Well friends – today is a day that I have dreamed about for a very long time: I am now Lauren Rice, MPH and have completed the 1,200 hour of supervised practice to be registration eligible for the National RD exam!
I started this journey in September 2013 when I was taking prerequisites to apply for graduate school, and after a long and challenging 4+ years of constant studying and work….I’ve crossed the finish line! Oh my goodness, I’m a bit awestruck and overwhelmed by this bittersweet day. One thing I know for sure: I’m applauding my 26-year-old self for taking one heck of a chance and changing careers. We receive few chances to completely start anew, and I’m grateful for the privilege to do so.
The best part about this entire experience was the people with whom I shared this journey. They taught me about compassion, dedication, friendship, and teamwork. No part of me would have survived the rigor of this program without my fellow cohort mates and my incredible and supportive friends and family. And of course, YOUR support, my cherished readers.
I can say with confidence that moving to Seattle has filled my life with purpose and joy. It was a bold move, but has paid off both personally and professionally. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me next! And many of you have asked: what IS next?
- Taking some time off and studying for the RD exam! I’ll be enjoying the last weeks of summer here in Seattle, and setting aside a few hours every day to study for the RD exam. Mum’s the word regarding when I’ll take it, but the paperwork to register won’t be in my hands for at least a few weeks 🙂
- Travel! Nothing big – but I’ll be in Idaho and Minnesota for a bit, with some camping/hiking trips sprinkled in between!
- Nutrition Elevated will be taking on clients for nutrition counseling! I am chipping away at getting all of the paperwork, forms, and documents ready to start offering nutrition counseling services to new clients as soon as I pass the RD exam. I will know day-of whether I passed, and as soon as I do, I am legally able to practice as a dietitian. Whoo hoo! Click here if you’d like to receive more information about my nutrition counseling services!
- Find a job here in Seattle. I have a very good idea of where I want to work and what I want to do, but it’s all going to stay hush hush for the time being. I am re-signing my lease for another year in my current apartment, so that’s my way of sending a strong message to the universe that I’M STAYING! 🙂 For awhile, I felt really anxious about graduating without a job, but I’ve taken a few steps back and decided to really embrace this period of unknown. Life will work out – it always does!
From the bottom of my very full and excited heart: THANK YOU for your encouragement, support, well wishes, advice, and vulnerability these past four years. You helped make my dream a reality.
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
– Steve Jobs