Thursday, August 27, 2015

It's Funny How...

Last month, I was stressed out and feeling trapped at work. I had nothing going on outside of work, except my kid's activities. It's Funny How gradually that happens, one day you realize you're doing everything for everyone and nothing for yourself.

I knew I needed to make a move, make a change, get something going to change my circumstances. I decided to finish my degree. Then I decided to get my knit shop running for the holidays. Then I found the writing contest. Today, I got back on the treadmill, my first heavy sweat in months.

It feels so good! It's Funny How a simple decision can start such an amazing chain reaction. I feel like I'm finding my new self. I am becoming Full-Time Job Me.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Day 5 - Other Projects

Going back to school isn't my only project right now. I'm a master multitasker and always have many ideas in the works.

I'm writing a short story to enter into a contest. I don't know what my chances are of winning, but it's definitely motivating me to write regularly again. I keep asking myself, "what does 1500 words look like?" No idea until I actually do it. I'm using a draft I wrote in creative writing class eons ago in college. I'm hopeful. That's always a good thing!

I'm also getting ready to launch a massive Seahawks knitting project. I believe a knit shop will do very well if it focuses on one high-quality, unique item. My idea is bling and Seahawks. More to come.

I mailed the FAFSA yesterday. I'm waiting for that to finish processing before I move forward and call the school. This helps me work on patience and peace in this season of wait. I know class sessions start every 8 weeks so when it's my time, I'll know.

One final project I'm working I is getting up earlier. My goal is 5am with writing or workout time before leaving for work. I'm at 5:30am right now, 15 minutes earlier than last month. I love having time to shower and get ready in the morning without feeling rushed. By the end of the year, I hope this will be my new routine.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Day 4 - Just Thinking

In the midst of preparing my kids to go back to school, my own plans have to take a backseat sometimes. Yesterday was spent shopping for clothes and shoes and backpacks for them. We were actively shopping for about 5 hours. I was exhausted!

Next week begins the school year and I think they're ready.

My school starts new sessions every 8 weeks. I'm not in a rush. I need to move purposefully, not quickly. Tomorrow I will mail the FAFSA from work. I didn't make it to the post office today. I'm okay with that.

In addition to my school plans, I have other ideas in the works. I'm entering a writing contest. I'm going to reopen my Etsy shop. I am putting my focus on getting back home and being well paid.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Day 3 Decision Day

I decided on a Communications major.

I'm excited!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Day 2 - 30 Days to Make a Change

Confession: While I did sign and prepare the FAFSA for mailing, it is still in my purse waiting to be mailed. So half a check for Day 1.

Day 2

I am leaning toward obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Communications. I believe this is a great entry for teaching, writing, even moving up in the healthcare industry. Today I researched job opportunities for this type of major. I think this may be the way to go.

The school I am seriously considering is CSU-global, completely online programs. There is a Communications degree available. Pretty sure this is what I should do. Pretty sure. This degree covers training, writing, leadership, a lot of areas that overlap my interests.

It's hard not to be nervous! I don't want to commit to a program and then find out it is useless. Is any degree useful? Could I make a huge mistake?

Friday, August 21, 2015

30 Days to Make a Change

I'm at a crossroads.

I am starting to be very unhappy at work. I love my job, interacting with patients and light administrative work, but new pressures are coming and new help is not coming. So here I am on the edge of burn out with no real relief anywhere. Do I stay or do I go now?

I can't quit. The pay and benefits are an amazing combination. But, I don't want to spend the rest of my working life in this same position. I still have time to go back to school and earn the rest of my degree. My dilemma is what to focus on, my current industry or something else?

What would I love to do? I love being home and available to my family, writing, teaching, going to the bathroom when I want. Ideally, my job would be more on schedule with my kids school schedule. Teaching? I would love to work at home. Medical billing? Should I write?

When I worked at home, we were so financially poor. Now, we are comfortable, not well off, but good enough. I don't want to lose that money. I need a guaranteed income.

So, what do I return to school to achieve?

30 days to make a decision. Today I will sign and mail the FAFSA form to complete my financial aid packet. Tomorrow I will do something else. My goal is to have a decision made by the end of 30 days.