Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Isn't it ironic?

I just posted last night about me patiently waiting for answers. Today I got one... I was accepted to the University of Utah!! I'm no Ute fan, I by far dislike them. Cougar fan true through and through. But I'm so excited I got in!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Anxiously Engaged

...and waiting.  Waiting to hear back from a school I applied to, a summer job I applied for.  They said 4-6 weeks.  Tomorrow makes 6 weeks.  The anticipation is agonizing!  I've never been good with patience.

The biggest problem is that all my plans depend on these two things.  Whether or not I move to Salt Lake at the beginning or the end of the summer, whether or not I'll be going to school in the fall.  I feel like I'm always waiting for something to get done.  The only thing I can do while I wait is my homework, work and my calling... not necessarily in that order.

Then once that happens, the decision.  I've made a decision once in my life of what I wanted to be when I grew up, a chef.  I decided that in high school, only to realize that the lifestyle of a chef wasn't for me and I became a culinary school drop-out (start singing to Grease's beauty school drop out song here.)  The lifestyle of a chef is demanding, nights, weekends, holidays... all time to be with the family, and I wasn't willing to sacrifice it.

So, here I am, after putting off the big "decision" for more than 18 months.... I have to chose a path.  I feel like I want to still be everything when I grow up, and not just a little... I like to shoot high.  Like, if I could stand the sight of blood and needles, I wouldn't just be a nurse, I'd be a doctor.  Or not just a hygenist, a dentist.  Even then, not just a dentist, an indodontist (yes, they exist... google it).  Not a stewardess, but a pilot... catch my drift?

But I have to be realistic, what are some of the things I've always wanted to do other than cooking?  The Olympics, I've always wanted to work with the Olympics and get to go to them every two years.  I don't know what I'd have to do... but I best be figuring it out soon.

Then again, PE teachers do have a fantastic schedule. They get done at 3PM, have no homework to grade, nights, weekends, and holidays are off.  Summers as well.  What a great job.

I wonder if I can still make it as a pro-skiier.

Then there's the program I choose... if it has any requirements of taking any further advance math class than what I'm taking now... I'm going to be in trouble.

Patiently waiting... waiting... waiting..........

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Why Can't I Have Suze Orman on Speed-dial?

It's 2am, Friday night, and Suze Orman is on.  I love her.  She's so smart, and that's why she's so successful, because she wants to share what she knows with everyone.  I saw it on in the break-room and was watching it, a girl came in and took the remote away from me to watch something else and since she saw nothing else is on she decided to let me watch it and her and another girl and I learned a little bit about... homes.

But it got me thinking more how I need to write down long-term goals I have so that I can start living now to achieve them.  By what little I make now it's hard to even comprehend reaching these goals.  But her story has inspired me to truly believe that success can happen, even if you're a college-age hippie working as a waitress.

-Spend less than what you can afford.
-Live below your means.
-People first, then money, then things.
-Eliminate allowance from your vocabulary (I never had an allowance growing up).
-Enjoy saving money more than you enjoy spending money.
-Retirement: Put money into your 401K UP UNTIL your employer matches your deposits.  If you put in a dollar, and they put in 50 cents, that's 50% more in your account.  Never say no to that.  But once they stop, stop depositing money and open a ROTH IRA account so that I can get my retirement cash without having to pay taxes.
-Own a home.  Buy less than what you can afford.  Be able to pay 20% down on the home initially, while still being able to have 8 months emergency money saved up on the side.

I really wish BYU would get Suze Orman to come speak at a forum.