There are some big changes on the horizon. I’ve been trying to figure out, for a while, what I should do career-wise. My current job has been a good one, but it’s not where I want to be long-term. I’m so grateful that I’ve been able to bring my babies to work with me, and that’s why I’ve stayed as long as I have. I am just not all that interested in real estate and life is too short to not do what you love. The only problem has been figuring out what it is that I love!
You guys know that about a year ago, I applied to seminary but had to withdraw because the workload was WAY too much for me with working full-time/being pregnant/etc. The more I thought about it, the more I felt like it wasn’t right for me to do. Don’t get me wrong, if finances were no object, I’d go just because I want to learn more about God. I’d do it for me, but I don’t think that’s the reason you go to seminary. I think you need to have a calling to reach out to touch others and spread the gospel. I don’t know if I’m really called to do that or if it was just me trying to further my own knowledge and walk with the Lord. That’s not wrong, of course, but I don’t think I can justify spending tens of thousands of dollars and putting us into major debt in order to learn more. I have gotten a lot more involved in our church, including several women’s groups, since then, and I have to say that I feel much more fulfilled and knowledgeable since doing so. That’s probably more along the lines of how I should fill that need in my life as opposed to going to seminary.
So what else is there? What else do I feel strongly about and want to do for the rest of my life? Besides being a mom and wife, I couldn’t figure it out. After a lot of thinking and soul-searching, I realized that I am passionate about the things I started this blog for in the first place. Infertility. Pregnancy. Labor. Delivery. Babies. In January, I’m going to go back to school to become a Labor and Delivery/ maternity nurse.
I am really excited about this (aside from having to take Chemistry and Microbiology… that scares the pants off of me. Thank goodness my almost-doctor little brother is a genius and can tutor me) new path, and I think that it’s really right for me. I’m waiting until January because Brody will be close to a year old by that point, and I want to breastfeed until he’s at least one. This way, I can keep him with me during the day until then and wont have to pump for as long. I know pumping would wear on me after a while, and I don’t want to sabotage our nursing situation and quit out of sheer pump hatred. When he turns one, we’ll go to cow’s milk during the day and I’ll nurse him in the morning and night until he’s ready to stop.
My plan is to go to a technical college for the first semester or two to take as many classes as I can (because it’s WAY cheaper!!), then I’ll transfer back to USC (where my PR degree is from) and get my BSN in Nursing from there. I was going to get an ADN (associate’s degree), but after talking to a friend of mine that’s a Nurse Practitioner, she convinced me to go the BSN route. Both routes end in being an RN, but I chose that way mainly in case I decide to go back again to be a Nurse Practitioner or a Midwife. If you have experience as a nurse, feel free to let me know if you think this is a bad idea- I like feedback!!
I’m not going to lie, as excited as I am, I’m that much or even more terrified… primarily because of the money issue. I’ll be quitting my full-time job and going to school full-time. I will be working part-time as much as I can, probably at my current job, until I get enough into nursing where I can get a part-time job within that field until I graduate. The thought of paying back student loans makes me want to cry. Neither Trevor nor I had any to deal with after college- I was on scholarship and Trevor’s parents took care of his, so I ended up with a whopping $1250 in student loan debt which has long since been paid for. We’re trying to get OUT of debt, not into more, so that part is kind of stressful. Okay, very stressful. Also, I am super freaked-out by intravenous needles, so hopefully I don’t embarrass myself by passing out. Let’s hope that I reserve my fainting only for when I get stuck! Everyone tells me that using needles on someone else is an entirely different situation from having them used on you.
There are more changes a-coming with this one, but I’ll talk about that next time because this sucker is getting lengthy! Anyway, that’s what’s been going on in my head for quite a while, just so you know!
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