December 30, 2013 at 8:02 am

Woohoo!!! That’s amazing love!! What a way to end a year and start a new one πŸ™‚ You will make an awesome RD!! I hope you’ve been doing some major celebrating the past week!! You’ve earned it πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I’m so excited to get started I just wish the fall would hurry up and get here! It’s nice having something to look forward to πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, Caitlin <3

Becky @ Olives n Wine December 30, 2013 at 8:39 am

I’m so so so excited for you!!!! And I can’t wait to hear more deets πŸ™‚ Good for you for going to back to school for your passion – you’re going to be an awesome RD.

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Aww thank you, Becky! I sure hope so πŸ™‚ I’m really looking forward to the change!!!

Erin @ The Almond Eater December 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

How exciting!!!…and congrats on getting into grad school πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you are following your passion.

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Thank you for the kind words, Erin! I’m so glad, too πŸ™‚

Stacie @ Simply Southern Stacie December 30, 2013 at 9:42 am

Yay, Leslee!! I’m so excited that you are going back to school for something that you are passionate about. It takes a lot of courage to realize your current job isn’t a fit for you and to go after what is!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm

It’s a bit rough when you know you’re doing something that isn’t right for you. I’m so happy and excited about making the switch in the fall. Thank you, Stacie πŸ™‚

Dana December 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

Congrats!! that’s awesome!!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Thank you SO much, Dana!

Stephanie @Cat Lady Runs December 30, 2013 at 10:24 am

Congrats, I’ve been trying to do the same exact thing and figure out what really is my passion ever since graduating…3 years ago whoa time flies. Its so exciting finding direction for yourself in life πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Don’t give up! You will totally find it. Sounds like you’ve already put the ball in motion πŸ™‚ And thank you, Stephanie! I’m so very excited!!!!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne December 30, 2013 at 10:47 am

OMG this is so exciting!!! Congrats!!! And RD just sounds perfect for you :D!! Ah! I’m so excited for you!!!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Ahhh thank you SOOO much, Chelsea!!!! πŸ™‚ I’m ridiculously stoked about it!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 30, 2013 at 10:49 am

That is so fantastic! You should be super proud. Congratulations and good for you for following YOUR passions :).

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

It was a really tough path to get to here, but I’m so happy I took it and did what I knew was right for me. Thanks for the kind words, Hannah! πŸ™‚

cait @pieceofcait December 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

that’s awesome! congrats:)

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Thank you, Cait! πŸ™‚

Bezzymates December 30, 2013 at 12:31 pm

That’s such wonderful news! Congrats!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Thank you so very much! I’m really looking forward to the change πŸ™‚

Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom December 30, 2013 at 12:50 pm

AH! Congratulations! Grad school has been two of the best years of my life…and I’m kind of sad that it’ll be ending in May. BUT I’m excited to get out there and be an actual marine biologist/environmental educator FULL TIME instead of part time like I have been doing! So excited for you!!!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm

YAY you’re almost there! I hope I love grad school as much as you do. I’m a little nervous about going back to school…but more excited than anything else!

Carson December 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Congrats, lady! Finding your passion is incredibly difficult- some people spend their life searching and never finding it. I look forward to hearing about your journey!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thank you, Carson!! πŸ™‚ It was a really rough and sometimes rocky path getting to where I am at now. I know grad school will be difficult, but I’m excited for the career change πŸ™‚

Beth @ Mangoes and Miles December 30, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Congratulations! Although I’m still in college, I can totally relate to not really knowing exactly what you want to do…but everything works out in the end, huh? πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Seems like everything works out in the end, indeed! πŸ˜‰ Thank you, Beth!

Alex @ therunwithin December 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

CONGRATSSS so excited for you and what a great holiday treat!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Thank you so freakin’ much, Alex!!! πŸ™‚ I’m beyond stokedddd.

Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?! December 30, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Congrats on the new life direction – it sounds like you feel happy and confident about your new direction, it’s clear from your writing that you are going to love it!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Thank you, Cynthia! πŸ™‚ I am definitely happy about the switch, a little nervous to be going back to school, but excited more than anything else!

Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More January 1, 2014 at 2:04 am

So exciting! Congratulations!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Yay! Thanks so much, Shay!!

Jess January 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm

How exciting! Follow those dreams!

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I’m sure trying to πŸ™‚ Onto new adventures!

Lauren @ ihadabiglunch January 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Big changes! Congrats! With a background in bio I’m sure becoming an RD should be a piece of cake πŸ˜‰

Her Happy Balance January 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I am really thankful that my undergrad degree was in Biology, the prerequisites for the M.S. were all science based. It’s nice to see that all the pieces are slowly coming together! Thank you for the kind words, Lauren πŸ™‚

Davida @ The Healthy Maven January 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm

This is amazing!!!! I am so excited for you! As you know, this past year has been one of self-discovery for me too. Here’s to going over our dreams in 2014 πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance January 7, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Thanks so much, Davida!!! I second that notion – cheers to many dreams being fulfilled!

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