Apart from the occasional emails I’d get about this blog I must admit I largely forgot about it over the last few years. I never took it down because I still get a lot of hits on my post about studying for the RD exam, although I took it so long ago I’m not sure how helpful it still is.
Since working in the clinical area in El Paso, Texas, I had a brief stint in Oklahoma and have lived in Hawaii for the past 3 years. (I LOVE IT HERE SO MUCH.) I enjoyed working as a clinical dietitian before, but it was until I fell into an outpatient position that I truly felt I found my calling.
Initially, I found a job working as a call-in/relief dietitian for a few inpatient facilities on Oahu. It was great – I only worked a few days a week and went hiking and surfing the other days, but it was hard to feel like a true part of the team when you work inconsistently. Then about 2 years ago, there was an opening for the full time RD position at the hospitals outpatient diabetes center that I was going to help fill in for until they hired someone…and I ended up staying there!
Outpatient counseling has been such a rewarding experience. I have grown, professionally, SO much, and have completely fallen in love with diabetes education and all my wonderful patients. (I should write a post on that.) I recently obtained my CDE Certified Diabetes Educator credential. (Also a post for a different day – I remember desperately searching for info on how to study for the CDE exam!)
Personally, I also have become completely obsessed with yoga and went mostly plant-based – poultry, beef, and pork free, gradually reducing fish, eggs, and dairy. (Another post idea…) I live with my amazing husband and our little dog, Ziggy. If you follow me on Twitter you can see how much I love being active outside here in paradise!
Anywho, a couple of my patients commented that they googled my name and read up on my blog, which had become kind of ancient and outdated, so I figured it was worth a little update. Perhaps I will start writing more regularly in 2018…stay tuned!