Thursday, April 23, 2009



I wanted to thank everyone for the kind words, as result from my last post. Its much appreciated.

I decided I want to go back to school. I've always wanted to go, but other things always stood in the way. My mothers divorce, then money, my little sister needs, bills etc....Now it seems like everything is in place, where I can concentrate on this for myself and to give Blake the best life he deserves. Where do I start? Back in my early days, I wanted to be a elementary teacher, probation officer, and a social worker oh and I cant forget Surgical tech, and a RN. See a pattern here? I like to help people. So naturally, I want what I consider to be an important job. Also job stability is important, now that Josh is disabled. I need to do this for Blake and for myself. Ive already waste 10 years, and I know if I don't go soon, than I never will. How can I insist Blake finished college, if I didnt.

I have narrowed it down to 3 possible choices...

  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing

I cant make a decision between these. I like the office end but, I'm not sure the available job out there, I would like to be an assistant especially for a woman's pregnancy clinic /office, Coding billing interest me bc I'm good with math and rules regulations, but I have a slight case of dyslexia, when it comes to dealing with #'s. Its very seldom, but occasionally I will switch 2 #'s around. Does anyone out there hold any of these positions? Any Advice?

Are you familiar with Pamela Young? She is one of my favorite artist and a very talented lady! She leads a group on myspace called Scrapbook Challenges. Every Monday she post a new original sketch and the Design Team over there also issues challenges throughout the week as well. I played along with this weeks sketch #139, (and yes they are link to the other 138 sketch from Pam). I really love the my results. When I printed off these Pics I hated the way they looked, I felt like I missed the entire egg hunt part, and was ready to throw them out. After trying the sketch, I'm happy with the pics and the page. Thanks for the inspiration Pamela.
And yes the page is on a pink background, but I still love it.

Egg Hunt

Lydia, this is off to you.
I hope you like it.
I hope it makes the trip safely.


Jocelyn said...

FIrst off the LO's are wonderful!!!!! I have a dear friend who's daughter does medical coding and she loves it!!!! She also makes very good money at it!!!! She has worked hard and is now on her own at at the age of 20 paying for her own car and a cute apartment!! Happy Thursday!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEE the LO's!!!!!! Not sure about the job though....I mean....I am proud that U want to go back to school.....but, I'm not an expert on those fields and can't give U advice...LOL...this is probably not making sense...I am tired and its early!!! LOL :):):):):):) I would say....for me, I would do the medical assistant! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Peggy said...

Love your LO's Cathy, especially the Easter one, that bunny is adorable and so is Blake.
Good for you for deciding to go back to school! Can't help you with the choices though, don't know the first thing about them ...
xxx Peggy

Lisa T. Howard said...

Hi Cathy! Due to my crazy week, I missed you previous post (but I did go back and read it). Wow, girl, you've got a lot on your mind. I will say, at least for me, being a stay at home mom was THE most rewarding thing I've ever done. But it did come with a price. I was always questioning what I was doing, how solid was my marriage, etc. Not that your questions aren't valid. I just think I was always wondering if my choices were the right choices. KWIM. But YAY for you to consider going back to school. In hind sight, I think I lost a little bit of myself before. Doing something for YOU could be the answer! Can't help ya with the decision of which path to take...I know absolutely NOTHING about these careers. But I wish you the best! And I'm really proud of you!

Shelstan said...

Thank you for the very kind words on my blog. I just read your post about changing jobs. It can be really scary and really exciting! I wish the best for you. And if you have time and are interested in a good read to help you over the hump...try reading "Who Moved My Cheese?" It's about adjusting to change and making the most of it. I left being an elementary school teacher, in a very secure job, to doing something a little outside the box. I now teach teachers instead of kids which is a bit scary, but so rewarding. I can now reach so many more people, because every teacher I work with will go back and change the lives of his or her 30 students, so I'm impacting more than just the 30 kids I had in my class! Good luck, Cathy!!!

Jill Deiling said...

good luck choosing what career path you would like to persue! I think its great you want to go back to school and be in a job where you can help people.
love the easter layout, i love pink on boys pages! what a cute lo you made for lydia too!

Kristen said...

Hi Cathy! Thanks for visiting my blog. I am fairly new to SCAL too. Are you on the SVG Cuts forum? Leo and Mary and a lot of others are very helpful there. I am in a couple of other forums too. Just send me email and I'll get you the links if your interested. You have a great blog BTW. And good luck with going back to school.

Beth Perry said...

Hey sweetie!!! I LOVE YOUR NEW LAYOUTS!!!!
and I will go check out that sketch/challenge site!
I am so proud of you for going back to school. I really don't know which program you should choose, but you should be able to talk to someone at the school and see which one is going to have more available jobs in the near future.
I saw that you signed up. I already left some love over there for ya! ;P
Also, keep this in mind: Creative Cafe tomorrow night at 6 (CST) ...I think I copied you on an email I sent to my friends and fam.
Then, this weekend will be an online crop. There will be LOTS AND LOTS of giveaways...I made sure of that! haha
Email me if you have any questions.
Again, I am so proud of you!

Lydia Siegel said...

Im so sorry! I thought I sent you a message letting you know we got them in on Saturday. Thanks again.

Annie Fiskateer # 1326 said...

Cathy -Love the layout!! Good for you to go back to school!!

By the way Tag you're it!

from Scrapbook Challenges DT member

sarah said...

LOVE the layouts!!! and i just stopped by your blog and read what has been going on.

i commend you on your determination and high spirits for the going back to school decision. in my opinion, i feel that life is too short, so do what makes you happy! :) that has been my approach as of late. :)

anyway, also wanted to stop by and let you know i'm doing a giveaway on my blog in case you wanted to play!