Sunday, October 21, 2012

A New Adventure

Today is an exciting day in my world, and I wanted to share!

First, I haven't talked about my personal life a lot online because I just assumed y'all were here for the blog and its regular topics. I've worried that sharing too much would turn people off (I must think I'm boring!). Recently, however, I made the decision to try and share a little more. In my "real life" I'm pretty introverted until I get to know people and am truly comfortable, and I've discovered that this truth holds online.

So, here goes: I'm going (back) to school. 

When Mike and I found out we were going to have our first son I was in school at the University of Utah (go Utes!) preparing to start nursing school. It was a surprise and it changed everything. My mom quoted a John Lennon lyric and told me, "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Isn't that the truth? I am such a planner and very rarely does something actually work out the way I think it will.

(Mike and I in simpler, blonder (for me) pre-baby days)

We talked about it and I decided to leave school. Paying for full-time childcare for an infant while I went to school more than full-time with clinicals, without the added income of even a part-time job just wasn't in the cards for us -- plus I desperately wanted to be home with my child. It was a tough decision and I wish it could have have worked out timing wise, but I've never regretted leaving school and my family is the best thing that's ever happened to me.

Fast forward. Within the last year or two I really started thinking about going back to school... I wanted to have something, even if I only did it part-time, and especially so that if I ever had to take care of my children on my own for whatever reason, I would be equipped with some sort of defined skill that would enable me to find a job and provide for them.  I know I have some design, web, and marketing skills, but employers don't; I have no degree nor do I have relevant job experience outside of this blog, which a lot of people still don't take as seriously as they should -- so finding a job could be tricky.

I decided against returning to nursing because of the program length, costs and time commitment as my kids are still young, and also because my area is pretty saturated. In the end, I decided to go to school to become an esthetician! I've always loved skin and I'll still get to interact with and help people. And think of the money I'll save by being able to wax my own legs! That was my argument to Mike for the class.

(note to self, I think it's time for a new family photo too...)

Class starts Monday and the program runs for about 6 months in the evenings -- I'll be in class Monday-Friday, 5-10 pm. I get a little nauseous thinking about that part, so I focus on how short 6 months really is in the grand scheme of things and how my friends and family will all love me when I'm giving them chemical peels.

Never fear, I will not stop blogging, nor will I stop working on my house. I think if I stopped knocking holes in things or changing paint colors I might suffer a psychotic break. My house is my hobby and I love it. I just wanted to share this new chapter in my life with you so you know what's going on in my life and so you understood why if I spend the next 6 months finishing and improving things instead of knocking new holes in walls, you'll understand!

20 comments:

  1. Good luck for your new adventure!

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  2. OH that is the BEST decision you could have made for yourself AND your family! There are SO many positive things that can come from this. Education will NEVER let you down! During hard times you may need to rely on your education for a better job (just as you mentioned) and so many people only live in the "now" and don't prepare for the "what ifs" or the future. I am VERY proud of you and your decision and KNOW that you can do it and in the end you will be glad you did it. The next 6 months will probably be rough on you but do not give up! Hang in there and know that this will set a good example for your children and it will prove how strong you really are and that you can do anything you set your mind to! Congrats!

    Jennifer

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  3. Well, congrats to you - ! It will be a sacrifice but the time will fly by. You will do great and balance things just fine....it will be hard sometimes (I speak from experience), but worth it! Happy for you and your sweet family!!!

    Geneva

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  4. That is wonderful! I think you'll make a fantastic esthetician. I wish I could be a test subject for you (but mostly for me)!

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  5. That is wonderful! I think you'll make a fantastic esthetician. I wish I could be a test subject for you (but mostly for me)!

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  6. Wow! Good for you. We'll all understand if you need a break from blog now and then. :)

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  7. Exciting News! I have been a Master Esthetician in Utah for four years and I LOVE it! It is sooo much fun! It took me a year to get my license here but that's because Utah requires more hours than any other state. It was rough going to school being away from my baby, but now I know that I could support my kids if I had to. Best of Luck!

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  8. Anna, good for you! No doubt a tricky schedule to juggle for awhile, but you will be great!

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  9. Ooooh, I LOVE a good facial. I bet people will love you! And ya know...bikini waxes will always keep food on the table I'm sure. Vanity is here to stay :). I'm trying to kid, but what I mean to say is I am very happy for you!

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  10. Congratulations!! It WILL be worth it!!

    Meg B.

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  11. Hi Anna!

    Congrats! Woo hoo! That's amazong! The other day when you posted that you were a little preoccupied with your personal life, well, I was bothered. (Did you ever imagine that someone accross the country was concerned?) So glad to hear things are well. Have a great time in school.

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  12. Good for you! I decided a year & a half ago to change careers & I'm in school to become a librarian. Never regretted it, even for a moment. It can be hard to juggle it all, but well worth it.

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  13. Good for you! I've thought about going back for years but i still have no idea what i would study.

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  14. Good for you..and its never too late. I am 41 with 4 kids (and a single mom) and I am back full time to finally finish what I started and get my BA to teach. I wish you the best of luck!

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  15. I will go back to school too... in nursing school :) during 3 full years (in France) with 3 young child (aged between 6 months to 2 1/2). Arghhh !

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  16. Congrats on your very brave decision! I also left school to grow our family, and I love them above everything else, but I do wish I had finished school back when life was easier. I hope this serves as a lesson to my kids. I also have and will probably consider going back to school, and will probably try online classes first. I wish you the best of luck.

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  17. Good going, you! It's super brave to go back to school (I'm too scared to STOP going to school, but my mom went back for her PhD at 40), but I think it's a smart choice. Hard, definitely--but very smart. You never know what life is going to throw at you, and being prepared is wise. It's going to be tough to juggle, but if anybody can manage it--it's you! Good luck, Lady!

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