Change and Grown-upness

Well, it’s been quite a hectic season of change and preparation! Here’s what’s happened and will soon be happening in a nut-shell:

  • I began an internship with an amazing woman (check her out here) who is training me up to become a holistic health practitioner.
  • The beloved Gluten-Free store I worked for closed, leaving me without an income or my Gluten-Free family with whom I spent a good portion of the last 2 years of my life.
  • I will be graduating with my BS in Health Science this December and will be a non-student for the first time in 22 years.
  • The time is very quickly approaching where I will officially be a grown-up with a grown-up job and paying off grown-up student loans.
Performing at my 8th grade graduation. As frightened as I may be to graduate college, nothing can possibly be as frightening as that turquoise sequined leotard I’m wearing.

Karl has his own share of change, but I’ll leave that for him to talk about if he so chooses. 🙂 In the mean time, I’m freaking out a little bit about finally graduating after 9 years of inching my way through college. Being a student has become so comfortable. It’s much easier to feel smart and important when you’re a student excelling in an area that you’re not expected to understand without listening to someone lecture about it first. Now, I’m going to be expected to be a professional. People are going to assume I know stuff… and there are times where I feel like I know enough to help people, but then someone always comes along and has a health condition I’ve never even heard of! I know I will always be learning and growing, and any truly great practitioner can never believe that they have learned all there is to know… but it can still be intimidating.

In any case, I am thoroughly excited to be able to start helping people and actually have a degree to back up what I’m doing! And Kristi (my internship supervisor) has been a great example of a practitioner who is knowledgable, humble, and personable. If she doesn’t quite know the answer to a patient’s question, she looks it up. If only my doctors would have given me that courtesy!

So here’s the plan:

  • Become an official grown up with my BSHS by the end of December.
  • Immediately begin looking for a job to help pay the bills (nutrition-focused would be nice, but serving coffee works, too).
  • Begin certification for holistic nutrition. Health Science is great, but I need something to show more specific qualifications.
  • Start building clientele. Even if it’s just taking people on shopping trips or cooking with people who just found out they need to eat gluten-free… I just want to start helping people!
  • Start my own nutritional practice. I hope to have this up and running as soon as possible!
  • Open a raw cafe and juice bar with a garden out back and my nutritional practice upstairs… this is a long, long, long-term goal for Karl and I, but it’s something to dream about. 🙂

So, now you have a bit of insight into my most recent insecurities, fears and excitement. It feels good to have these upcoming events all written down… almost as if they’re actually going to happen! In the mean time, if anyone has any questions about health, nutrition, wellness, kale… you know where to find me, and I can always use the practice! 🙂


  1. Kari

    Hey cousin, just wanted to tell you I love you. It’s great when I see a link to your blogs. Sometimes I forget about it and then you will post about it and then I re-read everything from the beginning all over again. 🙂

  2. Jamianne

    Thanks, Kari! That’s so encouraging! I love you too, cuz. 🙂

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