Friday, June 19, 2009

Finances and Moving

Well, I've been a registered nurse for almost four months now...sheesh time has flown! Even though I am making more money, I've discovered that keeping up with finances has been somewhat difficult. Don't get me wrong, I'm paying all of my bills and things but as far as saving money goes....NADA!
Let's see there's rent, electricity, cable/Internet, groceries, medicine, gas, car payment, credit cards and NOW I get the pleasure of paying back my student loans. I know there are more expenses I've not listed...but it's late and I'm tired. lol
On a side note, my lease runs out in August and I was planning on moving into a nicer apartment, keeping the same rent price I currently have too!
Anyhow, I went to my financial guru, Mom, and she helped me put together a budget. Keeping in mind that I will hopefully have my surgery this fall/winter and will be out on medical leave from work for at least 6 weeks. To make a long story short I will be in financial trouble within the next few months if I do not do something soon. Mom suggested that I move back to her and dad's house for a few months until I get my car payed off (November), have my surgery and save a little more money.

At first I was in shock because...well the financial trouble part kind of sucks, but moving back into my parent's house at first felt like a step backward for me. Don't get me wrong, I definitely am thankful for my awesome parents and the opportunity for the much needed help. I just can't shake the whole, "I'm 25 and moving back in with my parents" sounds kind of lame.

Stepping back and looking at the whole picture, it is a good idea and the only one I can think of that would work right now.

I feel better about the whole situation now that more details have been worked out. I will be paying rent at my parent's house, assisting with groceries and cleaning. Dad and I have started cleaning out the spare room downstairs. Dad plans to put in new carpet, patch up a few holes and paint the walls.

Anyhow, I've started packing a few boxes...God knows how much stuff I will take me awhile. lol

Well as Mom says, "It's time to start a new chapter in your life!"
I love how optimistic my Mom is!

Monday, June 15, 2009

A quote that hit home

Something at work has been bugging me for a long time. It is a subject of skill...I mean, it is a staple...a foundation of nursing ....something that takes practice and patience.

What am I talking about?? I am talking about starting IV's.

In the beginning, as a lowly Nurse Intern I wanted... and even craved to start IV's. As sad as it sounds, I would find any viable excuse to start an IV. The best part was that I could start almost ANY IV, especially the ones seasoned Nurses could not get. that I am a full fledged Nurse, you would think that I would continue to have the confidence and skill to continue starting IV's with no problem.

Huh...sadly I am in the rut of "I suck at starting IV's"...a place I NEVER thought I would be. I feel like I have this rain cloud of bad luck that follows me as I go to start an IV. Even if the patient has the most AMAZINGLY GINORMOUS veins....I poke only to find the vein blows....
*sigh* Anymore, my confidence is zilch and I feel defeated BEFORE I even start.

Well, tonight I was praying to God and asking Him to help me start my IV's and to get out of this rut. I prayed for a simple answer, one that would make sense and one that even I could understand....

****NOW comes the part of the post-title*****
I was going through my email this evening and stumbled upon a cute email of quirky smart quotes. As I was reading, one quote in particular stood out to me concerning my IV-problem:

"If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished"

Maybe....just maybe the reason I am doing so poorly with IV's lately is because I have a 'defeated' attitude towards it. It makes sense.

God is awesome.....
I truly TRULY believe I will get out of this crappy IV-less rut!! By God I will!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Great movie maybe this is old news to some of you but, being as I am no longer in school I have decided to get caught up on some movies.

The subject of this evening:

Okay, I must admit that I'm not a big musical fan...but this is ONE of two exception, the other being Mame.

Ahhh the story...good vs. evil... trust your heart or trust your head..... and of course the romance!

(Thank you Gerard Butler!!)

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