I get asked all the time how I “gave up” nursing, or working with my masters degree as a nurse practitioner.
And the truth is, I didn’t “give it up”, I love nursing, but for the season of life I was in, I was exhausted with it.
I was sad having to leave my babies & miss out on bedtime routines. I was sad seeing them cry every time I left. Leaving for work wasn’t easy for me. I was sad always working opposite shifts as my husband and having limited time off with him.
I was exhausted, physically & mentally. We were living pay check to pay check. We had SO much debt ($120,000 to be exact in just student loans & credit cards!) and for me, I couldn’t even calculate up my debt bc it seemed impossible to ever get rid of it!
For me- it would’ve been a dream if there was another way to make some extra money, so maybe that I could work one less shift at the hospital and be home with my babies one extra day. So maybe we could take a vacation paid in cash without having to make monthly payments for it.
For me- if I could have the sheer glimpse that maybe I could actually live debt free, that sounded amazing.
So I didn’t “give up” nursing. The seasons just changed and different things found me, for the perfect seasons in my life ❤️ this business gave me hope. It showed me that I could work less at the hospital, or even more come home full time if that’s what my heart wanted. It showed me that debt doesn’t have to be apart of my life and with hard work there’s hope (and I tackled allll that debt in a year!). It showed me who Jesus is!!! It showed how to DREAM big audacious dreams, but not just dream them, how to make them a reality!
It showed me I could control my time and not have someone else dictate my schedule. It showed me I can control my finances and create any paycheck my heart desires. It showed me so so much more.
T E N M O N T H S !!! Truth be told I am late... at 10 months old baby girl you are becoming so clever! You are very aware of people around you and always seeking attention from people around you. I can’t go down the shops without you capturing peoples hearts and attention. You look for mum and dad and you cry if we leave the room, you have us wrapped around your little finger. You have a good throw and if you don’t like or want to eat something you shake your head or push it away. You’ve begun sticking out your tongue all the time! Before turning 10 months old you weren’t crawling or able to move around much, shortly after is a different story. Your favourite food is still yogurt. Keep on being the cheeky, clever and happy little bubba that you are! I am just loving every stage 🌻💕😍 #ariagracebrown#mamasgirl#mysunflower#bloombabybloom#tenmonthsold#cleverbubba#daddysprincess#myminime#cheeky
I never wanted to share my mom.. her attention.. her love.. i wanted it all for myself.. because.. she is the only true love of my life.. Men? What men? They come and go.. they wanna stay they stay, they wanna leave? i will leave them first. Even my siblings knew that i am too spoilt by mama, though i am the eldest.. Giving her away to another person.. (my now father) was difficult.. but whats important is her happiness... whatever makes her happy.. so i hope that man right there take care of her well... because i will be watching like a hawk.. just look at my face here explains all.. #wedding#happiness#mamasgirl#love#life#live
This one makes me so proud! Two of the early years workers at holiday club commented on how good her speech was, one of them even said it was beautiful ☺ well i said it should be considering she never shuts up 🤣 she even talk in her sleep some nights 😂
Organizing my office and tackling my “neat piles of chaos” and ran across this note...definitely the best birthday gift this year. Karoline Ellory, you have my 💜 forever. #2019#daughtersareawesome#mamasgirl#minime
I love my boys something fierce...but this little girl, there's something different about a mommy/daughter bond. I pray that I can guide her to be just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside ❤❤❤
Filling our life with love for one week already 💕
8th grade! Wasn’t she JUST in elementary school?!! 😭
She had a great 1st day; friends running up and hugging her this morning and yelling “Izzy” across the quad...was way cute.
And even though she didn’t NEED me to walk her over and get her class schedule....she still let me....FOR ME. There weren’t very many 8th grade parents on campus this morning BUT she didn’t seem too embarrassed to have me there. 🥰
And So I sent my lil boo baby into the sea of other kids today....and i didn’t walk her to her first class (so she could go with her friends) and i didn’t wave to her from the gate like i always do.....but my mama heart did...from the car......as she’s started her first day of her last year of middle school. 😭
🌸 Ready Confetti 🌸
Last night Rhian's teachers gave them a gift to welcome them to their class... in it was "ready confetti" to put under their pillow to help them have sweet dreams and get good rest the night before their first day 🌚🌞🌠.
She was so excited to pick out a few pieces of confetti to place ever so gently under her pillow. What a sweet gesture. I can't believe my baby will be in PreK tomorrow. Pretty sure I will be shedding tears and drowning myself in all the oils for emotional support 🤣😭.
With a little spec of hustle💃🏼I have a very hard time fighting my futurist mindset... I’m always making 1,5,10 year plans and then working goals around those plans. That doesn’t leave my brain open often for “in the moment” attention. Ugh the good stuff is so in the moment though! I’m here for it! 🙋🏼♀️
My big girl is still excited to wake up and go to school every day! And when I pick her up we talk about how much we missed each other and if she had fun. I am such a blessed mama💛
Still aggressively soaking up summer vibes! We don’t start school for another couple weeks! 🙌🏻this mama is here for it! I’ve made a really major effort to not grind on work this summer and after 12 years I’m slowly learning it’ll be okay! I’m still a little eye twitchy but a break never hurt anyone!
Poor Bailey gets girl talk and love weather the old girl is trying to sleep or not! She knows everyone’s secrets! 😏
Salty hair in all its glory! We are back home from our last summer camping trip! It was all things perfect! New friends, bonfires, s’mores, bike rides, movie nights in the sand and all the sun! ☀️