T1: Day 1 Meet New People, Invade Their Lives

And So it Begins…

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Another year, another chapter…

Today was my first day at Northwestern Health Sciences University here in Bloomington, Minnesota. Celebrating it’s 75th year in 2016, I’m thrilled to be a part of this university and equally scared and excited to finally be doing what I should have done from the beginning.

It was so fun to to meet (some of) the 45 chiropractic Trimester 1 students I’ll be joining in this journey, making up just around 700 of the total students in the chiropractic program. I can’t wait to spend time with like-minded people who will surely become life-long friends. Coming from all walks of life, states and countries, we’re in this together…

The Chiropractic Program:

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T1 starts off with a “bang!”

  • 40 months
  • 10 trimesters
  • 220+ credits
  • 4,300+ contact hours

Goodbye home office and helloooo library!

I know that this is probably going to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but I’m finally learning for the right reasons and I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me.

So let’s get to it!

Xo,
Melanie

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When One Chapter Ends…

…Another Begins

I can’t believe that after five-and-a-half years, today will mark my last day at Vortala. This chapter, long in the making, now comes to an end. And while I may have cried a few tears lately saying “farewell” to my closest team members, I am filled with joy and forever excited to begin my next chapter in chiropractic college.

To My Team,

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Friendships like this, last a lifetime.

While some may describe Vortala as an internet service, to me, it’s so much more than that. We don’t just develop websites; we better people’s lives. We don’t just work nine-to-five; we work until the job is done. We’re not defined by our jobs; we’re defined by our passions. And most importantly, we’re not just co-workers, we’re the truest of friends.

Our bond is strong because, at Vortala, our jobs are just a small fraction of what we mean to each other. We go far beyond helping each other with tasks at work and over the years have truly become tight-knit friends. We carry each other through every single up and down of life and support each other in our journeys… because that’s what friends do.

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Sarah, you are by far, the best mentor I could have hoped for.

You all have been with me through so much over the past years and I wouldn’t have made it to where I am today without you. Thank you for all the help, guidance, understanding, love and support you’ve shown me and I can’t wait to rejoin your team down the road (on the flip side).

If you ever need some cheesy quotes, someone to talk to, or a little company, you know where to find me!

Wishing you all the best that is yet to come,
Melanie

Next Stop, Bloomington!

SD -> WY -> CA -> CO -> MN!

There’s only one thing I’ve ever truly wanted to do, I just simply wasn’t brave enough to do it. Those circumstances and excuses behind me, I’m finally off to make it happen.

That means it’s time to redefine what “home” means. For the next four years, I’ll be calling Bloomington, Minnesota “home”… my desk, the library, lecture halls and labs included. Because finally, it’s time to chase my dream.

(Soon-to-be) 5 Generations Strong

Two of my grandfathers, my father and my uncle all attended NWHS.

Two of my grandfathers, my father and two uncles all attended NWHS.

As a chiropractor, my dad has always been my hero, my rock and my inspiration. I’ve always been so incredibly proud of him and now I’m honored to follow in his footsteps. This January, I’ll be attending Northwestern Health Sciences University to become my family’s 5th generation chiropractor! So, I better represent, kill it and have an incredible time doing it!

(Mom: Your career has been just as inspiring except you embrace middle-schoolers with more grace and understanding than I ever could 🙂 )

At First I Was Afraid, I Was Petrified

I am so in love with Colorado that the last thing I want to do is leave my friends and family, again. But! Colorado will be still there when I’m done. And, after a little time to think through it, a bestie encouraging me to chase my dreams, a very special loved one and overflowing support from my family, I’m so excitedddd!

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear) :: e.e. cummings

I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear) :: e.e. cummings

I cannot wait to do something I’m passionate about all while helping people live their most vibrant life. And if you know me at all, you know I love a new beginning, a new chapter, a new adventure, whatever you want to call it. It’s cheesy, but to me, starting over is such a cleansing and fulfilling feeling.

So, if you ever want to send a care package, put yourself on an airplane and come chill with us in Minnesota.

As always, the best is yet to come!

Xo, Melanie

P.s. Shout-out to all of my family chiropractors and chiropractors that feel like family.

I’m thankful to have grown up being influenced and adjusted by you since the day I was born. Thanks for showing me what a holistic lifestyle feels like. Thanks for helping me heal after my accident. Thanks for teaching me how to help others with your hands and heart. And, thank you for inspiring me to do the same. ❤️