To all the adults who have their careers figured out (or, at least, mostly figured out), did you go through a period of major conflict in deciding on a career?
Please say yes. Please say yes. Please say yes.
I am in that situation as we speak. Registered Dietitian/part-time blogger vs. Food Writer/part-time blogger is my current toss-up. UGH. The latter was my dream for about two years at the beginning of college, which I spent as a Journalism major. Telling people how to/what to eat in such a strict manner, which I thought would be my main role as an RD, really turned me off to the career. Plus, I just LOVE writing and I love food and I love writing about food (hence, the blog).
The former has only recently come about as I've switched my major to Nutrition. There came a time in my studies of Journalism when I just couldn't stand the classes anymore and found within myself a HUGE passion for nutrition (specifically veganism, at the time), so I switched. I dove head first into chemistry and biology and Nutrition classes and loved every minute. For a while, I wanted to continue my pursuit of food-writing, but as I immersed myself more and more in my Nutrition studies, and as God made me more aware of the need for RD's who don't promote fleeting, unsustainable diets, I couldn't ignore His voice (obviously).
Now, I feel like I'm bouncing back and forth between the two careers, unable to settle on just one because each comes with pros and cons and I can't seem to figure things out. As an RD, I'd imagine more opportunity to make a stronger impact on lives and help stimulate much-needed change in diet culture (or maybe elimination is a better word than change here). As a food-writer, I'd imagine more opportunity to chase the heck after my passion - food + writing - and maybe, just maybe, write for my dream magazine, Bon Appetit. Here, I'd make my impact by showing others that food. is. to. be. enjoyed. Every food is special and worthy and unique and that is b-e-a-utiful.
As I articulate these thoughts through the process of writing - one of the main reasons I love it and do it so often - I realize that the careers intersect in a way I didn't see before. Both promote a fearless love of food and self, which is the theme of what God's been teaching me in the years of healing from my past relationship with food.
It is important, however, to mention that an RD certification would require at least one year of a paid internship (meaning I pay and don't get paid) and possibly two years of grad school. To be a food-writer would only require endless amounts of time spent in the community, making connections with newspapers and other writers, + here on the blog, continuing and improving what I do now.
So, I know my next few steps. I know I need to finish my undergrad, which I will finish with a BA in Nutrition. I know I need to spend a year working and saving money, which might be done as a waitress or a donut-slinger at my favorite shop or a diet aide at the hospital or a full-time nanny. From there, God only knows!
Makes 4-5 servings
4 1/2 cups filtered water
1 1/4 cups coarse-ground coffee (Purity Coffee is my go-to)
Ice and creamer/milk for serving, if desired
- Combine the coffee and water in an airtight container (mason jar worked perfectly), stir, and let sit for at least 12 hours.
- I used an Ellie's Best nut milk bag to filter it, which you can view here. I've also heard that cheese cloths work. Strain the coffee beans (any suggestions for uses? I hate throwing them all away!) and pour the cold brew back into a pitcher or back into the rinsed mason jar.
- Store in the fridge for up to six months. Serve with a touch more water, plus some ice and creamer, if desired.
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