Facing Your Fears.

Well hello there!

It feels so good to be back after taking a little blogging break while I got settled into this new phase of life. Thanks for continuing to follow along with my journey into the health and wellness field. For those of you who are new to the blog- WELCOME! I am so very glad you are here.

Today, I want to explore this topic of facing your fears and finding the courage to embrace change. It is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. This past month has been a time of great change- graduating from collage, moving to the Bay Area in California, starting a new job, preparing to take the RD (registered dietitian) exam, and getting ready to start a second job. As you might expect, these changes have come with a lot of excitement and anticipation, but are also just a teeny bit scary.

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Each new chapter of life brings with it many different experiences and adventures. I like to think of this like coming to a fork in the road. You can take the well-marked path that you have traveled a hundred times. This path is comfortable and you know exactly where it leads. Or, you can take the second path even though you don’t know where it leads. This second path is new and exciting- there is hope that something amazing waits at the end. This second path also comes with challenges and leads you into the unknown.

You have a choice to make….

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J and I decided to take the second path. We embarked on an adventure into the unknown- excitingly anticipating new opportunities but also a little intimidated by what might lie ahead. Immediately after graduating from Utah State University, J and I hopped into our truck and took off to California. We drove through the night and arrived the next morning.

As I began unpacking boxes, I was hit by my fears and thought, “oh no, what did we just do?”

We had left the security and comfort that Utah offered. We left what we had both known for the past four years and were starting from scratch. Rather than letting fear control my actions, I decided that I would embrace the changes with open arms. I would embrace the growth that was coming- growth for myself and growth for my marriage.

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I want to share this story of change with you because I think most of us are intimidated by the unknown. Fear keeps us from reaching our greatest hopes and biggest dreams.

I hope that when you come to a fork in the road, you take the second path into the unknown.

I hope that you embrace growth and change with open arms.

I hope that you let life change you and mold you and shape you into your best self.

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J and I are finally beginning to settle into our new home here in Central California. J keeps busy with his construction management job and I began my first job as a Registered Dietitian (eligible to take the exam) this past week. I will be working as an outpatient dietitian with eating disorders. I was also offered a job as an on-call dietitian for two Kaiser Permanente hospitals in the area. This second job offers me a chance to work in my dream specialty- the NICU. I am so passionate about this work and actually geared most of my internship to the NICU and pediatrics.

Embrace new opportunities and change with open arms. 

I never expected to gain such a wide array of experience as a new dietitian. I am not sure if I would have had the same opportunities if I had played it safe and J and I hadn’t moved. I am really thankful for the blessings that are continually poured into our life and that we are willing to be lead into the direction we should go.

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This weekend was a time of much needed R&R and catching up around the house. J and I took off early Saturday morning to go hike in Alamo, California. I really wanted to head toward to bay and get a little ocean-view hike in, but time would just not allow it. This hike was a much shorter drive and absolutely stunning. It was a morning well spent.

The rest of the weekend was spent running errands (spending way too much time at Target) , watching Netflix, and eating Trader Joe’s semi-sweet chocolate chunks.

What was the highlight of your weekend?

How do you work to embrace change in your own life?

Live happy. Live healthy.

-Chels.

 

 

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