Tomorrow brings the start of something I thought I was done with: school. When I finished my Master’s Degree in May 2012, I really thought I was done with school. I was burned out and ready to be finished with the working full time/going to school full time lifestyle. A few months later, I was already starting to change my mind and consider going back. I spent a year working in a domestic violence shelter, which is a setting I always thought I wanted to be in. As part of that experience, I finally got a more clear idea of what I wanted to do with my life and also discovered the courage to go for it. Over the last year I was able to facilitate a middle school girls group, as well as spend some time tutoring middle and high school students in my former school. Through those experiences I realized that I want my career to be in that setting, as a school counselor.
School counseling was something I never considered as my future. I would get so annoyed when I’d tell someone I was getting my master’s in counseling and they would instantly say, “oh guidance counseling?” like there were no other types of counseling. I would literally have to explain different settings that counselors could work in because people had no idea. I never even thought I liked being around kids. All of a sudden one day it just clicked for me and I knew. All my previous research has been tailored around working with middle and high school kids but for some reason I didn’t put two and two together until I actually started to interact with students over the last year.
I’m so excited to begin this phase of my life, but also just waiting until the next two years are other. I don’t want to have homework again or go back to being crazy busy all the time. I only need a few classes, so it won’t be horrible, but I’ve gotten so used to having free time that I think it’ll take me awhile to adjust.
Fingers crossed that this time is seriously the last time I have my first day of school, as a student anyway.
I’m a daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I’m a perpetual student, an advocate, teacher, and confidant. I’m a writer, avid reader, and photographer. I’m fun and exciting but also quiet and reserved. I’m sometimes funny, always sarcastic, and often guarded.
Day 29: In this past month, what have you learned?
I learned that it is both difficult and easy to commit to writing every day. Getting used to posting a blog once every day was easier to get used to than I thought it would be. I guess I was expecting it to be a major time suck, but it wasn’t. I’m hoping to be able to stick with that, or at least a few each week. I want to try to avoid going weeks (or months) at a time without writing. That will become a bit more challenging as school starts again on Monday, but it relaxes me so I’ll just go ahead and call it “self care.” 🙂
Writing every day was also fairly challenging. There were a few days when I wasn’t home much so I couldn’t post anything. Or the days when I was in a crap mood and just didn’t feel like writing, so I’d just make it really short and to the point.
I’m a pretty private person, so answering questions about myself is not always my favorite. I am pretty proud though that I only skipped one question, and that was really for the benefit of all. I would have gone off on a tangent and got lost in it.
I’m also getting closer to figuring out my life and taking steps to become who I want to be.
Day 28: A picture of yourself last year and now, and how you have changed since then.
Since a year ago, I’m healthier, happier, drink less, make smarter choices, and have a more clear picture of what I want to do with my life and who I want to be. (Love seeing the changes in my niece over the past year too!)
I decided to do this 30 day challenge as an excuse to write every day (or almost every day). I thought it would be fun to answer some more questions about myself and dig deeper into who I am. I find that I can keep myself motivated to write by doing a series rather than trying to come up with ideas for regular writing.
Thank you for raising me to become the person I am today. Thank you for making me self reliant and responsible. Thank you for always (or almost always) trusting in my decisions and knowing that my life will turn out ok. Thank you for supporting me through all of my mid life crises and the times I changed my mind about what I want to do with my life. Sorry I was such a snotty teenager.
Day 25: What I would find in your bag
I think the shorter answer is what you wouldn’t find in my bag. I’ve got a lot of shit in there. Here’s a brief list of what is usually hanging out in my purse: wallet/money, checkbook, tylenol, chapstick, floss, pens, water, gum, inhaler, mints, phone, camera.
Day 26: What you think about your friends
This is a bizarre question. Of course I love my friends, or they wouldn’t be my friends. I might be biased, but I do have some of the greatest friends in the world. I know I have someone I can go to if I need to talk, need advice, need a drink, need to laugh all night, or just need to sit and do nothing. I know the people in my life would do whatever they could for me if I needed it.
I don’t really have cravings for stuff very much….but lately I’ve been really into bacon. Basically whenever I eat out I try to somehow incorporate bacon into my meal. It’s very random – and passes quickly, and then comes back a couple weeks later. Luckily for me bacon is delicious so I don’t really mind it.
I also get weird phases when I want ice cream. Then I’ll buy some and instantly don’t want it anymore.