#1- Assist Others

As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently graduated with my Master of Science in Nutrition Education. What I failed to mention was that my husband also graduated with his Master of Arts in History in May. We balance each other out well!

We wanted to have a small gathering to show off our house now that it’s finally “finished” and celebrate our accomplishments! In sitting down to plan, we decided we didn’t need “stuff” for our house and we didn’t want our guests to feel pressured to bring something. We just wanted them with us to come celebrate and enjoy themselves. We feel very fortunate to have been able to pursue our dreams with few barriers but know that’s not always the case for children. Wanting to aid in others’ success in school we suggested a donation of school supplies in lieu of gifts, if they felt so obliged.

We were completely blown away with the outpouring of generosity. My small laundry basket I set out to collect the few items we would receive was filled before the third guest arrived!!

Once it was all said and done we took a moment to take it all in.

I’m looking forward to delivering most of these donations to my sister tomorrow. She’s a family case manager and her work has a closet for foster children in need of basic needs, one of which being school supplies. The rest will be delivered to some students in my school district.

As I was getting ready for bed last night, I realized that we had our first annual school supplies drive. (I just haven’t told my husband yet)!!! I’m looking forward to doing this next year, as our collective donations are far beyond what we alone can provide.

Challenge Accepted!

When my sister Elisabeth turned 28, she embarked on a journey, along with her friend to each accomplish @28EpicThings.  Their adventures took them all over the globe, pushed them to try new adventures and most of all have fun. In preparation for this birthday, Elisabeth asked me if I was going to accept the same challenge. I don’t have a birthday buddy as those two are, but I am always up for a challenge! I’ve spent the last two years in graduate school. Having recently graduated with my a Master of Science in Nutrition Education my free time has increased immensely and I get bored easily.  That leads us right here.

First, let’s get acquainted as we will be spending the next year together. I’ve always been up for an adventure and wanted to march to the beat of my own drum. I believe that balance is the key to life- that’s why I can be a Registered Dietitian and love donuts, with sprinkles.

Sprinkles were banned in my house growing up- all thanks to my mother. She has always said they make her skin crawl. If we paid for our donuts in coins and picked out a sprinkled one she would make us stand outside and eat them. So now I’m 28 and I still pick out sprinkled donuts for my mom.

Yesterday started the beginning of this awesome year of adventure. It included an awesome cake with actual donuts and SPRINKLES. I’m not sure who convinced my mom to let them in her house, but THANK YOU mom!!!!IMG_0013

My first adventure was figuring out how to create a blog. As usual, I did my research, and figured it out. My goal is 28 things I’ve never done before. Maybe it will be more, maybe I’ll fall short. But nevertheless, I know it will be filled with fun, family, and a sprinkled donut!IMG_0012


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