Lately, life has looked a lot like this:
I'm writing this post in advance, but if all goes as planned, then I can say that I am officially a licensed master of social work (we've got some positive thinking going on here). Beth Honey, LMSW has a nice ring to it. Sometime last week I decided it was a really great time to schedule my exam a week away and study my ass off for six days straight, because that's what sane people do. I sort of forgot how to study... so really my days looked more like me staring at psychopharm flashcards lookin' like a glazed donut. But hey, glazed donuts get shit done and pass licensing exams, apparently.
(Side note: I've decided it's really a great benefit to all of the blogging community that I wasn't writing a blog in the throes of
Eh, who knows. I hadn't planned on looking for jobs until after the wedding, cause nothing says "I'm a professional" like getting a j-o-b and immediately taking three weeks off, but I've been a little restless lately. As someone who has done both school and a job and a dozen extracurriculars from the age of sixteen on, I learned to operate extremely well on a busy schedule. Don't get me wrong... having no schedule is pretty awesome 98% of the time, but it also makes me lazy. No thanks. I've been busy lately, but it's been a hectic hodge-podge of tasks and to-do's. Routine sounds pretty lovely at this point in time.
Plus having a job gives me a better excuse for buying these bad boys for showers and rehearsal festivities. Love you H...
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Meet the lovely Gayle, from over at Grace for Gayle. I was first introduced to this amazing woman through the Bigs & Littles blogging network, where she helped me grow as a blogger, but I had already been a long time reader before that. Anyone who has "met" Gayle knows that she is one of the most sweet, genuine, encouraging bloggers out there.
Girlfriend writes about all sorts of topics. Some of her posts are really informative, like how to blur your house/car/license plate from google earth to keep safe, to her top 9 iPhone apps. (The Design app looks so fun and I'm so happy to see Spotify on there!) Other posts really showcase what Gayle does best: genuine, thoughtful writing. This post, where she reflects upon her behaviors and the ways she realized she was relating to some people, really impressed me. She also hosts a Perfectly Imperfect series where she and other bloggers share personal stories and thoughts about the ways that they are wonderfully flawed. The stuff that comes from her blog is about a real as it comes.
One of the things Gayle is most well known for, however, is her story about being a Previvor of breast cancer. After losing her mother to the disease and then being diagnosed with the BRCA2 genetic mutation, which put her at a greater risk for breast cancer, Gayle underwent a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction. I won't speak for her, you'll have to read her powerful and empowering story yourself. In part one, she talks about her mother and her fear of getting the genetic test. Part two talks about getting tested and finding hope, part three talks about why she chose a preventative mastectomy, and part four talks about how she decided which surgeon to work with. It's a really powerful story and every woman should be aware of their bodies.
Head on over and get to know this amazing woman, and tell her I sent you!