dream job

Day 7 – What’s your dream job?

I think I missed a day…. but I’m really excited to talk about this topic today. That’s because I’m so lucky to be doing my dream job every day! I’m a School Counselor and it’s run, challenging, heart-breaking, rewarding, and so much more. All of those things every single day. If you would have asked me 10 years ago if I’d be a School Counselor I would have laughed and said never in a million years. I didn’t think I wanted to work with kids, and I was sort of revolting against working in education since that’s what pretty much all of the women in my family have done/currently do. I just wasn’t going to work in a school, period.

Well, fast forward to the end of grad school in 2012…when I’m realizing that all of my research has been related to working with teens. I needed to be done with school, so I just pushed the feelings down and graduated. Then I worked for a year at a domestic violence shelter and through that process got to go into my old high school to work with middle school girls. I loved it. That experience pretty much solidified my decision that I needed to go BACK to grad school to get a school counseling license. Thankfully I had a ton of support and encouragement, and now here I am!

Now if we’re talking non-realistic, never.going.to.happen.but.I.can.dream jobs, then I’d LOVE to own a bar/resort that has live music. I love live music in small venues and I think it would be the most fun job ever. It will never happen, but it would be something I’d really enjoy. For a nerdy dream job, I’d also love to be a book editor. Getting paid to read –  what could be better?!

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I can’t say I give too many hugs as a high school counselor, but otherwise it’s me! Haha.
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movies & kindness

Day 5 – Favorite movies you never get sick of watching

Something Borrowed

When Harry Met Sally

Those are probably the only two I could watch anytime and not be sick of them. I could literally watch them two days in a row and not even care.

 

Day 6 – Your last random act of kindness

I don’t know that I can remember a “random” act of kindness that I’ve done… but I feel like I do acts of kindness every day. Maybe I’ll have to come up with some random acts I can start doing. 🙂

happiness & memories

Day 3 – What makes you happy?

Helping other people. Seeing my niece and nephew. Music. Writing. Drunk dancing. Hugs from the little ones. My kitties. Working out. Cooking. Feeling like I make a difference. Church. Sleeping. Photography. To-do lists. Planners.

Day 4 – Best childhood memory

My memory is REALLY bad. I have lots of good memories with my family and friends, whether it was sporting events, trips, or just hanging out together. Some highlights were camping trips, Mackinac Island, Disney World, Badger games, basketball tournaments, trips to Grandparents houses, sleepovers, and many other random memories.

Favorite Quotes

“How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.” – Unknown

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

“Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you. You just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” – Bob Marley

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Tim 4:12

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

 

my attempt at writing again… day 1

I’ve decided it’s time that I start writing again. I always feel better when I do, and I’ve taken about a 2 year hiatus, give or take about 3 posts. So here I go. I googled “30 Day Writing Challenge” and just picked one at random – which actually has 31 days so it’ll keep me going for an extra day.

Day 1 – Self Portrait and 5 Random Facts About Yourself

  1. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, but I couldn’t be happier with my career choice.
  2. I hate leaving the house and coming home to dirty dishes in the sink.
  3. I love to cook and bake, especially for other people — but I’m always worried it tastes bad and people are just being nice about it.
  4. I love music and wish I could play more instruments and sing – not just to myself when I’m in the car.
  5. I’m about half way to becoming a crazy cat lady, even though I’m allergic.

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    Me and my Leo watching football on a Sunday afternoon

 

 

the times they are a changin’

It seems that I haven’t written anything at all in 2015…. so far this year has been crazy busy, full of ups and downs, and a year for changes.

In early May, I accepted a job at a school in a town I had never even been to. Going into my job search, I took the approach that whatever position I was offered would be where I was supposed to end up. I interviewed for the position over Skype, and at the end of the interview, was told they wanted to offer me the position. I took a leap of faith and accepted, trusting that it would be the right thing for me. A month after accepting the position, I visited the town  and school for the first time, and about another month later, I moved. My closest friends are at least 4 hour away, and most of my family is at least 5.5 hours away.

So far, it’s been a mixture of boring, busy, and lonely. I’ve had a few days at school, which have been really busy and mostly overwhelming. There’s so much to learn and only limited time to learn it. I hate that part of starting a new job where you just feel so stupid all the time. My colleagues are all awesome though, so that helps. The days I haven’t been at school and haven’t been unpacking, I’ve mostly been lonely. I know that I’ll meet people once school starts, but until then I’m missing my friends. I’m going to force myself to go out places by myself and try to be friendly, but that’s definitely way out of my comfort zone.

Despite all of this, I’m so excited for this next stage of my life. I’m thrilled to finally be done with grad school (again) and to be starting my career. It’s been a long time coming and I’m excited to finally get into a school and get into the swing of things.

2014 End of the Year Survey

Since it seems to be a theme that I do this every year, here we go!

Year-End Survey 2014

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
 I don’t remember specifically making any for 2014, but I’d like to make more for 2015. I’ve got some goals in mind!

Did anyone close to you give birth? A few friends had babies this year, and a few more found out they were pregnant!

Did anyone close to you die? No, thankfully.

What countries did you visit?
 None. 😦

What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
 I’d love to have a house. And be done with school finally (again) so I can get a school counseling job.

What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? I don’t think I had any “big dates” in 2014 that will remain with me. I have lots of good memories but no real whammy like 2013.

What was your biggest achievement of the year? Umm…making it through another 2 semesters without going crazy. Does that count?

What was your biggest failure?
 I don’t even know.

Did you suffer illness or injury? No big injuries – and just the flu for illnesses. Nothing major.

What was the best thing you bought?
 My kitty, Oli. Technically I “bought” him since I had to pay for the adoption, I guess.

Where did most of your money go?
 Bills.

What did you get really, really, really excited about? Missy’s wedding, any time I was able to go home and see my family and friends.

What song(s) will always remind you of 2014? “I Choose You” by Sara Barielles, “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift.

Compared to this time last year, are you:

  • happier or sadder? — Probably about the same. Depends on the day.
  • richer or poorer? — poorer.

What do you wish you’d done more?
 Spoke my mind more, opened up more, and had more fun.

What do you wish you’d done less of? Homework.

What was your favorite TV program? I’m really into Scandal, House of Cards, and Orange is the New Black

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
 No, I don’t generally hate people.

What was the best book you read?
 Oooh man…is it bad I can’t remember any good books I read this year? 😦

What was your greatest musical discovery?
 Some of my favorites I just started listening to this year are: Dessa

What did you want and get?
 ????

What was your favorite film of this year? I saw a lot of good movies this year.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
 I turned 26 this year. My boyfriend brought be birthday lunch at work, we went on a hike after, and I was surprised by my co-workers with dinner and drinks.

How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
 I like to be comfortable – but I pretty much dress like a teacher.

What kept you sane?
 Running/working and my friends.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Jennifer Lawrence

What political issue stirred you the most?
 I feel like there were so many things, but I generally avoided the news and kept myself ignorant.

Who did you miss? I miss my friends and family that I don’t get to see very often.

Who was the best new person you met?
 Did I meet anyone new this year? Probably not…

What was the nicest thing someone told you about yourself. That I’m a good person.

The most touching experience you’ve had this year?
 Seeing how excited my niece gets to see me after we’ve been apart for awhile. <– same

What did you like most about yourself this year? That I helped others.

What did you hate most about yourself this year? That I sacrificed a lot about myself and had trouble asking for what I wanted. Won’t say I “hate” that but it’s something I need to work on.

Was 2014 a good year for you? 2014 was a crazy year. It’s been really stressful.

What was your favorite moment of the year? All of the times I’ve been able to spend with the people I care about.

What was your least favorite moment of the year? Moving again.

Where were you when 2013 began? I was sleeping – had to work at 7am on New Years Day.

Who were you with?
 I was alone.

Do you have a new years resolution for 2015?
 Yep – keep working on my health, happiness, and faith. I’m going to do another jar of “good memories” as well. I did that in 2013 and it was really fun.

What was your favorite month of 2014? May and November

Did you miss anybody in the past year?
 Of course – I always miss the people I don’t get to see very often.

How many concerts did you see in 2014? Timeflies, Turnpike Troubadours, and Gavin DeGraw/Matt Nathanson.

Did you drink a lot of alcohol in 2014?
 No – I don’t really go out or drink much anymore.

How much money did you spend in 2014?
 I don’t even want to think about it.

What was your proudest moment of 2014?
 Seeing how happy Missy was at her wedding and feeling so blessed to be a part of it.

What was your most embarrassing moment of 2014?
 I don’t really get embarrassed.

If you could go back in time to any moment of 2014 and change something, what would it be? Everything happens for a reason, so I wouldn’t change a thing that’s happened in the past year.

What are your plans for 2015?
  Finishing school AGAIN and hopefully getting a job!

How are you different now that the year has ended? I’m more stressed out and crabby than I’ve been in awhile. I feel like I’m also more serious and less fun. Basically 2014 made me a bore. Haha.