Latte Date Friday ~ Volume V

If we were having lattes… I would tell you that school and work are keeping me busy. I’m near the end of this semester, with only 2 weeks left, and after this one I’ll only have one left before graduation. I’m super excited!! The only issue is I graduate in August and the opportunity to walk in a ceremony is either in May before I would actually finish or in December which would be 4 months after the fact. Neither are too appealing and the first option definitely less so.

It feels like it’s been forever and that I’ve been working on it for a long time, but it’s really only been 2 years. Once I finish it I don’t know what I’m going to do beyond for education. I’m probably going to take a break and just work, let Andrew catch up to me. He’s also considering continuing on for his Master’s in Social Work right after he graduates next year August which would open up a lot more doors for him in his career. We’re just gonna have to wait and see what happens after he finishes his Bachelor’s. I’ve entertained the idea for a few years to either get a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in epidemiology or a specialty Master’s of Science in Nursing. Both options require more research for requirements and different degree options from various colleges. It’d have to be online since I won’t be going away to school. Decisions, decisions.

For my Bachelor’s I have to do a “clinical-like” activity which involves volunteer work. I had to pick a new volunteer location as the first one did not really work out and I found myself feeling less than enthused about going there. My new spot is at the local Hospice House. I worked for a local home care agency a few years ago that is affiliated with this Hospice House so I was eager to jump into a field I was already pretty familiar with.

For those of you that do not know, Hospice is a beautiful program that admits people who have a health diagnosis which, without any medical treatment whatsoever, would result in their death within 6 months. There is a lot of stigma surrounding Hospice as people assume it’s only for when you’ve given up on life and are just ready to die.

That’s not it at all. 

The Hospice program focuses more on the quality of life than quantity and there are some people who do improve in health because they’re not struggling in pain or shortness of breath anymore, their health actually take a swing in a better direction. And that is okay. Great even. It means the program is working.

I’m so excited to be a part of this organization that I will likely continue this volunteer program even after my requirements are met.

If we were having lattes… I would tell you that I have ‘baby fever’ so bad right now. A few of my co-workers just had babies and it seems like it goes in cycles where a bunch of fellow nurses get pregnant around the same time and I want to jump on that boat! But we’ve decided to be responsible and wait for him to be done with school before we start that chapter in life.

In the mean time, I keep trying to convince him that we need a puppy. 😉 The discussion is going back and forth on that because we both decided that we wouldn’t mind a small or medium sized dog, however I want a fluffy or medium hair dog and he wants a chubby, loose floppy skin pup. I’m keeping my eye out on the local humane society’s website to see if they get any that match our descriptions in. Adopt, don’t shop!

If we were having lattes… I would tell you that I’m still working on my fitness journey. I don’t have as much motivation as I used to when I first started and am just mentally lazy which makes me physically lazy. Why is it so challenging for me to stay motivated?? I’ve tried various things to help me stay on track: accountability groups, MyFitness Pal, cool work-out gear, workout at home programs, inspirational water bottles, posting on my fitness Instagram account, reading & listening to personal development books & podcasts. Why can’t I do it? There’s like a block in my brain that is standing in the way of making good food choices or wanting to exercise and some days I’m on fire while most days I’m riding the struggle bus. Ugh! It’s so frustrating!! Perhaps I should change my lattes to green teas. 😉 Haha!

What would you tell me if we were having lattes together?? What’s on your mind lately?

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