a thought and a question…

SERIES POST #1

“With our intentions, actions and words, we manifest the future”… What are YOU manifesting today… love or hatred ? Acceptance or judgement ? Act with compassion, not anger. World peace can be that simple… it begins with you. =)

I have a question for you, something small yet all-encompassing, as well…

WHAT DO YOU WANT, AS FAR AS CAREER IS CONCERNED ?

I have been asking myself this question a lot lately. It sounds so easy and simple, but when I sat down, day after day, to really think about it and try to make some plans, it was harder than you might think. I have come to the realization that I do not have enough of this life left to make bad, long-lasting decisions on a regular basis anymore. =) I want to succeed and feel fulfilled and go to work every day with a sense of purpose. I cannot accomplish these things without first knowing WHAT it is that I am shooting for. I have been fortunate to have had 2 jobs that have satisfied me deeply, and that feeling is what I strive for in my future career.

WHAT I WANT TO DO IS… become a nurse. I want to stay in CT until I finish my MSN degree, and then make my way down the coast. My mid-term goal is to work at Walter Reed Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, MD. A MSN degree will afford me the most opportunity to do the type of patient care I have in mind, while affording me plenty of room for advancement. As the years roll on, I will try to find a place to call home in FL, southern CA or perhaps Hawaii, if all goes well.

I wanted explore nursing many years ago, but was swayed by allied-health opportunities and instead became a Medical Technologist. I loved the job and the freedoms it afforded me, and always was employed in a hospital or critical care center. After I went into the USCG, I gave up on going back to school, and along came marriage to The Professor and our beautiful foxling. I have put my dreams and desires on the back burner until they scorched to the bottom of the pan, which I promptly threw away. =) Well, circumstances change, and now I find in my possession a brand new, shiny set of high-end cookware, and I am ready to fill them up with all the good stuff I can pack into them.

I volunteered at a children’s hospital and ended up in the NICU, changing and loving on babies all hours of the day and night. I am great under pressure and fast on my feet so I was a natural in the Peds Oncology unit. This is another area in which I was considering specialization, and still do not know if I will end up working with soldiers over babies, but my first step is obtaining my BSN degree, regardless.

I am focusing my energies on attending my local state school, UConn. I have free tuition there, and while the program is not as top-notch as a prestigious private campus like Quinnipiac, it will get me where I need to go. Luckily, UConn’s MSN program is of a much higher caliber, and that is the ultimate goal. I need to complete around 16 courses with a 4.0 average (or as close to that as is possible) before I can attend, so I have my work cut out for me these next few years. =) I am looking at this part of my future as a challenge, rather than an insurmountable obstacle. It is all in the perception, baby. =)

So… that is what I am up to in this sunny, spring weather. This was step 1 on my list, to identify what I really want. What is it that makes you smile, that pushes you forward on hard days ?

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 09:14:18

    That is great that you have identified that! I still have no idea what I want. I think I want to be a housewife so that I can volunteer a lot in a bunch of different things, but that would mean finding a husband.

    So, my current job it will be, for a little while LOL

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  2. tishmoon
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 09:58:13

    Mmm… sigh, I know ! =) The idea of being a housewife, taking a ton of botany classes, volunteering for literacy and at a hospital… you know, throwing dinner parties for the hubby’s co-workers, taking sailing lessons and going to college part time until I have several PhD’s… sounds so awesome to me ! =) Of course, f we take the men out of the equation, it limits our resources… we need to play the lottery, Punky ! =)

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  3. El Guapo
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 11:41:45

    The thought of the life I’m building and sharing with my wife is what keeps me going.
    Despite what my I do for a living, I much more think of it as a job than a career.

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  4. tishmoon
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 17:15:21

    Is there something you’d rather be doing… something different ? Of course, your time with your wife is the top priority… =) But sometimes, that “job” can weigh you down, if not that is a GREAT thing, Guap ! =)

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