Flying Solo?

You may wonder why I wanted to call my blog “I’m Flying Solo.” There are many reasons.  I’ve always been fascinated with flying. I love birds and have had them most of my life (until recently, really), I love manta rays too- they fly through the ocean so gracefully. Flying represents an element of freedom we all wish for, and frankly, sometimes flying is the best way to get from point A to point B.

Two years ago, on a trip to Costa Rica during the worst part of my divorce, I met a girl with a tattoo. It said “Sometimes when you fall, you fly,” and ever since then, I told myself one day, I would fly. And actually, it was on that trip my friend Zach told me about the website workaway.info. (More on that later.) When I told myself that one day I would “Fly,” I wasn’t sure exactly what it would entail, but I knew I wanted to be over my divorce and free from the pain and disappointment it caused me.  I wanted to be happy, I wanted something or someone to lift me off my feet.  Really, I wanted SOMEONE to lift me up and help me find the zest for life I used to have.  Well, 2 years later I haven’t found that someone, but I’ve found happiness in many different forms and one is in the freedom to follow my dreams.  I look back now and see all the events that have led up to this- they all make sense. A lot of people say “Everything happens for a reason.”  I always say, “Everything happens for a reason, but usually you don’t find out until way later.”

So, here I am, ready to fly!  I’ve even almost collected enough frequent flier miles on United to get a one way ticket to Asia.  “Flying the friendly skies!”  That’s actually an iconic tagline that United Airlines began using in 1965.  I think this flying thing will be an emerging theme throughout.  There are a lot of songs I like that reference flying and I even recently had the opportunity to fly through the air on a trapeze!  So, come fly with me- my wings are wide!

My best friend and I recently came across this wall hanging while out shopping for my trip.
My best friend and I recently came across this wall hanging while out shopping for my trip.

The Adventure Before the Adventure!

See, that's me, the Happy RD. I share my love of food and always have a smile on my face!
See, that’s me, the Happy RD. I share my love of food and always have a smile on my face!

I never thought I’d be getting ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. I mean, I’d always wanted to, but now it’s happening, day by day. When you decide to quit your job, sell your house, leave behind all of your worldly belongings, chase some dreams, follow your passion, and see the world, well, you have a long To Do list in front of you.

The birth of this dream was in my teenage years, the reality of it coming to fruition began last November, and my blog, well that starts tonight!! Follow me now- you never know, maybe you’ll be inspired to do something similar and you’ll know where to start. Not only that, maybe you can learn from my mistakes!

I’m Tiffany, the Happy RD.  I’ve been a registered dietitian for over three years and love my job, but it’s time for a change. Not only will this blog chronicle my journey, but it will fill you in on all the events that have taken place to lead me to this point.

Thank you