In 2015, I hope to more aggressively pursue becoming a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), which requires at least 1500 hours of specialty sports nutrition practice and the passing of a national examination. With that, I am excited at the thought of working more closely athletes to optimize their nutrition as they pursue their own athletic goals. More importantly, I am excited to be listening to my "gut" in pursuing this dream that I had previously set aside for "a later time."
Over the past few months, I have also taken some small yet paramount steps in growing my hobby of a blog into what I hope will become more of a nutrition practice. This is something I envisioned when I first established "Real Food for Fuel" in the spring of 2012, though I never really set a clear timeline of when that might happen. A few months ago at the encouragement of a friend, I took my first step forward by becoming an officially licensed as an LLC and creating an business logo (see below!). Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of unveiling my redesigned webpage, which has been a labor of love and an outlet for my creativity for quite some time. I have created business cards and am in the midst of conversing with potential business partners, but beyond that, the rest is yet to be determined :) My steps at this point are slow and I plan to make time for rest, rejuvenation and reflection this spring rather than rushing the process. While I am being very intentional in my actions, I am also keeping an open mind as to what will come next.
Growth and newness requires us to embrace change, even in the face of trial and challenge. This time of transition certainly has not been an easy one, but I am excited for what's to come and so incredibly thankful for the support and professional guidance I have received thus far. The decision to walk away from a group of people that I consider my second family, truly breaks my heart. It's been a month of tears, prayers, conquering fears and trusting in the Lord's provision, guidance and timing. HE is the architect and the builder, and I have faith that He is laying the foundation for something good.
In this endurance race called life, I am at the starting line of a new adventure. Though I don't clearly understand the path that lies ahead or the obstacles I'll face along the way, I am trusting that God will work out the details and get me the the "finish" line according to his will.
"Don't let fear decide your future"
- Shalane Flanagan
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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