Silver Platter? More like an Acrylic Plate

So I recently accepted a job offer at an opticians office up the street from my house. No more 40 minute drive to work!! Hollar. I am taking on a completely new career path and I am super excited but also nervous.  Excited because it is something new and I have never worked in the healthcare field and nervous for the same reason.  I am going to be the new girl who knows nothing about this field except for the fact that contacts are expensive, especially for blind people.  Since I will be starting school the same week I start this job, I will slowly be gaining knowledge on the healthcare industry.

I wonder how many people are doing what they love or what they have dreamed of.  Truth be told, I never dreamed that I would be working for an eye doctor but it is where I am at this point.  The long-term goal is to become a certified medical coder and be able to work from home.  Who knows, maybe someone will pay me to write a blog on a weekly basis.  I think as I have gotten older my priorities have changed.  I am not working to be rich, I am working to be comfortable and happy.  Don’t get me wrong, lots of money would be nice but my life is not going to revolve around it. My dream would be to have a stay at home or part-time job that enables me to stay at home with my child(ren).  A girl can dream right?

It is amazing that you can look around at your peers and notice that some of these people will never have to work in their life because their mom and dad will take care of them.  Pretty sad that your parents have worked so hard in their life and you sit back and enjoy the benefits.  My parents still are working hard but if I asked them for $5.00 they would laugh and say, “you have a job, don’t you?”  Yes I do.  I would love to have an endless bank account but what kind of person would that make me.  Spending money all day doesn’t sound like very much fun.  Sitting at home doesn’t sound like that much fun either, maybe in the summer if I had a pool.  God, just not having a mortgage payment would be the best situation.

The reason I bring this up is because I see many people my age not working or still living off their parents.  Sure parents help you out when needed but you are 30 years old, you can pay for your cell phone bill.  My parents taught us that if we wanted things in life we had to work for it.  It sucked so bad growing up but it has made me into the person I am today.  I want my daughter to know that she will need to work for the finer things in life.  She will have a job and she will pay for the things she wants later in life.  How in the world will she learn anything if I give her the world on a silver platter?  I will spoil her now in the first couple months of her life but she will know work ethic at an early age.

Oh, The Places She'll Go!

I can’t stop crying.  I don’t know what it is but it seems to come out of no where.  As I was putting the little munchkin to bed tonight, I couldn’t get through the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”  What the hell.  If you have never read that book, I suggest you read it.  I guess I just think of everything I want for my daughter and how am I going to raise her into the woman she will someday be.  Everyone wants the best for their children and I just hope that I will be able to provide her with the tools and skills to be the best she can be.

Maggie in her first firefighter outfit

I try to read to Maggie everyday, sometimes bed time comes out of the blue so the book time gets skipped.  It is amazing to me how a 4 month old can sit there and concentrate on a story.  She loves her books, now if I could only get back into reading.

I used to read all the time and I loved it.  Now, if I ever get a second to myself, it usually involves a load of laundry, cleaning, or a shower.  Once Maggie goes to bed, I am right behind her.  Maggie is a little over 4 months old and she is getting SO BIG.  She is smiling all the time, grabbing her toes, and she can’t keep her hands out of her mouth.

She was going through a grunting phase so her Grandpa decided to buy her pajamas with monsters and dinosaurs on them.  She really did sound like she was making dinosaur noises.  So cute.  It seems she has a new thing every week.  This week it is sticking her tounge out and saying “baaa”.  Who knows!

Monster PJ's! Grrrrrrrr

Stay tuned for the next post, we are trying cereal and “real food” this weekend with the munchkin. Should be some great pics.

What do I want to be when I grow up?

Our little Maggie is 2 weeks old today.  Wow.  All I have done in the past couple of weeks is stare at the most beautiful little girl EVER.  I know everyone says that about their child but my husband and I made one good-looking kid.

As I sit around and stare at this little wonder, all I can think about is how am I going to go back to work.  I wish that we were lucky enough to survive on only my husbands income but that is not in the cards for us.  If we pinched our pennies every month I’m sure we could make it work with one income.  The drawbacks of that would be my husband working his ass off year round and he wouldn’t have the time or energy for his family.  So I am now in search of the not only the perfect job but a career.

So I am a 28-year-old with no college degree.  I get so embarrassed when I say that but it is the truth.  How can I still not know what I want to do when I grow up!  So many of my friends have these wonderful jobs that they have dreamed about and on the other hand, I have many friends going back to school to change careers.  I have looked into going back to school but for what.  Nursing sounds like a great career but the sight of blood and needles is disgusting.  I have looked into cosmetology but how can I go to school full-time with no income to pay for school.  Sales is out of the question, been there done that.  I cannot sell someone a product or service I don’t believe in.  Why can’t I find something that I absolutely love and that pays well?  I guess I have to find what I love to do before that job comes along.

So what do I do now.  I just received a job offer last week that could be promising but it could cause problems down the road.  The job is an events coordinator position and it also is a personal assistant position. The personal assistant part is what I have a problem with.  How can someone not be able to do certain things for themselves. I will end that rant here and now.  I know that I could do the events coordinator job with no problem.  The events sound like fun but my life also revolves around my husbands schedule.  As a firefighter, he works 24 hours on and 48 hours off. So, I have to be able to get our little nugget to daycare in the morning and picked up by 5:30pm every weekday.  With all the events and personal assisting that is needed for that job, late hours and weekends will be required.  Another reason I worry about this job is that I work with this company on a charity event once a year and do not want to ruin the relationship that we have built over the last 5 years.  What to do, what to do.

So I basically need a 9 to 5 job that pays well, has reasonable vacation time, and is in Kansas (I would love something close to my house).   Any suggestions would be lovely.