Happy 2013

by Ashley on January 6, 2013

Hi there! Happy Saturday! I hope 2013 has been wonderful so far!

Just 7 more weeks and I be will finished with my internship and then ready to study for and pass the RD exam! It is such and amazing feeling. Currently, my mind is still spinning from the amount of information I have taken in (and stored somewhere hopefully!) these past few months. This is one of the quickest programs in the nation but you better believe we are not discounted a single concept!

Dustin and I had a wonderful end to 2012. Thanksgiving came and left just as fast. I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to be with my mom in the kitchen for the third year in a row now but hopefully one day Dustin and I will be able to figure out our schedule so that I am; that is one of my favorite things to do. You all know that I cook often but that doesn’t mean I’m a great or even good cook. I still have a lot to learn and the only way to learn is by spending time in the kitchen with those who do know! Nothing better than chopping, shredding and dicing plus conversation with the ones we love!

032-IMG_3381We were able to spend a lot of time with Dustin’s family over Christmas break, which was awesome. Dustin’s parents could and should write a book titled, “How to Live a Happy Life.” As the stresses and pressures of life enter our daily worlds, somehow they manage to disregard the negative and always focus on the positive (must be where Dustin gets it from ;)). They are the type of people that you feel better just by being around them. They are such a blessing in my life.

Some of our holiday festivities…

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Christmas eve with Dustin’s grandmother.

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Christmas eve with my sisters.

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With my mom and sisters at the Fox for Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker;

my favorite holiday Tradition.

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Christmas night in the mountains.

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Dustin and I rang in the New Year a little differently this year. In years past, NYE parties were penciled in months in advance. This year, however, we celebrated the closing of 2012 and the welcoming of 2013 on our couch, with a home cooked meal, watching the Clemson vs. LSU game because I had to work New Year’s Day. We were able to share many laughs, memories and conversations, just the two of us. We discussed our accomplishments of 2012 and our expectations for 2013. We were and are given so much and have so much to be thankful for.

As for 2013, I am trying to leave my schedule as open as possible right now. You all know that these past 3 years have been a whirlwind, in an incredible way of course! They have been educational to say the least. My plans as of TODAY 😉 are to graduate in 7 weeks, dive heavily into studying for the RD exam, take and pass the exam to obtain my registration (wahoo!!) and take my time in finding the job that is right for me. If Dustin has taught me anything, it is that no amount of money can buy happiness; we must find happiness in each and everyday and working the wrong job won’t allow for that.

We spent our New Years Day evening on the beach…

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Certainly a first, hopefully not a last!

At Mayo, a part of the internship is an Elective Week where we get to choose to spend time wherever we want. I have selected (an been accepted back) by an incredible Nutrition Journalist in the Atlanta area. She has authored a nutrition book (check it out), writes a column for the AJC, appears on many television segments and the list goes on an on. She is such an inspiring lady and I know that I will learn more than imaginable working with her in two weeks.

Some of you may not know that before I returned to school to complete my nutrition degree, I graduated with a Communication Arts (Broadcasting/Journalism) first. It was during my broadcasting internship that I decided I wouldn’t be happy reporting the news for the rest of my life, but health? Yes, I could do that. Unfortunately for me, all of the health reporters I studied were either RDs or MDs. Back to school for me! My time at Mayo has really pulled out my love for nutrition communications/ journalism again. I guess that’s pretty obvious considering I started this blog about 3 years ago, months before I returned to school, spending a lot of my time writing about nutrition.  Funny how life works, isn’t it?

These next seven weeks are going to be no less busy than the earlier months considering we have three large projects due the week of graduation. However, I’m going to try to keep my head screwed on straight because I know March 1 will be here before I know it!

I hope you all are having a wonderful first weeknd of 2013. I pray this year is a blessing to each of you!

Good health!

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Mary Beth Spence January 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Hi Ashley, I am trying to get in touch with Dustin. We would like to write a profile about him for Georgia Southern alumni magazine. Will you please email me at mspence@georgiasouthern.edu? Thanks, Mary Beth Spence, Editor

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