I seriously do not even know where to begin on how to explain how I feel right now.
I am beyond relieved, but stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed!
Today has been a whirlwind of emotions that have gone from fear to excitement to exhaustion.
The last 5 years have been leading up to today and now that it is here, I am a bit overwhelmed.
I have spent many days and nights studying at the kitchen table while my friends and family were going about their lives as my life was put on hold the best I could due to nursing school.
Going back to school at the age of 37 with ZERO college credits and starting night school while working full time during the day was not something that I ever thought I would be able to do.
However, I was determined to do it and succeed so that I could better myself and help others.
Little did I know just how difficult nursing school would be and how it would turn into a full time job while trying to juggle family life.
The 3 years leading up to the nursing program while doing my pre req’s was not a walk in the park, but they were cake walk compared to starting the nursing program at 40!
Even though there were many of days when I wanted to throw in the towel when things got tough during the last 9 months of school, I am so glad that I stuck it out and completed the program!
I graduated June 16, 2015, I waited 6 weeks before I was able to schedule my state board exam and then another 4 weeks before taking my exam.
During the 6 weeks that I was waiting for the authorization to test, many of my classmates were scheduling their exams and passing NCLEX-RN!
I started to get discouraged as I waited, but I took the time to unwind a little bit after 5 years of school and I finally got my authorization to test on July 23rd.
Once I scheduled my exam, I started to study everyday for the exam and I completely went off of all social media the last 2 weeks in order to be able to focus on the exam and not get wrapped up in things that I did not have time for.
BTW- If you are reading this blog post from a Facebook or Twitter link, I am still taking a break for a couple of more weeks from social media so that I can continue to de-stress and go on a very much needed vacation.❤
I took my exam the morning of August 20th and I have been freaking out thinking that I did not pass the exam.
However, I found out today that I am now a Licensed Registered Nurse in the State of California!🙂
I do not think that there is anything that can truly prepare one for the NCLEX-RN exam!
I did every single Kaplan qbank question, practice exam, and trainer test to study with, some of them multiple times until I got them correct and I still did not feel that I had passed when I left the testing center.
I did do the Pearson View Trick when I was done with the exam in the parking lot of the testing center and I got the “Good Popup”, however, I did not feel that it was 100% that I had passed!
There is something so mental that happens to you when you do this exam and you have to wait for your results, but I cannot explain it to be able to put it into words!
Only that it is BRUTAL!😥
On the way home from my exam, I started to think of a backup plan for my career since I knew that I could never (would not) take that exam again!
Not only did I not want to pay the crazy fees to retake the exam, but I never wanted to put myself and my family through that stress again!
And now the REAL FUN of looking for a position as a New Grad begins!❤
If you have any questions about studying for NCLEX-RN or how to do the Pearson View Trick, send me an email and I will be happy to help!
Peace, Love, & Hugs,
Julia McCabe, RN
Long Personal Blog Post!
Who is the MOST important person in your life?
Many will say my kids or my spouse, however, YOU are THE most Important person in your life!
“One cannot help another, without first helping themselves.”
This is something that I have known for years, but I have struggled with for many years.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a very hard time saying NO.
However, for some reason, I tell myself NO when I shouldn’t and then I struggle with trying to make everyone happy.
Sadly, by trying to make everyone else happy, I am not happy and I have struggling to make it seem as I am.
I know that some will not be happy with me with my decision to put myself first, but I cannot let it bother me.
In my journey to wellness, I have been learning more and more about myself and how I work on the inside.
As I learn how I tick, I am discovering that I MUST take time for myself in order to be able to help others in the way that I want and need in my nursing career.
I have to STOP taking on more than I can handle and start stepping back to be able to have inner peace inside myself instead of a constant struggle.
I am the type to take on too much and then let myself suffer due to not being able to have downtime for myself and my family.
I have spent the last 5 years pursuing my nursing degree and I am now working on getting my state board license so I can begin my career as an RN.
Thankfully, I have discovered Reiki (pronounced ray-kee) and I have become a Second Degree Reiki Practitioner.
Through my journey of learning Reiki, I have started to rebalance my energy and I am no longer tolerant to negative energy.
The world has far too much negative energy and I am doing what I can to avoid any and ALL negative things in my life.
As my journey continues, my goal is to be able to bring Reiki into the lives of others to help them find their inner peace.
To bring myself back into alignment, I MUST detach myself from things that are no longer beneficial for my mind, body, and soul.
In doing this detachment, I am embarking on a social media detox for a minimum of 21 days while I rebalance my energy.
I will continue to journal my experiences as I rebalance my energy, however, it will not be a daily practice.
Instead, I am going to begin a daily practice of taking care of myself by meditating, performing self reiki, spending time outside, and enjoying my family.
While I take on this part of my wellness journey, I will continue to pray and send healing energy to my family and friends.
If you are feeling lost and unconnected in your life, I invite you to embark in finding what makes you tick.
I also would like to encourage you to get outside, go for nice walk or find a quite place to take in the beauty of our world around us.
If you would like to learn more about Reiki, please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace, Love, & Hugs,
Are you hearing about Thrive and wondering what it is?
We were hearing about it and wondering what in the world it was.
Well, thankfully we took a look into Thrive and discovered it was our missing link to feeling better!
We are currently in the middle of our 8 Week Experience and Loving it!
I have battled unexplained digestion issues for years and thanks to Thrive, my digestion is better than it has ever been!
Not only is my digestion better, but our energy has increased and we are no longer relying on coffee to get us through the day!
3 simple steps in the first 40 minutes of our morning has made a HUGE difference in how we feel each day!
Since we are loving our Thrive so much, we are offering 5 & 7 day Mini Thrive Experiences for those who want to try it before purchasing a full 30 day supply.
We are offering a $5.00 discount on both the 5 or 7 day option with a Free Customer Account.
5 Day Thrive Experience
Without a free customer account: $25.00 w/shipping
With a free customer account: $20.00 w/shipping
7 Day Thrive Experience
Without a free customer account: $35.00 w/shipping
With a free customer account: $30.00 w/shipping
Purchase a Thrive package within 3 days of receiving your sample and we will send you a $20.00 Le-vel credit after we see your order post!
To signup for a Free Customer Account and save $5.00, please head over to our Website.
Please feel free to contact us by email or by phone if you have any questions.
Peace, Love, & Hugs!
The summer is going fast and school will be starting up again before we know it!
With school starting soon, our July Essential Rewards contest was for a 5ml bottle of Thieves Essential Oil!
We are happy to announce our winner for July – Candice Eberle!
Thieves is a fantastic essential oil to have in essential oil collection and one that we always have an extra bottle or two of!
In September of 2014, we started a monthly contest for our members and we have now completed the entire Everyday Oils Collection!
Since we have completed the entire collection, we are going to change our monthly contest for August up a little bit!
Instead of an essential oil giveaway for August, we are going to be giving away a carrying case for all of our amazing essential oils!
The Essential Oil Carrying Case is a convenient way to transport your essential oils.
The case is made of durable cloth with zipper close and a handle.
Holds 130 essential oils.
The case is designed to hold 5ml bottles only.
Please note – The case does NOT include essential oils.
There are 3 easy things to you need to do to win the Aroma Kit Soft Case!
1) Be A Member Of Living Essentially Well
2) Be An Essential Rewards Member before August 31, 2015
3) Place an Essential Rewards Order During The Month Of August, 2015
Also, we have reopened our Etsy store for our essential oil diffuser necklaces!
If you would like to purchase one, you can now do so in our Etsy Store!
We offer free shipping within the United States!
Please feel free to share with your friends and family if they would like to be a part of our Young Living Family and be a part of our monthly contests!
If you would like more information about Young Living Oils or if you would like a sample, please feel free to contact us on Facebook.
Young Living’s Essential Oils can be purchased through our website.
I’m available to speak with you about your Young Living products, and to answer any questions that you may have.
Please private message us on our Facebook page if you would like ordering instructions you can to email us as @ email@example.com
If you are ready to get started with the Premium Starter Kit today on Young Living’s website, click HERE (make sure “Member” is selected)
Peace, Love, & Hugs
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