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.


Sold

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.

Wrong.

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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Back from being a slacker (again). I’m now officially another year older and with that, a few ramblings from a girl who is 28.

  1.  Being a planner is in my soul. Every time I read a pintrest quote about spontaneity being the key to happy life…I think clearly this doesn’t apply to me. Love-me a good plan.
  2. Working on my house is the most rewarding process. And I mean process. Not project. Because a project has an end and working on my house…well I can guess there will never be an end.
  3. The Vancouver Canucks are trying to kill their fan base. I’m convinced. What other explanation could there be for losing with a 3 goal lead in an elimination game?  I don’t care about hockey anyway. #denial
  4. Four= The number of years AV and I have been married.
  5. Change is hard, but good. I am fiercely loyal, so I love what I love. But also, I am learning to roll with the changes.
  6. I have no clue why people sun tan. The more we can embrace the paleness, the better. Seriously, lather up people,  protect your skin!
  7. It’s hard to determine when to say “yes” and when to say “no”. I will always be trying to find this balance.
  8. I embrace the crazy cat lady life. I am a self-proclaimed “dog person” but somehow ended up with 2 cats. Whom I love. You can follow them on instagram at #btkpcats.
  9. I have been a practicing PT for 2 years. TWO YEARS. Time is flying.
  10. Speaking on time, it keeps going by faster and faster. Especially when you go to grad school. I started school at 18 and I turn around and I’m 26.  Where did the years go!?
  11. We are on a list here in Seattle to adopt a golden retriever.  We are patiently waiting for a call to be placed with a dog.
  12. Saving money is so important in your 20s. I often think about if I am doing enough to reach our goals. We have been using YNAB to keep our family on budget.
  13. Since graduating with my DPT, I have taken 10 continuing education classes and sat for board certification. I just decided to jump in the deep end and go all out. Why not?
  14. I love that my parents are retired, they totally deserve it. But I wish time would slow down for them, I don’t want them to get any older.
  15. I recently (in the last few months) have made the decision to give up dairy. I am not perfect, but I’m working on it. It’s been rough, to say the least.  The reason why? It make’s my allergies insane. No stomach issues, just sneezing and congestion. It’s the worse.
  16. This post is getting kinda lengthy. I apologize. Maybe in my 29th year I will work on writing shorter posts. Maybe.
  17. AV and I both have started new jobs this year. Only a day apart.
  18. I think there should be cell-phone etiquette classes when you buy a cell phone.
  19. Being a healthcare provider is both extremely rewarding and insanely crushing. Being able to help people as a PT is one of the best things in my life. But being a healthcare provider comes with a slew of scrutiny and the inability to make everyone happy. It can be tough.
  20. I get to be a bridesmaid again this year! I love being a part of someone’s wedding. I think it’s incredibly special. And for the third time I will be walking down the isle in support of a friend. And for the third time, I will be wearing a grey bridesmaid dress. Seriously…they were all grey.
  21. I am so glad I decided to start this blog last year. Even though I have been a total slacker lately, I am happy that I have this space. And I actually do have drafts in place. I just need to finish them.
  22. Life has never been busier. Cue the “Zzzz’s” that been around the blog lately.
  23. I have been to home depot about 50 times so far this year. It’s too much. Too much.
  24. I am not great about picking out paint colors. Or anything art/decorative related. Hence the many paint samples.
  25. I find out the results of my board exam within a matter of weeks. I freak out (internally) when I think about it. So I don’t think about it.
  26. AV and I still have so much furniture to buy.  If a winning lottery ticket could fall out of the sky that would be great. Any time now…
  27. All these grown-up problems aren’t really problems, ya know. Who say’s you need living room furniture?
  28. Cheers to getting old but feelin’ young!

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Change, A 20-Something’s Best Friend

I’m officially heading toward “late 20’s” this week. No longer can I pull off “I’m in my mid-20’s”. Which is a bummer, but also… kinda good?

I think I’ll look back on my mid-20s one day, and think of it as nothing but exams, studying, and flipping out because I had no clue as to what I was doing as an intern.

So I’ll happily leave my era of graduate student and new professional into a time of DINK-hood and grown-up adventures.

More now than ever before, I look around at my friends (including fellow bloggers) and realize that people are really hitting their groove of happiness.  It’s as if the late-20s is a time of new-found happiness.

It feels good to be part of that trend. I too, feel like I am the happiest I have ever been.

Which, at the same time,  also feels a bit ridiculous for me to even say that.

AV and I are far from settled in our house. Currently, we could host a yoga class in our living room because we barely have any furniture. We’re taking this opportunity to get really good at our stretches and handstands?

We are absolutely working our butts off at our new jobs. It’s a lot of work to start new somewhere else. To prove yourself. To get “up and running” so-to-speak.  It’s exhausting. But also…empowering.

Owning a new house (that needs a lot of work) is not only a money-suck but also a time-suck. Obviously. Everyone and their mom has told me this. I know it.  For a few months, I was going to Home Depot 2+ times per week. EVERY WEEK.  It was out of hand. But after my exam, I was determined to keep the ball rolling on all our projects. I convinced myself that I was enjoying it, but when AV cut me off and told me to “not spend any money at HD for a little bit”…I was more than relieved. A break.

Change has been a big part of my 2015 so far. Back at the beginning of this year, I wrote a post on how my word of the year was “Create”. If only I knew then, what I know now, I should have picked the work “Change”.

Create. Change. They are starting to sound like the same thing in my book. Perhaps even a little like chaos.

One of the only consistencies through all of this, is the fact that AV and I are still married. Which I can understand now why people joke about remodeling causing divorces. Seriously though. Remodeling an only bathroom was rough.

While all this change has been “good” things, it’s can be stressful to handle it at the same time too. I’m learning to not fear change. I embrace it. I figure, at this point in my life, I would be crazy to not. Stepping out of my comfort zone has only brought rewards far greater than comfort of staying inside the box would have.

Most importantly, this change, has been a pivotal part of my happiness in my life. I really never have been happier. Life has this way of working out differently, even with the best of plans.

Rather than forcing change, I just have to keep learning to let it happen. Which is tough for a planner like me. But I have to say, sitting on the floor, totally exhausted has never felt so good.

 

 

 


On Blogging For a Year

In the midst of my blogging hiatus, I actually hit my blogging anniversary. Or as they say so lovingly in the blogosphere…a blogoversary.

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When I set out to start this blog a year ago, I had no clue what I was doing.  I am happy to report that a year in, I have slightly more than a clue as to what I am doing. And that’s ok.

The blogosphere can be a bit intimidating. In a sea of fashion and lifestyle bloggers talking about clothes and DIY, here I am talking about how to kick ass and take names.

Which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s also not a very common thing either. Again…there’s good and bad about having a blog that’s a bit different.

What I am most proud of was how quickly I was to commit to this space. I wrote 150 posts in the last year. Pretty dang good, if I say so myself. Especially considering how I have dropped the ball over the last month.  I am thrilled that I have been able to connect with the blogging community and have “met” some great ladies with fabulous blogs.

As much as I still don’t have a clue as to what I am doing, I have also learned a lot about blogging.

So. many. things. Which maybe I’ll write a post about, but let’s be real. I probably won’t. Because I hate writing about blogging. But I will say this:

What I am absolutely the most surprised at is how easy it is to make money with blogging. No really, I think it is. At the same time, it is a lot of work. For me, making money was never a goal with this space so I take it as it comes. But with the countless opportunities there are in the blogging world, really, the ways to make a few bucks are endless and have been pretty easy.  I know I will continue to learn and grow with blogging as the years go by and I look forward to seeing where this space takes me. Or I take it? It’s hard to tell sometimes… :)

To wrap  up my blogging anniversary,  I’ll leave you with my five most popular posts from the last year to catch up if you are new around here… as well as my favorite blogs to read!

Top 5 Popular Posts

Negotiating Your Salary: The ‘How’ and ‘Why’ to Do It

Negotiating Salary: The WHY and HOW to do it | www.beyondthekhakipants.co | @Beyond the Khaki Pants

Defining Your Success

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5 Pieces of “20-Something Advice” That I’ve Never Taken

5 Pieces of "20 Something Advise" that I've Never Taken |www.beyondthekhakipants.com

Test Taking Tips- How I Got Into the 90th Percentile

Test Taking Tips: How I got into the 90th Percentile!

Refinishing Our Hardwood Floors- The Before and After

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And because blogging is this fabulous community filled with wonderful women, here are my five favorite blogs (in no particular order) that I have grown to love reading consistently (and you should too!) over the last year:

Living In Yellow– Erin does a nice job of keeping it real in her posts with a hilarious sense of relatability and great photographs. If you’ve never read Living In Yellow (have you been living under a rock!?) start with her “about me”, it’s adorable!

A Sorta Fairytale: Mandy is a local blogger to the Seattle area so I love reading about her adventures around town. Her blog is great for Mom’s and non-Mom’s alike. Recently, I won my very first giveaway ever with her blog and won a $50 credit to Stitch Fix! Major score!! I love her relatability, even though our lives are so different! Go check her blog out NOW :)

East &– Nadine blogs a little about everything, which I love. Probably because we are close in age, both live in the city, and have an unfailing love for golden retrievers, I find a lot of her content as if I could have written it myself! I love her blog design as she keeps things clean and simple. Go check our her blog to read about her journey to her wedding early next year!

 

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