I know starting off the week with being positive is a bit hard at times which is the reason why I am very excited to continue these positive vibe Monday posts!
So what am I going to talk about today? I have been thinking a lot about how thankful I am for being able to go back to school! I know, I know, SCHOOL?? YES SCHOOL!!
About 5 years ago I had just graduated a program in physical therapy and I thought that it was something I wanted to of for a while which to an extent yes BUT, the disappointing thing I learned was how NO ONE was hiring for a physical therapist aid at the time and it was really hard to get a job. I eventually applied for a position at an assisted living facility which at first was great! Overtime time, 4 years to be exact, it was the most exhausting and stressful job I’d ever had. I learned so much from being a caregiver/med-tech but that type of job is mentally exhausting…
I dealt with taking care of at least 20 residents, YES that means dressing, undressing, showers, feeding, all that fun stuff. I will say that this particular job can be rewarding but at the same time draining. After working there about 2 years or so I wanted to eventually go back to school. I was done with physical therapy and I grown to love Marine Biology even more at this point. I mentioned in my very first ‘Whats’s in the Water, Wednesday!’ post of how I came to love the ocean more as I get older so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already!
I know I’m crazy!
Now I’m 2 years in my caregiver job PLUS I was a preschool teacher in the mornings sooooo I was working 15 hour days basically. Crazy right?!?! If I got a $1 for every time I was told I was crazy because of my everyday schedule, I wouldn’t have needed that second job anymore 😂 I was at work from 8am to 11:30pm. Now you can see why I was becoming more and more stressed and physically and mentally exhausted. ALSO I moved out of my parents so I need the two jobs for bills. As much as I wanted to go back to school, realistically I couldn’t.. I thought about it everyday for I don’t know how long and the most frustrating part was that there wasn’t much I could do at that moment…
Now let’s fast forward to going on almost 4 years with this schedule. I can’t even begin to describe how unhappy I was by this point. I was CONSTANTLY complaining about my job and I wanted to break down and cry every night and then dread going to work the next day.. Towards the end of me working there we got a new manager who decided to cut full-time employee’s hours such as myself ] that were there longer than she and at that point I was ready to quit everyday. NO JOKE. I had no choice but to tough it out until I had something better lined up. That drove me insane!
Guess what happened! The full-time teacher we had at out preschool had to leave which means there was a spot open for me to go full-time and quit my other job! I was overjoyed let me tell you! I put my two weeks notice in even though I was schedule for the rest of the month which I offered to work it by the way lol!
I don’t want anyone to think I was ungrateful for the job I had because I was! But I’m sure most of you can understand that sometimes you really need to take a step back and do what’s best for YOU!
After all of these new changes I was FINALLY able to sign up for school! I am now going to almost my first year of college and although it might take me a while to get where I want to be, it will be so worth it!
Because of this crazy journey I went through in the past 5 years, it has made me appreciate what I have now way more that I did before. I’m in a great relationship, a great job, and I was finally able to go back to school this past year for marine biology, my dream career!
Are you going through this now? IT’S OK!! I know there are times when you really just can’t do anything and you have to suck it up but I suggest at least look at your options because you never know what’s out there! At that time there wasn’t much of an option for me but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any for you!
No matter what you’re going through just remember that you’re not alone! Stay positive as much as you can and be thankful for the small things in life even if it is school! Do what’s best for you. I realize there are people that school just isn’t for them or they hate it. Are you kidding me, I was terrified to go back! I was an average student in high school. No matter how hard I tried in school I didn’t always get it like others did. My attitude now in college is completely different! Ever since I’ve been back in school I’m mentally ready for it and ready to work hard!
If anyone of you reading this are in high school or barely graduated, Don’t give up! Your hard work will pay off I promise! I worked my ass off to get almost straight A’s so far and considering how I was in school back in the day and how terrified I was going into college, let’s just say I’m pretty damn proud! With all of that being said don’t let other’s bring you down and don’t allow yourself to bring you down as well! We can be our worst critiques, I know for a fact I’m my worst!
Do you have a goal?
GO FOR IT!!
Hope this helps at least one of you out there in some way. That’s really the main goal for this post. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me on here or social media!