What I want to be when I grow up

For the life of me I cannot understand how it is Sunday at 7pm. I swear I was just writing this post about my crazy schedule and BAM here I am a week later doing pretty much the same thing.

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I promised I would recap my workouts and by workouts I mean I took 5 of the last 8 days off 😉

  • Sunday – off
  • Monday – Tone It Up Stair Circuit & 3 rounds of back to school workout
  • Tuesday – off
  • Wednesday – mile walk with the pups
  • Thursday – off
  • Friday – HIIT the Beach from Beach Babe DVD 1
  • Saturday – 2 mile hike with the pups, Tone It Up Stair Circuit, Inner & Outer Thighs and stacking wood.
  • Today – mile walk with the pups

Sometimes shit happens. And in this case shit was visiting with family, going to class, working 10 hour days at the hospital AND working 32 hours on top of that. Yes, I believe that qualifies as shit.

Oh and snuggling. I did lots of snuggling this week.

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Good news is that I’m already 2 weeks through the roughest part. Bad news is that I just realized I’m going 7.5 weeks without a single day off, not 6.5 like I originally thought. I’m trying to enjoy the craziness this semester. Instead of “putting my life on hold” while I’m busy with school I want to continue to live it and be happy because Nursing School is 2 years of my life! That’s just too much life to put on hold.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to be when I grow up (which I’m not sure will ever really happen!). Of course I want to be a nurse…Hell, I’m not spending all my money and energy on this whole school thing for nothing…

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No I did not get bangs again…..Recycled selfie

If there’s one question I hear a million times a week it’s “what kind of nursing do you want to do?” Patients, instructors, nurses I’m shadowing with and especially nurses that are my patients (love them!) are all curious as to my future plans. My big joke is that I’ll take any nursing job that pays once school is over.

And while that is partly true, I do have a specific career goal in mind…one that is actually very possible for me!

I want to be a diabetic educator. Moreover, I want to work closely with patients on how to manage their diabetes both through medication and lifestyle choices. I want to teach cooking classes to diabetic patients who are unsure what foods to eat. I want to lead fitness classes for patients who want to start exercising for health. I want to work one-on-one with patients to really change their lives for the better. I want to be a health coach of sorts for diabetics and non-diabetics alike (I’ve already started with my Aunt and I’m really enjoying it!).

So that’s my plan. Right now I’m just working on my RN. I plan to test for my personal trainer certification in December. And then I plan to start on my Master’s within the next couple of years and get a concentration in Diabetic Education. I’m not sure what kind of certification I want for the nutrition bit, but that’s something I’m really looking forward to. In the end I have a whole lot more schooling to do but I know I’ll enjoy every bit so I can’t wait!

Will I be able to start in this field right out of school? Who knows. If I can’t I know that I really enjoy MedSurg and would love to do that for a couple of years while I keep collecting certifications and degrees. However, there is a program here that I’m very excited about that would actually be the perfect opportunity. Only time will tell.

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If you’ve been reading long enough you know my story and know that my passions are food and fitness so I’m sure that this comes as no surprise to anyone. I’m excited to continue my journey and happy to have you along for the ride!

Anyhoo that’s enough randomness for a Sunday night. Tell me…what do you want to be when you grow up? It’s never to late to start living the life you really want!

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2 thoughts on “What I want to be when I grow up

  1. As a nurse, I enjoyed this post, as it made me think back to when I was contemplating what I wanted to do with my degree. it’s almost weird how similar my thoughts were back then! I wanted to work Med./Surg. for awhile and then become a C.D.E. in a clinic setting! I guess I never set a goal time for myself to transition into diabetes education, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve done so far (mostly Med./Surg. and some ICU), I’ve unfortunately had to deal with IBD diagnosed the first year I was working, and some of my thoughts have changed over 20 yrs., so I don’t know yet whether I will still get my C.D.E. or not. I vascillate between thoughts of transitioning to travel nursing or lifestyle education of some sort, whether or not the focus would be diabetes. I definitely have an interest in the research showing that a plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse so many of the chronic illnesses plaguing our country. Anyway, there’s definitely a need for more of us to spread the word about how people can take control of their own health, so I think your goals are right in line with the future of healthcare. Your schedule sounds crazy but you sound like you’re enjoying it, and you still have a smile on your face, so that’s good. 🙂 As cliche’ as it sounds, just take one day at a time and you’ll make it through.

  2. I wish you lived with me so you could get me into shape! Guess I’ll have to put my big girl panties on and get with the program… I miss you so much, Shelley!

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