Going into 2011, I remember thinking that I had made it through the hard part. Wow, that was really naive, huh? The first few months of this year were not only harder than all of 2010 (which was, bottom line, a really rough year), but were made of some of the hardest moments of my life. There were so many times I thought to myself, "It's just one thing after another." Luckily, my wise mother's words would then pop into my head, "Honey, that's what life is. One thing after another." My deepest hope is that, armed with my mom's wisdom, I survived those dark times with some small fraction of strength, resilience, grace and humor.
And I am here to tell you that things are looking up. (Better late than never, right?) Below are just a few of the things putting a very big smile on my face these days.
- Starting my new career. After all the hoop jumping of the last two years, I am now what Nevada considers a licensed clinical professional counseling intern (I hate that term because most people don't associate an intern with a person who has their MA degree, but whatever, Nevada. Whatever.). I finally have the job I've always wanted at a great company working with children. Finally, I can write down that I am a children's therapist, officially. Not only will I be doing individual therapy with kids, I will also be running three therapy groups for little ones ages 3-5. How cool is that? My education, combined with my years and years as a nanny, makes this a really natural next step. Icing on the cake? The pay is great. Not everyone can say that who works in mental health and I feel very blessed and excited to start digging myself out of my pile of medical bills and student loans. More than that, however, I am so passionate about what I will be doing. Waking up these days, I'm so inspired and just bursting with excitement.
- I don't know if I've mentioned this on the blog, but in January, I started a very part-time nanny gig helping out a mama with then eight month old twin girls. Fast forward a few months and that mama has become my closest friend in Vegas and her daughters have become my surrogate nieces. I am so incredibly grateful that this family came into my life when they did. They have filled a void in my heart that has been empty and gathering cobwebs since I left my family to move here.
- While this isn't for sure, there is talk about fixing up our little condo and, wait for it..., replacing the green shag carpet. Um, do I even need to say how excited I am about this?? I didn't think so. There is almost nothing I love more than decorating and I haven't been able to indulge that side of myself since I left Seattle.
- Bloggers in Sin City is coming up. This lovely girl is coming to visit and fun photo shoots are planned for what should be a fantastic few days. One of my closest friends, Kristin Funk, is planning a June Vegas visit and I can't even tell you how freaking excited I am. There is even a trip to Hawaii being discussed for the boy and me this summer. Throw in a much needed drive to the beach and a trip home to snuggle some little boys and I am one happy gal. Still working on those last two, but I'm confident they will happen in the very near future.
- Last, but not least, my puppy has discovered the love of the Starbucks puppachino (which is really just a fancy, cute word for whipped cream in a cup). When we introduced his new addiction to him this weekend, it was, hands down, the best few minutes of his life so far. Just watching him dive face first into whipped cream made me deliriously giddy which, honestly, is how my puppy almost always makes me feel. Bringing this furry little boy home was one of the best decisions I've ever made. He has improved the quality of my life in indescribable ways.
Here's hoping that things are looking up in your world, too!