It’s been quite the year.
In January of 2014 I wasn’t quite sure what this year would hold. I was living in Charlottesville, VA working as an RD and hoping I’d be accepted to nursing school.
I knew 2014 would be full of change, but I wasn’t prepared for the ups and downs it would bring. This year was full of the highest highs, but it was also full of some of the lowest lows. Charlottesville was and still is a very special place to me full of people who are so close to my heart. Leaving that charming town to move to NYC was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But moving to NYC has been the biggest and most exciting adventure of my life.
I’ve learned more about myself in the past 7 months in this big city than I have in the past 25 years. Based on previous moves, I can typically adapt to change well, make friends and adjust to new routines and places and all that stuff. But let me tell you, moving to New York City was a whole new ball game. It’s fast and busy and huge and not like the south at all. And while you’re surrounded by millions of people everyday, these millions of people don’t know you. You feel like a small fish in a BIG sea and there were many times where my heart ached to be sitting with my best friends- being with the ones who just knew me.
This summer was fierce. I was adjusting to no longer having a car and commuting everywhere by train or foot, making new friends, finding a new church, starting nursing school with 21 credits in 8 weeks and still trying to write this blog and see Nutshell clients. It was a summer I’ll never forget.
And by the grace of God I made it to August still in one piece, loving school, knowing the subway system and having several new friends.
Those first few months in the city were one big azzzz learning curve. It was so fun and exciting exploring New York and meeting new people and starting to feel like, “ok, I LIVE here!” But there were also lonely, stressful times where my heart ached for home and my closest friends and my comfortable life in Charlottesville. And those lows were where I grew deeper in my faith than I ever imagined. I wouldn’t tell you it at the time, but looking back I’m so grateful for those lonely times where my heart wept.
And here I am, 7 months since I left my cozy life in Charlottesville feeling much more settled in this big city with a new church home and friendships that continue to grow and I’m so excited for what 2015 has in store. In 5 short months (after hopefully passing the NCLEX), I’ll have a second Bachelor’s degree and be an RN- it’s gone so fast! I’m not sure what this next year will bring, but I know God’s plans are always better and crazier than mine. So if I’ve learned anything this past year, it’s to never let fear decide your life. To say yes, even if it’s terrifying. And to know that this life is not about me, but His plan and loving others the best I can.
I quit my job.
Moved to New York City.
Started nursing school.
Learned to rest more.
Gained weight and became okay with it.
Stuck to my first budget and saved money.
Began to run again.
Saw Nutshell grow and for that I’m so, so grateful.
And became two-thirds a nurse.
I love each and every one of you and am so grateful for YOU. For reading this blog, for sharing your own stories that give me goosebumps, for inspiring others to live a life outside of food + exercise, and for just being you.
Here’s to 2015!
And for an end-of-the-year recap, here are the most popular posts of 2014:
What 10 Pounds Taught Me
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Binging Versus Hunger
Cultivating Positive Body Image
Thoughts on Paleo
Why 1200 Calories is So, So Wrong
Signs Your Hormones Are To Blame
When Does Healthy Living Become a Diet?
Vegan Flourless PB Chocolate Chip Cookies
Is Intuitive Eating Always a Good Thing?
Vegan + GF Marbled Banana Bread
How Stress is Related to Weight
Why You Might Be Gaining Weight
When Being Healthy is Actually Unhealthy
5 Reason’s You’re Not Losing Weight
Should You Eat When You’re Not Hungry?