After a journey of over two years, yesterday I turned in my final assignment for my Master's program. I honestly don't know what to do with myself now. The last two years and then some have been as difficult and time consuming as I imagined it would be, but they've also been amazing. I've learned so many things, and hopefully positioned myself better for future career and service opportunities. Folks have encouraged me to take some time and take a break for a bit. And maybe I'll do that. Then again, I might not, lol. In the meantime, I'm off next week to walk in my Commencement and make sure I get that darn degree in my hot little hand.
I don't know that I've ever talked about it, but for the last 3 or 4 years, I've followed a diet all my own that I call "Mostly Vegetarian" or "Flexitarian". The idea is that for the most part, I follow a vegetarian lifestyle, with the occasional serving or two of meat when I feel like I need it. A few years ago, I was going through a rough patch. I had gained a few pounds, and my only vegetable intake was in the form of salsa or V8. So one January as I was trying to identify some goals for the year, I decided to eat 2-3 servings of vegetables a day, and I would start strength training. I started working on those two things, and an unanticipated result was that weight started to come off. I ended up losing about 15 pounds, and I found that I enjoyed vegetables so much (who knew?) that I started eating more of them. And the more vegetables I ate, the less meat I ate. Over the years, I've felt so good for the most part that I've stuck with it.