Since I graduated from journalism school in 2005, I’ve been employed full-time in non-profit media relations, marketing and communications. Yesterday, I worked my last shift in the marketing department at YWCA Vancouver, where I’ve spent the last three years helping to raise awareness about key issues facing women and their families.
Journalism positions were scarce after graduation, and I fell into media relations because I had the aptitude and the applicable skills to do the job. While I was competent at executing PR strategies, I didn’t love it. I was far more interested in the writing, storytelling and content creation aspects of my position, but those simply weren’t enough to keep me happy. I was miserable.
As my interest in media relations was waning, my passion for cooking, food and nutrition was increasing significantly. Last summer, I began investigating holistic nutrition programs to find out if that was the right career choice for me.
Over the past several years, I have seen my health dip or improve depending on what I was putting in my body. I believe there is immense power in what we eat, and I want to learn exactly why.
Resigning from my job was a difficult, bittersweet decision for me. I’ve left wonderful colleagues and a supportive work environment to pursue a new career path in nutrition.
In January, I will begin the full-time program at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition. I am simultaneously thrilled and terrified. I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge of nutrition and alternative health care, while nervous about leaping into a new field that is extremely different from the one I’ve been living and breathing for so long.
The program is quite scientifically focused, and I haven’t studied science since high school. I’ll really have to rely on my passion for the subject matter to carry me through!
At the same time, I love writing too much to ever let it go. For the last five years, I’ve squeezed freelance journalism into my free time and when I’m not in class, I want to focus more attention on writing. I’m excited about opening my own freelance writing business in the new year and increasing my client base to include food, nutrition and health publications.
And I’ll still be blogging, of course. There are so many recipes I’ve been meaning to try, plus I’m curious to see how my schooling will affect my future meal choices. I can’t wait to share new recipes with you, along with helpful nutritional information as I discover it.
It will definitely be a busy year ahead, but I anticipate it will also be fulfilling, exciting and rewarding.