Life is chaotic. We can either do something with the opportunity chaos places in front of us (climbing the ladder) or we can stand at the bottom of that ladder and wait for it turn into an escalator. Unfortunately (or fortunately- depending on how you look at it) climbing and moving forward isn't something that can be done by just standing there hoping to be carried to our next destination; it requires strength, endurance, determination, and motivation to continue when we are tired and our fingers can't seem to grip the rung anymore. So, we wait, hold on a little tighter, trying to regroup so that when the next rung is ready for us, we are ready to grab hold and pull ourselves higher.
The other option is to let go, and fall backwards. It happens to everyone. Some fall all the way down, and some just fall back a few rungs. But the choice to start climbing again is up to us.
I think we forget that there are other people on the ladder, dealing with a chaotic life too, and we have opportunities to reach back and grab hold of their hands and help them hang on by being their ear, their shoulder, or a whisper of confidence. We all need people in our lives who can help us stay on the ladder, moving upward.
I know that I have been extremely lucky to have people in my life that have helped me hold on to the ladder and keep on climbing. Even though we think that climbing, and waiting for our next rung to appear is personal, the anticipation, the anxiety, the prospect for the future, the torment of time can all be too much to handle alone. How we handle our waits and climbs, and how we help others wait and climb is what defines our character. Be strong, reach up, reach back, and move forward.
On Sundays (and a couple of other times during the week) I have been working at a hospital that is a 30 minute drive from my house. When I first started my commute, I would listen to calm, peaceful, classical music on my drive in. But over the last couple of weeks, I was getting kind of bored listening to music and mulling over the laundry list of things that I have to do that I can't get done while I am driving. So I decided that I was going to use this precious hour a day in my car to help me learn and be inspired. Which brings me to TED.
If you haven't heard of TED, I would highly suggest checking out their website and looking around. If you're not convinced to go to their website, let me give you a brief overview of what it is they do:
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading".
TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event. The annual conference began in 1990, in Monterey, California. TED's early emphasis was technology and design, consistent with its origins in the Silicon Valley.
TED events are also held throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks. They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore,Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.
But, before you get lost in listening or watching the thousands of awesome talks that they have, I want to bring to your attention this really powerful, witty talk that I heard on my drive today.
The speaker is Mark Bittman, and he is a New York Times food writer. He weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, and too little home cooking) and how all of that is putting our planet at risk.
Part of what I want to do is help bring cooking back to your kitchen, and teach you and your family how to incorporate real nutritious meals into your daily routine. We need to make the food decisions that will help us, not just on an individual level, but social, environmental, community and even global levels.
The 18 minutes it takes to watch this video will, I think, motivate us to start making those decisions.
So, I am finally getting my website launched! I can't tell you how excited I am about this ACTUALLY happening! It only took 10 months for me to finally sign off on it and get it published and accessible on the world wide web!
So, you're probably wondering what I have to say, and what I do that made me start a website. Well, right now, I'm kind of at a loss for words so I'll just give you my background as a good starter.
I recently graduated from University in San Jose where I studied Nutrition, and Dietetics. I am currently applying for internships through San Jose State University with the goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist within the year.
You are probably wondering, (if you don't know already...) "what the heck is so special about a Dietitian that made someone like Nani spend 6 years trying to become one?" Let me tell you! You all have probably heard of a "Nutritionist" right? They are people who you ask questions about what you eat, how to lose weight, how to be healthy. Dietitians do all of that, but they have gone through special schooling that has been approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (A.N.D. see eatright.org for more information) have to obtain an internship, and take an exam to prove they are worthy of the title "dietitian". Only those who meet all of the requirements get to call themselves a Dietitian. Now, I'm not quite there yet, but I am a candidate.
So, besides being on the road to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) what else could have prompted me to start a website you ask? The answer to that is simple: I am also a photographer. I needed a place to house my portfolio, and show (not just tell) people about what I do. And I have a big dream. My dream is to combine my two loves: Nutrition and Photography in one place, for each person that I get to have the opportunity to work with (click here to read more about me).
So, this blog is going to be all about my life, my goals, how I cook, what I cook with my kids, recipes, fun facts, and inspiring stories that I would like to share.
I'm so glad you found my website! Please feel free to leave comments, questions or email me for more information.