August 28, 2015

The Unorganized Organizer

I feel like I am a pretty organized person. 
Until I look at all the areas I like to organize and realize that I am not really there...

I like and they are organized:

My pantry, fridge, and wine fridge are all very well organized. I can tell you if I have something or not and I always know where it is!

My hall closet and bathroom are very well organized. I know where everything is and what brands I have. I am not a huge collector of all things beauty.

My pictures on my computer are sorted by date and by topic so you can find anything you want.

My schedule in general. I am not late, I do not forget appointments and do pretty well on birthdays and happy hours. I schedule myself for work in a very well thought out way.

Meal planning. I am finally getting into a good rhythm with the meal planning. I have a monthly calendar and it has what we will be having. On nights I work, my husband cooks so I mark those ones and give him some pretty straight forward dishes to make. It helps that he doesn't avoid the kitchen like the plague. Only sad thing for me is that all his best and most amazing dishes are carb loaded: pizza, bread, mac and cheese, and chicken roll ups. Oh and he can also man the grill. I am lucky!

Memorabilia. You know, those things I can't throw away from school or sports and such. I have that organized really well!

My files. I know where all the information for cars, home, health, etc...all is. It is all easy to locate!

My closet. This is kind of a halfway organized thing, but I will put it on the list of things that are organized for me, because it is. It is my husband's stuff that I can't keep organized. I'm sorry, I should is his version of organized. ;-)

Gift ware and cards. Need a thank you note? Need a birthday card? Need red tissue paper? A blue gift bag? It is all organized by occasion and color!

And yet, even with all that, there are some things i just cannot get organized to save my life:

My craft supplies. Not that I really craft anyway, but it is a bit of a mess.

Exercising. Okay, so I know I don't need to organize this but rather just do it, but I do better if I have a plan to do something.  I hear it will come easier, but it is something I generally have no desire to do. That makes it harder to plan for sure! I did just join a gym so, so far so good on keeping on track!

My blog schedule is off and on in being in a good organizational swing.
Which by the way I should note is this: I realized that I was reading and researching more than I was actually doing. I'm not saying I stopped reading, but I am now implementing more ideas and breaking up my time management better.

I need to do a better job with my email inbox. I am slowly and surely getting there. My main thing is I feel I am slow at responding. :-/

Those last two are big ones. Any tips for me?! 
What do you struggle to get or keep organized?

August 26, 2015

Read This When You Are Having a Bad Day

I am happy when I eat yummy cheese
When I burst out laughing
When I discover a new song
When I finish a good book
When I wake up and feel relaxed

I am glad to have friends
Glad to have a family
Glad to have a home
Glad to have food when I am hungry
Glad to have hot water when I shower

I love being able to see the seasons change
Love having gifts at Christmas and my birthday
Love to travel sometimes
Love to have a good education

I am flattered when people compliment me
Flattered when people smile at me
Flattered when people are polite to me.

There are so many things that make life so simple and easy and I will always think about them more than all the bad things that happen to me.

I do not have time to be sad everyday nor ungrateful. I have every reason in the world to be happy.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

August 24, 2015

Focus on You

Taking care of yourself can be something we put on the backburner.
Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, things don’t always happen as we hoped and planned. 

Since tearing my ACL I have learned a huge lesson about the importance of taking care of myself, because there is no point in working if you aren't building a good life.

I have found that I have to focus to make everything happen. 
Remember this post? I have finally made it happen to start focusing and working on myself.

I need to have strength. I need to feel good about myself. I need to have energy. Otherwise, all my big and exciting plans can get pushed back on the backburner.

This doesn't mean I am successful everyday. Some days I kill it. I am on top of my game and doing work that feels crazy purposeful and super effective. Those are my favorite!

Some days, life gets in the way. We do our best to plan ahead, be prepared, and have systems in place but things fall apart.

All and all though, today I want to encourage you to remember to take care of you.

I have been doing that. So just know that on this blog, sometimes it takes me a couple days to reply to you but I love everyone's support in my quest for happiness in writing on this blog. I encourage you guys to do the same!

August 14, 2015

Seared Sea Scallops

I have always been a selective eater. (Read: picky) Lately though I have been trying to expand my palate. That includes seafood. I never want to eat anything that comes out of the sea besides canned tuna (yes, I know). But now as I am expanding into seafood, I have found that I like shrimp (unless you just dip it into cocktail sauce. Ew.)

My dad celebrates his birthday Sunday. This man will eat anything and shows his love by making you lots of food. He sometimes remembers what you like and dislike. He made me some bay scallops (cause he forgot that I didn't like seafood) and I was in heaven! I actually really liked them and ate a ton of them! I went home to recreate them and found that, like all things, I have expensive taste. 

BTW, I have never bought salmon before. What is a good price for it? 

Anyway, moving on. Scallops are easy to make but simple to ruin as well. I knew I needed to be perfect because well, I am too cheap not to be!

I dried them with a paper towel to take out some extra moisture. Then I sprinkled them with some salt and pepper and tossed them into a buttered hot skillet with a bit of olive oil. The trick is not to overcook them. I found that 1 to 1/2 minutes works best.

Really scallops are easy as one, two, three, and that is because there are three rules to cooking scallops:

2. Make sure they are not touching when the cook.
3. Serve immediately.

Happy Birthday Dad!
I bow to the master of cooking!

August 11, 2015

Is Nursing Right For You?

When I tell people I am a nurse, often times I hear "I could never do your job." I think some people assume my job is saving lives day in and day out. But generally there is a lot of dealing with people at their worst and trying to keep up with charting and tasks. Sometimes it is feast or famine. It is not a job where you can go and create work to do.

On the flip side, our job is more that just showing up and doing. We have to keep up with skills and new knowledge as there is constant revision. Medicine changes all the time and research is something I must do to be the best for my patients.  It is not the kind of job where you can learn it all from a textbook. You need to experience it to understand it. I have days where people have chest pain and it is nothing serious or try to come to the hospital to have a place to stay which are easier days for me. Then there are days where you get a patient who challenges you with medical complications and issues where every skill you have will be tested. These are the days that keep me coming back.

My average day in being at work is getting report and then doing additional research on all of my patients. Then I stock up and get what I need. There are days where I have time for lunch and days where I don't. There are days where I pee in privacy and days where people are paging me while using the restroom. 

You never will forget the hard cases. The ones where you save someones life, where you impact someones life...those days give you a feeling like no other. There are no words to describe those days. 

So when people say to me "I could never do your job" I tell them back "I could never do anything else."

What is your typical workday like?

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