Updated: Mar 28, 2019
Check out my 1st blog from 2 years ago. I can't wait to post some new things. I've got SO much on my mind....
Is this thing turned on??? Wow, okay it is. Welp, here goes nothing. Hello world, I'm Rochelle. I've always dreamed of becoming a travel blogger but never really took the steps toward doing it.....which was basically to set up a free blogger account....
Life is funny. I know we say it all the time but it really is. For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a...nurse...yup, a nurse. My grandmother was a nurse and I always looked up to her. So, I became the best student I could be so that I could achieve it. Life happened, though. Remember, I said life is funny. I had just completed my Licensed Practical Nursing program and found out that I was pregnant. Welp, there goes RN school.
I think back to that moment all the time. It was almost 6 years ago. I remember it like yesterday. My high school sweetheart & I had been married 6 years before getting pregnant. We were workaholics, living the American dream. Average rats in an average race. Our daughter is easily the best thing that happened to us because it forced us to stop, sit back and evaluate our lives. We were young but mature. We knew that we would have to make some changes, and quick!
Fast forward to today. Our 5 year daughter is in Kindergarten and continues to be the best thing that's ever happened to us. I traded in my full time, salary 50-60 hours/week management position at a 100-bed assisted living for a part-time, 15 hrs/week travel nurse position. My husband left his dead end electrical company that he had worked for since 12th grade and traded it in for a nice, cushy fire alarm government job. Talk about what a world of difference that made. Oh! And we both make more money now. Life...is...funny.
But the craziest part of all of this is, I'm not sure we would have made these (and other) drastic changes if we hadn't had our daughter, Eva.
Why is it so hard to do the right thing? Everyone I know works multiple jobs to pay for multiple mortgages, car payments, school loans, etc. I know this because we were doing the same thing. I think it's easier to do what everyone else is doing.
It's like, oh look at them! They look miserable. Let's be the same way! No not really. It's more like, that family over there has such nice things. I want nice things too!
Bam! That's how it happens. Rat race....
Okay, enough mulling over how we made it out. Let's talk about how we are doing now. I feel like a new person, like I can do anything. There's freedom in being alone, in being different. I'm okay with the stares from people who say, what do you do with all your free time?? Laundry, that's what I do, laundry. And that's okay! Because before, our laundry would almost touch the bedroom ceiling. The floor would be nonexistent.
Now, I feel a sense of purpose. Like I can help others achieve this same feeling. All because we decided to change. I realized that once I became a nurse, I stopped dreaming, stopped having goals. That's a dangerous place to be.
Now, I know for a fact that I'm going to be a travel agent, YouTube vlogger (laugh if you must) and travel blogger, the best Mom/wife EVER aaaannnnnd a travel nurse, if there's time.
It took years to get to this place and its going to take a few more to be successful in my new career path but that is okay. I've got nothing but time.
Happily signed, Ro :-)