Graduation, Here I Come!

snhuI know I have been talking about it quite frequently, but I have to give an update on my schoolwork. I have less than two terms before graduation! My second to last term has already started which I am taking two courses then I have one class in my last term, and then this lady will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration!

I have worked my butt off the past almost two years, and I cannot wait to close this chapter of my life. I will have accomplished something that I honestly wasn’t sure I would ever have started again. When I finished my Associate’s Degree, I honestly thought I was done with school, but here I am, three months away from earning my Bachelor’s!

And although I love writing these posts and need them for my down time, I have homework to do! Good day!

You are important, too.

So, I thought I was back a few weeks ago, but obviously, I still had some work to do on me before I was ready to come back fully. I’m still working on me, but I think I have found A New Normal. Y’all know how much I love that phrase.

I am counting down on my final few semesters of SNHU before I graduate in October. I’ve really tried concentrating all of my free time towards these final few months as my classes have taken on a new level of dedication and commitment. My last few classes are all high level, prove what you have learned courses. I am enjoying them, but man, they are taking all of my attention outside of my job and family that I can muster.

My daughter also started a new pre-school and is going through such a growth spurt of knowledge and height, and did I mention attitude? She keeps us on our toes!

Plus now we are getting our roof replaced after a bad hail storm, our deck resurfaced, and just trying to keep up with the mountain of laundry that seems to appear weekly; it’s safe to say we are just busy! haley-phelps-119782

All in all, life has just kept going, and I’m doing all I can to keep up with it. It’s just the little moments when everything seems to be going on around me that I am trying to remember that I need to take care of me, too.

Maybe that’s the message of this post: Remembering you are important, too.

Engineer Your Life

I’m feeling a little drained and dry recently. I just can’t get motivated for anything. Work has been hectic. I’m making my final push toward an October graduation. And the past two weeks, my daughter has had a cold. She’s doing a lot better now, and will finally be going to school for the first time in a week. Overall, life is happening, and I’m trying to keep up, but I don’t feel like I’m getting ahead. It’s more like I’m treading water or stuck on my hamster wheel.7kkqg0eb_ti-ankush-minda

I know I have absolutely nothing to worry about. My daughter, husband, friends and family brighten my days, and I am generally in a decent mood based on my coffee intake. I just feel like I’m holding on to the caboose of my life rather than engineering the front car.

I’ve said multiple times that I’m a glutton for punishment. I can’t help it. I like being busy, but this is one of those times I think I need to pull back, evaluate my commitments, and find my direct path rather than this haphazard road.

My advice to you, my friends: Be the engineer in your own life. Steer the train as directly as you can toward your goals and leave the rest behind.

Easier said than done, I’m finding, but as with anything, it’ll just take time, and a few more I think I can’s. Choo choo!

Need to Decompress

I have always said that I am a gluten for punishment, and I live up to it regularly. I find new ways to add on to my plate, and eventually, I get so overloaded that I have to take a step back, regroup, and figure out how to tackle everything I promised to take on. This is definitely one of those moments. I am looking for my center then trying to add things slowly back into the mix to find the balance I lost somewhere along the way.

The good news is that I am scheduled to graduate this time next year with my Bachelor’s degree from SNHU (Southern New Hampshire University), so that will be one large chunk of weight off my shoulders. I also just finished another certification program at work, so I am officially a CAP-TA through IAAP. See a previous post for more information about them. My daughter is hinting at wanting to be potty-trained, so that will be another alleviating moment once she masters that feat. All in all, some things will be falling off my scale here shorty, so I am trying to see the finish line through the haze of the bombarding present.photo-1473624566182-509e437512f4.jpg

Through all the chaos that seems to happening around me, I have tried multiple times to pick up the diet and workout plan I had successfully been on before I became pregnant, but to no avail. I’ve come to determine that there just isn’t enough time in the day to deal with everything I have taken on, and try to diet and exercise as heavily I had been pre baby. I don’t have time to make a breakfast or lunch, so I grab a protein shake and whatever Lean Cuisine I can find before hitting the road. I tried doing it the night before, but again, I don’t have time between dinner, bath, and bedtime routine if I want to get to bed at a decent hour and/or have some “mommy time” or pay any attention to my husband.

So I did what any mom would. I scoured the internet for what other moms do when they want to diet and exercise with a full plate of commitments. I found that you are either a “fit mom” or an “excuse mom”, and I was definitely an “excuse mom”. These type of moms are the ones that come up with a whole handful of reasons as to why they can’t lose weight or diet while the “fit moms” have ab muscles and tiny waists, and say that “excuse moms” are just lazy.

How about I’m just a mom trying to do the best I can for my child? I may not be taking care of myself as well as I should in the diet and exercise aspect, but I am filling my heart full of memories, and trying to better myself through education and hard-work in my career to provide the best life I can for my daughter. That may not make me a “fit mom”, but that sure as hell doesn’t make me an “excuse mom”, either.

I digress on my rant, but I hope I leave everyone with the idea that life comes in stages. Right now, my stage is self-enlightenment through education. Maybe as my daughter gets older and more independent, and I finally add a diet and exercise plan to my balancing act, then it will be healthier mom time. Until then, I’ll just enjoy making memories.photo-1466699514193-d2327ed2cccb.jpg