Recently, I have taken a lot of time to reflect on the path life has led me down and where I am currently headed. In the last two months, I finished my second year of graduate school (1 more year to go!), got engaged to my boyfriend of six years, will be unemployed as of June 28th AND I made a HUGE personal decision…I made the choice to stop taking my birth control pills.
One of the main reasons I decided to do away with the pills after being on them for many, many years is because I will be without insurance once I am unemployed and cannot afford to pay for the prescription out of pocket. I suppose I could easily get them filled at the health care center on campus, but when I look at where my life is headed over the next year, there really isn’t any reason to continue with taking them. Next year, I will graduate with my Masters and I pray that I’ll land my dream job after completing my clinical practicum at the VA. I will be marrying my best friend in late summer/early fall, so it only seems natural that the next step after all those events is to start a family of our own. [CONTINUE READING...]
Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month? As a Southerner, you might assume that I would know it is National Iced Tea Month, because you know all Southerners drink nothing but tea, y’all. But in all seriousness, I didn’t realize that tea had a month dedicated to it and the health benefits that you can gain from drinking it. I used to drink tea on a regular basis when I lived back home in South Carolina, but since moving to Kansas my tea consumption has definitely lessened; there are days when I miss having a nice iced sweet tea to drink, especially in the hot summer months. So, when I had the chance to try out some tea products from Red Rose Tea and Salada Tea, I gladly accepted because it would allow me to try out flavors I’ve never tried before and share with you my experience! [CONTINUE READING...]
As previously stated in another blog post, I will be laid off from my job end day on June 28th. Losing my job comes with a whole load of stressors such as lack of finances and having to cut back on certain things that my fiance and I have been able to afford up until now. My lay-off will definitely make me think twice about purchasing that new shirt or pair of shoes, but it will also give me a chance to reflect on other things in life such as how to save money and purchase on a tight budget. It will also provide me with tons of free time so that I can tackle projects like deep cleaning the apartment, which hasn’t been done in what seems like ages! [CONTINUE READING...]
On June 12th, my family and I attended an advance screening of the newest Disney Pixar movie, Monsters University! It was a very exciting opportunity for me because it was the first time that I have ever attended a press event and got to meet the PR representatives that I’ve spoken with via email for so many months. I was on the exclusive press list and got to check in as a press member, which made me feel super important. I even gave my statement after the movie as to what I thought about it…and my thoughts were all POSITIVE! I am a huge Disney and Pixar fan and love most animated films that are released these days. I was a HUGE fan of Monsters Inc. when it was released in 2001, so when I heard about Disney Pixar releasing a follow-up to Monsters Inc. I just knew I had to be there to watch it when it was released; lucky me, I got see it before the rest of the world! [CONTINUE READING...]
This past week has been one of the most draining weeks I’ve had in a very long time. It has been emotionally draining, frustrating and stressful all wrapped into one and honestly, I am surprised I made it through in one piece. If you aren’t familiar with what I do for a living, then let me take a minute to explain. I am a “social worker.” I put that into quotes because technically, I can’t call myself a social worker until I have my Masters degree (which will be completed in May 2014) but what I do is a social workers job, at an adoption & foster care agency.
In the state of Kansas, adoption, foster care and family preservation services are privatized meaning that the State is no longer in charge of providing these services but merely a purchaser of services and contract monitor of the agencies contracted to handle the services the State was once in charge of. Basically, agencies (like the one I currently work for) are contracted by the State to provide foster care & adoption services or family preservation services. Every 3 to 4 years the contract(s) are put up for bidding, where any agencies interested in being the provider for reintegration services (foster care & adoption), family preservation or any other services available, bid on the ones they are most interested in. Agencies, like the one I work for now, bid on these contracts and compete with each other to show who can spend the less amount of dollars providing said services to children and families in the state of Kansas. [CONTINUE READING...]