It’s been one year since this blog (and me!) uprooted itself from Washington DC to Denver. Thanks for hanging in through the ride, friends – I am so happy that I pushed myself to this new city, a job that seemed like it would be a good fit, and a move into an apartment with Noah. I think all of you who read my blog frequently or know me well know how much I have grown through these experiences, I love reflecting on where I’m at now. My one year anniversary at my first permanent job (finally: not part-time, not an unpaid internship, not a summer job) is exciting and worth celebrating (you too- have some cake for me).
I studied International Affairs and Global Health in college, thinking that I would love to work in international development projects and health interventions abroad. Truthfully, having a background in Spanish and French made me feel like I could be more useful in an bilingual work environment. Through summers in public health departments working on tuberculosis, study abroad experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa and Chile, and internships in federal agencies, I have discovered that I am committed to making this country better. It sounds grossly patriotic, but there is plenty of work to do in our backyards. While job searching and networking, I was forwarded a position through the University of Colorado working on a diabetes prevention grant for Native Americans. Finally, my interests in health promotion, unique populations, and healthy living started to click together in my head (and yes, my building has a tipi on top).
This job has opened me up to so many learning experiences. From visiting a reservation in Wisconsin to listening to webinars on promoting health literacy or health education through text message, I have been exposed to many facets of public health and disease prevention. Diet and exercise still don’t come easy to me, though I always had great role models in my family, and I realize that my own journey to better health has paralleled my growing interest in nutrition and physical activity. Whether these are my current interests, I am excited to see how they morph as I continue to grow in my job and seek out graduate programs that align with my goals.
I felt like I had this all together when I moved out here, but I really believe that every experience changes us and our paths. For now, I am happy in this place, and we just renewed our lease for another year. This magical place in the middle of the country has convinced me to stay a bit longer for its sunshine, good eats, and city livin’. Who knows what adventure awaits after that?
Thanks for always listening. I want to connect on a more personal note with some of you – so tell me – what more about me do you want to know?