Birthdays are a tricky thing for me. I want to be really excited about birthdays, because it’s a day dedicated to you. But then the pessimist in me always thinks “another year older, and what do you have to show for it?” Don’t you feel like every year you are racing the clock to make the year memorable? That way, you can look back and think “Oh yah…that’s what I accomplished when I was 27”. Yes, it’s safe to say that I wasn’t really looking forward to 28.
But that’s stupid.
While 27, I accomplished a lot.
- I graduated from college.
- I got my braces off.
- I got accepted into not one, but two different chiropractic schools.
- I found a way to manage my migraines.
- My husband and I finally finished decorating the bedroom.
- We celebrated 5 years of marriage.
- I kayaked for the first time.
- We were lucky to attend two beautiful weddings.
- Andrew and I went on quite a few weekend get-a-ways.
And that’s just barely scratching the list.
So, why am I having an issue?
I guess it is because I feel stuck.
As you know (or may not know), I’ve put chiropractic school on the back burner for right now. Why, you ask? Well, I’m still mentally exhausted from school. The thought of going back and taking my final science classes makes me want to cringe. Not only that, I really just don’t want to take on the debt. At this point, I owe about 25,000 for my Bachelor’s Degree. That alone is giving me anxiety, the thought of adding 200,000+ on to that seems insane to me. As much as I love Chiropractic, I don’t want Andrew and I to spend our lives just paying off debt and not really enjoying what we’ve accomplished. That seems crazy to me.
So the game plan is that we’re going to take every penny that we have and through it at our debt, and start saving whatever we can towards education. If I can pay for it without adding any extra student loans, it will make the education and time spent at Palmer THAT MUCH BETTER.
Plus, renting out our house will actually MAKE us money rather than just robbing Peter to pay Paul.
Making that decision has made feel stuck for the time being though, because we had a plan to move in the summer of this year and that has all changed. It’ll take years to get there, but I’d rather do it right than regret rushing into it financially.
I knew in order to reach any goals of paying off debt, I’d have to find a new job. Yes, for more money – but more importantly, for my sanity. I’ve been at my job for almost 8 years now, and I’m kind of burnt out from that too.
Since I walked across the stage and put my tassel from one side to the other, I’ve been out looking for a job. I’ve gone on interviews, but nothing really clicked.
Until February 25th, when I got offered my dream job.
Come March 17th, I’ll be doing reconciliation for a national hair care brand.
COULD THAT BE ANY MORE PERFECT?
My love of research, data, and beauty products all wrapped into one.
When I got the call, I finally felt unstuck. There was movement towards our goal. It’s safe to say that I’m extremely excited to start the next chapter at my new job.
Once the feeling of “stuck” was shed, it was time to party down for the birthday.
Luckily for me, Andrew is amazing and already had a surprise birthday planned. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Loved ones, food, a huge bonfire, tunes, hookah, and Guinness and Framboise.
What more could a girl ask for?