As I mentioned yesterday, I got into the University of South Carolina grad school program for Physical Therapy. I was really excited to get in because there are only 18 spots available.
I literally killed myself for the last 6 months while studying for the GRE exam, shadowing a physical therapist, and surviving classes (and blog, run, and work). Which is kind of ironic because at the end of September, I landed the Operation Beautiful book deal, and my whole vision for my future changed. Things started to happen in my life that I never, ever imagined would happen.
Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m not going back to school in August as originally intended. A major factor in my decision is that the book is going to come out in August, and I am contractually obligated to promote it (and of course, I want to promote it). I canâ€™t juggle a doctorate program and a book tour. There are other reasons why Iâ€™m not going back in August, but I canâ€™t get into them.
I have asked to defer my acceptance until August 2011 to buy myself more time. I hope I do not end up regretting this decision, but its the only one I can make, and honestly, the last year has shown me that you NEVER KNOW where life is going to take you. Itâ€™s great to plan and have goals, but you also have to be flexible and open to opportunities.
So, Iâ€™m wrapping up this semester (Iâ€™m just in Anatomy now, I dropped Physics), and I wonâ€™t be taking classes next semester. THANK YOU for your support as I took classes. It meant a lot to me when the blogworld supported me when I was very stressed out. 🙂
I took a nap this morning, woke up, and inhaled ice cream:
I was having post-Vegan 4 A Day withdrawals.
And for lunch, I had Israeli Cous Cous, which I pumped up baked tofu.
Success Story Number 1
Iâ€™m proud to say that my mom participated in her first 5K last weekend! She walked the Race for the Cure in Knoxville, Tennessee with a friend.
I think my mom is so COOL for getting healthier and more active as she gets older. She is 64! I hope sheâ€™s not mad that I told everyone her age, but I think itâ€™s so impressiveâ€¦ most people slow down, and sheâ€™s SPEEDING UP!
My mom told me that she wants to try to walk/run another 5K in the future! Yay!
Success Story Number 2
In March, I got an email from a girl named Laura, who wrote, â€œI’m completely new to running, and, like you, was inconsistent (at best) with diet and exercise in the past. I just completed my first 10k – my first race, really – last weekend and LOVED it!â€ She wanted to know about managing knee pain, so I gave her some tips (now summarized in this post).
A week ago, Laura emailed me to say, â€œI successfully ran my first half marathon in May and just completed my second a week ago – busting 13 minutes off of my previous time! Moreover, I’ve lost over 20 pounds in the past year! Since becoming a runner (and yes I finally consider myself a "runner"), I’ve never felt healthier or happier!â€
Imagine my surprise when I read the next paragraph of her email, which said: â€œI started a doctoral program in August, and, one day, when I was using the restroom on campus near where I park my bike, I saw a post-it on the mirror that said "You are beautiful… operationbeautiful.com." I thought, that’s nice, everyone can use a little positive reinforcement. I had no idea that Operation Beautiful was your *other* blog until I went to the site! The note on the mirror in an obscure UC Davis psychology department women’s room is a testament to the widespread impact Operation Beautiful is having.â€
When am I going to find an Operation Beautiful note?! I want to discover one SO badly. I would kneel over and die, me thinks! 🙂
Did you ever make big plans for the future and then have everything change? Tell me!