Happy new year everyone!
2016 has been quite the year it seems for most people. It was especially challenging for me – from PA school clinicals to Husband living 600 miles away for half the year. Then living with a roommate AND Husband (I wouldn’t recommend it). Instead of doing a year in review post of 2016, I thought it would be better to do a post looking ahead to the new year. I’ve always loved a fresh start and a new year is just that. While I know the whole “new year, new me” thing isn’t necessarily true, I do like to set some goals for the upcoming year.
Even though 2016 might have been a little “meh”, 2017 is going to be HUGE for me and I have never been more excited about a new year! Here’s a little preview of what’s to come in the life of Lauren for 2017.
HOLY COW, Y’ALL. In just 78 days I will be graduating from physician assistant school. In a way it feels like it’s been forever, but it also went by so quickly. I’ve been working towards this goal of mine for such a long time and knowing that it’s less than 3 months away makes me feel more proud than I ever have before. It also scares the crap out of me knowing everything that comes along with it. There is so much to do in the upcoming weeks with wrapping up my last two rotations, taking my last tests, taking (and passing) the PANCE, getting my license, and job hunting (hopefully some good news on that soon so say a little prayer for me!). It’s safe to say the first 3 months of this year will be packed.
If you’ve seen my last post, you will know that I’m officially in my 30s now. Turning 30 was a little bittersweet for me because I feel like my “adult” life has been on hold for a long while now. I started PA school 2 months after my wedding and I feel like I never really got to enjoy the honeymoon phase. Other things have also been on hold while I’m working on my career. We waited to start a family and buy a house and all of those fun things I associate with adulthood. Husband has also had his career on hold while he has been supporting me through PA school (you da man, Husband!).
Now that graduation is quickly approaching, we can start planning all of those things that have been on the back burner “until I finish PA school”. I used to feel exceptionally ready to have children, but the closer it gets the more terrifying it sounds. Whatever happens I know that I am beyond ready for whatever this next phase brings. I can not wait to move into a house this year. Apartment life is not for me, I need some space! Mostly everything we own is packed inside one bedroom. I am so excited to have space for my clothes and a garden to grow veggies. I can’t wait to have an income for the first time in over 2 years. Work has always been an important part of my life. I’ve had a job (sometimes 2 and 3 at a time) since I was 15 years old. It will be such an amazing feeling getting that first paycheck. It really is about so much more than the money. It’s also really important for me to be able to put Husband through school like he did for me. Eventually we will both have our dream jobs and that is something I will never take for granted. The struggle will be worth the result.
Y’all are about to be ashamed of me. This girl does not even own a passport. The only time I have been out of the country was on a cruise to Mexico. Traveling out of the country actually kind of scares/intimidates me a little, probably because I’ve done so little. In 2017 I would definitely like to travel more. Anywhere in Europe would be amazing, but my heart belongs at the beach. I foresee a tropical graduation vacation in my future perhaps?
I’m planning big things for Lauren Does Life in 2017 too! Blogging started off as a fun hobby but I can see it becoming so much more than that. I’ve always loved writing and I feel like my most popular posts are the ones when I’m writing from the heart. I’d also like to bring some more things to the blog like more information about my PA school journey and being a PA. I want to bring more fashion posts too, especially because I will soon be updating my professional wear-to-work wardrobe. And I will definitely be working on my photography skills with my amazing camera. What are some things you would like to see from the blog this year?
Now go and set some goals for yourself for this year!