In case you hadn’t noticed… I have been pretty (okay, entirely) MIA from my blog. I’m so disappointed in myself, but y’all, nursing school is hard. I’m a planner, which is basically a given when people think of me, but this semester has stretched even my perfectly scheduled days. I keep thinking, “I can’t blog, I don’t have time,” but… What if I schedule time to blog?
BAM I’M A GENIUS.
Well maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but who knows, maybe this will be the little kicker. I just have to remind myself, the blog posts don’t have to be short novels and sometimes they can simply be my epic rants that I’m so prone to giving.
Mostly, I need to remember how freeing it feels to have a forum for voicing my thoughts, feelings, opinions, recipes, nonsense, and whatever else I feel like sharing with this small world that might see this blog. So maybe only three people see this, maybe three hundred. Isn’t how blogging makes me feel ultimately the most important part of being a blogger?
Honestly, I don’t have an answer to this. I don’t even know how to begin to answer this. But I’m going to try. I’m going to schedule time and stick to it. Gotta love that bullet planning, you know? But that’s a post for another time. Just gotta start the master list for blog posts!
Here we go on this epic new journey, where I’m not focused on a specific niche or finding the “perfect population” to read my blog. I am going to be myself and be a little controversial and be a little crazy.
Okay so maybe I’m overthinking this entire thing. What else is new?
Y’ALL. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I am obsessing over St. Ives® Blemish Control Apricot Scrub!
I’m sure all of us have used St. Ives Apricot Scrub once before. I know I did back in my early teens. Somehow, for some reason that I can’t even begin to fathom, I went to a different product and lost my way. NEVER AGAIN. There are no words.
My first reaction: holy crap this smells amazing. Second reaction, as I’m applying the scrub to my face, holy crap this feels amazing. Not only has the smell drastically improved since the last time I used St. Ives, but the scrub is life changing. This specific product has the highest level of scrub that St. Ives provides but it doesn’t hurt. It gently removes dead skin cells and leaves your skin feeling glorious even before you wash it off!
Here’s some awesome features of St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub:
Exfoliates to deeply clean pores
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Helps stop breakouts before they occur
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Scrub Meter: Deep strength
Contains a high blend of exfoliants
Ideal for women who prefer a strong strength scrub
I have pretty oily skin (which means blackheads) and it is something I’m constantly struggling with. I can’t think of any other product I’ve tried that leaves my skin feeling “normal” through the next time I wash my face. I can’t wait to keep using this product and I highly recommend it to anyone that struggles with oily skin and/or blackheads!
Tell me how your experience with St. Ives has been in the comments!
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Let me just start out by saying, I am SO SORRY that I have been MIA for the last few months. Nursing school has taken up so much of my time. I missed y’all! But I’m here to talk about something that’s extremely important to me, but also extremely controversial. I know not everyone is going to agree with what I say, and I’m even more certain that there are people out there who will be outraged at my opinions. Because I have very strong opinions.
Here goes nothing.
I am so incredibly proud of Kristen Bell’s stance on vaccinations and her babies. As seen here from February 14, she does not let anyone near her precious babies without their pertussis, also called whooping cough, vaccine. I am beyond words. Babies can’t receive their first DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) vaccine until at least 2 months of age. That’s 2 months that the only protection the baby has is from the people around him or her being vaccinated.
People these days feel that they no longer need to vaccinate their children, or themselves, simply because diseases such as Polio, Smallpox, Measles, etc. are no longer prominent in our society. Well guess what? The reason these diseases are not rampant among our population is because people get vaccinated.
Yes, in the last decade or two, the few parents that were stupid enough not to vaccinate their children were fine not vaccinating them but only because other parents were vaccinating their kids. The unvaccinated children were protected because everyone else was protected.
But now, the cool “new thing” to do is not vaccinate children. As adults, you have every right to not vaccinate yourself, but it is selfish and negligent not to vaccinate your kids. There are risks that come along with anything you do in your life, but the benefits (e.g. being vaccinated) far outweigh any potential risks.
Take the measles outbreak in California that started in December 2014. So many people have made the poor decision to not vaccinate their kids that the measles virus ran rampant. Further adding to that, the number of international visitors the United States has on a yearly basis. The U.S. has the second leading number of tourist visits per year, only after France. There are people from international countries that do not have the privilege and availability of vaccinations. They bring these long forgotten diseases to our country. Unfortunately, that leaves those not vaccinated at risk for contracting these scary, and sometimes deadly, diseases.
I know this is a major topic and everyone has their own personal views on vaccinations. I will never stop preaching the importance of vaccines. I personally keep mine up to date and have gotten a few extra because of my profession choice. I’m interested in learning the views of my readers regarding vaccinations. Do you get all the required (or “recommended”) vaccines? Do you only get a few? Have you vaccinated your kids? Let me know in the comments below!
Oh my sweet blog, how I’ve missed you. Honestly nursing school hasn’t been nearly as hard as I was expecting it to be so far, but the constant influx of information is exhausting. Even when I do have a few moments to spare, my brain is so full of new information, I’m practically brain dead. Earlier this week, I went to put away the milk and I almost just left it in the pantry. Like what?! Yeah that’s the level of mental exhaustion that I’m talking about.
So this week is my by week basically. I only had class three days and now I’m off for Thursday and Friday! Woo! Tomorrow I’m heading up to Denton with the boyfriend for little sister’s 21st birthday weekend! Too bad she doesn’t actually turn 21 until Monday, but oh well. We will still have sooo much fun. I’m going to my very first Mean Green football game! Now to find something green to wear amongst my many maroon clothes.
Also, I tried Fireball Cinnamon Whisky for the first time this week and YUMMO do I love that stuff! I highly recommend it if y’all like those cinnamon candies and whiskey. I’m not even kidding you it’s like heavenly deliciousness in your mouth.
OH AND MY NEWS! So TAMHSC holds Disaster Day once a year (I highly recommend looking that up if you haven’t heard of it before), and each nursing class has Incident Commanders. I got picked for the 1st year class along with another girl who is quickly becoming a really great friend! I don’t know what to call the position. Either Junior Incident Commander or Incident Commander in Training. Either works, I guess! This year we are just learning how to run things, but next year, it’s all us! I’m sooo excited for this opportunity and even if it’s going to be chaotic, I can’t imagine not being a part of Disaster Day!
Since little sister is turning 21, I’m making her a super amazing 21st birthday present and I can’t wait to share it will y’all. I will definitely be taking pictures so I can share. Be on the look out for that post!
Seriously, nursing school is taking away so much of my time that I don’t even have a spare moment to think about blogging, let alone actually getting to sit down for a few minutes and write out some of my thoughts. It has been so long since I even got to check my blog that WordPress logged me out. That’s just so incredibly sad and I don’t like it one bit.
So basically last weekend through Wednesday at lunch, I spent the entire time studying for my three exams Monday and Wednesday. I did not get enough sleep or exercise and I feel like I barely ever even saw sunlight. It’s ironic that I’m learning how to help people get better and be healthy, and yet I spend the better part of my day sitting at a desk on my computer or iPad studying. I know it won’t be like this forever, but it’s just really sad.
Today is the first day I’ve gotten to take a hot second for myself to relax. And honestly, today has been so amazing. I have some very, very exciting news to share with y’all soon. I can’t spill the beans just yet (because the news hasn’t been made official) but I will be able to next week or so! This may just be something I’m excited about and not many people will get super overly enthused but I hope one or two do!
After my first round of exams this semester, I’m feeling pretty darn confident in myself. My grades were definitely better than I expected. I just hope I can keep that momentum and keep my grades at that level! I still have some homework to do and some clinical skills studying to finish up, so I’m going to wrap this blog post up.
I miss you guys! Don’t forget about me while I’m learning how to save lives, okay?
P.S. Check out Twitter for my rambles during the 5 second breaks I sometimes get!
So basically I just took the first exam of the hardest semester of my life in nursing school. I had no idea what to expect, just had a list of objectives to go by. Unfortunately that wasn’t exactly the most helpful thing ever. One nice thing is that the prof gave us the number of questions for each chapter that would be on the exam! Except that wasn’t helpful either. I spent so much time studying fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base imbalances (12 out of 50 questions) and that was counterproductive. Next time, I’m focusing on knowing the objectives, regardless of the number of questions for each chapter that would supposedly be on the exam. Fingers crossed that works.
Also, I like to spend about 5 minutes talking about questions we had and then I’m just over it. I can’t sit there and question every answer I put because I will honestly just drive myself crazy or into a depression. The exam is over, no good comes from dwelling on what could have been. If only everyone thought the same…
I had a brief moment actually considering just running away to the circus and quitting nursing school (as a joke of course). But that would never work considering I don’t have a neat talent to showcase. I can’t even snap my fingers!
Oh and before I go to focus on this lecture: Hi Remington! Thanks for reading my blog, sweet girl! I may just take your advice and focus on blogging instead of spending so much time studying for exams. Blogging doesn’t make me sad, and all.
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