Monday, September 19, 2011

How is school going?

This is a question I get a lot these days, which if you think about it, is a very good one! Last time I updated on here it was just an idea that had come to fruition and I was in 'preparation mode' if you know the Stages of Change of Motivational Interviewing (Social work reference). Now I am in the ACTION phase, which means, I'm actually doing it.

School. Yes. I am going to class twice a week with an online class Wednesday nights (that is a whole lot better with a glass of wine) My answer to this question is... Pretty Well!

Despite the weird feelings of sleep deprivation and exhaustion, I think I am doing ok. :) I am adjusting (key word) to this new life style thing that will only be 3 semesters but right now feels a bit long. I am enjoying some classes, others not as much, but that is with anything. I have read, completed some reflection assignments but overall hadn't had really any homework. This program is very project and task based, so I think November (when its all due) might do me in. My amazing new boss said "then I will expect to see some PTO requests right around then for some time off," Yes, Michelle, you will.

Speaking of my new boss, the new job is going very well. It was a lot to manage and adjust to all at once (NEW job, NEW school, NEW schedule) but after late Monday night classes, I don't go into work until 12 then next day and I realize why I went part-time. For those of you working full-time doing the school thing... My hat is off. What an undertaking.

So overall I say, "pretty good" I think that sums it up. Thanks for asking!

Sunday, July 3, 2011


Man I can't believe its already July. This year is just slipping through my fingers. LOTS of good things in that time though, so I guess you can really say time flies when you're having fun!

Some recent exciting things would be that I am officially going back to get my Teaching Credential THIS Fall 2011. I am already in my online class that serves as the LAST pre-requisite I need to be completely in. I'm pretty proud of myself for getting this far and now I can only hope my new time management mastery will come in handy as I kick some major butt this 2nd time around. I'm hoping for a 4.0 cause come on, dream big right? I think 3 years, a good deal of maturation, and some legitimate professional and personal life experience will make me a much better student now. God really does have perfect timing in all things.

To recap the month of June, I vacationed with family in the beautiful Yosemite National Park, had the opportunity to lead worship for an amazing Calvary Chapel women's retreat and be apart of a dear friend's wedding. I wish I had captured some photos of each of these to post here, but alas, I just inherited a Canon 20D from my Dad this week. Along with my musical hobbies I hope to snap some shots here and there and document my life more!

These next coming months will be filled with change as I transition to a full-time student again. Ugh. But I am really praying and trusting that in the transition and change, there will be growth and new life. We must be as streams of living water, constantly renewing, so you can't expect to get comfortable in this life. Who wants that anyway?

Much love and blessings to you all! Maybe I'll blog again soon, my friends. Just maybe. :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Well It's April!

For my monthly blog entry, I thought I would share a couple highlights of my life lately in pictures.

Oh, you know... Passed the CSET!!! Thank you God

Cirque Du Soleil with work. Amazing.

Trip home to celebrate Lauren getting married!

Loving Life!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Happy Birthday to me.

I'm not sure what my favorite part of this weekend was but here are just a few to boot.

1. Getting hit on by mysterious "Jimmy" in the kaiser pharmacy with a direct quote "Nice hair"... (5 mins later) "I'm double parked but if you're single and me!" Nice, Jimmy... Nice.
2. Celebrating with streamers, chocolate cake from Extrodinary Desserts and seeing all my favorite kids at work!
3. Taking TWO days off to do nothing but get a massage and drink coffee. Yes, please!
4. Almost all of my favorite people at the same table to celebrate my birthday with me tonight. Melissa Perea, Thanks for coordinating <3 Emily Kate Nickerson, thank you for driving 2 hours to celebrate one of your besties turn 26.
5. Getting a cash-MONEY gift to purchase a cajon. WIN
6. A stream of presents, phone calls and FB Notifications over the last couple of days. Nothing like seeing so and so and 51 others have commented on your page.

Wow, my life really couldn't be any sweeter. :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Career Change!

Well, considering I blog about 2x/month...not sure if anyone is still following. If so...I am still alive, I'm 25 (about to be 26) and life has been good! I guess the point of a blog is to update so here it is...

"Career change" you ask? INDEED! I've been sharing with most of my friends through this whole process but incase you haven't been updated... I am going back to school in the Fall! I am going to be a teacher! Yep. And I'm excited. If you are a full-time working adult and thinking/wanting to go back to school but haven't quite found the motivation, here's what I say to you. DO IT! I know that might sound easier said than done, but I truly think if we are following God in our lives on a daily basis, our hearts will desire what God has for us. Of course, this can't be said without a disclaimer or seeking wisdom, asking friends and older mentors for advice and lots of PRAYER...but I find that usually what's stopping us is our own laziness. It's been quite the challenge to get to this point but this Thursday, I am turning in my department application. If that doesn't sound very exciting or accomplished, then let me tell you a little bit of what it took to get to this point and the costs. Just for kix ;) (No pun intended)

1. Applied to SDSU as a graduate student. (Credential Program is not technically a graduate program but had to apply to become an SDSU student for the second time) $55

2. Registered for Teacher Health Education class at Grossmont $41

3. Registered for CSET exam March 12th $210

4. Fingerprints/Clearance Part 1 $68

5. Clearance Part 2 (Online) $29

6. Registered for Special Education Class $475

7. Department Application Filing Fee $25

8.4 Page Essay for Early Classroom Experience $0 Yay!

9. Statement of Purpose $0

10. Letters of Recommendation $0

11. CPR Certification (Free from work)

12. TB Test (Free from work as well)

13. CBEST Exam Scores (Took 2 years ago and passed) $100?

.... Completed Department Application. Total Domination.

[Just for fun...let's see, thats a total of about $903 out of pocket in the last 2 months, not including the CBEST exam. And I haven't even started the program]

More updates to come!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Goals

Church - Check! Awesome worship by my friend Amy E.

Laundry - In progress (I think I almost broke the washer shoving all my sheets and matress pad in there...oops)

Exercise - Its a beautiful day in SD but I'm running out of time... gym or no gym?!

Make Alli Dinner - All the ingredients are purchased. Just need to put them together

Vacuum - About to do this right now.

Helping with event tonight at Church - Starbucks will be my reward for completing my goals. :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

In the quiet.

I've been thinking lately, that I need to spend more time with the Lord. Especially where there is no one else around and its quiet. Listening to the Lord can sometimes (and often) be more what we need than praying to Him.

With all the noise around us, it sure is hard to find a quiet moment but when I find one, its perfect. Lately, I've really been craving these moments to sit and be quiet so God has been sneaking them in, I can tell. :) The other day at work, I took a 20 minute break and drove to Starbucks (of course) to just sit and think. It was so refreshing and cleansing. I think God really wants us to stop and gain perspective in life instead of barreling through at a hundred miles an hour. We are going to get to the end of our lives and think... why did we race to get here? I want to enjoy each moment and really dwell in my purpose on this earth. Its hard to do that going a hundred miles an hour.

So we have to stop. And meet with Him.

"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14