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Pregnant and Moving!

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As of April 1st I will be a pregnant moving woman!!! We are yet again making the cross-country move to Atlanta to be closer to family since our little family will be expanding by one little boy making his debut around July 26th! It will be a very teary-eyed goodbye too all of the great friends we’ve made in our little town of 5,000 but we are excited for all the change and new friends we will make!

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My Search for Employment

Hello friends,

Today I was thinking about all of the different jobs that I have held..and I thought I would share my latest ventures in case any of them may interest you. To be clear, I do have a bachelor’s degree but honestly none of the positions that I’ve had required anything over a High School diploma or GED. So let’s get started..since moving out to Cali about a year and a half ago I have had exactly THREE jobs. The first was a high school volleyball coach that was only seasonal (lasted 4 months) the only requirement here was that I knew the game, passed a background check and had a few references available to prove that I was not going to kidnap any teenagers! I’ll be honest in case you are wondering how much it pays…it was around $2,300 and you do not get paid anything until the end of the season to guarantee that you won’t walk off if things start getting rough. It was a great part time job and with games usually starting around 5 it would be possible for you to hold down another day job.

coaching high school volleyballThe second and briefest job I held was being a medical scribe in the ER at my local hospital. It was by far one of the most interesting job experiences I’ve had. I have a degree in Health and had been considering going back to school for nursing so some friends recommended that I apply to be a Scribe for “in hospital” experience. Welllll first off, I would only recommend this position to someone that is planning on becoming a Doctor not a nurse…almost all the other scribes I met were trying to get into Med School so they were using this job as a way to get VERY VALUABLE doctor references from the contacts that they would make in the hospital. I guess that would explain why they were willing to be paid minimum wage, work only a few part time hours, nights and weekends required and mandatory Holidays. Needless to say I made it about 2 weeks and decided this was not for me. I realized quickly I would rather volunteer in a hospital than make $8 an hour chasing around an ER doctor while holding a heavy laptop and filling out medical charts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are young Pre-Med students out there where this would be considered there dream job but unfortunately my financial situation doesn’t allow me jobs like this one. (feel free to ask any questions about the training for this job below)

Medical Scribe-Finally, my latest and current job and the one that I have been enjoying the most is being a K-12 Substitute teacher. It has been a wonderful job and experience! Very flexible since you decide when you work (although you need to try to be available whenever they call or you could find yourself on “the black list” where you never get called). The pay is also great, my district pays $100 a day and the hours are usually 7:45AM-2:30PM. The process of getting certified did take around 2 months, you are required to sign up and take a CBEST test or whichever test your state requires, the CBEST is just a standardized test to make sure you understand some basic Math and English concepts. They did like that I had a bachelors but depending on your area they may not care if you have one or not. You are also usually required to get a fingerprint/background test and a TB test and that’s it! It’s well worth the few hoops that you have to jump through!

Well I hope you enjoyed this post, and feel free to ask me any questions about any of these jobs below. Trust me, I know the path to employment can be really frustrating and overwhelming but I wish you the best of luck in finding your dream job! πŸ™‚

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Yearly Ambitions

July 1st will mark the end of our first year here in California! There is something about milestones like this that make me get reflective on what I have or haven’t accomplished. Looking back over the last year I can’t help but wish that I had spent a little extra time investing in my future. Maybe taken some classes, or gone out for a job that I had to reach for or was a little intimidating to apply for. Well enough is enough! πŸ™‚ Today I’m going to take some active steps to make sure that next year ends with a few less regrets a lot more celebrating!

Here is a great motivational video that correlates exactly to what I’m talking about. I found this video through a blog and thought it was a great “kick in the pants”. Enjoy…

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DIY Mod Podge Canvas Map

Hola! Mine and my husband’s one year anniversary is this coming Sunday and as I was googling..”one year anniversary gifts” I came upon this great idea to put a map onto a canvas or poster board and then put pushpins or flags or whatever on all of the places that you have visited together. It’s a great reminder of the memories you’ve made together. It will also look pretty on your wall…hopefully.

So here is my experience as I walk you through the “how to” Continue reading

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Our Wedding Video

Sorry I’ve been a little MIA the last few weeks. I was a bit sad after leaving my family in Georgia to come home to California but I think I’m finally over it again πŸ™‚ I always thought I was one of the “tough” ones who could move anywhere and be happy but being so far away from our families can be really hard sometimes. In Lou of our one year anniversary June 16th I’m showing a clip of our wedding. I like to watch it because it reminds me why it’s worth being homesick sometimes.

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An Italian Thanksgiving Day

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Do you ever just wake up some days and actually WANT to cook? Maybe make some of your favorite deserts or your favorite comfort food dish? Well today was one of those days for me. I actually started making a lasagna for tonight at 9:30 this morning..and as soon as I was done with that I started making a home-made pumpkin pie to go along with it…mmmm.Β I just love pumpkin pies, the spiciness to them and the way they fill your house with smells of Thanksgiving. It’s quite a shame that my husband doesn’t really care for them but I guess that just means more pie for me! πŸ™‚

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I know pumpkin pies don’t necessarily “go” with lasagna but it’s hard to not enjoy eating two of your favorite foods in one day.

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Cheers to your favorite foods!

What are your favorite foods to make?

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Longings for a baby…Maybe

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Okay so I either really do want to have a baby soon or I just want to have a baby soon because I have been reading so many of these amazing birth stories….

Click here to read Gabrielle Blair’s birth story of her 6th child, June.

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Click here to read Jennifer Richardson’s beautiful birth story of, Rowan.

Me and Andrew have only been married about a year. He comes from a family of six children and me from four so it’s safe to say that neither one of us is scared to have a few munchkins running around but is one year of marriage to short of a time to already be thinking about kids? Oh well, I AM! Which is ironic because I swore to myself that I would not be someone who gets married and has kids right away…yet here I am, daydreaming about baby clothes and basinets. Just last night I was in a clothes store and found myself drawn to the baby clothes section…ahh they are just so cute. But then again, who doesn’t think that miniature uggs and tiny socks are cute right?

Any thoughts on how long you think newlyweds should wait to have their first child?

p.s. HAPPY FRIDAY!

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Will having divorced parents effect my own marriage?

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My parents went through an extremely messy divorce when I was 14. Not to mention, they weren’t the kind of parents that only fought in the bedroom and kept a good face in front of the kids.
Several times throughout childhood I remember a police car would pull up to my house and say that the neighbors were worried because they heard yelling and screaming coming form my house’s direction – (You couldn’t even see our neighbors house from where we lived) – If that gives you an idea of how loud they were fighting.
Me and my husband have had quite a few talks about how my parent’s marriage and then divorce sometimes affects our own marriage. My husband believes that I have an extremely hard time trusting him because my own father’s infidelity towards my mother over several years….and if I am honest with myself I would have to agree with him.
I think that children are affected by relationships that they watch growing up. I’m definitely not saying that people that come from “divorced families” can’t grow up to have “normal” relationships. I’m just saying that I think in some ways it makes an impact on how they view relationships. I also think it helps to become aware of this because you can consciously make a decision to counteract that way of “false” thinking. For instance, I always have to tell myself, “hey, this isn’t how I should view my marriage, not every man naturally cheats on their wife” and just because my parents relationship was like that doesn’t mean that mine is going to be like that.
I’m so thankful that my husband grew up watching his parents have a “healthy marriage” but I am even more thankful that he takes the time to realize how different of a childhood we both had and to help me overcome my insecurities about marriages and relationships πŸ™‚