blog I read. I thought it was a neat idea and plan to do an 11 in 2011 on down the road. So here it is, my 10 in 2010:I got the idea to do a list of 10 things I want to do and/or accomplish in 2010 from another
1. Skydive. It's something I've always wanted to do and Alex and I are scheduled to go February 20th for my 30th birthday. I'm really hoping I don't chicken out, but honestly I don't think I ever would anyways. I've had a lot of friends go and some of them were WAY bigger sissies that me (just saying).
2. Get straight A's. I've only got 2 semesters left of nursing school (not complaining) and I'd really like to accomplish straight A's in at least one of those semesters. I got into nursing school with all A's, I'd like to look like I'm leaving in the same fashion.
3. Lose the weight and get in shape. Since this summer I have gained 25 pounds. Yes, 25 pounds. That's a lot of gain over 6 months, especially since I'm not pregnant nor a binge eater. The plan for the coming year, and something so many people try to do, is to lose those 25 pounds. In addition, I'd like to get back in shape. I used to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without a pounding heartbeat and shortness of breath and by God, I would like to be able to do that again. I feel old and, well, fat, when I can't walk up the steps at school without wanting to die. I'm not even 30 yet; there's no excuse!
4. Relearn to play the piano. Now that I have my late Grandma's baby grand piano, the goal is to relearn to play it. I still know how to read music, but it's been almost 10 years and I'm a bit slower on the uptake this time. My fingers have also grown accustomed to computer keys and not piano keys, and needless to say they're stiff and can't move half as limberly as they once did. That and I have some classical pieces I used to play flawlessly and I'd really like to be able to do those that way once again.
5. Learn at least 1 type of dance. I cannot dance. I have no rhythm. I was in marching band yet I cannot match a beat to save my life...and I have 2 left feet. I would like to learn at least 1 type of dance and do it well; what can I say? Dancing With the Stars got to me as did the in-shapeness of the female dancers.
6. Get comfortable speaking basic medical Spanish. I took 8 years of Spanish in school and now for the life of me cannot understand much past "hola" and "no". I've found in clinicals that many of my patients and their families speak ONLY Spanish. I bought a medical spanish flip guide and borrowed a Learn to Speak Spanish program from my parents. The goal by next fall semester is to be comfortable speaking BASIC Spanish to my patients. It can only help seeing as thought the Hispanic population in NC just keeps growing.
7. Do something adventurous. Aside from skydiving, Alex, Karina, and I will be going on a 9 day cruise in the Western Caribbean this March (cruises are cheap right now!). We have stops in Grand Cayman, Honduras, Beliz, and Mexico. I really want to do something I wouldn't usually do, but since finances are incredibly tight I'm limiting myself to only one or two. We've looked at a zipline adventure in the forests of Beliz and I'm seriously considering one of the "Basic Scuba" courses you can do at any of the locations. Scuba is on my "Bucket List"...really need to start marking things off of it!
8. Complete a nursing externship. All ECU nursing students have the option to do an externship after completing 2 semesters of school. I'm applying to do one at PCMH next summer and am really hoping to get a position in one of my selected areas (surgery, cardio, or ED). Although they pay you to work full time, ECU also manages to charge you tuition so that you can get 3 whole credits which go towards absolutely nothing. Sigh. No wonder so many people skip college...it's too expensive. When I got my first degree tuition was only about $1000 a semester...now it's $2200. Either way, the experience would be invaluable so here's hoping I get the chance.
9. Graduate nursing school. This ones a no-brainer. I'm supposed to be done in December 2010...I WILL be done in December 2010. Period.
10. Get a job. This one is also a no-brainer, although a bit more difficult. They say to get a nursing job right out of school you have to start applying at the beginning of your last semester. I'll be doing that, no doubt, but a lot depends on whether I manage to sell my house or not. I would LOVE to get out of Greenville but I refuse to rent out my house again, so getting a job at Pitt may be my end goal next year if I have to stick around. If I can sell my house (cross fingers) I'd either really like to work at Duke again (hey, great benefits, good pay, top-ranked hospital) or get out of NC for a bit. Again, much depends on the house and also on passing the NCLEX (which will be taken sometime in January).
And that's all...my 10 for 2010. Hopefully I can accomplish all of that and more. I'll be satisfied if I just get those in though~