Change is in the Wind

My lovelies…

I had not intended to be out of the scene for so long; I have had my hands in a little bit of everything this holiday season! When I left you last, I was headed off to take an insurance course. The class was wonderful, and I learned SO much! A much needed “vacation” from my daily grind. It just so happened that during that week it was time to renew our insurance policies. It was crazy timing! I understood absolutely everything that the agent discussed with me…FIRST TIME EVER!

Learn Something New Every Day

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On that first day of class I was convinced that I had made a horrible mistake! I was a blubbering idiot compared to the rest of the class (as they were already working in the industry), and low and behold, the first topic we tackled was the Tennessee state laws. NOT my forte, let me tell you! As each day passed though, I grew a little more comfortable in my abilities, and ultimately, became a sponge for knowledge. Learn something new everyday, that’s what I always say. Since class has ended, I have been reviewing my handwritten flash cards ( in excess of 1,000), and am nearing my comfort level to proceed further and take the exam to become a licensed agent. I took a mock exam a few days ago which consisted of 569 questions, and I scored a 95. I would have scored even higher than that if I had not fat thumbed some of the answers.

In addition to my diligent studying, I have been preparing for a memorable and joyous Christmas with my family, and have been stocking our home with delicious treats which come but once a year. Our Christmas was an absolute success, and everyone was surprised and overjoyed with their gifts.

My grandson Maddox turned one yesterday, and has been battling with RSV. I pray that the doctors can find the right medications to give our precious little bundle of joy to provide him the much needed comfort he so deserves.

Change is in the Air

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Also, during my absence from WordPress, I was offered (and have accepted) a position at the hospital in the next town over. I will begin my training on January the 9th. I have enjoyed my time teaching these past 11 years, and have formed some amazing friendships with not only my co-workers, but with my employers and their families as well. As much as I hate to leave, this is a wonderful opportunity, another open door, that I just cannot pass by. I pray that this transition be a smooth one that will enable me to get even closer to my ultimate goals in life. With love and support from my family and friends, I know that I will be successful!

I trust that each of you are happy, healthy, and loving life, and that great things are happening in your day to day. I have TRULY missed our interactions! As we move towards a new year, I wish you all the peace and prosperity that life has to offer. May 2017 be an unforgettable year for us all!

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Krista’s World

Hi my loveys; I have some fantastic news to share with you this evening!

First, the Go Fund Me campaign (A New Lease on Life) that I organized for my husbands dental work has received 3 donations so far! Casey, Stephanie, and Linda, Thank you SO much for your contributions!!! Your generosity is truly appreciated! Also, quite a few of you have been sharing the link for this campaign on your blogs and on various social media sites, and I wanted to take this opportunity to express just how much I appreciate your help in getting the word out. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together!

Second, I have been saying since this time last year that 2016 was GOING to be MY year! Those who have followed along beside me on this journey can attest that this just has NOT been the case, despite my optimistic and hopeful outlook. At every single turn, conflict and obstacles ( A LOT of which I have not shared) have plagued my path. But, I believe that the tides are FINALLY beginning to shift.

Nose in the Books

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A fantastic opportunity presented itself to me (an open door if you will) this past week, and I wasn’t EVEN going to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I pounced on it! Things like this never happen to me, so you can imagine just how psyched I am! I have been given the chance to enhance my knowledge by attending a certification course. I am thoroughly excited for this newest chapter in my life, and am anxious to see what may develop next. Investing in yourself is ALWAYS a smart idea! I will be attending class all next week, so if it takes me a while to get back with you, please forgive me. My nose will be in the books. Wish me luck…

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend, and that you will create memories that will last a lifetime!

Tell All Tuesday Series: Change

Q-Are you scared of change?

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A-The prospect of change does frighten me to a certain extent, but without change in one’s life, reality continues on status quo. Change always brings about all of the pros and cons of a given situation. “What if this happens, or that?” “What if I don’t fit in…don’t like it…aren’t capable of performing…it ends up not being a good fit/match?” You can what if a situation to death, but if you are unhappy in your current situation, you owe it to yourself to take that leap and see where it takes you. If that particular situation isn’t the right fit, keep looking. We set our own boundaries, and unless we want to subject ourselves to a miserable existence for the remainder of our lives, we should take that opportunity and all that it entails. It just may be the door we have been searching for all along.

When I first established my 5 year plan, I took a leap into the unknown. A few people backed my decision, but the majority were like, “Aw, that’s nice Krista…Good luck.” Secretly waiting for the moment I would get tired of chasing after my dream. I introduced myself to the world of Social Media which I was clueless about. I put together a ton of crafts and started my Etsy shop. I did the research and figured out how to develop my blog. I created a few videos and threw them on YouTube. Even though they are amateur in quality, it was a starting point that I could grow and learn from. I pump out as much material as I possibly can to each of my outlets while tending to the responsibilities of my every day obligations. Do I get tired? YES!!! Do I ever feel like throwing in the towel and resuming a normal life? YES!!! I take breaks when my mind goes into overload, but I refuse to shove my dreams to the back burner! I’ll “keep on, keepin on” as Joe Dirt would say. Eventually, my long awaited door will appear.

Chasing down a dream is the hardest work I have ever known, but I know that all the hard work will, in time, pay off, and the best part is, I will have EARNED it all on my own! Change is inevitable in our lives. You can approach it with hesitation and fear, or you can welcome it with open arms. Me? I’ll choose the second option ANY day!!!

How about you?  Are YOU scared of change?