I am the proud Mom of four grown son’s. I am blessed to be called Nana by my beautiful 4-year-old granddaughter. I am also Cat Mom to Sunny & Stormy, also known as “The Weather Boyz” They have their own Instagram page. (-:
I am originally from Massachusetts, growing up and living most of my life in the city of Lynn. Yes, “Lynn, Lynn. The City of Sin…” I spent much of my teen years, playing on the beaches of Lynn, Swampscott and Nahant. Great memories. I miss the beach and the pretty falls there…but not the winter’s. Brrr.
I moved to Ohio in February of 1990 and now have spent more than half of my life here. As I said, I miss the beach, and I do miss family and friends, but there are so many things that I do love and enjoy about Ohio. But just like any place, there are the good things and the bad things. Ohio has its share of both.
Aside from getting married and becoming a mother, I aspired to better myself in order to better take care of my family. I wanted to do something that would allow me to be able to help others. I had always thought that nursing would be a good field for me, as I have always tried to help others.
I started the Practical Nursing program in the fall of 2002. Due to unnecessary family drama and stress at home, I did not successfully pass to the next quarter of the program. While I waited till the next fall to rejoin the nursing class, I completed training, finishing top of my class, and became a Certified Phlebotomist Tech in September of 2003. I never worked in this field as I was taking this class to gain the experience while trying to desensitize myself of my fears that I had about being around needles. (I HATE needles) I then completed the Practical Nursing program and I passed the Ohio Board of Nursing licensure to become a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN in September of 2004.
In July of 2012, I had completed training with the Ohio Advocate Network and became a Registered Advocate which allowed me to help serve those victimized by crimes such as domestic violence. This allowed me to volunteer my time with my local domestic violence program and shelter. I was also taking trainings and volunteering with my local county chapter of the Red Cross. I was part on their Disaster Action Team (DAT) responding to local crisis, and assisting with local blood drives.
In 2008, after some more bad family drama, my son’s and I started our lives over. Once settled, I started back to school full-time at Ohio University at the Chillicothe campus. Since I had my LPN, I applied and was accepted into the LPN-to-RN bridge program. This allowed me to get credit for the first year of the two-year Associate degree in nursing. I graduated in late 2011. I became a Registered Nurse, RN in 2012.
In January of 2014, I started working on my Bachelor’s degree through Ohio University’s (Athens) RN-to-BSN online curriculum. At this time, I still have only one class left to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. Technically I have two classes left to complete, but the one Nursing class I have left, my “Capstone ” class, is one of the classes that is accepted to fulfill that other class requirement. Many things have prevented me from completing this last class, but it is up there on my list of things that I NEED to get done this year.
At this very moment, January 15, 2018, I am not currently working due to injuries I sustained after being assaulted by a patient in June of 2016. At this time, I will not elaborate on my injuries nor comment about my employer or my injury claim as everything is still active and everything has been a battle since day one. It has been a very rough 19 months.
My intent for this blog is to share with you the crazy adventures I have with the “Boyz”, as they NEVER fail to keep ME entertained, as well as the happiness and joy my family bring to me. I would also like to share with you my journey towards better physical and mental health. My plan is to work towards de-cluttering my life in order to lead a more minimalistic lifestyle and find peace and hopefully some joy in my life. I hope to be able to find a decent and reliable Class-C RV or tow-behind camper so that the “Boyz” and I can travel, visit friend’s, family and explore our beautiful country and meet some new friends along the way.
I thank you for checking my page out and I hope you come along for the ride. =^..^=