And a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! (Well, New Year’s Eve). What a crazy year it has been.

I have graduated from college

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Graduation Day: 5-5-2012

I got accepted into a dietetic internship – the final step to becoming a real life dietitian

That's Me!!!

That’s Me!!!

Went to St. Louis for a Cardinals Game..and to see the 2011 World Series Trophy with my parents

My Dad and Me with the World Series Trophy!

My Dad and Me with the World Series Trophy!

I attended a family reunion in the Lake of the Ozarks, MO.

I moved to Louisiana.

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I started graduate school.

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My brother and myself at my new school!

I turned freakin’ 23 years old. When did I grow up so fast?

I wrote a research proposal that can eventually turn into a thesis!

Fresh off the printer!! Feels soo good!

Research Proposal Dominated!

My great aunt turned 90!! Got to see family from California that I haven’t seen in many years!

I started a blog (and have actually stuck with it!)

All About Me!

All About Me!

Thanks to my supportive family and friends for being there to be my support system and who love me unconditionally. Thanks to the readers of this blog and those that comment. It makes me feel good when I know people are reading my blog and like what I have to say. I have really had a great 2012, but 2013 is going to bring about so many awesome things (and by awesome things, I mean completing my 5 year journey to becoming a dietitian to ACTUALLY taking the test and becoming a legit dietitian). I am looking forward to all that 2013 will have to offer.

My new year’s resolution? I overall want to be a better person than I was the year before. I want to  stay true to myself, make wise decisions and be a brighter light in this world. I also am going to start reading daily devotionals in my Jesus Calling devo book by Sarah Young, given to me by my college roommate, Rachel.

Hope everyone has a great NYE. Stay safe, but party hard!!

XOXO, Danae

Do you Hear what I Hear?

So, fellow Word Press blogger, rarasaur, posted this questionnaire on her blog focused around writing and blogging and thought I would answer the same questions. The questionnaire originated on the blog: Trifecta for their Friday-Check in.

What is your name (real or otherwise)?

My name is Danae (pronounced Duh-Nay), but people have also called me, but not limited to, Dana, Danny, Deanna, Daniel (yes, Daniel), Dina and Dan-I (And these are just the pronunciations…I didn’t even talk about the spelling variations)

Describe your writing style in three words.

Informative. Informal. Reflective.

How long have you been writing online?

This blog has been going since July of 2012, but before this I wrote for the online ‘zine, The Examiner. I was the the Chicago Sushi Restaurant Examiner, reviewing and discussing new and existing sushi restaurants in the greater Chicago area. I started doing that in 2010 until 2012.

Which, if any, other writing challenges do you participate in?

I am participating in this challenge, and then I did a challenge through The Daily Post, in which I talked about songs that related to my life. Read it here —> Mix Tape Challenge

 Describe one way in which you could improve your writing.

I think writing about life lessons or things that I have learned from my experiences is something that I need to add into my blogs. I think I should write more about things that happen to me and how I can learn from it.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

I haven’t really received writing advice, unless you could critiques on research proposals and term papers “advice”. But I think something good to keep in mind is “Write what you know“, then the ideas will flow. (Look at me being a poet and not knowing it!)

Who is your favorite author?

One of my favorite authors is Karen Kingsbury, a Christian author. I really enjoy her books and really related to the characters. I feel like there is always a character who is in a situation that is similar to something I am going through. I also enjoy good murder mystery novels, like those written by Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts. I also enjoy a good Nicholas Sparks book.

How do you make time to write?

I make time to write by putting it into my schedule. My goal is to write at least once a week, just to get my thoughts on the page. If I don’t make it a part of my weekly routine, I know that this will get put on the back burner. School work, internship work and blogging and three of my priorities.

Give us one word that could be used as a prompt. Remember- it must have a third definition.

Passion (noun) (According to Websters)

often capitalized

     a : the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death

     b : an oratorio based on a gospel narrative of the Passion

obsolete : suffering
: the state or capacity of being acted on by external agents or forces
(1) : emotion <his ruling passion is greed> (2) plural : the emotions as distinguished from reason

     b : intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction

     c : an outbreak of anger

a : ardent affection : love

    b : a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept

    c : sexual desire

   d : an object of desire or deep interest

Direct us to one blog post of yours that we shouldn’t miss reading. 

I hate saying is, but I think one of my favorite posts is “O Emmanuel“, about the Newtown, CT shooting. I just think it has a good message and I think it is well written.

XOXO, Danae

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Hallelujah! Christ is Born!

Merry Christmas from my family to yours!! Hope it is safe holiday for everyone and you all are able to celebrate it surrounded by loved ones! I am looking forward to curling up on the couch in my pajamas with some hot coffee, coffee cake  and opening presents with my mom’s side of the family (which is pretty much just my family and my grandparents).

Yesterday we had our Christmas with my dad’s side of the family and opened up gifts with my cousins, aunts and uncles and grandparents. It’s a good thing both sets of grandparents live in the same town..it makes the holidays just a little bit more simpler.

Enjoy Christmas!!

XOXO, Danae

I’ll be Home for Christmas

Welp, the year is coming to an end…literally, but not. Today, 12.21.12 was the supposed “end of the world” as predicted by the Mayans and their calendar. And as expected, the world did NOT end and I still had to go to work. Bummer…

But, good thing it didn’t end, because now I can go HOME FOR CHRISTMAS! After the start to this new quarter, I have been counting down the days until Christmas Break…especially after this week. Things have been crazy with school and work, so I am looking forward to some downtime with my family and friends! I fly out this Sunday afternoon and I will hit the ground running with family Christmases and holiday traveling.

Internship-wise, I have been rotating around with the dietitians. It is good to see how different dietitians work and I enjoy seeing a variety of patients. However, at this point, I am so excited to be on my own. After talking with my DI director, I managed to get my 2 weeks of floor supervision rather than the week that the dietitians originally gave me. Thank goodness.

Graduate school-wise, this financial management course is not how I thought it would be at all. Luckily, in college I took both financial accounting and food systems management, so this is not my first time around with this type of information. Everything is coming back to me, but slowly. My one frustration: my professor assigns homework but then how to do the problems is not discussed in the powerpoints nor in the book. I spent legit 3 DAYS working on  one problem. After several emails from me, and probably other classmates, the professor sent an email with instructions on how to do the problems. It then took me 20 minutes. If I had those instructions at the start, I would have saved so much time and frustration.  I can do the problems fine, just gimme a little guidance. Other then that, the class isn’t half bad.

I just hope that everyone has a safe and happy Christmas holiday. So many people have showed up at the hospital. I just hope they are all able to get discharged this weekend so they do not have to spend the holidays in a hospital– because that isn’t fun for anybody. Merry Christmas!

XOXO, Danae

P.S. My roommate, Kelly, wrote a  recipe article for College Lifestyles Magazine. Brownies in a Jar!! An easy and inexpensive gift for the bakers in your life, or someone who likes desserts!!

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O Emmanuel {God is With Us}

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”

~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I am sure every blogger in America has blogged something about the tragic events that happened at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on 12.14.12. I am going to be one of those bloggers. But I am not going to write a whole bunch about because frankly…it is too heartbreaking for me to even think or write about.

Friday was a hard day at work. The other dietitians and I watched a little bit of what was happening on the news, but eventually, we all had to stop watching because it was getting a little too emotional. I have no understanding on why or how someone could go into an elementary school and shoot children. What is even more heartbreaking is that the medical examiner said that the children who were killed had anywhere from 3 to 11 gunshot wounds. Absolutely dreadful. Looking at the list of names of the individuals killed on Friday was difficult. Many of the children that died were about 6 years old. They had their whole lives ahead of them. And their parents didn’t even think twice that the morning they dropped their kids off at school would be the last time they ever saw their children…at least alive.

This morning at church, First West Baptist in West Monroe, was our “Wonder: A Christmas Worship Experience” service. Pastor Avant addressed what happened on Friday and tried to answer questions that people, both believers and non-believers, were thinking. I liked what he said when he addressed the question, “Why would God let this happen?” He basically said that “God did not make this happen. Neither did facebook, video games or bad laws”. What made this happen was our corrupt world and the fact that Satan has worked his way into our society.

Now, as a Christian, I do ask myself why God lets things like this happen, but I know that if we lived in a perfect world and we were all perfect, sin-free robots, we would have no capacity to love or feel empathy for anyone. God gives us trials to live and learn through. And if people are led to Christ through this tragic event, then so be it.

During the service, the children’s choir sang several Christmas carols. It warmed my heart seeing these children, anywhere from ages 4 to 13 singing, and laughing and enjoying themselves. They sang with such joy and it was so awesome seeing them worship the Lord. I got a little teary eyed during their songs, because even though children died in CT and parents are mourning their losses, these kids in front of me still have their lives and they are complete and utter blessings. And though it is sad that innocent children died, I know that they are in a much better place. They are with God in heaven, which is way better than any earthly place.

And like the title of this entry says, God is with us. Among all the suffering and the mourning, God is here for us to run toward.

He is our Comforter, our Counselor, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

XOXO, Danae

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

With it being the middle of December, holiday festivities are in full swing!! The holidays are a crazy time, but hey….it comes with the territory. I even wake up to frost on my windshield. I thought it was NEVER going to get cold down here, but it gets pretty chilly. These are the Decembers that I am used to.

Chelsey, a fellow dietetic intern who lives and does her rotations in Shreveport was doing a one week rotation in Monroe at P&S and Eat to Lose, so she was our house-guest for the week. It was so nice to have someone else in the house. Plus, she is in my graduate class, so we were able to bounce ideas off of each other for our homework. She brought some excitement to our little apartment in the ghetto. It was nice having  a visitor. I just hope we didn’t bore her 🙂

Thursday night was the Northeast Louisiana Dietetic Association Christmas Party. NLDA treated us to a dinner at Long Horn Steak House. I went, along with my roommate Kelly and Chelsey. It was nice to see the dietitians from Glenwood. I always enjoy seeing them and finding out how things are going. Long Horn fed us good. They brought us bread, then we got two hot appetizers. I got  a salad with my meal. The salad was a meal in itself. it was huge! THEN the meal came. I got this tuscan chicken which was covered in tomatoes, mushrooms and artichokes. If it wasn’t so dark in the restaurant, I would have taken a picture of it. I also got a sweet potato on the side. DELISH! So delish I had to take half of it home to eat later. Nothing like two free meals!

Then last night, the St. Francis Nutrition Support team had their Christmas party. It was all the dietitians, their husbands/boyfriends along with the nutrition managers in the St. Francis kitchen. The party was in Simsboro, which is about 15 minutes past Ruston. On the way to Simsboro, my check engine light came on, so I had to make a pit stop at the Toyota dealership in Ruston. Quite an adventure. The house where the party was was out in the middle of nowhere, no joke. It was beautiful though. It was good to eat good food, get to know the dietitians more, and the men they are always talking about! One of the dietitians husbands even jumped in the pool for a Starbucks gift card and coffee mug. It was a hilarious end to the evening.

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So, ABC Family always plays Christmas movies for the 25 days of Christmas. Elf was on the other day. It is one of my favorite Christmas movies. What is your favorite movie?? Let me know!

Hope everyone had a good week and is in the progress of having a good weekend. Only 10 days until Christmas!! Who has two thumbs and hasn’t started their holiday shopping….THIS GIRL!

XOXO, Danae

8 days until I’ll be home for Christmas {Break}!

The Twelve Days of Christmas {Daily Prompt: Mix Tape}

1) “Unexpected Places” by The Academy Is… (I am living in Louisiana. I never thought it a million years I would be living here)

2) “Don’t Forget to Breathe” by Bitter:Sweet (Being a full time, free working dietetic intern and part time graduate student, I have to remind my self everyday day to just breathe and take life one day at a time.

3) “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes (I am looking forward to the day that I finish my studies and I can finally do what I have always wanted to do…be a dietitian. I will finally begin my life and won’t be a slave to the books anymore)

4) “I Will Carry You” by Clay Aiken (I may have had a huge crush on Clay in high school, before he was gay…but that is not the only reason I put him on this list. This song isn’t normally about God, but I think it is a good song to related to God. I have gone through ups and downs through high school, college and this internship. Knowing God has my back in all of this and knowing that He will take care of me is totally reassuring. He, along with my supportive family and friends, are helping me power through all this.)

5) “Cup of Coffee” by Garbage (Song title speaks for itself. My family and friends will understand)

6) “Clothes Off!” by Gym Class Heroes (………………..just kidding Mom!)

6) “Welcome to Chicago” by Kill Hannah (Signifies my home. I loved the ability to go back home at Thanksgiving and looking forward to Christmas Break!)

7) “Relax (Take it Easy)” by MIKA (Another good song that reminds me to just relax and just go with the flow. I also enjoy singing it in the car.)

8) “When It Rains” by Paramore (This song isn’t necessarily a happy song, but when it rains, I AM happy. I love feeling cozy with a blanket and a cup of coffee.)

9) “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls (I know I am 23 years old, but I still don’t feel like a grown up. When I grow up, I want to be a dietitian. With all this education, I feel like I am on the right path)

10) “Mess Around” by Ray Charles (This song is a family favorite. When ever this song is playing on the iPod or in the movie ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, my family goes into a crazed dance. We probably look insane.)

11) “Whip My Hair” by Willow Smith (I have long hair and I love to whip it)

12) “Toes” by Zac Brown Band (Over the summer, my sister loved to listen to this song. Even though I am not the biggest country music fan, this song makes me want to go to some island, sit in the sand by the ocean, and drink and nice cold Corona. It gives me a good feeling.)

What songs do you relate to?

XOXO, Danae

12 days until I’ll be home for Christmas {Break}!

We Need A Little Christmas

Well, I have just concluded my first week working at St. Francis Hospital. St. Francis has  a bigger nutrition support staff than at Glenwood (Glenwood has 3 dietitians, St. Francis has 7!) This is good for me in that I get to work with different dietitians and see how they do things. Each dietitian has a different process in how they do things.

The way that St. Francis dietitians screen and assess patients is very systematical and organized, which is totally up my alley. And while I love getting to know other dietitians and learning how they do things, part of me wants to be on my own. Even though I am at a new hospital, with it being my 2nd clinical rotation, I feel like I am in the groove and I know my way around a medical chart. This is nothing against them, but I can tell that they do a little bit more hand-holding then Glenwood. I do appreciate everything they help me with. 3 of the dietitians were in the internship last year, so they know my situation. They have been really good about helping me get competencies done. I have done some educations, I developed an educational material, I have my oncology concept map done and currently working on my multi-disease state one. On Sunday, we are getting a new charting system, so I have the honor of helping write some policies and procedures on the program. While I love working at the hospital…

We (or I) need a little Christmas.

It has been unusually warm here, according to the locals. Last weekend it was 80 degrees! Although it seems that the natives are actually wanting it to stay cooler. This is the only time they get to wear sweaters and scarves. I can understand that, I want to wear my sweaters too. I will definitely be wearing sweaters when I go home for Christmas, and then some.  Still looking forward to being home again!

Hope all is well.

XOXO, Danae

16 days until I’ll be home for Christmas {Break}!

P.S. All my blog posts during the month of December are going to be titled after Christmas songs.  I’ll try my best to have them correlate with blog content, but I may just throw one out from left field!