Back To School

Yes, you read correctly!  I am going back to school NEXT WEEK!  It’s been a long road of decision making, BUT I’ve actually made decisions about my future and I am so excited about this next HUGE adventure.

So, I’m sure you’re thinking..Milli, what are you going back to school for?  Well here you go:

After leaving Dallas almost a year ago, I knew I really wanted to start figuring out my next steps towards figuring out a career.  Here’s what I knew about myself: I love helping people, I love children, and I desire to make a difference in the lives of others.  Well, all of those things can manifest in tons careers but there were 2 fields that really grabbed my attention: nursing and teaching.  I started volunteering with this great organization, Harvest Hands.  They exist to serve the South Nashville community and I specifically got involved to work with the elementary after school program.  For the past year I have spent one afternoon a week with about 10 children, getting to know them, playing with them, and helping them with their homework.  I LOVEbeing with these children and it kind of dawned on me that I desired to serve in a larger capacity.  I don’t want to just spend one afternoon a week with them, I want to spend all day with them.

So, nursing was out the door and I applied to Lipscomb’s Graduate Education program.  Classes start next week and I couldn’t be more excited.  I can’t wait to soak up everything I can and become the best educator I can.  I’m starting with just the teaching licensure program and will add the graduate courses once I take the GRE.

 

 

 

Looking forward to sharing this new adventure as it unfolds!

Lost while Searching

I came across a great post over at BusyGirl today.  The last bit gives me some hope..that I may find my way in life and find my calling.  Interestingly, prior to reading her post, I had been emailing with my friend Hawley about fear.  Specifically, my fear of committing to a career and the paralysis this fear creates.  Here is a little bit of what I wrote:

I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do with my life.  I guess I find myself a bit fearful about the next step and whether it’s the right path.  I’ve never thought of myself as fearful..but that is exactly where I am.  Ha…I guess I just now realized that as I was typing it to you.  That fear has kind of paralyzed me from moving on in any direction.  Acknowledgement is the first step to moving past that..right?

I’ve never been able to pinpoint exactly WHAT is holding me back from making a decision.  I’ve realized…it’s FEAR! Fear of failure, fear of picking the WRONG path, fear of rejection.

We’ve talked about fear a lot in Bible study…but for some reason I just never owned my fear, I didn’t see myself as fearful.  I saw myself as someone unable to decide on a career or unable to see my calling, but never fearful.

But in order to experience failure, rejection, or identify that the path you are on is wrong…you’ve got to go in SOME direction, not just continue to be stagnant.  So, it’s high time I push through the fear and head down a single path.

What I really liked about Nicole’s post was the acceptance of the ability to change paths.  Sometimes the path you are on is merely to lead you to a better path.  Wherever I end up, I want to be passionate about my work and I want to make a difference in this world.