I need a crystal ball!

Today I looked into the future. Not with a crystal ball, though if I had a crystal ball maybe it would provide me with a sound indication of the direction that I need to go in. Rather I went to a university and talked to some professors about next steps and what I need to do to place my foot firmly on the foundation for my future. If I could find that crystal ball and ask it the questions that I want to know all things would be simplified, but it is nowhere in sight.

I’m glad I went and found some information but also found that another professor tried talking me out of an online degree. I don’t know the direction I will go yet but if I so choose to go the route of an online degree is it such a bad choice? How do others feel about online doctorate or master’s programs? I’d like to know but at the same time a bit bothered that this individual would even turn their head up at a student who is attempting to pursue another degree. Shouldn’t they be happy that a student is excited about education? They are educators after all. Maybe it is because I didn’t consider their program first, or maybe it is because I brought it up. Whatever the reason, I’ll make the choice thank you very much.

Now… If I can only find that crystal ball to help solve some of these questions…..

Simple shoes make everything better

Flip flops.

My flip flops are my favorite shoes to walk in right now and they take me just about anywhere, in sunny weather.

When I don’t have my flip flops on, I have running shoes and when I don’t have my running shoes I have none. At this time, I don’t need heels to make me feel good, even though there are some GORGEOUS heels out there, I just need my flip flops. They make everything simple, peaceful, and relaxed.

In response to the Daily Response: These Boots Were Made For Walking

I’m drained

I’ve thought a lot about friendships lately. Maybe it is because I have all this time to sit around at home watching days pass into weeks but I have thought about what friends really do for each other.

See I find that there are times when the people we know or thought we knew stop talking. Maybe it is because of something we said or didn’t say, or perhaps it is because they didn’t like a particular action or way that you dealt with a situation. No matter what it might be if they are your friend shouldn’t they ‘talk’ to you about it? Maybe your entire life was falling apart before your eyes and all you needed was a friend to talk to. Someone to give a little encouragement to say, ‘hey buck up little camper, you can pull through this’, or ‘ why don’t we go have a drink and talk it over, I’m all ears.’ Isn’t that what friends do for one another?

I saw this little saying the other day, not sure who wrote it but it is interesting none the less:

F.R.I.E.N.D.S..
Fight for you.
Respect you.
Include you.
Encourage you.
Need you.
Deserve you.
Stand by you.

Hmmmm…. I did say it was interesting, just not sure how much I believe in it anymore.

I guess maybe I am just emotionally drained- not by all of them because as you have heard before there are a couple that are phenomenal, but lately there are some that are- how do I say this- not the quality or caliber of friend that I expected. Maybe I am just tired of being the ‘always supportive, giving, no worries, it’s okay, GOOD FRIEND.’ Will I ever get to be the one who is on the receiving end of the GOOD FRIEND friendship? I’m beginning to wonder with these people. 😕

It could just be that I have way too much time on my hands to think. It could be that I’ve just allowed people to get the best of me and its time to pull back. Maybe it is just time to not be such a GOOD FRIEND anymore. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Okay enough rambling, I’m going to cook dinner.

To be back on campus

Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

It’s funny really. I used to be the one who allowed students to enroll, checked prerequisites, and managed enrollments for classes. Imagine that. Now I sit here with my cup of coffee on a beautiful morning wanting to go back to university or a job where I can use my skill set effectively- just not back to that job. The sad part is that I loved being on campus and helping students. The questions they’d ask, the innocent way of not knowing how to do something, being lost and not finding a classroom; all of the little things that make it worthwhile to be able to help someone out and find their way. Then there are always the fall activities that surrounded going back to school, the lines to change classes, the overcrowding in the bookstore, parking nightmares, the energy that came with each semester start. I miss that now and I guess when I left a part of me was left behind too. 😕

However, things change and we need to move on. There will be something out there that leads me back to education or to a terrific job- somewhere. A recent post of mine “Procrastination is not my fault” talks about the direction I’d like to take. Just making it happen is the next step.

Stay tuned to find out where that direction may lead me.

In response to the Daily Prompt: Fifteen Credits

I found balance

We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel — blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?

All of the above. I need to do more than one thing to keep me balanced. I lost touch with so many of the little things for three years of my life and I look back on it now and regret the time I took away from my family and myself. It wasn’t worth it especially since I was far from balanced.

Today I find peace in the little things. Running, cooking for the family, spending time with friends, laughing, playing ball with my dog, taking care of things around the house, listening to music, and just doing for myself.

We might as well enjoy what we are handed, even if it is something as silly as turning on the stereo full blast to an all 80’s channel, cleaning the house and singing to every song that comes on. Yeah we find balance and happiness in everything these days.

In response to the Daily Prompt: On the Edge

Procrastination is not all my fault

What have you been putting off doing? Why?

…going back to school and getting that third degree. I have been bugged about it and pushed to just take the exam and get it over with.It isn’t that I haven’t actually made progress towards doing the steps needed to obtain the degree itself. See, I don’t know which way I want to go. Do I go for a PhD in Educational Leadership, a Master’s in Counseling, an Administrative Credential, or do additional coursework and then shoot for a History degree? Too many options and I can’t narrow it down.

And to add to this, some of these degrees want you to be in a “current job” in order to be in the program. That is a bit difficult seeing as I am still searching for a job right now, but it should be noted that I am looking. So since i am not currently in a job that would give me more time to actually put forth towards the degree right? Unfortunately these programs don’t see it that way. Another misfortunate finding.

So procrastinating, yes but it is not entirely my fault.

I am trying but need a job. I am trying but can’t make up my mind which direction I want to go. I am trying but I am stuck. Oh and might I add that a call back would be nice from some of these programs, people would like more information from you. Just saying that customer contact is still important in 2013. Then again, maybe I should look outside my state…..I’ll add it to the list of things to do tomorrow.

In response to the Daily Prompt: Procrastination