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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tervis

Well, I know this may sound silly, but I am in love! I have found the cup we all want for our kitchen! And while many people might want to make sure they have matching cups, I'm going out on a limb here and saying that we want to get a tervis that is personalized to what each of us like. Why do we want these cups? Well, yesterday, at my Celebrate & Connect meeting, we were given Tervis cups for our amenity. (More on that later) And, while I haven't bought them in the past, I was excited to give it a try. I got home and put ice water in it. About an hour later, there still was no condensation on my cup! YES! I love this cup! Now, I have been using it for about a day now and no water circles, no need for coasters, they are dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and according to the website they are virtually indestructable. While they are a bit pricey, I think they are worth it! They run about $11 and up for the 16 oz I was given.

So now, on to the amenity that I told you about earlier. With my company, we have C & C meetings every other month, and if we register online they will send an amenity to the director who is hosting the meeting. So, this amenity will change and usually it's something that they want to promo or something that is not going to be available for a while yet, or maybe even something they have come out with FOR CONSULTANTS ONLY!

It's really cute! It's a Spirit Collection Thirty-One Edition cup! The design is one that I normally wouldn't have picked out but I love it! And it's very functional! In fact, my 9 year old is trying to take it from me! Looks like it's time to start picking out the perfect Tervis for her and Maddie both! We already know the perfect one for daddy!

Friday, June 15, 2012

decisions and moving on

while you know this week has been a week of decisions, we have gone through the decision making process for quite a while and most of the time i feel like we haven't made the best decisions, but when i think about that i resolve to move on to better decision making. with that said, i woke up this morning and made the decision to go to career central. while many of you might not know what this palce is, it's a place locally that will assist with employment and training to re enter the work force. i got the orientation for the wia program done. i've put in a few applications, and now am working on getting a great resume done.

ryan is working on a few things of his own, and i am hoping that sometime soon he will want to blog about that too.

kenzie and maddie have been great throughout this whole process... so they will be excited to learn that i stopped in at the y to apply for the open doors program! so i am hoping we can start that soon too.

my friend christine has been trying to get me to try a zumba class, but i've always turned her down, tonight i will be going with a different friend to try zumba with her! can't wait to see if i can keep up with these ladies! i'm sure i'll be worn out by the time i get home, but it will be worth it!

while at walmart, i saw a ring i wanted to try on, they didn't have it in my size, but i did learn that my weightloss has resulted in me loosing 2 ringsizes!!! wooohooooo! that's awesome!

and that's about where i will leave this post off. i am hoping that i will remember to blog at least once a week from here on out, but if i don't, i'll be back as quick as i can.

have a god blessed father's day weekend!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

'tis a beautiful day

today is going to be a great day! not only is my hubby home <3 but my girls are having fun and i will be able to see my friend diana at church tonight! missed her something fierce here lately!!! i've printed the application to get my transcript, and just waiting to send it out til tomorrow when i get some stamps. i have ordered the pencil pouches for the girls, so that can be marked off of the to do list... and now i get to do what i love! reading my bible. i only have 1/2 of yesterdays reading to catch up on and then do todays, so i have to get busy, but before i do, i have to say that i am shocked. i mean, i know that there are people out there who are going to try and bring my faith down, but to find some articles on the internet where people are actually suggesting that Jesus was gay???? i mean, geez i just don't get it. i mean, the bible says that jesus was without sin. he was god in the flesh and god doesn't sin. the bible talks about how jesus was upright, blameless, sinfree, yet he went to the cross to die for the sins of all of us and yet, some people in the world are actually suggesting he was gay! so what does gay have to do with him being a sinner? well, it's simple, the bible tells us to love the sinner but to hate the sin. being a homosexual is a sin. it goes against my faith, and due to that fact, i have to believe that Jesus was in fact not gay. why in the world does Satan feel like he has to attack my faith like this? In the beginning when I didn't have the faith I have now sure, but as I age in my faith I find some of the things he attacks me with to be, well, quite FUNNY! I mean geez. he knows I read my bible, go to church, and attempt to live a life right with the Lord and he is going to bring this to me. Well, my only reaction is to knock it down with the power of the Holy Spirit and to bring the actual truth out there! It's crazy but it just took me off guard when I first saw this. I just can't believe how much Satan will do to try and destroy the Kingdom of God and when i say try i really mean that he is failing miserably. he will never win over my soul! Jesus is LORD of all!

and with that said, i am off to finish reading from yesterday and start today's reading. I have about an hour of reading ahead of me, but that's totally ok. i love reading my bible.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

First Set of Steps

So, I just got off of the phone with the college, and here are the steps I have to take:

1. Submit General Application and $25 Application Fee
2. Submit my High School Transcript (I have contacted the District, so I am just waiting on that one to come in)
3. Apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible.
4. Sit for Placement TEAS test. Submit $50 Testing Fee
5. Go in for New Student Orientation.
6. Attend Advisor Appointment to set schedule and answer any questions.
7. Take Pre Requisites-- A & P 1 and the Lab, Microcomputer Applications, Science of Human Nutrition, and Intro to Psych.

So now for the hurry up part of this, to be able to go in January, I have to have all of this done by September 2012, So I think it's safe to say, I'll enter the program next August. While it's a year away, that gives me time to get it all done. I'll have until May to get everything done, so that gives me time to get all of my classes under my belt and be excited for the RN program to start. After it starts, I'll have about a year and a half until I am done!!!

More updates are sure to follow this!

A great start!

So, you all know about yesterday's post and I am happy to report that I am having a great support from my closest friends! Thank you so very much!!! Here's a very short update:

I've contacted my high school district for my transcript! I know it's not a huge thing, but I have to have this first before I can start the process of taking the TEAS test and ultimately starting the Nursing Program! I'll be heading into the community college just as soon as this comes in!

After talking with my husband (who is working out of town right now) He's supportive of this decision as I knew he would be. We have talked about it before but never followed through, and this time, there's going to be no stopping me! I'm ready to take this bull by the horns! And with so many of my friends urging me forward and not having attitudes toward the decision, I am really feeling that I can do this.

I have spoken to the girls just to inform them of what Mommy is up to and they are excited for me as well!

I'll update more when I know my next steps. I'll be calling PHCC today, so I can find out exactly what my steps need to be.

Until then, God Bless You!

Monday, June 11, 2012

here's to beginnings

every now and then, we all have trials and tribulations.  and we don't always make the right decisions, so here's to new beginnnings!  ryan and i are embarking on a new beginning in our lives.  we are attacking this bull as a team yanking on the horns.  we will be successful.  and you know sometimes you have to fall all the way down before you can pick yourself up and dust your pants off and work your way up that ladder to success once again.  in the last 4 years, we stumbled, got up and started working toward the top again, but because we were making foolish decisions, we have fallen all the way to the bottom of the ladder, and now we are going to be starting fresh.  while he's had a great job, i have been staying home with the kids.  i will be challenging the state exam to get my certified nursing assistant's license back.  i allowed mine to lapse so i could spend time with maddie before she went to school.  now that she's starting first grade in the fall, i really think now is our time to shine.  i will likely put the girls in place before and after school care so that i can easily drop them off before going to work in the ams and then pick them up after i have run my errands.  it will cost me about 80 a week, but on a cna salary plus ryans salary, we can pay that.  then in the evenings, i will likely start taking courses at the community college in the fall or spring to work toward achieving my lpn degree.  while this was something that i didn't think i would ever want to do, it is what God is pushing me toward.  so when that's done and i have passed that board, i will work in that role for about 6 months before bridging over into the rn program at phcc.  I will take 1 year to get that rn degree, then continue toward my bachelors and bridging once again for my arnp degree.  Why you might ask?  well I am ready to finally put the past of feeling like a failure and like nothing i do is good enough behind me.  I am ready to be successful!  I have done my research, and while this will be a tough road, I know I can do it.  I've started gathering the documents I need to achieve this goal.  I am praying that by the time I turn 40, I will be an arnp.  That gives me 9 years to achieve it.  I will show you the figures after I finish with my post.  I know that when I was working, I was looking at it as a job and not a career.  I wasn't thankful for what I had.  I have changed my mindset on that.  When we both were cna's we neither one were happy, but I believe that was because we were choosing to not be happy.  When we were both working, we averaged about 40k a year.  Most of that was put toward old bills that we should have paid off instead of just splurging all the time.  I have grown a lot since then and I know that Ryan has too.  We are ready to start working toward our children's college educations.  We are ready to start working toward owning a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home with an enclosed lanai with pool.  It doesnt' sound like much, but when you have nothing, any dream is better than no dream to work towards.  We are ready to start looking forward to being able to purchase a second car (and are hoping to do this by January 2013)  We need a second car badly. 

now for the fun part.  I went onto indeed.com for this information, and these are averages, so while it's a nice number, i know i may make a little less than the numbers you see here:

on average cna's in florida are making about $28,000 a year
on average lpn's are making $45,000 a year
on average rn's are making $76,000 a year
and on average arnp's are making $90,000 a year. 

again i stress, that i will probably make less than most of those averages to start, however, you have to remember i am coming back from not working for almost 2 years, so I need to start at the bottom and to me anything coming in is better than nothing coming in. 

i do want to ask one thing.  from my friends and family, please do not judge me for this decision, instead support me.  uplift me.  encourage me.  and when i ask for a sitter so i can go to class, it's not because i don't want to have my kids with me, it's because i want to get this done as quickly as i can so i can start spending more time with my kids and so i can better their future.  as i said above i have been feeling like i can't do anything good enough to please some of my family, so i want to change that and i need you to change your mindset to one of support and encouragement not one of judgemental attitude. 

thank you in advance for reading and encouraging me to live my dreams.  i am sure more posts will come as i get closer to living my dreams.  i am praying that i will have my cna test date by october 1, so i can start working by  the 1st of november at the latest!!!