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I’m a planner.  A list-maker.  A goal-setter.

There is nothing that upsets me more than writing down a plan, and then watching it unfold in a different way than I intended.  Fortunately, for my sanity, there is a quote that I repeat to myself every time I find myself in this situation (which is…a lot.)

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”  

It has always been of the upmost importance to me to know what my purpose is in life- what I’ve been put here to do.  I have struggled for years to figure it out.  As I discovered the nursing profession and learned more about it, I felt this unexplainable draw to become a nurse.  Some people would say it’s a “calling”.  I made the decision to pursue nursing during my junior year of college, when I was about 20-years-old.

I am now 23, and I feel like I’ve been crawling at a snail’s pace towards my ultimate goal for my career.  I have sat down probably over 10 times in the passed 3 years and made 12-month plans, 2-year plans, 5-year plans, 10-year plans…only to tear them up and start over a few months later.  I’ve encountered many setbacks that have tacked time onto my plans, and each time it happens, I feel more and more defeated.

I gave up a lot to pursue my goal.  For starters, I haven’t been able to work a “real” job for the last 5 months, and Corey has been working his butt off trying to support both of us.  Obviously, this makes me feel extremely guilty, and has added a lot of stress on both of us.  Thankfully, he is more than supportive of me going after what I want- I literally would not be able to do this if it weren’t for him.

Yesterday, I turned in my completed application packet to the nursing school that I have been planning to attend.  The program is a one-year, accelerated Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing degree- and it comes with a hefty price tag.  So hefty, in fact, that I would have to take out several large student loans to cover the costs- something that I am fortunate to have never had to do for my first degree (thank you, parents!).  As soon as I walked in the doors, I had a bad feeling.  Then, literally a few hours after turning it in, I discovered that the school doesn’t have the accreditation necessary for me to go on to get my Master’s at a different school.  This is a deal-breaker.

So, where does that leave me?

Well, for starters, I am really upset.  I have been overjoyed about the fact that I would be starting nursing school in just a few short months, and that I would finally be finished, working in the field that I want, in just a year.  Now, all of that is gone, and I feel like I’m back to square one.

However, I have learned a few things through all of this.  First, even though I feel like I’m too old to still be in school and not already have a career going, I’m not.  I’m only 23.  I repeat this to myself: You are not old, you weirdo.  It helps.  People change careers at 40 and 50-years-old!  Second, even though I have encountered more setbacks than I would have liked, I still want this- and so far, I have yet to see any signs that I am making the wrong decision.  In fact, with each month that passes and each class that I take, I am more and more sure that I am making the right decision for my life.

So, the new plan is this:  I will be, God-willing, re-joining the good ol’ workforce.  This means I have to start the dreaded and draining job search again, something I have not missed in the last few months.  I am hoping to find a job in a hospital, perhaps in administration.  I will work for the next 8 months, saving money for school.  Then, come January of 2012, I will *fingers crossed* start a nursing program that will result in an RN license by October of 2013, and a Bachelor’s degree by April 2013.

Is this ideal?  Not really.  I wish I could just snap my fingers and get what I want, but, life is a lot harder than that.  I am trusting that God has reasons for everything that has happened to this point, and that He is leading me in the right direction.

What I do know for sure is that, one way or another, I am going to be a nurse.


By the way, HAPPY NURSE APPRECIATION WEEK to all you nurses out there!  

It’s Friday, Friday, Fridayyyy!

Have any of you seen this recently-popular video?

Not only is this girl obnoxious as crap, but her RIDICULOUS song, with less lyrical creativity than Bella could have thought up, has the potential to lower your IQ in a matter of minutes.  Corey showed it to me 2 nights ago and it had around 6 million hits after being featured on Tosh.O…tonight, it has 18 million hits.  Oh, America…

All that being said, this song and all of it’s craptastic-ness has been playing through my head alllll day….

It’s Friday, Friday, Fridayyy….yesterday was Thursday, tomorrow is Saturday…

Let’s recap this fab Friday, shall we?


Once again, I woke up very early this morning, after getting a mere 4 hours of sleep, and I was not a happy camper.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Knight Library for supplying the surplus of green beer necessary to ensure that I received 6+ drunk dials last night between the hours of 6PM and 2AM.  You know who you are.

At least my breakfast was pretty enough to perk me up!

Pretty Breakfast!


I topped 3/4 cup of Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, and served a sliced pear alongside it.  I sprinkled everything with cinnamon and Splenda.  This was filling, fruity and festive!

After I ate and got ready, I headed off to the middle school to teach a 6th grade Language Arts class (my favorite!)


Today’s lunch felt extremely healthy, in a good way.  I think the addition of baby carrots made me feel like I was doing something extra good for my bod!

Setting a good example!

Into my adorable Vera Bradley lunchbag went:

Lunchtime at the middle school always amazes me- NOT in a good way.  I tend to observe what each parent has packed for their child, and sometimes, there’s just no excuse for it.  I always take note of one ridiculously unhealthy lunch item, and internally discuss with myself what I would say to that parent if they were to walk into the lunch room.  The dialogue usually goes something like, “What were you thinking when you packed this for your kid?!”

Today’s RULI (Ridiculously Unhealthy Lunch Item) winner: 2 Chocolate Fudge Pop Tarts– as a dessert.  To put that in perspective: just ONE Chocolate Fudge Pop Tart contains 200 calories and 20 grams of sugar.

Some days, I’m tempted to just grab a soap box, stand on top of it, and preach all things healthy to these kids until their only desire is to consume vegetables and whole grains in the lunchroom!

Last night, I gave myself a little pep talk and convinced myself to plan on heading straight to a 4:30 PM spin class after teaching today.  I even packed my gym clothes in a separate bag so I would be all set to go.  Unfortunately, after standing in the hot sun for dismissal duty, and then talking to a very sick Corey on the phone, I decided it would be better for me to just head home.  Not to mention, I was truly wiped out after two long days of middle schoolers.

The only bad thing about days like today is that there is no time to work out in the morning (no, 5AM wake-ups are NOT an option at this point in my life!), and after school, I’m just too tired.  No worries, though- Corey and I are planning on a morning spin class tomorrow to start the day on the right note!

Dinner definitely provided me with enough motivation to wake up tomorrow and burn, baby burn…


Our usual Friday Happy Hour was in order after a very long week!  We headed over to Mitchell’s Fish Market, and immediately ordered our drinks and our favorite appetizer-the Crab, Spinach and Artichoke Dip:

The usual

Yes, I said drinks. Although I originally gave up all alcohol for Lent, I decided to slightly modify this commitment- I am still not drinking beer or liquor, and wine is limited to very occasional.  The point of my giving up alcohol in the first place was so that I would restrict myself from “going out” to clubs and bars for the next 40 days.  Wine isn’t on the menu at college bars, so I think I’ll be able to stick to my vow just fine!

For our “dinner”, we ordered another appetizer- the fried calamari, and we split a wedge salad:

Calamari + Wedge

Don’t worry, the calamari supplied us with plenty of vegetables!

Just kidding.

Pretty sure these random green beans were fried, but delicious, nonetheless!

On another note- for any calamari lovers out there, do these particular creatures ever disturb you?

Poor little squid...or octopus. I always forget which it is.

I need these to stop being served alongside the typical calamari rings.  They are not OK!  If I wanted to eat a cute little baby something-or-other, I would order it!

After our delicious and decadent dinner, we walked across the street to the movie theatre, where we saw the new Bradley Cooper movie- Limitless.  Corey said he didn’t know they made a movie about him already.  Ha…ha.

Now, we’re lounging around and hanging out with our neglected pup.  I’m excited to wake up and spin!

Happy Saturday!

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