Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Spending time with my family!

Today, I am inspired to express my thoughts and feelings.  Since I will be very busy next week because it will be my first day of school in the fall semester, I am enjoying my time as much as I can with my family.  The previous weeks, I spent my time working and had fun in the water as well.  With the stressful summer I had, I enjoyed the remaining month camping and chilling out with my family.  We went out kayaking, jet skiing, water tubing, and boating.  Today, I will talk about my experience in kayaking.   I promised to myself while being bombarded with books to read, assignments to submit, and more school works to be done that I will pamper myself with fun and more fun in the water.  I am thankful to my loving husband and to my beautiful daughter Madilynn who graces my summer with their untiring support, love, and belief that I will be just fine. So, in the first weekend, my family camped at woodland acres.

It’s a beautiful place with a lake just right to start my first time kayaking adventure.  It was not that challenging actually because the water was very calm and quiet but since nobody was around, I and my family enjoyed the water its serenity, privacy, and great weather.  At first, I thought it will be boring but I really had fun.   It actually brought memories from the past growing up.  I had a happy childhood and joyful experiences with my friends. I spent great time in the water since our house was situated in the nearby shore.  Basically, the seashore was my playground and so most of the times we went playing, swimming, and boating.  Now, here I was with the Kayak and the paddle about to plunge into the water.  Nervous at first but it went away so quickly.  I paddled here and there, took pictures of the surroundings, and enjoyed the sound made by the little creatures surrounding the area.  When I was confident enough maneuvering the water, I brought my little girl and enjoyed the water as well.  She loves it.  She acquired my interest and appreciation in nature I guess.   Whole weekend long, we had fun.  We celebrated the Sabbath walking in  the woods and in the hills thanking God for his goodness to all of us. 

My Worst Summer

With my classmate and friend, Haesook
I am always busy and that is the main reason why I do not have time to write and to update my blog.  This summer, I will say that it was the worst summer I had in my life.  Because of that, I do not have the plan of repeating it again. To share it with you, I took three heavy subjects this summer namely Pathophysiology, Foundations for Nursing, and Health Assessment for Nursing.  I knew I got heavy loads in my hands but I do not have an Idea how hard it will be as I carry the loads to the finish line. My professors and some of the school staffs told me that I had to brace myself because it is something I had to prepare mentally and physically.  I did not take their warnings seriously, I thought I can do it easily.  Now, the school started and the first three weeks went well.  That means, I was able to cope up with the assignments and got good grades in quizzes.  However, after that, stress went up from 10% to 40%.  I started to realize how small the time I had to squeeze three heavy subjects in my hands.  I was nervous everyday expecting that I will fail one if not two of those subjects.  The summer time was not enough for me to read and study like the way I always did.  It was hard.  Literally, many times I helplessly pass the day nervously knowing that I could get a failing grade because I can’t do anything about it.  I did not have enough time.  All of the subjects need time in reading and in understanding as well.  It was not just reading and memorization and you’re done, it was harder than that.  So, I made an adjustment in my study habits because I did not like the feeling of being stressed and nervous all the time.  What I did was I added more reading time until midnight most of the days and because of that, I lost 8 pounds.  Of course I had other major responsibilities other than my schooling such as work and taking care of my family.  I have a 3 year old daughter named Madilynn and she’s the main source of my inspiration.  Most of the times, I stayed in school to read until it was dark and late, fortunately, I was able to meet new friends, the cleaning ladies.  They were from Asia as well so sometimes, we find time to chat for a little bit and exchange foods.  The worst experience I had was in the end of the summer school when the final examinations of my three subjects including the two laboratories fall within one week.  Here, my stress level was probably 98%. My head felt it will going to explode.  It was bad, really bad.  I’m glad it was over and I proudly say that I passed all the three subjects.  My professors and the other staffs celebrated with me.  It was a relief.