Out With The Old…

…and in with the new!

french fries to flax seeds has had a makeover!

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(the above image is just a taste – click on over to check it out in all its brand spankin’ new glory!)

 

Not only has the blog had a makeover, but I’ve finally gotten my own domain frenchfriestoflaxseeds.com!

Oh yeah, and I’ve got a Facebook page. I would be ever so grateful if you would “like” french fries to flax seeds.

 

I’m excited!

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I might also be tired – self photos after a full day at work are not the best idea. And yes, that is my recently delivered copy of Peas And Thank You in my hands.

 

The changes and upgrades to my blog reflect where I’m at in my own life right now. This summer I’ve had to make some decisions on what projects and commitments I want to continue to focus on in my life, and which I need to give up or put to the side for some time. I was burnt out – taking 6 classes this past semester, and going right into an intense 3 week course afterwards left my brain exhausted, not to mention all the commuting involved to do so. Right after school ended, I increased my hours at work, leaving my physically exhausted. And having recently gone through the end of a relationship left me emotionally drained. People around me noticed. I wanted to sleep all the time. I felt lost. I was grumpy and not fun to be around. And I looked like crap. People around me noticed – they said I looked like a burnt out version of myself. Apparently no amount of concealer can hide complete exhaustion.

I finally took some time to sit down and re-evaluate what’s important to me, what I want to accomplish, and decide which areas of my life would be most worthwhile putting my energies into. I said no to going back to skating. I pulled out of a school project that my heart just wasn’t into. And I started to put things in motion that were priorities to me. I want to focus on my physical/emotional/mental health. I want to devote time to my relationships with friends and family, and maybe even find that someone 😉 And I want to focus on my future career as an RD.

Going into my last year of classes before internship I want to do all that I can to position myself for the career opportunities I want once I’m finally an RD. I know I want to follow a “non-traditional” RD career path (aka – not working in a clinical setting). I’m not 100% sure what that non-traditional career may look like, but I feel by focusing on my blog, improving my writing and communication skills, networking with like-minded individuals, and continuing to explore the world of food and nutrition will help give me the skills I will need later on. I may want to pursue private practice, consulting, writing, or something else entirely different. This blog may not be the incarnation of my future career, but it will be a building block if nothing else. And it will allow me to continue to improve my photography skills.

 

Now that my blog is more “permanent” (what with it’s own domain and all), I want to continue to let it evolve naturally. It will still be (almost) all about food – I have recipes to share, cookbooks to explore, restaurants to visit, and products to review. I have considered including more educational posts about nutrition, eating on a budget, eating locally, and things like that. We’ll just see how it goes – I have ideas galore! But I would love to get some input from readers – what kind of topics interest you? What would you like to see on the blog? What do you enjoy? What can I improve on? Please share your ideas!

I hope you like the new layout as much as I do. I’m still tweaking a few things, updating some pages, to make everything more functional and interactive for myself and my readers. I’m also going to be posting some old recipes that I had previously made into their own pages, so expect to see those show up in your reader (need to have consistency for my recipes). Here’s to a new era in the life of french fries to flax seeds!

PS – Speaking of in with the new – my fancy new red Colourful Grass shoes arrived! So cute I just had to share.

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7 Comments on “Out With The Old…”

  1. August 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    Congrats! The site looks great 🙂

  2. August 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Happy Marianne.

    Gorgeous blog.

    It’s all coming up roses!!!!! 😛

    PS: yes to more nutrition stuff!

  3. August 10, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I love the new look Marianne! 😀 Congrats on your new domain too!

  4. August 10, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    congrats on getting your own domain! how was the process of switching – i’ve been thinking about changing over to something more permanent too.

    cool blog!
    cheers!
    cailen
    http://www.cailenascher.blogspot.com

  5. August 17, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    I am so excited for you. Sad that you felt drained + exhausted — but happy you’re figuring it all out! And I’m excited that you are going full throttle with your RD path — I slipped + didn’t volunteer or work my last semester + that made me about as attractive as an old shoe to internships [the matching is like 50%] — is it mega ega hard for you guys to get into internships? I’d love to hear more about how you are going about making sure you get into an internship! Cheers!

    • August 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

      The beauty of our program is that our internship is integrated into our program. Meaning, we go through all the competition to get into the program in the first place, but once we are in we are guaranteed an internship spot in BC. It does mean our program is relatively small, and not the easiest to get into, but it makes for a great learning environment because we are all working together as opposed to worrying about being better than the other people so we get internship. I don’t know the exact location of where I will be going, but I know I will enter internship in Sept 2012, and will officially be able to call myself an RD in late 2013. Woot!

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