- Sleep 8 hours a night.
- Eat three meals a day (healthier too; McDonald's has been a staple food this year.)
- Take vacations every year.
- Buy clothes from a place other than Wal-Mart.
- Have at least one day with no work and no school.
- I'm going to find and participate in some sort of hobby.
- Attend everyone's birthday party; I've missed more than my fair share these last two years.
- Attend family functions. See #7.
- I'm buying a Playstation 3 and/or X-Box 360. This is non-negotiable.
- I will watch television, with family members, while drinking coffee. This is one thing I miss incredibly, even though it seems so simple.
Some of these things I might even be able to accomplish when I begin full-time work as an LPN. However, since I do work for a pretty big corporation in the sales department, the LPN pay increase is substantial, but it's not like I'm going from $8 to $22; it's more like I'm going from about $15 (plus commission) to $22. I'm under no assumptions I'm going to get rich... just a little more comfortable.
This year has been tough so far; makes no mistake, you will certainly have nearly your entire life consumed by nursing school (don't get discouraged pre-nursing students). I got a bunch of buddies with Bachelor's degress in crap like 'communication', 'leadership', and 'liberal arts'. I don't recall them saying school consumed their life! In fact, I remember hearing more stories of drunken escapades than of anything educational. Of course, most of them are still couch-surfin' at Mom and Dad's also...
OH! And more great news. I no longer have to do "care plans". They feel we are proficient enough to create 'concept maps' without any rationales. SCORE! Workload decreased by about 60%. That's great news. I'm going to post a really great hypothyroidism concept map I did for feedback.