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a few little thoughts

I have an announcement to make.

It’s the weekend.

And that is exciting.

The first week of the new semester is long gone. Before I know it Christmas Vacation will be here. That’s just how it goes . . . a blink of an eye and a season is over. Before I get carried away in the momentum of Fall and homework, I wanted to think about and write down some  things about my new direction in life. Just so that I can take a peek at this post when the weight of the semester is pressing down upon me and remember why I’ve taken this road!

I am leaving the healthcare industry because . . .

. . . my first glimpse of work in the field has been a most sour experience. Unfortunate but true. There’s a solid possibility I will not be accepted into PA school and I am not going to risk working in this level of healthcare the rest of my life. Nor am I willing to keep other aspects of my life on hold for another attempt at admission to then start a 2 year program.

. . . I realized this past year that my passion with science lies in learning and teaching. I don’t want to do “science” as a professional anymore, at least not by doing research or practicing medicine.

. . . it does not involve the kind of creativity I thrive on. I thought that being challenged and thinking critically was a form of creativity that was enough for me, but I’ve discovered that I need to make and see and inspire truly beautiful things, like art and passions and imaginations.

. . . I don’t envision being able to maintain a healthy body, a healthy marriage, healthy friendships, or healthy hobbies while working in emergency medicine, the type which I would be most interested in practicing. Four years of undergrad has made me very, very familiar with my limits, and I know if I continued down this path, I would be faced to choose between my career and the rest of my life. I’m not looking for a career with less stress, just a different kind of stress.

. . . I am enjoying a nearly debt free lifestyle with my husband.

. . . I would like to have the opportunity be a stay at home mom and not feel like it would be impossible for me to re-enter and catch up in my field.

. . . I want to have dinner with my family every single night and never have to drive into work on the fly because I’m on call. This also goes for ballet recitals, soccer games, and music programs.

I am entering the field of education because . . .

. . . I absolutely love school. Or, more specifically, I really, really love learning. I want to be in a position to encourage others to fall as far in love with learning as I did! And this is my biggest motivator for choosing this path.

. . . “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Yes, that is from The Help, and I want every kid to know that. Poor kids, rich kids, happy kids, sad kids, confident kids, shy kids. Every kid needs to know that about themselves, and I’m going to tell them.

. . . I miss being responsible for building a community (read: I wish I could be an RA the rest of my life sometimes), and I know that if I can create living environments  that are based on respect and kindness and fun, then I can create learning environments that achieve the same.

. . . School supplies. Organizing school supplies. Building a reading library. Literary adventures.

. . . I like the idea of  a 3 month season during the year in which a schedule change occurs. Whether it’s filled with family time, professional development, pool time or a combination of all three, a change in habit always inspires me.

. . . I am excited to have vacation time that coincides with that of my wee little babes (that aren’t made yet, of course). There’s nothing wrong with getting excited over gingerbread cookie baking marathons during Christmas vacay and Staycations in Springfield over Easter break.

. . . I think I “fit in” better in this career, and that I will be able to achieve balance between my professional and personal life as a teacher.


pause for summer

I am sooooooo looking forward to the weekend. A mere six Mondays ago I was tying up lose ends before I started summer classes. It has been a whirlwind six weeks, and I am so glad that my math class is over. I learned so much, but it was the most intense summer class I have ever taken. Three hour lectures four days a week with numerous hours of homework and supplementary videos to deal with outside of class. I’m sighing with relief now that it’s over! I still have another class to wrap up, but I’m excited to have about 5 hours of my day back to myself. I’m especially looking forward to more time with friends (read: fulfilling our Sno-Cone addiction with our favorite Double Date, Whitney and Colin), chats with Wes, and just being able to bathe more frequently relax a little.

xoxo cat

DIY fleas-be-gone pup collar

I live in Missouri, and in the summer, we get the bugs like craaazy. And my poor baby dogs suffer tremendously (and I, by association, do as well, since Gracie is old and must stay in the house all Summer) from the itchy fleas and chiggers and the persistent ticks.  So, I decided to get out my herbs and wage war on the critters.

This herbal dog collar is super easy to make, and inexpensive, too!

Here’s what you’ll need:

A bandana. If your pooch is pampered and lives it up in your home all day, you can most likely get by with a gently used bandana you already have. Now, if your dog likes to frolic outside and run through bushes and brambles, I strongly suggest you buy a brand new bandana, so it lasts a wee bit longer.

A sewing machine.

A marking pen. I use one with disappearing ink.

Herbs. The only herbs I had on hand were rosemary, lemonbalm, mint, and lavender. There are many more plants in the world that repel unwanted bugs, but these are probably the easiest to come by. The only thing I did to prepare my herbs was pulverize the rosemary before I put it in the collar. Rosemary is prickly and sharp, and I didn’t want it poking through the fabric.  I did this by busting out my mortar and pestle, but you don’t have to go Medieval: place your rosemary in a bag and crunch it with  a rolling pin.

Step 1. Begin by folding your bandana in half to create a triangle.

Step 2. Next, fold the top of the bandana (the straight edge) over 1 1/2 inches- this will be tube for the herbs to reside!

Step 3. Place your tape measure at the bottom of your fold and right where the fold meets the corner of the triangle, then measure inward 2 1/2 inches.

Step 4. Take your pen and mark it. Repeat step 3 and step 4 on the opposite side.

Step 5. Using the dot you made as a guide, sew one (just one!) end shut.

Step 6. Now you will need to sew on the edge of the fold you made in step 2 to make the tube.

Step 7. Take your herbs and stuff them in the tube. Put in enough herbs so that they fill out the tube, but not so much that it’s bulky.

Step 8. All you have to do now is sew up that last edge, using that dot you made as a guide. That’s it!

Tie the collar around your dog (or cat!) and have him/her strike a pose, like my Love did.

I hope this tutorial helps your furry friends this summer!

xo, bea

these are a few of my favorite things // cat

So . . . I spent the whole winter looking for a perfect pair of (affordable) riding boots, but never found what I was looking for. I purchased one pair from dEliA*s–a cute knee high riding boot that laced at the toes and zipped up the back–but my left calf was too big! :/

Thus, I have declared that I will stop at nothing this summer until I find a perfect summer staple shoe. And I’ve decided this doesn’t include the $10 sandals I buy at Target to replace basic blacks from last summer. Instead, I think I’m going to branch out and buy something a little more fun–maybe a style I’ve never tried before. I love trying new things!

So here’s my Summer Shoe Favorites!

I have been in the market for cowboy boots my whole life, because I just can’t ever seem to find a pair that I absolutely love! It seems no matter what I pair with them I always feel a bit too . . . country. And hot. Cowboy boots are really warm shoes. I like these cropped boots because you still get that cowboy boot vibe with the silhouette, the stitching and the tassel, but the height feels totally rock and roll! I’d wear these boots from Alloy with this, this, and this! I think they’d go especially well with the hi-low trend that’s all over town!

I’ve had my eyes on some saddle shoes for a long time now. Instead of being two-tone, this pair from dEliA*s are two-texture, which is a fun take on the traditional that I really like.  I also love these ones because the crochet details make them airy–no socks! The only problem is I’m not sure what color I’d buy–probably the white or the pink. Maybe both! I’d wear them with this, this, and this! I like to wear flat shoes with short dresses–minis and heels combined is just sometimes too much for me to deal with!

These Sperry’s from dEliA*s are definitely a splurge, but I am in dire need of a pair of kicks that go great with skinny jeans that I can wear socks with. I keep getting blisters walking long distances in my flats and sandals–but my trainers just won’t do with skinnies! So I think I might invest in a pair of these. Maybe not this summer, but definitely when we go to Europe! I love this pair because I am a sucker for animal print. I’d wear them with these, these, and these!

I can’t help but add a basic black sandal to my wish list. And this pair from Forever 21 is super affordable! I’ve bought a new style of flat sandal in black for the last three summers–they sometimes last, they sometimes don’t–but when they do I have a few options to choose from in a color that goes with everything! I’m really into chevron shapes, so I love the gold detail on the toe-piece. And the double ankle strap is unlike anything I already have in my closet! I’d wear them with this, this, and this!


Until payday.

Thanks for letting me share! What’s on your summer wish list?

xoxo, cat