There are several things I wish I knew earlier in life that could have helped with so many things or a lesson learned.
Couponing was something I thought only the “pros” could do and that even saving a few cents on some items wouldn’t make a huge difference. I actually accidentally stumbled across couponing about five years ago when I was expecting my fourth child. He was due around the holidays and it was initially to save money on Christmas presents. However, couponing isn’t what it was back when I started back in 2012, it’s become more mainstream and almost everyone “knows how”.
Now, that I’ve been doing it for a long time I’ve just now recently ran out of things like paper towels and toilet paper. Which has lasted us YEARS with even a little bit of a stock I had. It’s also helped us when we’ve fallen on hard times with little to no money. I haven’t “extreme” couponed in a while but whenever I see a good deal I do plan on stocking up on items I can get for a good price or even free.
When I first heard of the word blogging, I thought it was basically like a diary. When the word “blog” first came around it was just that an online diary of your life. Since then blogging has grown to mean lots of things; influential men and women blogging (or writing) about what they are knowledgeable about.
I wished people realize that bloggers do not work for free or just get “free” stuff. We really do have to work for those items we get for free and it’s not easy by any means. Statistically, most new bloggers burn out in 6 months, mostly by trying to do too much in too little time.
What I wanted to do with the rest of my life
When I was younger I was dead set on being a teacher, as I grew my interests changed and I wanted to be a singer. Knowing that being a singer is not a realistic career goal, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer. There was something about the law that interests me, I am still very knowledgeable about the law in some ways. It would be cool to be a lawyer and make bookoo bucks! LOL!
I first developed an interest in becoming a nurse when I had my first child, seeing everything the nurses do really inspire me and I thought it was the most amazing thing to do is help someone out to help bring a child into this world. I had my “calling” when my father was passing, it was so sad to see him there helpless. We weren’t really able to understand the whole situation from a medical standpoint and being per swayed by the doctors to do what they thought was right. I truly believe that it wasn’t his time to go and we could have done more to keep him alive, but that’s another story. Now, I want to be an RN and work with pregnant women, babies, and children. Who wouldn’t want to play with little kids or babies all day and make them feel special when they’re sick?
Even now, my passions have changed; after working a year in the medical field as a nurse’s aid I realized that maybe nursing isn’t for me (at least geriatrics). I think some nurses need a real backbone to these residents/patients because if you don’t they will use your sympathy and twist it. I do feel truly sad that those who don’t have family visiting them. I would love to work now with a public relations or marketing firm as now I have many years of experience working on this blog.
That death is totally unexpected
Death is really unexpected at times, you can never really predict when someone is going to pass. Often times you’re left blindsided and confused; it raises all sorts of questions like why. I’ve experienced three unexpected deaths, all closely related in time.
I never personally experienced a death until my father passed, I have, however; been to a funeral but not someone who I really knew or even was related to. I think my father’s death and a funeral was a realization that how life is short and you only live once. Within maybe 5 years of my father’s death I lost both my grandmothers, but getting back to my dad he was really young when he passed and was seemingly in good health. He was, however; battling a bad habit, addiction if you must that ultimately was what killed him. Death can happen at any time to anyone regardless of age, illness or race. It’s important to live your life to the fullest because you never know when it will be your last.
Who your “REAL” friends are
Growing up, I didn’t have many friends; and really up until I say fourth grade is when I started to “open up” more. I am very introverted and shy around new people; which means moving to different grades and schools every few years means lots of changes. When I did have friends, a lot of them we’re the opposite sex believe it or not. I’m not sure if girls were afraid of me or just didn’t like me because I didn’t fit in with them. I didn’t have the most stylish clothes or the name brand shoes. In some ways, I guess you could say I was “tomboyish” however, I did like getting my hair done and wearing dresses.
When I was in fourth grade, that’s when I started making my first set of female friends; many of which I am still in contact with today. We all were friends throughout high school, however; graduating high school really changes things. Maybe not so much today but in my millennial world before social media, it was difficult to keep in touch with friends. It wasn’t until the invention of social media sites like Facebook; where we all were able to reconnect with each other.
Once everyone graduates from high school everyone goes their separate ways and those whom you thought were your friends suddenly aren’t. Those who you used to turn to for words of wisdom and you can do it attitude is gone. See high school is a really a changing experience, you can be friends with the same people all throughout school but once people age and mature you realize who they really are. Sometimes it’s not a big change, sometimes it is.
It is important to keep your circle small and keep the friends you really do trust with your deepest, darkest secrets in that circle. Sure you can be “friends” with them; maybe more like associates but just realize when you’re in need your real friends will be there to back you up and those who are fake will be in the dust.