Monday, July 8, 2013

You've Got Questions, I've Got Answers! - PART ONE

Yesterday, I posted an Ask Me Anything post as part of Liv, Laugh, Love's July Bloggers Challenge. Today, I answer your questions. There were some good ones! I was asked a lot of questions, so rather than make this a really long post, I'm going to break it up into TWO parts! So, here's part one!

Sara asked:
What made you want to go back and get your Masters in Clinical Counseling?

Sara, I could write a whole post on this question! I will keep it fairly simple and say that I felt a calling from God to go into this profession. I taught in Early Head Start (mostly with infants and toddlers) for almost three years when some backhanded things occurred (that frankly, I should have sued over)and I lost my job. After that, it was a few months before I found another job and that job was not even in the teaching field. I tried to substitute teach, but it just didn't feel right to me anymore. I did a lot of soul searching and I felt like teaching (children, at least) was just not what I was supposed to be doing. I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing, though. I prayed, read my Bible, etc. At my job, my supervisor gave me one of those personality tests (you know, the Myers-Briggs type) and lo and behold it said for my personality type that a good career fit was counseling. A couple of people had stated to me over the past few months that I would make a good counselor. I also had a lot interest in my Psychology courses in undergrad (I almost did a double major, in fact). I just felt that everything was pointing in that direction and so far I still feel that I've made the right choice. I am doing GREAT in school (I am about halfway through and I have a 4.0 GPA) and I have enjoyed every single one of my classes! I've still got a ways to go, but I know that I'm on the right track!

Jen, my sister, and the host of this blogging challenge had a lot of questions for me.

What is the one thing YOU need to do (no one else) to reach your goals?


First, I think I should say what are my goals? Well, the two I want to concentrate on are finishing my Master's degree and losing weight. Finishing my Master's degree is really just about my buckling down, getting my classes completed as quickly as I can. I am only taking one a term right now because I feel that's the way I can do my best. Two a term was just too much for me. For my second goal of losing weight, this one of course will have to wait until after baby #3 is born. I have already lost quite a bit of weight (over 40 pounds) since Baby T was born. So, my plans are that I will DEFINITELY buckle down and exercise more. I need to be able to keep up with my kids! I will eat more healthy foods and exercise at least three times a week. I know this will be tough to do with three kids, but I know I need to do it for myself!

What song title best describes your life?


I don't know if it's really the song TITLE that describes my life, but the song I identify with the most in my life is Awake and Alive by Skillet. I've posted the lyrics below for you to enjoy.

I'm at war with the world and they
Try to pull me into the dark
I struggle to find my faith
As I'm slippin' from your arms

It's getting harder to stay awake
And my strength is fading fast
You breathe into me at last

[Chorus]
I'm awake I'm alive
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
here (right here), right now (right now)
I'll stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive

I'm at war with the world cause I
Ain't never gonna sell my soul
I've already made up my mind
No matter what I can't be bought or sold

When my faith is getting weak
And I feel like giving in
You breathe into me again

[Chorus]
I'm awake I'm alive
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
here (right here), right now (right now)
I'll stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive

Waking up waking up
Waking up waking up
Waking up waking up
Waking up waking up

In the dark
I can feel you in my sleep
In your arms I feel you breathe into me
Forever hold this heart that I will give to you
Forever I will live for you

[Chorus]
I'm awake I'm alive
Now I know what I believe inside
Now it's my time
I'll do what I want 'cause this is my life
here (right here), right now (right now)
I'll stand my ground and never back down
I know what I believe inside
I'm awake and I'm alive

Waking up waking up
Waking up waking up
Waking up waking up
Waking up waking up
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What do you like best about being a mom?


There's a lot of things I like about being a mom, but I think my favorite thing is watching my kids grow, change, and learn. I am so impressed with how smart my daughter, K, has become. She's a beautiful, articulate, and imaginative 6-year-old. I am so amazed at how big Baby T has gotten already. He's working on crawling, though right now he just rolls to get from place to place. He can even say words already like "Daddy", "Cat" and "Hi!". It's so incredible to see these tiny babies grow up to be such wonderful children!

How have you changed as a parent from your first child to your second?
I haven't really changed that much, but I have tried to spend more time with my children. When you're working full time and you have kids, it's easy to become a little detached or just want to veg out when you get home from works. I make it a point to play with my daughter and my son at least for a few minutes a day. My daughter wants a lot more attention because she's making up for the past few months when the little baby got all the attention. He doesn't need as much now and we can all play together, so I try to make sure I give that to her. We even have "Mommy and K" days every few months where we go out to eat (and try to do it without the baby if at all possible, it's more special to her that way). I am learning to have more fun playing with my daughter in the way that she wants to play. I may be over 30 years old and I don't play the same way a 6 year old does, but I can still have fun!

I will put up PART TWO later on today. Thanks!