Now is Better than Never

Check out my About Me page to get an overview of what I plan to talk about and my goals for this blog!

Am I ready for nursing school?  Yes.  Do I really know what’s in store? Not really.  I’ve never experienced such a thing as college let alone beginning my education in a field so challenging. Will it be tough? Without a doubt.  Will I make it?  Yes.

It’s hard for me to stay in a positive mindset sometimes, I mean to be honest we all have times when we feel as if things will be so hard it’s not even worth fighting for.  But let me tell you, the moment you focus on just you and are honest with yourself, you will already take shape to a life you never imagined was possible.

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Kabobs, Fur and More Food!

So I promised everyone the I would have a post on my kabobs recipe and here it is!  It is very simple, with steps you can complete the day before so you have it all ready to go the next day.

I don’t want to have long drawn out posts but ones that are to your best interest and will help you the most.  I took a lot of pictures so I got you covered in that department!

Here are all the ingredients:

Meats:

  • Chicken breast
  • Steak of choice

Seasonings and oil:

  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon pepper

Vegetables: FRESH IS BEST

  • Red peppers
  • Green peppers
  • Zucchini 

MOST IMPORTANTLY: KABOB STICKS

For the meat I just seasoned the steak with lemon pepper and the chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil.  My mom bought some reusable kabobs instead of the wooden kabobs.  Lets just say they were totally worth it:)  Here are the pics step by step:

I forgot to add the potato recipe I also made along with the kabobs.  I used olive oil and Mrs. Dash for coating potato cubes I cut up.  Cindy Schulte is the one I got this recipe from!  Thanks Cindy!!!

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I also made some asparagus. Just olive oil, salt and pepper. Put in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes at a time until they were to my liking! I usually buy asparagus that are thinner and not as thick.

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Finishing product on the grill:

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I wanted to end by including some fur.  I just don’t understand how you couldn’t love animals!!!

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Penny!

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Leroy!

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Charlotte!

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Frank!

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Ruffles!

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Do you have a good memory?

Are you taking Anatomy & Physiology?  If so, it is advised to find the best learning strategy to soak in as much information.  So what I have put together below are some ways that are helping me to learn efficiently.  Before I continue, I wanted to note that I am a very visual person that needs the information right in front of me.

My A and P class is setup into three classes per week: 2 lectures and 1 lab.  I want to discuss a combination of both so you can get an idea of how both classes work.

1. Here are two of my flashcard sets, each set has two flashcards.  One flashcard has a drawing labeled with numbers and the other has numbers with terms next to each.

2. Next is the bone memorizing portion of A & P.  I am typing this blog currently in the 4th week.  The biggest thing with memorizing is doing it over and over again, with breaks in between.  So what I do is split the content up.  I may study the shoulder bones, quiz myself without looking at my notes, take a break and then do another chunk.

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Our objectives for lab.

 3. Here is a list of all the specific things we need to know about the bones for this lab.

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4. Here we did a sheet on labeling all of the main bones on the body.  This is an overview more so.

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5. Below are pages from an anatomy coloring book I got off Amazon.  If you love to color and want extra practice, this is a go to!  Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Coloring-Book-Wynn-Kapit-ebook/dp/B00YSL7JWE

The pink highlighted portions are the terms I need to know while the orange highlighted terms are key concepts like directional terms (anterior, superior, lateral, etc.)  My mom told me to make a copy of each page before I colored them because if I wanted more practice I would have some blank sheets.

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6. The last thing I wanted to add was the human skeleton with extra details that work best in understanding their placement.  Also, there is nothing better then hands-on experience! You get the bigger picture and can better visualize why something is the way it is.

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Live for Today

I am getting in the swing of things now that I am currently headed into my sixth week of nursing school.  My study habits and school schedule are all becoming very familiar to me and I have begun to love the college experience!

What I want to talk about is the struggle I have with thinking about whats to come in the future.  Those of you who are like me know you shouldn’t worry about what you can’t control, at leasts thats what they say.  For me, I can tell myself this and yet I still worry.  If any of you know me you know that I worry about the whole world running out of gas, food, landfill space and much more.

The best way to lessen my worries is to do my part in making the world a cleaner and more sustainable place, plus realizing the many smart people in this world who are already looking at alternative ways for the future.

We are all human:

The biggest thing to understand is everyone has different worries.  We all wake up worrying about different things.  Someones worry may not be another’s worry.  Who cares what others think because they themselves have their own struggles too.

 

There is one thing that keeps me going and that is taking it a day at a time.  And that goes for anything in life.  Give yourself baby steps so that you can allow yourself to remain calm and not become too overwhelmed. I am still working on this:)

Positive People:

At times when I talk to others about my worries they will give me reassurance which gives me a great feeling because they have a different way of looking at my worry in a more positive manner.

Baby Steps:

Coming from me, it is so easy to get overwhelmed in nursing school if you don’t take small steps.  Currently I am taking my life a day at a time because even though I don’t know about tomorrow I do know that I have today and I am going to do whatever I can to make the most of it.

Want to spend less time studying?

Once you master your study habit that gives you the test score you want and spread your studying time out, you will decrease your study time and have more time for you!  It pays off in the end, trust me!!!

 

What is your learning style? Take this quiz to find out: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml

My Scores: Visual: 35%   Tactile: 35%  Auditory: 30%

I scored both visual and tactile. Visual Learner: you have to see things visually in order to follow along and comprehend what you are learning the most.  Tactile Learner: you are a hands-on learner who needs to actually do to fully understand.

Even though I scored visual and tactile, I am close to a combo of all of them.  For example, if I am following along with a powerpoint (visual), I have to have an outline to follow along with and someone talking about the powerpoint in more depth.

Another key thing is how I study best.   For me I have to rewrite out the notes we take in class to retain information the best.  When it comes to memorizing terms I will sometimes create flashcards giving me the ability to guess and check and have someone else test me.

Quizlet is another great resource where you can create your own flashcards allowing you to take tests, play games and much more.  This source really includes every learning style and I used it in high school a bit.  Would recommend if you are still trying to find what works for you.

For my A and P class we have a study guide that goes over the whole lesson we are going to be tested on.  So what I do is complete the study guide a little bit at a time (outside of class) as we go through the material in class.  Another great thing you can do is complete the study guide a night or two before your exam without looking at your notes and then checking your answers.

Once again, you don’t have to take any of my advice above into consideration.  Just want to assist whoever I can.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for my next update!  Have a great day!

Healthy Sugar Fix that Satisfies Cravings

So you are probably wondering what my sugar fix is currently.  Well since I am striving for a healthy diet I also have to have my sweets which is very doable!  All down to one word: moderation.  Read more to get my recipe!

I just eyeballed all the ingredients and it tastes great every time.  I didn’t look up this recipe, just did my own recipe.  Though this recipe is pretty straight forward so I am sure it exists somewhere out there in a similar form but I didn’t go there.

My sugar fix is smoothies!  They are so good.  I don’t like bananas in my smoothies but do like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.  So so good!  A must try.

Although fruit is filled with a lot of natural sugar it is still a lot healthier than eating a candy bar because it provides you with so many vitamins and minerals your body needs.  But like anything, eating too much of anything isn’t always good, so just play your cards right and everything will be fine.  Fruit is my go to sweet treat when I have that craving!

Read more about fruit vs. junk food: http://www.livestrong.com/article/356513-why-is-it-important-to-eat-healthy-food-instead-of-junk-food/

Here is my recipe:

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-Blender

1 small yogurt cup (I used vanilla)

-1 fresh navel orange, juiced (optional)

Water (if you like your smoothie more liquid add more vice versa)

Crushed Ice

1 to 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit (I used Triple Berry Blend from Kroger)

Coconut chips (Optional) (I used for a topping)

Dark chocolate chunks (Optional) (I used for a topping)

Each time I make this there is about half of my blender filled with smoothie!  I eat it all!

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Part 2: Week #2 of Nursing Journey

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Throughout the second week I kind of just played around with my workouts and did whatever I felt like.  That has been really any typical day for me thus far.  One day I may just walk, the next I may walk, jog and add in some squats and core exercises.  The biggest thing I want to take away from working out is the joy it brings to me in relieving my stress and calming me down.

Beneath all the pictures below I will describe my breakfast faves and my other meals of the day for school and at home!  So keep reading!

 

For breakfast I have my source of protein which is usually eggs and peanut butter.  And for carbs I have a whole wheat slice of bread along with strawberries.  While the fat is in the egg yolk and/or almond milk if I make scrambled eggs.

I have been good about taking snacks/lunch to class so I am not starving and forced to get something not as nutritional.  Here are some of them:

 

Everything on here is pretty self explanatory except I do want to go into detail about my very own fruit and nut mix creation.  Now I am sure this has already been made but I just kind of put it all together from my own mind and let me tell you: its some good stuff. All that goes into this recipe is: cashews, peanuts, almonds, dark chocolate chunks, unsweetened coconut chips and dried cranberries.  This is also a very nice snack in satisfying your sweet tooth between breakfast and lunch or just a snack when you are feeling hungry mid-day.  Plus it is easy, healthy (in moderation) and mess free.

 

I have never mentioned anything about our animals but nows the time.  We have two dogs, two bunnies and a cat.  The dog above is Charlotte and she just loves greeting me when I come back from my workouts.  Love her!

I hope to talk about the study habits that work for me in school and how I learn in a future post. So keep in touch!  Thanks!