Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Big News and Prayers Needed Please!

Chipotle Hummus Collard Wrap

So, I actually have quite a bit of food porn and recipes to post and I will either later today or tomorrow, but I wanted to take a small break from food and talk about some things that are going on in my life!

First of all, my very best friend in the world, Rebecca is in the hospital on bedrest. She is 33 weeks pregnant and her water broke 5 days ago. She will be having her baby, Ben within the next couple of days and he will be in the NICU. Any good thoughts/prayers for her are greatly appreciated. I wish I could be out there with her NOW. She is truly my sister. I have known her my entire life. She is my heart and I love her so much. I will probably be going to to Ashland to help in May when Ben comes home from the NICU, you see, Rebecca is the mother of 4 already AND a full time nursing student who is graduating in June! She needs to finish up her clinicals and I am going to be there to take care of Ben while she does. 

Rebecca has been though so much in her life. Several years ago, she was very sick with a rare auto-immune  disorder called Bullus Pemphigoid. She was very sick and had to be on high doses of steroids. She was covered in HUGE blisters for MONTHS... and during this time she still managed to take care of her 4 children, run her house AND EXCEL IN NURSING SCHOOL!.. She is my hero and such an inspiration.. 

So, any good thought/prayers for Rebecca and Ben are greatly appreciated. I had planned on staying in Ashland on my Cross Country Road Trip for 3 weeks or so in August and then make it up to Portland to speak at Vida Vegan..  At this point, I'm up in the air about my trip..... I am still planning on doing it, but I may have to cut it way short and not go cross country....... because I have to be back in New Hampshire by Sept. 1st.... 

...... because I have decided TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL! 

After much thought and soul searching, I realize that what I really want to do in life is to work with the community, schools, hospitals and public bringing healthy food to the masses! While I can do a bit of this as a Chef, the reality is that in order to get into institutions, you have to be a Registered Dietician. So... that's what I'm going to do!

It's crazy for me, at age 39, to embark on this, but I have been inspired by both my besties Rebecca AND my other bestie, Paulie who at age 35 decided she is going to be a DOCTOR! She is now in her first year of medical school! .. and of course Gena, who is also on the doctor path! 

I will be starting as a Freshman at the local community college to get all of the core courses out of the way, then will transfer to UNH where not only do they have a great Nutrition program, but also a dual major in Eco-Gastronomy!  

I am sooo excited and also scared. I'm not quite sure how I'll pull this off financially, but I hope after my first year I will be able to get some scholarships. 

So.. that's that! 

I will work part - time doing Photography and Chef Servies..  
I may need to rent a room somewhere for the next 4 years.. but I'm OK with that.

I am just so excited to have a very clear goal in mind and a vision for my future! 



30 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your big news, Melody! Sounds like just the right plan for you!

    My best to your best and her baby -- keep us posted!

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  2. You have a fantastic goal that's dear to my heart. I am 33 and I am waiting for my youngest to start kindergarten and my husband to finish his education so that I can begin to work on my dreams of.... GOING BACK TO SCHOOL so that I too can find a way to work in the community and help people enrich their lives. I have thought about nutrition but I'm not sure I can stomach the food pyramid they will teach.

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  3. Congrats on your news!

    I'll keep your friend, her baby, and her family in my prayers.

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  4. Congratulations on your big decision! I am a firm believer that it's never too late to reinvent your life; it just takes having the guts to go for it!

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  5. Anne-Marie, I totally hear you about that!.. in fact, that has kept me from pursuing higher education in the past. I'm hoping the Eco-Gastronomy program will offset some of the frustration I'll feel. I have an idea of what it will be like since I have taught volunteer cooking classes through Share our Strength which is full of USDA regulations.. I'm hoping that I will be able to bring a fresh perspective into the community and educate once I break through the barriers and get in the door.

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  6. Lots of prayers and love for your friend. My baby was in NICU for a week so I know how hard that is. :(


    Big congrats, you go girl!

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  7. Congrats!! That's so amazing!! I'm just finishing off my first year back at school and it was hard, but so worth it!! :)


    Prayers are with your friend!

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  8. That is awesome! Congrats on having the courage to go to school! I'm sure there are bunches of scholarships for people just like you, definitely do some searching!

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  9. You're not crazy for going back to school! I'm 42, and I'm starting grad school in the fall to get my MPH in Nutrition Science. I've been taking science prereqs (chem, bio, biochem, anatomy, microbiology) for the last two years (my undergrad degree is in journalism...no science there). I find that I'm much more motivated to do well in school now than I was when I was 18-22!

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  10. I am sending positive thoughts to your friend and her family, and I am thrilled for you that you've found a focus for your enormous potential. Please drop your age bias! There is nothing negative about waiting until inspiration guides you to start a journey, no matter what your age!

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  11. Hooray, Melody! I'm very excited for you. Also, I just spent 5 days in Ashland, Oregon and loved it! Warm thoughts to your friend...

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  12. My thoughts go out to your dear friend and her baby. As for you, you're exactly the right age to go back to school and embark on a new career! It's not crazy at all to pursue your dreams at any age. You'll be surprised how much more you'll love school than you did when you were younger. I speak from experience.

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  13. Congrats on your big news! You are so inspiring and I think you will do FANTASTIC as a RD!!

    I'll keep your friend and family in my thoughts.

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  14. I'm sorry to hear about your friend and her baby. I will keep them in my prayers.
    Congratulations on going back to school. It is never to late to do what you want....way to go!

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  15. I will keep your friend and her baby in my thoughts...on a happier note, congrats on going back to school! My husband is doing the same thing, but for electrical engineering...I'm thinking of going back, but I think we can only handle one of us at a time.

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  16. Congratulations Melody!!! I'm sure you will be a great RD as well as an inspiration to others, you have inspired me to eat healthier, I'm still working on giving up dairy. Your friend and her baby will be in my prayers. Keep us informed of your progress and your friend's.

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  17. prayers in progress! i will have you all in mind. please let us know.

    and thats great that you are going to go back to school!!thats so exciting, keep us updated on all of this please!!

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  18. Thanks so much Mel and everyone for your thoughts and prayers for me and baby Ben! I love you with all my heart and I am so grateful to have you in my life! I can't wait to see you!!

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  19. Good for you for pursuing your dreams. Of course 39 seems old but my parents are in their mid 60s with no retirement goal in site. Life i a long path.

    I hope your friend does ok. I am sure your support means so much to her.

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  20. First of all, I wish the best for Rebecca! And congrats to you with your new career goal! We're never too old to follow our dreams....besides 39 is the new 29.

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  21. Hey Melody. I have my masters in public health nutrition--if you ever want to chat about anything, e-mail me :-)

    Courtney

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  22. I'm praying right now for your bestie and Ben! May they both be healthy and strong very quickly!

    And that is some awesome news about going back to school. We need as many people to get the word out and help spread the message. Going pro is the best thing you can do! Thank you!

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  23. First,a thousand well wishes and thoughts of support to your wonderful friend! I hope everything runs as smoothly as possible for her.

    Second, thank you so much. As you know, I've just made a transition in my own life (funnily enough, AWAY from school), and it makes me feel excited for the future to know that it's possible to figure out what you want later in life and go for it. I didn't want to commit to intense schooling on a subject I wasn't sure i was passionate about. I actually think RD school might be something I consider far down the track... thank you so much for your passion and your drive!

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  24. I have a degree in education and taught for two years before being certain that I was not where I wanted to be. After having a fitness and nutrition epiphany, I have lost 40 pounds. I am headed back to school to be an RD too. I have a summer and semester at a local community college before i head to University... again. I am so excited for us both! Doing what you are passionate about makes you influential!

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  25. WOW! I wish you all the best on your endeavor! I have been considering going back to school to further my business!
    Daniel Berisford
    Raw Food T-Shirts

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  26. Congratulations that's fantastic! I wish you the very best!

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  27. My thoughts are with your friend, her family and you at this time.
    Rebecca sounds like such a strong woman and I'm sure it will help her and the baby during this time. What a wonderful friend you are.

    On a happier note...congrats to you and I don't think any age is too old to start something new. You will be able to pull the finances off if this is truly the direction you want to take.
    Just know that you are an inspiration!

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  28. well wishes all around.
    xo
    kittee

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  29. Congrats! :-)

    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

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  30. Just read about your friend and I am sending my love and most positive thoughts and wishes!!!! My little cousin was born in 1988 in week 30, due to the HELLP syndrome she needed to be born quick, so not much of steroids and stuff to help her and her lungs, - but all went well! I am keeping my fingers crossed for your friend, - and for you too! Such courage. I admire you :^))

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