Oh HEY. I’m a nursing student!

Yeah you read that correctly. I’m officially one week into my first semester of nursing school! And this is what I’m already dealing with…

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You are seeing that correctly. Five books for a five-week summer session. One is so big that I swear it weighs more than a small child. So far my schedule hasn’t been too hectic, but I have a very strong feeling that will be changing in September when the Fall semester begins. It’s daunting. There are no words. [I know someone who recently graduated. She told me her friend ended up in the hospital with heart palpitations because of the stress! OMGOSH.]

Somehow I always forget how much better writing out thoughts/feelings/mindless rambles makes me feel. I don’t understand myself sometimes. Does that even make any sense? I feel like I’m always saying that; sorry! But it’s true. I just keep forgetting. I’m definitely going to try to post at least once a week. Something interesting is bound to happen that doesn’t break any confidentiality laws. I’ve been trying to find a way to make sure I hold myself to this promise. Any ideas?

Well on the first day of class, we were asked to state what our worst fears were going into nursing school. Mine was that I’m afraid I’m going to be terrible at everything and just fail. I get that they wanted us to bond and whatever, but was a conversation about self-doubt really necessary on the  f i r s t  day? I don’t think so. But then I saw something on Instagram that made everything seem a little less worrisome…

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How perfect is that? I have faith in God’s glorious plan for me. I’m confident that nursing school is the destiny He set out for me. But doubt is the Devil’s plaything. I just have to remind myself that if this isn’t what He wants for me, then life will change, and I have to be okay with that. I have the support of some amazing Godly people who will help me when changes seem impossible. So for now, my motto is this: Just have faith. I think I can manage that one.

inspiration // “Those whose steps are guided by the Lord, whose ways God approves, may stumble, but they will never fall, for the Lord God holds their hand.” ~ Psalm 37:23-24

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Mindless Rambles

So here are a few things that are currently on my mind, in no particular order of importance:

Class got cancelled right before it was scheduled to start and after I was already on my way to campus. I’m probably the only person upset about this. But I am. There was no need to cancel. Seriously.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills made Lisa Vanderpump cry and I am mad. Very, very mad. That’s just not cool at all. They are portraying her so horribly. That also infuriates me.

I’m going to design a new type of outlet that can be a wall outlet and a permanent extension cord as well.

I find that women that workout to look like men are gross. I believe women should be healthy, but a little squishy. Muscle is okay. But don’t look like a man. That’s not attractive. A woman’s body is meant to have more body fat than a man’s. It is normal and healthy and ideal.

Boyfriend is losing weight on our new diet lifestyle change and I have gained weight. If you’re a female, you’ll understand and no other comment is necessary.

I can’t figure out who I am supposed to invite to my graduation party. Which has an official date set. Yay! I also don’t know who to send graduation announcements. Everyone? Yeah, probably everyone. I also never realized how expensive graduation announcements were, but oh well.

Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster, and I all have the same birthday: January 11.

I’m getting very excited about couponing. Does anyone else like couponing?

Why is World of Warcraft always down when my class is cancelled? Tuesdays. Those dang Tuesdays.

Okay. I think I am done rambling… For now!

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Can’t. Stop. Reading.

Howdy, lovelies! In case you hadn’t yet realized, I’m obsessed with books and reading. I really, really wish I could read more [and that doesn’t include textbooks]. So I’m currently reading Divergent by Veronica Roth [so, so, SO good, y’all!] and I started thinking about what I would read after I finish this series. I know that’s crazy, but that’s me. During my search, I came across what will most likely be one of my most favorite, go-to websites from now on: What Should I Read Next?

highly recommend any book lovers in need of a new book or some reading inspiration to check this website out and bookmark it. I haven’t yet gotten to use one of their recommendations, but I know for certain that I will be in the near future.

Let me know what y’all think of the website and its recommendations, as well as any books you find that are worth sharing! I love learning about new, unknown books.

I don’t usually read the “popular” books [like Divergent] because I have found that they aren’t really that great, but Divergent has been an exception. But for example, I read The Hunger Games long before they hit mainstream and were even on commercials for a movie. I wasn’t at all surprised when I found out the books were being made into movies. But I found it hilarious that suddenly everyone was reading the books and would ask me if I’ve read them yet, and I’m just like, “Yeah, forever and a day ago”.

LONG STORY SHORT: check out the website and let me know what y’all find.

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Be my Valentine?

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Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all!

Secret fact about me: I adore pugs. But unfortunately, the heavy breathing drives me insane. I grew up around them [my grandma owned a few] and loved playing with those cute little guys and gals, but after a while, it was really nice to get to go home and escape the panting. Until the next time I went to my grandma’s house though… and I fell head over heels back in love with them. Hehe.

Because of this love of pugs, I once found this adorable card that said “Pugs and Kisses” on it with the adorable pug face on it too and I bought it. I planned on giving it to someone, I believe, but I just couldn’t bring myself to give it away. So I still have it somewhere. In a “safe place”.

I have to admit, this is the first Valentine’s Day that I’ve actually enjoyed. Last year’s was great, but just wasn’t the same because boyfriend was still living in another state and couldn’t visit. I think he might be making up for that this year [and I don’t mind]. So far, I’ve gotten the most hilarious card which I will keep forever; a gorgeous bookmark that’s pink and sparkly and has an “R” on it; and Divergent by Veronica Roth. That boy definitely listens. And these might seem like super nerdy gifts, but they are so fitting for me that it isn’t even funny. Or maybe it is? But I love it.

Anyways, Happy Valentine’s Day, lovelies! Even if you don’t have a super special Valentine to go to dinner with, find a good friend and go to dinner with him or her. Just remember to spread some love today! That’s really what is most important! And if all else fails, buy some wine, find a sappy movie, and have a “you” day. You deserve it.

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Thank you, Neutrogena!

Y’all. One of my biggest insecurities is the fact that I have skin that is oiler than normal [at least in my opinion]. I have tried all kinds of things in attempt to improve on this issue, but never had much luck… Until now! I finally found a product that I think is worthy of sharing with y’all:

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Neutrogena Shine Control Primer

I spent $12.99 on this product. And I’m definitely not one to over spend on products that I’m only hoping will work out. But Neutrogena has yet to let me down, and that hasn’t changed. A little bit really goes a long way. I have a feeling this will last me a while; which I love.

So this primer has a rice protein technology in it that absorbs all the extra oil on your skin without being gross or greasy, as well as minimizes the look of pores. On top of that, it makes your makeup stay put longer [which I can vouch for]. I mean honestly. How much better does it get than that? And for only $12.99.

Any questions that are holding you back from purchasing it? Ask me! If I can answer, I definitely will.

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Books on books on books!

I’m one of those people who can get completely absorbed in a good book, and any chance of pulling me out of my reverie will be almost impossible. If I’m being honest, and I am, I’m also one of those people who can become distraught with separation anxiety after I finish an extremely good book. I get that involved in the lives of the characters. And I’m absolutely, 100% okay with this part of me.

I also do not take book reviews lightly. So I have decided to pull together is a collection of books that I deem to be completely worth your time and even more worth the emotions that are to follow the books’ endings. This collection will constantly be a work in progress and I so look forward to getting to add more and more books to the list! I don’t have many listed at present time, simply because if I remembered every book I ever enjoyed, I wouldn’t have enough memory for anything else.

As I add more books, I will “review” them if you may, or something along those lines. Basically, let y’all know that I have added another book or two or three.

Blog-dentity Crisis

I might be having a blog-dentity crisis. Well, I was. I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted the point of this blog to be. But I finally realized: there doesn’t need to be a point! Honestly, I just want to share my experiences, good and bad, learn from those experiences, and have a creative outlet for the constant state of commentary constantly playing in my mind.

[You can imagine how hard it would be to ever get to sleep. But that’s another topic.]

I’ve used this blog to rant. I’ve used this blog to attempt to be a fashion blogger. I’ve used this blog as an excuse not to study for microbiology or some other class. But have I really been using this blog to its fullest potential? I don’t think so.

do want this blog to be a success, though. And the only what I can do that is if I actually post! I’m working on that. It’s kind of my late New Year’s Resolution, or something. I know I can’t always put everything into this blog, especially as I move to the next stage of my life [nursing school].

Someone recently reminded me of this: I need to really focus on nursing school and my studies because one day, peoples’ lives will depend on my knowledge. And while I absolutely agree with that, and my studies will not be any less important if I put a little more effort into this blog, the knowledge I learn by interacting with people and learning from my experiences is just as important, in my opinion.

I’m going to try to find a balance between my studies and blogging. I am not going to have a “theme” for this blog, so hopefully that allows me to cover all the bases I’ve ever wanted to with this blog. Does that even make sense? I hope so. I’m definitely rambling at this point.

Even if the experiences I share with y’all don’t directly relate to you in any way, I hope that I can at least have some sort of impact on your lives. Whether I make you smile, think, laugh out loud, or completely change your life, I want to make an impact. And I would love for y’all to tell me about this impact, no matter the size.

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