An unexpected journey

Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.

-Rachel Hollis

8-24-18

Today’s Brew: Lavender and honey latte     Location: Fort Smith Coffee Co

I first had this latte because they were out of chi, and their spiced chi latte’s are AMAZING! So when the barista asked what I would like instead, I said surprise me! And that he did! I now have a new favorite! I love coming to this place my coffee always looks pretty and the staff is ALWAYS nice and ALWAYS in a good mood.

-I credit this to the fact they probably get to drink all the coffee they want and who isn’t peppy with a little caffeine!-

This weeks lesson -I guess we can call it that- is one I should have learned a long time ago. “Someone else’s opinion of me is none of MY business.” If you have read or are reading Rachel Hollis’s book you’ve seen this quote before. -If your not reading her book…GET ON IT GIRL. Its incredibly inspiring.- When I first looked at this sentence, my first thought was I struggle with this so hard. EVERY move I make I’m trying to please someone around me.

WHY DO I DO THIS???

1) Im afraid to say the wrong this because what if I’m not accepted and

2) I like to make others happy!

But as some point we have to look at the bigger picture.. and that’s our happiness. For the past few months I have been searching for what will make me happy. I’ve been grasping at anything and everything. Like buying a house, finally running that 5K -still training and its going well- starting an event business. -I WILL TOTALLY DO THIS ONE DAY! ITS MY DREAM CAREER- But in reality none of these things will make my truly happy until I’m happy with myself.

I knew what I was going to write about this week before today, but events that happened today have just pushed me that much further.

While training for this 5K I’ve been using an APP called couch to 5K. I’ve used it before but as we all know…I quit. I think…NO I know it was because I pushed myself way to hard. I would try and do more than the recommended amount of running and get burnt out. Obviously the people that made this APP knew what they were talking about…BUT DID I LISTEN?..NOPE.  -Classic Letha..as my friends would say- I wasn’t finishing my goals because I wasn’t doing them the right way.. I was trying to rush.

But when I decided to start training for another 5K I told myself that I was going to do exactly what the APP told me too. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? Its not that bad. I have actually started to enjoy running and the progress I’ve been making! I had successfully slowed down and let myself gradually grow.

Why did I need to accomplish everything in one day?

Along with trying to rush my 5K abilities, I also did this when I was in college. I have always wanted to graduate with a college degree, but like most people I didn’t know what in. So like any young shoe loving 20 year old…I picked a degree that would make me -what I thought was- the most money. Instead of taking a good look at what was out there I chose a major because I was slightly familiar with the field. I was majoring in Dental Hygiene.

I had been an assistant for a while and thought this is my next step. I went back to school with a vengeance. Because the hygiene program is VERY competitive my GPA needed to be on point! -My GPA was not on point…in fact it was (and this is embarrassing) barely even a 1.0- My first two years of college I was lost and didn’t know what I was doing..and my grades reflected that. So when I decided to go back I had to get in gear! And that’s exactly what I did! I took my measly 1.0 GPA and turned it into over a 3.0! I was so proud of myself.

UNTIL I didn’t get in the program.

-It is important to note that I have always wondered if hygiene was for me, or was I doing it for the financial stability.-

After I spent a good few days crying I decided to get certified as a dental assistant. I got a job before I was even done with my certification. -When GOD opens doors GOD OPENS DOORS!! can I get a AMEN!- I have been at this job for a little over a year now and I love my co-workers! But once again I’m finding myself wanting to do more with my life and realizing that maybe hygiene isn’t my true calling.

This is a hard pill to swallow for me. I worked my tail off for those grades! How could I not go to hygiene school?

Well if you’ve been keeping up..ITS NOT WHERE MY PASSION LIES.

I had always thought, a business degree wasn’t for me. I did not want to be in a office all day dealing with peoples problems, complaints..ect.

You wanna know what I do now? I sit in a office all day, dealing with people (and I love our patients) helping them through problems and trying to address their complaints.

you wanna know what else? I LOVE IT!!!

-Also can I note..that I thought cleaning plaque off teeth would make me happier than a job where I could organize..WHEN I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE AN EVENT PLANNER. COME ON LETHA!!!!-

Although I love my job..I still want to do more. And to do more I need a degree. So I took my happy self to the University this morning to apply for my associates degree. Granted a Bachelors was the main Goal, I knew I had enough hours to at least get an associates and move forward from there.

While talking to the adviser I asked what all I would need to finish a Bachelors.(not in hygiene) I had looked into this before and thought it would be at least 2-3 years to finish…I DID NOT want to think about school for 3 years when I had already put in almost 5. BUT as fate would have it, I had the adviser look into what all I would need to finish…YOU GUYS I only need 45 hours!! 45 HOURS!!!! That’s 3 semesters and 2 summer classes!!!!!

I couldn’t believe it! I could have my degree this time next year!

After a couple of hours I promptly went back and signed up for classes!

I will graduate From the University Of Fort Smith AR Winter of 2019 with a Bachelors in Organizational Leadership!

I am so excited for this new journey! I woke up this morning with no clue what the day would bring. And I still have no idea what tomorrow holds but I do know whatever it is..it will be amazing!

I will finally accomplish something I have wanted to do for so long!

And this is most defiantly going to give me more inspiration for my blog posts! I cant wait to share this journey with you!!!

Considering classes started this past Monday I should probably get some school supplies, Because I’m already behind. And as we have all learned…Letha does not like to be behind!

I’m off to organize my calendar and purchase some books!

Until Next time Caffeine Queens!

XoXo

-Letha

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