Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Road That Led Me Here........

What do I want to be when I grow up? And the road that led me here......

So many options, so many possibilities. A counselor, teacher, event planner, daycare manager, photographer, accountant, stay at home mommy, blogger........

What led me here? 2003 when I graduated high school they said follow your dreams, reach for the stars. I went to college at Black Hills State University to be a high school counselor, it was my dream job. I worked part time as a daycare provider in the toddler room with 5 little people, and was in the college dance team. It didn't take long before I was bored and unchallenged at my job, and I was trying everything to pass my classes but flunked out my first semester. I had never experienced flunking or failing at anything in my life thus far it was scary, new and disturbing to me. I moved home at Christmas break, started paying rent for a place to live with my boyfriend and got a job at a local gas station KJ's. It didn't take me any longer than 4 months to realize gas stations were not my cup of tea. I loved my regulars, enjoyed visiting and learned how to work a till and count money REALLY FAST, I knew this was not what I wanted to do the rest of my life. I got a job at the Bennett County Courthouse as a secretary I absolutely loved my job working with 4-H and answering phone calls and typing really fast, I was always asking for more to do but again I became unchallenged and my family was pushing me to just get out of Martin lol! I got online to and decide I was going to be a nanny!!! Within 3 months I had job offers in 5 different states!!!! I was looking at Montana, Texas, Florida, Virginia, and New York. I picked Virginia with the help of my Grandpa Bill who said Texas has tornados, Florida has hurricanes, New York is crazy, so my choices were Montana and Virginia. So January 2005 I moved to Virginia as a nanny. I was a nanny for 4 months and then moved to a town about an hour away and got a job as a Hostess at Logan's Roadhouse!!!! I Loved my job and the variety of people I came into contact with!  I really did enjoy my job there but I was constantly looking to pick up hours and get a raise because I just wasn't getting enough to pay the bills and also I just knew I still wanted to be a counselor. In October 2005 I landed what became my favorite and least favorite job this far!!!! I became a Residential Advisor (RA) at Old Dominion Job Corps Center. When I look back I still smile... The direct people I worked with were AWESOME and still to this day are considered friends! To the students I was their adult figure, their mentor, their confident, their "person", I was there to guide them and help them make decisions, and learn from mistakes, as well as to compete with other dorms to get the Highest dorm cleaning score!!! Contrary to what I believed before I took this job the job corps is not really just for "bad kids" or kids who are Labeled "troublemakers" In all actuality, while there are challenging cases these young adults were just misguided, took a different road, had a different life than most, most were there to get their education, to get a trade and get started on a new road with a more positive outcome. I felt more like a counselor at this job than the counselors who were actually there. I knew each and every child all (45-75) from my dorm(s)  I knew their goals and aspirations. I knew a lot of their personal journey and gave out advice to so many.... sometimes they even gave me advice... After all I had become a first time mommy in the midst of this job and had tons of questions... 50% of the girls here had a child or children so they were great help :)  Oh did I tell you I was a stay at home mom for 6 months after Brooklyn was born. I thought I was going to lose my mind... I quit my job at the job corps in 2008 when the hours of my job got in the way of my family... I got a job at the Lynchburg General Hospital as a Health Unit Coordinator. OH MY GOSH I loved that job too!! A whole lot less stress, but stressful enough to keep me challenged! I thought maybe i'd do that for life.... But then we moved back home to Martin in 2011 where I craved being with my children more and others children.... I became a child care provider and thats what I still do today! Now I am faced with moving again.... Deciding yet again.... What do I want to be when I grow up?!?!?! for now I'm going to be a stay at home mommy.... But when that is over I will either be a counselor or a Health Unit Coordinator! As I LOVED both jobs SO MUCH! But then there are all the other things I listed at the beginning of this post..... do you see where I am lost??? LOL This was a fun post to write. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Community Events Questionnaire PLEASE RESPOND

Our FIRST Martin City Day In the Park was held September 7, 2013. The turnout was AWESOME, better than expected and so FUN!!!! Everyone I had talked to said they are very excited for next year and that this would be a great annual event for Martin! I know my last post was about moving away... DO NOT WORRY I will continue to do the ANNUAL Adult Winter Formal and the ANNUAL Martin City Day in the Park! I absolutely LOVED doing these things for the town of Martin and our community.

MARK your Calendars for February 15th, 2014 2nd Annual Adult Winter Formal. All proceeds will be given to the American Legion Post #240. Everything is still in the planning stages.... Do we serve a formal meal or no? Do we want a Band or a DJ? What Kinds of Decorations will we have this year?!?!? What will I wear?!?! Should it be a VALENTINES day Theme???? LOL So with that being said ANY comments on this subject for Ideas, or people you may think might be able to help me out let me know! This is going to be a BLAST, dress up in your best.... Or don't... But its more fun if you do :) Take this one time of the year to get all beautiful, get your hair, make up and nails done... Go tan... Remember your High School Prom?!?! Now we get one as adults :) :) :)

IN this Post I need you to comment:

1. What did you like best about the first Annual Martin City Day IN the Park?

2. What would you like to see next year?!?!

3. Do you have any ideas or want to help with the Winter Formal This year?!?!?!

THANK YOU :) I can't wait!!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

And the world turns again.....

So we have made it official now our family will be moving again. This time closer to my husbands job. It will be nice to be near to my husband and we will definitely get to see him more now. But I can't help but feel a little list in my own life plans..... I thought I had finally found what I loved doing most as a job as a daycare provider. But I'm not sure I want to start all over again with this business. I've been told I can be a stay at home mom and this is both exciting is horrifically scary!!!! I can see great things and then I know myself..... I guess we will see how I do with this new life starting in June. Maybe I'll become a full time blogger, event planner, and mommy. Some photography on the side and watch someone else's children once in a while..... I can't et over the feeling that I'm giving up on everything I've worked so hard for the last 3 years.... But then I keep thinking all the money I've actually raised will go to an awesome business/club in our community that really deserves it! There is so much more I'm worried about but for now I'll just keep working on making my last little bit of time with these awesome small human beings the best so try remember me as the bestest babysitter they've ever had!!! :p until then I plan to finish my CDA (Child Development Associates) and maybe I'll be the director of a daycare center when I'm finished with the whole stay at home mom bit! Lol hope you're having a Great day.