Career Changes

Life, as of late, seems to be moving way to fast. Too many things happening. Not enough time. The usual, I know. But I am looking forward to a time where things can slow down a bit. At least, to savor a few more precious moments of my first pregnancy.

But before I start my next job as Mom, I’ve been thinking about changes in my career a lot lately. With my company being sold, it’s been heavy on my mind with what could be changing to my job in the near and distant future.

There are obvious changes that come with being acquired, but I have also thought a lot of about changes within my career as whole or even what would I do if I were to change careers entirely.

Now I feel like I should stop here because I just realized I have yet to update this on the blog.

I passed my board certification exam. #CanIGetAnAMEN

And for real. I found out I was pregnant about 2-3 weeks before I found out my test results. So, I knew I would not be able to retake the exam. The next testing window falls right on my due date. Not going to happen. 


Back to the story. So I don’t plan on jumping ship from physical therapy anytime soon. Or anytime at all. BUT, what if I did?

I have always been the type of person that knew what I wanted to do with my life. I paid my way through school, so it was financially prudent for me to figure it out and graduate on time.  In seven short long years, I became a PT.

When I left PT school, I thought I would be a PT for the rest of my working career.  Now? I am not so sure. I can whole heartedly tell ya that going back to school won’t be happening. Seven years was enough thank you very much. Plus, that student loan thing. So no thanks. But, I can easily see myself evolving into different roles and duties that may take me into a different direction than just being a clinician.

In the two years that I have been out of school, change has been a constant and good thing when it comes to my career. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

If I were to look into a crystal ball to see my future, I am not sure what I would see with my career. But that’s completely ok. I think being a working mom will be different than I imagined. I also can’t see myself NOT continuing to work, but what if something changes to where I have to stay home? Only time will tell.

It’s taken a planner like me some time to let go of having a map for my career. I am ready for whatever is coming next. Hopefully “next” includes some leggings and some hot chocolate. That sounds good right about now.

Currently (with some updates)

Halloween decor is in the stores right now. Halloween! As in the holidays, folks. When did that happen?

A few things to get you updated on what I’ve been doing…


…four years of marriage. Seems like just yesterday we were walking down the aisle. The years seem to be ticking away. In honor of our anniversary, we always get a cake from our wedding cake bakery. So good!

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…a little overwhelmed. It’s been an incredibly busy summer this year and I am really looking forward to slowing down a bit this fall.


…going on vacation in a few weeks. AV planned and surprised me with a trip coming up. He recently told me where we are going and I could not be more excited. NYC!! We are off to watch the world’s greatest tennis players at the US open!!

Working on

…house projects. All. The. Time. They just keep coming this year. We started off by refinishing our hardwood floors. Then we did a full bath remodel. And now we are replacing all our windows and baseboards as well as painting the entire house. There are plenty of other ‘little’ projects going on as well.  A sneak peak of the bathroom remodel!

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…a tiny human. Perhaps the biggest happening of them all…I am pregnant! Quickly approaching 16 weeks in fact. And for the last while,if you were wondering where I’ve been. Busy? Yes. But mostly..sleeping. Because who knew the first trimester could suck all the living energy out of you. So for the last 3 months, I have been sleeping as much as humanly possible.



I am so ready for fall to be here. Summer has felt like a never ending season this year. I am ready for boots. And leggings. And looking pregnant instead of just a little chubby.


Summer Time

Summer time…and the livin’ is easy not near a computer.


I don’t have anything ground breaking to say about that other than it’s summer. And busy. And blah blah blah.

But also, it’s been flippin’ hot in Seattle.  As in, multiple days in the 90+ category. And all you folks who live somewhere hotter who are thinking “so what!?”…well you can just stop right there. Cause us Seattleites can’t hack it in 90+ degree temperatures.

Too hot. AC units were selling out in seconds when stores would get them in. Fortunately for us, our neighbors gave us one….which was really cool. [<–see what I did there]

With my company going through a sale recently, a lot of my focus and energy has been on work and navigating the changes that will be coming my way with the new company.  Funny enough, the same time my company was sold, AV’s company acquired another company. I have to say, I’d rather do the buying than the being bought. Oh, well.

So I’ll keep it short and sweet today. But I really do promise I’ll be back soon, I have multiple posts in drafts coming out shortly! It wouldn’t be summer with a bunch of weekend getaways, which for this girl…means trips to Canada. My home and native land! I’ll leave ya with a picture of AV and I at his cousin’s wedding in Calgary, Alberta. Home of the Calgary Stampede, y’all!BTKP


Life Lately

Even though I’ve been back at the blog more often lately, I’m still having a hard time getting here multiple times per week. With summer weather already here in Seattle, it’s hard to say “no” to the outside in leui of this computer. Plus, the house projects won’t just do themselves.

I never want to paint again.

But I have also had a few things going on like my trip to Montana. I try to go every year in the spring/early summer. With everything that has gone on this year so far, I needed a “vacation”. Three days to Montana isn’t exactly a vacation in my book, but it was nice to see my parents and I love visiting there. So I’ll take what I can get.

In fact, I have only taken one vacation day in the last 6 and half months. And that was so I could study for my board exam. Now that wasn’t a vacation.

Speaking of that pesky exam, you know the one I took MARCH 9th…I get the results any day now. Any day. Any day now…

Not like they tell us a specific day or anything like “June 10th” (that would be too nice). Instead they post on the website that the results will be ready in June.  I can’t help but let it take up some of my daily brain power. Ugh.  It must be part of the torture. First a 7 hour exam. Then wait three months for the results. Then anxiously think about the results every day in June.

I check my email about 23542347 times a day. <—- That’s gotta be a reason why I haven’t been blogging as much. Chronic email checking.

What were talking about?

Montana. Far from physical therapy land and into to the land of big trucks, big sky and people who love to wave.

My no-dairy diet went up in flames when my parents bought me a dairy queen cake. #cantsayno

My parents house in general is where all diets go to die. But #yolo…or whatever.

I have also spent an excessive amount of time on craigslist as we are trying to finally finish furnishing our house. Which is expensive. Enter=Craigslist.

Except craigslist is anything but a walk in the park. Shopping on craigslist is somewhere between a recreation intramural sports league and a part time job.

To get the best stuff you have to check often, every day (or even more than once a day) and out compete the competition. Get there faster and offer $5 more.

Fortunately, which the email checking habit in full pursuit, I’ve also added in a daily CL scan for the items that we need to finish the house.

To finish off another completely random post, I leave you with some pictures from my trip to Montana including one of the cutest golden retrievers EVER.

Happy Golden Retriever

Happy Golden Retriever

Golden Retriever

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Back soon, promise.


There I was, just starting to settle in to my new job. Among the many changes in my life this year, my work place was one of them. Due to the fact that I already knew the “company policies” and the EMR systems, I was basically thrown into my new clinic straight into the deep end. Evaluating a ton of new patients at once. Which is tough for two reasons: (1) It’s hard to meet a bunch of new people at once and remember them/keep them straight and (2) it’s a lot of initial documentation.

No biggie. I got this. I work hard all the time. I can do this. 

While I hate to complain, it really was a kick in the pants for a few weeks. And as much as the company polocies are the same, every clinic has it’s own culture and flow…which I was trying to mesh in with. Which isn’t hard…it’s just new.

Once I got through the frenzy of filling up my case load, I really was starting to feel comfortable. Like this was my new “work home”. I was glad I made the choice to transfer and my commute is much much better.

No more work changes for a while, I thought.


And that’s when I walked into work on Tuesday after Memorial day to find that we were having an impromptu work meeting. Booked appointments were going to be cancelled.

Say what? Our company won’t cancel an appointment for anything other than the PT being ill.

Well, as I thought almost immediately when I heard of the meeting, my company had been sold.

Sold. This little PT company that I have grown to love so much was sold and acquired by a much larger company.

Just when I thought things were going to settle down for a bit…wrong.

More changes coming to my life as I start seeing my work life change once again. I have hope that this acquisition will bring challenge and growth to my career so that I can continue to improve and work toward my goals.

The blessing in all of this is that I don’t fear job-loss. My job title is what creates revenue for the company, so they are not firing any PTs. Silver linings people, that’s all I’ve got.

2015, you’ve been a doozy so far. A doozy.

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