Thinking it Over

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my life and career and the direction things have been going lately. Don’t get me wrong, I love nursing and all the wonderful things it does for my desire to serve. I just feel like I’ve been fighting school for a really long time, so it makes me unsure of whether or not this specific career path is right for me at the moment. Maybe it’s time to put it on the backburner. This doesn’t necessarily mean giving up on school altogether, it’s just a matter of re-focusing on what I really want. I feel like I finally have the time and stability to really take a couple years and think things through.

Next semester, I’m looking into taking a small business class just to get a feel for it, and with it, re-taking Micro (I had to drop it because of the surgery). In the fall, I’m looking to jump back into some design classes, because the work involved was something I loved to do.

Sometimes, God puts us in “Park” so we can think things out and work on other aspects of our lives. I feel like this is a time for me to grow and concentrate on something other than school.

Any thoughts?
Have any of you gone through something like this and come out with life-changing results?



Holy Spreadsheets, Batman!

So, it’s time for the weekly meeting of the Friday Budget Committee!

Okay, so the meeting usually consists of me balancing my bank account using spreadsheets on Excel, writing out my weekly budget and seeing where we cut corners for the next couple weeks to get our goals achieved. I have to say, since we started doing this two months ago, the money fights have completely disappeared. Now, we communicate as to what our money is doing and where it is going. I’m getting extremely excited about our future, because things are really starting to look like they’re coming together.


Above is an example of my budget spreadsheet I’ve been using, it’s been super helpful in figuring out where my money has gone!

On the other hand, since I’ve been at home and covering my medical expenses, we’ve had to dip into our emergency fund just a little to cover some bills, so the next couple checks will be back to building that up. I can’t begin to stress how important that emergency fund has become, and how much it’s saved our butts! Overall, we’ve had some good talks about our future, and it just gets me fired up to see how the next few years are going to look!

On the side of my health, I’ve been released back to work starting Monday! (Well, Tuesday, technically). I’m also allowed to walk on the treadmill. (It took a little bit of convincing). Otherwise, no other exercise for about 3 weeks. It’s going to be a little difficult to keep up with my health, considering the holidays are fast approaching, but I think I have the self-control to not overindulge. (Potlucks! Eek!)

So a lot of positives happening during the month of November, and a lot of obstacles to overcome. My biggest obstacle was overcoming the anxiety of sitting at home, but that is passing with my patience and some nifty crocheting.


Have a great weekend, all! I’ll see you on Monday!

❤ Hojo

Overcoming the Boredom

So, it’s Tuesday of week two of ‘recovery’ from my surgery. I’m going stir-crazy and sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for my doctor to send me back to work.

I admit, I probably needed the vacation, but when you’re fired up about something (like I am with my financial planning) it’s hard to put the brakes on it. I am getting really tired of sitting around the house. I promise I won’t go back to the gym, just let me go back to work! (Also, I am tired of my verbally-abusive cat) LOL.


“Who? Me?”


Anyway, I’m trying to distract myself with multiple projects. I am a crocheting machine.


Actually, I’ve been stuck inside honing my domestic capabilities. 


Shepherd’s Pie

So it’s back to the nonexistent grind for me.I’m sure my posts will get more interesting by the time I get back to, I don’t know, doing stuff. Hehe!


And The Adventure Continues…

Well, my life has come to a screeching halt. After nearly three months of the work/school/commute/study/sleep combo, and being on the go practically every waking moment, I crashed and burned pretty bad.

I am recovering from surgery from an abdominal hernia. FUN.


So, I was overdoing LIFE just a little bit. Just a little. (Okay, lots)…

The good news is, I’m back to blogging, because it’s easy to look at the good things that have come up from this crash, (and no, dropping Microbiology isn’t one of them). I’m actually sad I had to drop Micro. (Really! I mean it!)

I’ve taken the Dave Ramsey plan seriously and have been getting on track with my finances. It’s been absolutely amazing, since it really has shown how God has been working in my life.
If you want to follow along with the plan here is the link:

It’s something I highly recommend, it’s helped me enormously, especially during my unexpected surgery. Needless to say, it made things a LOT more secure.

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This is my progress board. It’s easily visible from anywhere in the room (it’s RIGHT next to the TV and computer) so when I feel like making an unnecessary purchase, it’s right there to remind me. If you can’t tell from the pictures, we’re on Baby Step 2, which is to pay off all debts. I’m VERY excited about this plan, and it really makes me feel good about our upcoming future together!

So I’m learning to slow it down and look at the simple things in life. Becoming more organized, loving what I have and figuring out this windy path up a mountain that I’m climbing. I’m still trying to figure a lot out, and having a plan and a budget is making that a little bit easier.


My “Office”

There is SO much to come this next year, I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot of big life steps that are coming in waves. I’m excited about the holidays and family, and really making my life a fulfilling one.  I’m extremely glad to get back into one of my favorite hobbies, blogging, since I now have the time.

(I’ll be back, I promise!) 😉

❤ Hojo