new year, now what?

I have to admit that I am not all puppies and rainbows about a new year right now. I feel like the last few months have been so taxing that I haven’t even had time to think about all the great things I know that 2015 will bring me. This month, even while off school for a few more weeks, will be busy. I am preparing to take the HESI A2 entrance exam. I am hoping to take that in a week or so. It’s a big deal because if you don’t get 75 or better you can only take it once a year and that means no nursing school. I am sure that won’t happen. I am doing the practice tests and have a study guide. I have strong and weak areas to work on.

I am also getting everything else together that I need to apply for nursing school. This includes transcripts, background check, and more. I have nothing but positive happy nervous energy surrounding this.

Last week I had my first mammogram. I am to have a mammo every year now, followed by an MRI 6 months after the mammo. This means I will now be screened every 6 months for breast cancer for the rest of my life. This is well worth it to hopefully prevent and/or catch anything that may appear super early. I have a small, pebble-sized lump that is being ultra-sounded next week. It is not concerning. I have had fibroadenomas (benign lump) before. Then again, so had my mom. We have fibrous breasts. Screening is critical. I did do the BRCA 1 and 2 screening and it came back negative. However, my lifetime risk is 25.4% of getting breast cancer, hence the screenings. This is the first time in my life I have ever been considered high risk for anything. What a trip.

And lastly, as per tradition, I ought to list a few goals I am happily looking forward to this year:

  • Getting into nursing school
  • Taking a human sexuality class- I never have and am sure it will be fun and interesting
  • Seeing my son start kindergarten
  • Get some home improvement projects done like painting and new fixtures (HA! In my dreams!!)
  • Pay off all medical debt
  • Pay off all cc debt
  • Take a family vacation
  • Read something (anything!) for fun
  • unplug more from social media and TV
  • Start a weekly family game night
  • See my mom complete treatment and be cancer free (really, the ONLY thing I could hope for)
  • START nursing school

See? Not too much to ask for. I will say that while goals are great, I have learned over the last few months that sometimes it is better to just take each day one at a time. I love looking forward to things, but sometimes life needs us to slow down and if I have learned anything from my mom having breast cancer and my best friend dying, it’s to slow down and love and enjoy the day we have right now, right this second. Happy New Years everyone.

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dirty thirty

On Monday, I turned thirty. I’m no longer in my 20s! Weird. I’m actually quite happy about this decade. There are so many things to look forward to that I can’t help but embrace what most seem to say is the BEST decade they experience.  For example, before I turn forty, I will be catching babies. That, is like, WOAH amazing!! Ten years goes by so fast and that also means I will have a high schooler in the house. Anyway, I had an amazing day just hanging out with my family. Logan took me on a movie date and we saw Planes 2. It was wonderful. That evening we had a BBQ with family and I had a few drinks. I could not have asked for a better day. I am more than spoiled by the people in my life. I love them so much!

There were a few things I wanted to do before I turned thirty and I made those things happen!

I wanted to get my first tattoo, and I did about a month ago. It’s on the left side of my ribs.

I also wanted to see my first vaginal birth and I made that happen–more than once! Birth is just incredible. Don’t worry, no photo for that one. 😉

I also wanted to be working in a nursing position as a CNA. Twenty-nine was a good year. I am thankful for all the life changes and challenges. They seem to only make me stronger and more faithful in what this life is all about. I am grateful for my amazing family for being so supportive and loving as I venture into my dream job.

So thirty is going to be awesome. A little dirty, a little fun, a little hard, a lot incredible.

Happy New Year!

I am amazed by how empowering this blog has been for me. I hope to blog more often as plans begin to fall into place as I further my education.

Our family has been through a lot in the last 6 months and we’ve had to put my doula training on hold for now. As soon as we have the funds, I will take the workshop and continue on my journey. I look at becoming a doula just one of many ways I can gain confidence, experience and education.

A few things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Doula certification
  • Lactation certification
  • Starting pre-rec classes in the fall
  • Any hands on experience I can get!
  • Finding a doula mentor

Keep following along! I also have some great ideas for the blog. More to come on that.