long time no see, but i thought i’d pop in and say hello! i figured that i will at least be updating the blog every once in awhile if anything just to stay in touch with all my friends and family back home, and give you guys a glimpse into my life as a nursing student. i honestly am not sure just how much time i will have to write nice posts with photos, but since i’ve long since made the decision that this is in no way shape or form my business, i’ll just be writing when i can and leaving it at that. sound good? :)
i started nursing school last week and it is incredibly overwhelming, keeping me very busy, but also already leaving me very fulfilled. i know that this is what i want to do and i know that i am in the right place, and that is such an amazing feeling after not knowing for so long. don’t get me wrong, i still have no idea what kind of nursing i want to go into or where i eventually want to work, but i do know that i’m on the right path, as long as it’s taken me to get here.
(views from my hike in the north georgia mountains this morning!)
life has been crazy, y’all. taylor and i drove across the country which was the trip of a LIFETIME, and he helped me get all moved in and left just two days before my first day of orientation. and then we had two days of orientation and then three full days of class last week.
i’m in six classes, which include:
- health assessment
- health promotion
- clinical practicum
- foundations (which kind of goes along with the clinical practicum class)
i’m certainly not used to the sheer volume of things that i have to keep track of since on the quarter system i usually only had to keep track of three or four classes! the accelerated program i’m in, it isn’t accelerated in that we are doing more each semester than regular BSN students, we are just doing things in a slightly different order and continuing school through next summer so that we can graduate in winter instead of spring. we are starting clinical rotations in real hospitals in 5 weeks, and i’m absolutely terrified and excited at the same time – pretty much my feelings about nursing school in general.
a little health update: i’ve still been cooking lots of delicious meals while i’ve had the time, but i’ve also been getting better about buying more food that’s easily grab and go, and prepping more food in advance. this week i already cooked a bunch of chicken and i bought some extra protein bars as well as these fun little sargento snack containers that have cheese, nuts, and fruit in them.
i’ve also started going to crossfit (i found a new box here, and it’s been great so far!) at 5:30 in the mornings, and let me tell ya, that is an adjustment for sure. the days in school are long and i find myself exhausted at the end of each day, so i figured that fitting workouts in in the morning is my best bet. i’m proud of myself for making it to 3 classes last week amongst the chaos that is the start of school, and i’m hoping to continue to get to 3-4 classes a week. i know that even though it takes time out of my day, it’s important for my sanity and my health to continue to do something that makes me so happy + is good for me.
one more thing before i go – the move in itself, while wonderful, has definitely been an adjustment. i was so incredibly happy to get out of LA and i absolutely love it here- things are GREEN, the air is fresh, there are plenty of activities to do and places to explore, humans are actually nice, and nature is just a stone’s throw away- but that doesn’t mean that everything is easy all the time. moving is hard, you guys! i’ve had a few moments where i’ve just missed the comforts of being around people who know me well, being somewhere where i know where everything is, and stuff like that. it’s hard not to get caught up in the fact that i’m thousands of miles away from my entire family, my boyfriend, and my closest friends, but reminding myself of why i’m here and that everyone is only a touch of a button away has definitely helped.
a little self-help tip before i go as well–> i was listening to the girls gone wod podcast the other day (highly recommend if you want a good laugh and to listen to two ladies who are just honest about life and give great advice!) and they were talking about having different tools in your toolbox to cope with stress in your life. i know that there’s going to be a lot of stressors in my life in the upcoming 15 months, so i actually took the time to write out all the things i can do to relax and calm down the other day. my “toolbox” includes stuff like taking a bath, lighting a candle, going for a walk, listening to a podcast, calling taylor or a family member or friend, taking a nap, and much more! it was really helpful to actually write it all out as a reminder that i have a lot of things i can do for self-care, and if there’s one thing that’s been emphasized here, it’s that you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself. <3
that’s all for now- i’m back to getting my reading done for class tomorrow, but if you made it this far, thank you so much for being here. love you all and i’ll be back soon!