52 Weeks of Blogging with a Purpose: 10 Things I Live For

Today I’m participating in a link-up about blogging with a purpose and this week the topic is about the most important things in life. I thought it would be a fun way for you to get to know me a little better! ūüôā

10 Things I live For:

My Savior. I ¬†am so grateful for His everlasting love. God has carried me through many valleys and He still continues to be my rock and foundation. I’m so thankful that¬†Jesus died on the cross for me and His blood covers my sins. I want Him to be number one in my life and I strive to honor Him in all that I do.

My Family.¬†I have one of the best families in the world! All my Aunts and Uncles live within 10 minutes of my house and we’ve always been very close. My mama is my best friend and has always taken such great care of me and loved me! Mama and I have lived with Pops and Nana for my entire life and I am so thankful for the loving home they have provided.

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Friends. I love getting together with friends and just talking. It’s a true blessing when you have someone to share life with. Since my family lives so close, I¬†had the opportunity to grow up alongside my cousins and I still love hanging out with them. I’m so blessed to have such close cousins because I never had any siblings. They have become some of my greatest friends!

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My Nanny Kids.¬†At this point I don’t have any of my own children, but I do have nanny kids! I love watching them grow and learn. It’s such gift to be able to be part of two little lives in this exciting stage of life! I cherish my story times, snuggles, and great conversations with these children!

Organization. I live for organization. Chaos is simply not an option for me. I work best in a neat and tidy environment. I find organizing to be very calming. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Being outside. ¬†The beauty of God’s creation is simply breathtaking. I love the fresh air and sunshine. I love the beach, nature, walking in the sunset, reading in the breeze, swinging, and much more. If I’m stressed out, I find that some fresh air is one of the best cures around.

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Laughter. ¬†I love to laugh! It truly is the best medicine. Even when things aren’t going well, laughing will always cheer me up! ūüôā

Projects. ¬†I’m a project girl! I craft, DIY, re-purpose, and re-do. If I have a project going, ¬†I’m happy. I also like to take on projects like helping in the church nursery or organizing a banquet. Projects help fill my time and give me purpose.

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Music. ¬†Music speaks to my soul. It never fails to perk me up when I’m feeling down. Music can change my mood like nothing else. Music helped through long nights of homework, it helps me relax, it helps me celebrate, and it helps me contemplate. I often wish that music played ¬†in my life, just like it does in movies. That would be fantastic!

Pictures. I don’t have a great camera right now. In fact, I take photos with my iPhone. However, the quality isn’t as important as the memories that are preserved. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t take at least a couple of photos. I adore looking back through the years and seeing what was going on and how everyone looked. Pictures capture a little slice of life and preserve it forever. I love that!

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Why I’m a Nanny

I  decided that it was time to tell you all why I  became a nanny.

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When I was in high school, I went back and forth on what I wanted to do after I graduated. For a while, I was planning on going to college and getting a degree. I thought about being a dietician, a personal trainer, a psychologist, a counselor, a nurse, and an interior designer. I couldn’t find something that I could stick with. ¬†My other problem was finances. I made the decision that I didn’t want to take out student loans. I felt that God wanted me to remain debt free so that I would have the freedom to do whatever He wanted me too in the future and not be constrained by finances. I am smart and I worked hard in school and received very good grades. However, I am not a great standardized test taker and I didn’t get a super high ACT score. I would’ve been able to get some scholarships, but not enough to cover the cost of school.

For months, I tried to figure out what I wanted to do, where I should attend college, and how to pay for it. I went over it and over it in my mind. ¬†Things never fell into place. I was stressed out and I didn’t know what to do.

Finally, I just gave up. I told God that I was done trying to plan my life and I was going to wait for Him to show me. It felt good to give that burden to God. I felt at peace, it was still difficult to not know what I was doing when my classmates were getting accepted into college and planning for the fall.

Some time went by and I started thinking about jobs that I could get without very much training. I thought about being a medical assistant or an office assistant. I even thought about starting an online business selling crafts.

Then, one day, I thought about being a nanny. I thought: “I love children, I’m organized, I like to play, I’m responsible…” and the list went on. I could imagine myself taking care of kids all day and I could imagine enjoying it and finding it fulfilling.

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I signed up on Care.com and Sittercity, wrote out my resume, and began looking for jobs. I applied for many positions and never heard back from the families. I did go to several interviews and I picked up a few babysitting jobs and through referral, I got a part-time summer nanny position. Throughout the summer, I continued to interview with families for full-time positions. On my last Friday with my summer family, I got the full-time job I am working at. God orchestrated each and every detail. I am so thankful!!

Every day isn’t tons of fun, but I love my job and I’m so happy! I love snuggles in the morning, craft time, playdates with friends, making meals, cleaning rooms, learning ABC’s, reading, and exploring the world with little minds! It is so much fun to spend my days with two special little people!!

Sometimes, I still struggle with feeling like I’m worth less than my college going peers because I’m not following the expected pattern of high school graduates. I still get questions about what do I “really” want to do for the rest of my life or when will I be going to college. Some people don’t understand where I’m coming from and that’s okay. We all have our own ideas and opinions. This is God’s plan for me and I know that what I am doing is right for me and that is what ultimately matters.

I’m not sure what the future holds. I do hope that some day I can have a family of my own enjoy exploring the world with my kids! At some point, I may go to college or change careers, but for now this is my life and I could”t be happier!

5 Things Summer 2013

To help keep this summer fresh and fun, I came up with 5 things from Pinterest¬†that I want to try. My goal is to complete this list by the end of August. It probably won’t take that long, but I wanted to give myself plenty of time to complete it. After I try/do each thing, I’ll post pictures and commentary on the finished product. So, without further ado, here are my 5 Things to Try in Summer 2013.

1. Make and try a “Frosty” Protein Drink.

This one should be pretty fun and tasty. This drink is supposed to taste just like a Wendy’s Frosty. I’ve never had a Frosty, so I’ll just have to let you know if it tastes good or not.

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Source: http://mealsandmovesblog.com via Katie on Pinterest

2. Chalk a quote on my chalkboard with really cool lettering from this tutorial.

 I love my chalkboard and I also love typographyand fancy lettering. I am excited to learn how to do some cool new letters!

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Source: http://www.myvintagewindow.com via Katie on Pinterest

3. Crochet a cute bow.

I enjoy crocheting. I’m not an expert, but I’m fairly confident that I can pull off this bow.

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Source: abbyscrafts.blogspot.com via Katie on Pinterest

4. Make a plastic bag dispenser from and old wipes can.

This tutorial looks super fun and useful!

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Source: http://tatertotsandjello.com via Katie on Pinterest

5. Try the smokey eye look.

It might seem crazy, but I like to play around with eye make up and I’ve never worn this look before.

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Source: Media via Katie on Pinterest

If you are interested in learning more about a project, the link is located below the photo.

I can’t wait to get started with my summer projects! What are you doing this summer?

Friday!

Happy Friday! I am so thankful for two whole days off. I plan on resting up and enjoying this gorgeous weather! ūüôā

Today wasn’t the best of days. Sometimes the stress of life creeps in and crowds out the joyful moments. However, I am now lounging on the bed and enjoying the cool and refreshing evening breeze. I’m forgetting the bad of today and choosing to enjoy this beautiful evening – talking, laughing, and “Pinteresting” with my mama! ūüôā

While on Pinterest I found a little encouragement and humor to end the day…

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Source: http://www.ahouseinthehills.com via Katie on Pinterest

I found this pin particularly encouraging because that is exactly what I strive for. It’s a good reminder after a hard day. Even if all I ever take is small, manageable steps, I will eventually get somewhere and that is far better than never getting anywhere because I don’t do anything. Wow, that’s a mouth full, but I think its understandable. ūüėČ

And a bit more about not giving up…

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Source: flickr.com via Katie on Pinterest

Just one more…

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And because it was a stressful day, I think that  a little humor is in order!

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Source: Media-cache via Katie on Pinterest

Well, I’m back to pinteresting and relaxing. I hope that this post will encourage you to keep moving forward even if you had a hard day too!