menu monday: we have no food

This isn’t much of a menu Monday post. I have no idea what I’m going to eat today, or the rest of the week really. It’s day 21 of my Whole30 and I have no intentions of cheating so it will be whatever I manage to scrounge up in the freezer. My Whole30 is going awesome and all I have to say about week three is that I wish I could bottle up how good I feel to give people a little taste of how we should all feel all the time.

Luckily I like to throw leftovers in the freezer when I am tired of eating them. After a weekend where I don’t have time to shop or prep, I am usually able to put together at least a day or two of meals from the freezer. This was one of those weekends where I was too busy for meal planning because I was busy FINISHING SCHOOL.

I am officially a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.


Greg came to our potluck and graduation ceremony on Sunday afternoon. It was really nice for me to get to sit down with my friends, him, and a few of their spouses to share a meal. These women have been such a big part of the last nine months, but they have lived in a very compartmentalized place in my overall life. Somehow mixing in our spouses made it feel a little more real life and a little less like a fantasy life where I get to talk about the merits of grass fed beef and no one looks at me like I’m crazy.

At one point, a few of us were talking and Greg just kind of shook his head and said “wow, you’ve really found your people”. That’s how this whole program has felt. It’s been an outlet for me to follow a passion and be amongst women (there were 2 men and 24 women by the time our class ended, though we did start with 4 men) who have the same passion.

So, what’s next?

Immediately. Olivia Pope and I have a hot date tonight. The burning question in my head today is not what can go wrong in the digestive chain (answer: a lot), but where exactly did that plane take Olivia and Jake? I need a few days to process and unwind. I’m motivated and excited to move forward, but I need a short break.

Short Term. During a business lecture this weekend there was a lot of talk about viewing the first year post-program as an internship. Hearing that was a relief to me and something I’m going to take to heart. It took (self-imposed) pressure off me to figure out exactly what I want to do with my certification. Over the next few weeks I plan to set goals for my internship, keeping in mind that I will have a newborn and be adjusting to motherhood during this same time period.

Long Term. I’m going to view my internship as a success if I am able to dip my toe in different areas and have a general sense of the business I might want to build. Right now, I’m leaving my options wide open. I’m interested in exploring everything from building a 1:1 client practice, to going into creating content, to teaching workshops and leading group sessions, or to potentially getting into corporate wellness. I’m sure there are options on the table that I’m not even considering at this point.

There are two things that really strike me coming out of the program. The first is that I feel like I need to pay this opportunity forward.  I worked my ass off to earn this, but I also had the means and the time to make the commitment. I feel a sense of responsibility to use what I’ve learned. Not in a proselytizing, annoying way. But to do something with myself that will allow me to help people who want to be helped.

Second is that I feel incredibly lucky to have stumbled across a program that allows me the opportunity to turn my passion and hobby into a career. Work is going to have a different meaning starting next year. Any hour that I’m working is an hour that I won’t be spending with martian. It’s no longer just an hour that I’m not relaxing or getting stuff around the house done. To be able to have passion and to be focusing on helping people when I’m not spending time with the baby (and kid overtime) is a huge win for me. I’ve struggled a lot with how my career changes when I become a mom and while I’m not setting anything in stone yet, knowing that this path is open to me among other paths is a huge blessing.

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