So it’s been a while since I have done an inspirational blog, and I have been having some seriously grad school blues. It just feels like every class is harder and every project is bigger and there’s no end. So, whatever you are going through, whether it’s work in school, work in the office, applying to schools, applying to jobs, going through a heartbreak, you name it, here are some words of comfort and inspiration.


What’s sparkle? Sparkle is the look on your face when it’s summer, you have your favorite sundress and hot pink nail polish on, and you’re eating your favorite ice cream on a pier with some friends while your feet splash in the water. Sparkle is when you lean your head back to catch the first snowflake while holding the glove-covered hand of the person you love. Sparkle is something that should never go away and that should be remembered when your classes smack you in the face.

god's plan

Sometime it’s easier to plan what you want and get frustrated when that doesn’t happen. Like when the curriculum completely changes the year you take a class. Or the interview for the dietetic internship has additional components the year before you have to do it, making it just that much harder. Or when things just feel hopeless and terrifying and foreign. Just trust in God. He’s got your back and a really awesome plan for you. Seriously.

don't give up dreams

As a dietetic student, I understand academic hardships. I am taking 16 credits, 5 classes, 9 hours of research a week, and working 2 jobs. Trust me, I know. Sometimes I just want to throw in the towel and become a personal trainer. But then I look at people who have followed their dreams and gotten through it. One of my best friends has survived and just started her dietetic internship. It’s possible. This is my dream, so I have to fulfill it. What’s your dream? Whatever it is, go do it. Chase it with a fire in your soul that knows no end.


Realize, though, that all of this inspirational talk doesn’t mean you have to be headstrong and unbreakable. I know for me, at least, I am quite breakable. On those breakable days, I take time for a cookie. Or a margarita. Or both.

tea and cake

Cake is another I-give-up!-this-grad-school-thing-can-seriously-take-a-20-min-time-out food.


When the cookie, cake, and tea don’t cut it, I like to think about how far I’ve come. Once upon a time, I lived in Spain. All alone. It was boring at times and lonely and frustrating but you know what? I took some really fabulous pictures, ate some really great ice cream, and discovered the wonders of mojitos. Once upon a time, I led my own research project. I ate, slept, and breathed chocolate milk (not in the good way), research errands, and the exercise science lab. But you know what? I met some really great people, learned a lot about responsibility and juggling a hectic schedule, and now understand research words like “double blind,” “repeated measures,” and “counterbalanced.” Remember the time that you thought, “Seriously, I’m never going to survive.” And then you did. And know that you will survive whatever comes next.

think positively

And in the end, follow these rules. These 9 things can take you from stressed to super awesome.


Want more? Here are some more motivational posts.


How to be a Successful Science Student


4 thoughts on “Pin[spired].

  1. Katie says:

    Hang in there!!!! You are basically super woman! This school/internship thing will pay off. there are parts along the way that certainly feel unbearable, you can do it!!!!! And we will be RDs together…eventually. πŸ™‚

    Enjoyed this post.

  2. erika says:

    Yay girl go for it!! I so admire you for going after your dream. I’m certainly far away from that totally crazy student life right now, but there’s so much light at the end of the tunnel for you–you’re going to have your dream job! (And I….will still be lost.) I like the time passing quote–reminds me that I really have no excuse not to pursue something I really love…

    • skinnymuffin109 says:

      Thanks! And no way, you’ll be with your dream job soon! You got this! We all just need that little extra motivation and push sometimes, but deep down we know what we gotta do to get where we want to be.

      On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 2:05 PM, Skinny Muff

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