Y’all. I’ve been dreaming…dreaming BIG dreams. I have never felt so sure in my path and boy oh boy, I’m excited.
So when I went to school to be a teacher, I knew I’d love teaching. My student teaching experience was SO SCARY at first because they assigned me all juniors and seniors in high school. “Great, I look about 5 minutes older than them”, I thought as I got my assignment. And yet, there I was teaching and LOVING IT. I had a job in Pennsylvania when I graduated that I loved, but then we moved to Alabama.
My husband (who makes INFINITELY more money just starting out then I EVER would as a teacher) got a job in Alabama and when he asked whether or not I would be willing to move, I said sure. I mean, why not? Worse case scenario, I don’t find a job and we’re still ok living on just Matt’s salary. Plus the cost of living here is spectacular. Like SUPER AWESOME YO.
So we moved and I applied and applied and applied and APPLIED everywhere. EVERY-FREAKING-WHERE. And nothing. No bites. Not even the slightest interest. I’d be lying if I said that didn’t bruise my self esteem significantly. But then a year later I found a job (not in teaching) and just resolved to go where the money was. I discovered how poorly the city schools here in HSV were functioning and decided it probably wasn’t worth it to try to find a position there. I searched in the county but there requirements were much more rigorous. I pretty much gave up all hope on my dreams of teaching.
But I still yearned for that job. Not necessarily THAT job, but that TYPE of job. I wanted to be in the service industry and I knew that. I wanted to help people, make a difference, all that jazz. So I thought, what about nursing? And as I sit here and stare at the screen I’m excited to say that I’m thrilled about my upcoming fall semester of classes. I signed up for a bunch of pre-requisites. I’ll have two more classes in the spring and then (permitting I don’t fail beyond all hope) I’ll begin my nursing degree next fall
I haven’t been more excited or more sure of myself in I don’t know how long. I’m already thinking about career/long-term goals. I’m excited to be in a fast paced industry where my skills will be utilized and I will be needed. My job, everything I do, will make a difference and I’m so ready for that.
I’ve mapped out the next 2 1/2 years that I will be in school and I’m just so pumped. I’ve never wanted anything more. I know I’ll succeed at this. I can’t explain how I know – but I think this whole moving to Alabama thing has been fate. It forced me to put my life into perspective and I’m thankful for that. When life hands you lemons – you make lemonade and spike it, right? I think that’s how that saying goes….
Either way, I’m just so excited to finally have a direction to be headed. I’m ready to do this. And who knows, if we end up somewhere else in a few years time, I’ll have a nursing degree to utilize anywhere I go. I’ll be in demand