So after my last post, someone asked me what expectations I had dropped that resulted in the Universe smiling on me. I hadn’t realized that the way I wrote that sentence had made it sound like I had lowered my standards. Far from it.
I have a dear friend who constantly reminds me that expectations decrease joy. Not only am I setting myself up for disappointment if I create expectations (most especially if they remain unvoiced) of life and the people in it, I am limiting my experience by those expectations. When I let go of the expectations, it allows the Universe to surprise me and give me exactly what I needed, even if it isn’t exactly what I thought I wanted. It’s a lesson that bears repeating, because I frequently forget.
Dropping expectations is not the same as lowering standards. Lowering standards usually means accepting behaviour or treatment that is unhealthy. I’ve had enough lessons in my life about the pain of lowering standards. I truly hope I’ve learned that one for good. Dropping the expectations just allows more happiness, and more wonderful surprises, in life.
Well, I looked up and it’s December. I couldn’t believe the last post I made was in May. So here’s a post to close out the year, since I have plans for New Year’s Eve, and probably won’t be writing again until after the new year.
As my friends will tell you, I have always had a disdain for yard work. My frequent quote was “I hate Outside” from Logan’s Run. Between allergies and an intolerance for heat I’ve avoided yard work as much as humanly possible. While I was working and going to school full time, I was able to justify hiring my yard work done. Now that I have more free time than extra money, I’ve decided that it’s just time for me to learn to like it, and maybe even learn to love it. So this morning I went out with the goal of getting my front yard at least presentable and non-citation-able. Continue reading
My first year as a nurse is starting off pretty well. I have management and preceptors that are doing a lot to help me succeed at my first job out of school. No place is perfect, but I think I ended up in a good place for me to start out. My patients are a challenge for me, and being in an ICU setting, I get to focus on 2 or 3 patients as opposed to some of the staffing ratios I’ve seen for other settings.
So here are my first entries in the “Things I’ve Learned as a First Year Nurse.” Continue reading
I hadn’t realized it had been so long since I posted anything about what has been going on in my life. So here’s the update. Continue reading
As if my life weren’t chaotic enough… we added a new family member this week. Say hello to Kaylee (formerly named Tinkerbelle.) Continue reading
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I’ve been trying to catch up with my YouTube subscriptions, which means I watched a lot of zeFrank. I still think he’s absolutely brilliant. Some days, his vlog entry is light-hearted and amusing. Some day’s it’s not, and it resonates with me. This time, it’s his entry “Dealing with Rejection.” It’s talking about college applications, but it spoke to me on other levels as well. Continue reading