Good morning friends! I’m writing to you from gorgeous Minneapolis, MN! It’s been in the 80’s the entire week (not looking forward to the rainy, 60-degree weather happening in Seattle right now), and I’ve SO enjoyed spending time with close friends. Some of you may already know that I grew up in Minnesota – but if you didn’t – I’m a midwest girl at heart!
In August, when the graduation festivities died down and my family left town, I distinctly remember sitting at our dining room table in my little apartment and sobbing. My roommate looked at me with sympathetic eyes and said, “it’s finally hitting you, isn’t it?” She was right – I was filled with relief, gratitude, exhaustion, happiness, and a nagging feeling of, “what the heck am I going to do now?” It’s been a little over a month since we celebrated our graduation, and I needed that space and time to really appreciate the day, and all the events that surrounded it. So here I am, finally sharing the special weekend with all of you!
I’ve said this before, but this career change was only made possible by the support of my family, and most significantly, my parents. My parents are the hardest working people I know – my mom is the epitome of #ladyboss – and they gifted me their incredible work ethic. Without it, I would have never made it to where I am today. They also provided the emotional support I needed to get through the rigor of this program and life change. They believed me in 100% – reassured me multiples times that I would not only survive, but also thrive. Their gift of unwavering support is one that I hope to never take for granted.
My parents, sister, grandparents, and aunt and uncle flew in for graduation. They helped make graduation weekend one that I will never forget, and I feel so blessed to be loved by so many family members!
Many of you know that my cohort was very close. At our graduation ceremony, our associate director said in all the 26 years he’s been teaching at UW, we’re one of the best and most supportive cohorts he’s had the pleasure of teaching. I always knew the dynamic between our cohort was special, but it was an unforgettable moment to have that feeling validated and confirmed by the faculty, especially in front of our families and friends!
Before our formal graduation ceremony, we hosted our own “hooding” ceremony. Julian designed and ordered all of us “hoods” (aka lanyards) that now hang on my key chain. Julian and his wife, Whitney (our honorary cohort member) also made tags for us with one word that they felt embodied our personas. When we hooded one another, we had to say a few words about the person we were hooding. There were a few tears, and a whole lot of laughs ♥
Our graduation ceremony took place at the Intellectual House on the University of Washington campus. The space was beautiful! The program staff and faculty did a great job of making the ceremony really personalized. Clearly, we weren’t excited at all to graduate ↑↑↑
The remaining pictures are some of my favorites from the weekend. I can’t believe I’m a graduate! Many of you have asked what’s next, and I really do promise that I’ll share more in time. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and I’m looking forward to all the pieces coming together in the next month.
I will give you a small hint and say that one of the most exciting projects I am starting is a PODCAST: The Three Aminos: Real Nutrition for Real People! We plan to launch our first episode on October 16th, and release subsequent episodes bi-weekly. I cannot wait to introduce you to my two other amazing teammates soon.
My sister wanted to try Top Pot, so we made a quick stop before graduation. My donut-loving heart was in heaven.
Breakfast at The Fat Hen, a quaint and delicious cafe in Ballard
My friend Sarah was in town from Minneapolis, so we brought her to Golden Gardens for a sunset picnic
A few of my favorite pictures from the graduation ceremony 🙂
My mom and I met for happy hour at The Nest for a drink and stunning view of Puget Sound! Would I go back? No. But it was a fun one-time experience 🙂
For my graduation “dinner” I requested that we pick up snacks from Trader Joes and rent a boat from The Electric Boat Company. It was SO MUCH FUN. We rented the boat for 2 hours, and just buzzed around South Lake Union at dusk. The boat only travels at a maximum speed of 8 mph, so you don’t need a boating license to drive it. The best part is that you can bring all your own food/booze. A big thank-you to my parents for making this happen!
Molly’s family graciously hosted a potluck for our families at their house the day after graduation. We played yard games, finally met the family members we’ve heard so much about, and enjoyed celebrating in the best way we know how: popping champagne! Lauren and Cathy went rogue (video evidence below) and I left soaked in bubbly. So fun!
And of course, I can’t end this post without extending my gratitude to all my readers and supporters. Your emails, comments, and positive vibes helped me tremendously throughout the years. I am so grateful for this community – thank you!