My new job! And a brief history of my career.

Hi!

As you know, I am a nurse!  But it took awhile to get to this point.  I moved a few states away from where I grew up to go to my dream school, where I studied music.  I play the clarinet, and worked hard to earn a Bachelor’s degree in music.  But by the time my four years of studying music were up, I realized my aspirations of becoming a music therapist may not be the best career path for me.  So I looked into nursing and fell in love.  ♥

I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts degree in music and a minor in psychology, then was accepted to an excellent nursing school where I earned my Bachelor of Science in nursing degree last year.  Then a year ago on June 25, I took and passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses)!  That was an extremely difficult exam, y’all.  But I am so blessed that I passed on my first try.

I worked for about 9 months in labor & delivery and postpartum.  Floor nursing was fabulous, and I loved watching new life join our world, watching women become moms, and helping women take care of their newborns.  Of course, there were high highs and low lows.  It’s the nature of L&D.  I am so grateful for my experiences in floor nursing and wouldn’t trade them for anything.

Now I’m on a new journey!  Today I start work in the operating room.  I’ll have 8 weeks in training, learning all about how to prioritize my patients in a completely different way than I ever have before.  I’ll see life-changing surgeries.  I’ll be a part of a world-renowned team (really, though).  I’ll learn how to care for patients in every-second-counts situations, and completely routine situations.  Perioperative nursing is historical, significant, and unique.  I’m really blessed to have been chosen for this position.

Not lost on me is that a year ago today, I got engaged!  And a year ago on Wednesday, I started my first job as an RN.  (This weekend in 2015 was a big one!)  This year, it’s another new start for me.  I can’t wait to get started!

I’ll keep y’all updated!

xoxo
kc

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I’m growing herbs!

Hi!

Today I thought I’d post a little update of my gardening ventures.

First, you should know that it is quite the big deal to put 1/3 of the focus of this blog on gardening, because historically I am not very good at it.  Because of this history, I attended a gardening lesson with my small group with some trepidation, and some excitement.

Would I suddenly have a green thumb once I truly knew what I was doing?  Or would my thumb prove to be the exact opposite of green, as has always been, and I could silently pack up my gardening tools and focus on something else?

My friends, it turns out my thumb is kind of green!  Like a really pale green.  Chartreuse, maybe.  Or lime, except lime green is terrible.  Mint green?

But I digress.

I dutifully planted my basil and oregano seeds in adorable Mason jars as was instructed in the lesson, brought them home and kept the soil dampened.  One day, I had a tiny sprout!  I kept up with this plan and now I have SO MUCH BASIL AND OREGANO, people.  I need recipes that use these herbs!!!

I also took cuttings of my grandmother’s peppermint, and somehow I’m keeping them alive, too!  This is my favorite thing, because I really love mint, and I love putting these fresh leaves in my sweet tea.

So because almost nothing good comes without practice, I decided to keep practicing.  I re-homed mine and Taylor’s basil in a large pail, and recycled those Mason jars with some rosemary and thyme seeds.  In two mini-planters, I planted some parsley seeds.

Success, people!  Check out my baby plants!

In the window, oregano is the one going crazy.  I’ll probably re-plant it soon!

The first tiny sprout is going to be thyme one day, and the other is one of my parsley babies.

Genesis 1:11-12
Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them;” and it was so.  The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Even though I physically placed the stones, Perlite, potting soil, and seeds in my little planters, even though I check the soil every day to see if it needs more water and try to put *just enough* on the soil, even though I placed these in my kitchen on a south-facing windowsill  (seriously a magic trick), nothing would have happened if not for God.  He designed every little bit of how plants work and produce more of themselves, and how that makes it possible for me to plant little herbs.

Plus, the new growth is so exciting!  Little reminders that God is always working on new growth in the midst of my everyday life.

What a treasure, and what a blessing.

xoxo
kc