School: Day 1 of last year! Yeha!

school

 

Dear Diary….

Today I start my last fall semester. I have 2 classes that will last 7 weeks and then one other 7 week class that will take me into December. I will have two sessions in the spring seven weeks long and one regular semester class. I am especially looking forward to that one because it is with the same teacher I had for my Business Law class. It is so cool when you have teachers you enjoy learning from. Then I get to walk the stage with my Bachelor’s degree in hand! WOW! 

School has been fun! I have loved in 99% of the time but there have been one or two teachers that take all the fun out of going to class. I have only dropped one class in the last several years while completing my degrees. It was a required class for a different major. Fortunately, I discovered Business was my true passion and there was no need for that particular course with my current degree plan. 

What do I want to do when I grow up? Hmm… I haven’t quite decided that but I will be looking for a job starting this fall. I will go to the career seminars and put my resume out there. We shall see what happens but I think the right door will open. God has a tendency to show me just the right place to be at the right time. I’m looking forward to see what He has in store for me.

Love,

K/C

Back to school! YAH!

I know..I KNOW! I’m weird! But I love school! Today is the first day of the Spring semester. Nothing too hard; Algebra and Acting II but I am very excited to have my brain engaged again. I love to learn and grow. I can say this of course because I am not really working toward a degree. I am just going to school for fun. I truly take pleasure in being around young people and the smell of the classroom. Seeing kids with their backpacks and sitting in the courtyard with coffee. It’s awesome!!

I have a need to make my brain work; to be growing intellectually. I read a lot and I watch intellectual movies. I go to plays, the ballet and the symphony when I have the opportunity, which isn’t very often these days but I go when I can. I really like learning new things and growing. When people ask me why I have returned to school I tell them it was because my brain was turning to mush.

The Christmas holiday vacation was not good for me. If you read my blog you know I was sick during at least half of the time off and stressed out during the rest. It feels good to be back in a routine and a schedule. I will be in class with some of the same people again and I am excited to see them and see how they are.

I go to a local community college in a small town but the people I encounter are all ages. Some are returning to school to improve a skill set or to get a degree to make them more marketable. Then there are the kiddos who are fresh out of high school doing the college thing to help them on their journey in life. I would give anything if I could sit down with each and every one of them and make them understand how critical education and this time is to their future.

College is NOT just a necessary evil to help you make more money or to get a job. It is an education in LIFE! You are learning….how to learn. You are here to see a little bit of what the world is going to be like; to meet people from all walks of life and different cultures. You are learning how to get along with others and live in a close environment (if you live in a dorm) with a complete stranger (sometimes). You need to embrace the different ideas of other people and debate beliefs, morals and ideals to become grounded in your OWN belief system. Learn how to listen, listen, listen, listen!!!!! You have two ears and ONE mouth for a reason!

There is no other time in your life like college. What I wouldn’t give to go back in time and tell my 18 year old self all of these things.

LIVE LIFE! Learn…grow…..become friends with as many people as you can then stay in touch. This will serve you later in life. Go to parties but be responsible. Step out of your comfort zone but don’t forget why you are there.

College is a LIFE education! Take advantage of this time (hopefully on mom and dad’s dime) and make it all it can be. You can never go back and be 18, 19, 20 years old again. Even if you go back to school down the road, it will never be the same. Because later in life, you will have other responsibilities. This time around, it is YOUR money and your time. You will probably have to sacrifice time from a family or loved ones because you need to make yourself better. This is a good thing but can be very difficult because you are a grown up now. However, you can still have a good attitude and see the good things about returning to school. Let the energy of those younguns rub off on you and be a mentor to them. Sit down with them and have a cup of coffee if you can and tell them….You only get ONE shot at being young! Be the absolute best student you can be because college is a gift!! Do not take it for granted. Do not waste your time….go to class, do your homework, but have fun! You are here to learn about life!!!

So I’m off kiddies! Have an awesome, incredible and wonderful Monday!
education

Do you believe in magic?

Today’s Observation:

“Oh My God! Look!!! …it’s my CAR! They have put it on the show room floor! And it has a gold package added to it just like I WANTED!” My husband cringed at my outburst because the art of negotiation just flew out the window on the wings of my excitement.

As the salesman rubs his hands together and looks up at the sky he thinks “Thank you Jesus! Today I am going to make a sale because that poor guy is NOT about to leave here without that car!”

I ran up to “my” car and touched the hood of it where the pretty gold emblem shined. I had seen this very car on the parking lot only two days before and thought to myself if it just had the gold package on it, this would be the exact car I want. Well, from my lips to God’s ears? That is exactly what was waiting for us when we went to the dealership that day.

Let me back up just a little bit. I have had two other new cars before this. The first one was a Taurus and I dearly loved that car. It was a great vehicle and saw us through many things. But when we moved to another state and I had a job, I decided to buy a Camry. A red one to boot…..it was beautiful and I liked that car a lot. I didn’t love it like the Taurus but it was fun to drive and I enjoyed it. It was also a great car. But my all time “dream” car was a Lexus ES300. I would salivate when I saw one driving down the road. I really didn’t think we would ever own one, much less drive it off the show room floor. But that was indeed what I got to do that day. It was one of the most incredible feelings I have ever had. I have another car now but my little green Lexus is still running around the state of TN and doing well from what I have been told.

Let me tell you why I no longer own my car………….

Once upon a time, I had a friend in college who owned a “magical” 1976 Camaro. It was his first car and he had bought it with his own money from working summers during high school.  It was bright yellow with black interior. It was a cool ride and fit his personality perfectly. On his way home from college for Christmas break he hit a patch of ice and slid down a guard rail on the interstate. It was still drivable so he was able to make it the rest of the way home. He had 2 of his friends in the car with him and fortunately no one was hurt. However, he left the car at home and drove his dad’s El Camino back to school.  After it was fixed, his dad traded it in on a new/used Monte Carlo per my friend’s request. He said after the wreck his car had lost its “magic”. I never truly understood what that meant until the day my beautiful Lexus lost the same “enchantment”.  I had loaned by car to my daughter’s boyfriend. Mistake #1 and AGAINST my better judgment but was talked into it. We let him drive it longer than he was supposed to Mistake #2. Then through a long series of events I saw the car again several months later and it was totally trashed! He had wrecked it once, never kept it clean, smoked in it and I don’t know to this day what was spilled in the trunk. Needless to say I took my car back and cried for days mourning over the loss of her “magic”. I never saw the car again. I left it in the hands of my very talented and skilled detail shop then gave the keys to my brother.

I have another wonderful car now and I have put many, many, MANY miles on her and she is good for many more. She is also red. Have a thing for red I suppose……But it will never be the same as my little green car….Nor will I ever have another love affair with a car like the one I had with it.  But my little green car was a gift you see……a gift from my hubby born of love and sacrifice from the last 4 years of living in a very COLD place so he could finish his residency and training to be a radiologist. I think it was the longest 4 years (and 18 days) of my life. And for those who know me…..know exactly what and where I am talking about. Was the four years worth my car? Uhm……..ask me again someday! LOL!

But God has a sense of humor and 2 of my very closest and dearest friends in the world live in that very same COLD place! LOL!! We would have never survived without them.

Thank you Lord for all of the “magic” we see on a daily basis with friends, family, relationships and yes….even cars. I am grateful for all I have and the things You have shown me in my life even though I am unworthy of all of it!

You are so good:-)

My Little Green car.....

My Little Green car…..