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I super love that the daylight is lasting longer. It's happening slowly but each day is a little better. The longer it stays the light, the more I feel like I can get done. Especially things outside.

These past few days I have gotten a lot better somehow about getting rid of stuff. Or at least, committing to get rid of it and organizing clothing , shoes, craft supplies and other items into a donate and sell pile. 

Unfortunately the pile to sell grows bigger and I am not really getting much sold. I did sell one item from the Facebook yardsale pages. I sold another couple items on eBay. Made less than $30 but something is better than nothing! More things are posted so fingers crossed I can make a few more sales. Eventually though I  will have to decide what to just let go because I just keep re posting, it doesn’t sell and it takes up way too much space.

The other day my friend came over and helped me go through my closet full of jackets and sweatshirts. She offered and I knew I had to get someone else helping me or I was just never going to do it. Honestly, I wasn’t sure that I would find anything to get rid of because I wear so much of everything hanging in there, especially because its wintertime and long sleeves are handy. However, I was extremely shocked and also pretty happy, that I had a stack of items to sell or donate once we were done. She was so nice about it too! Much different from when my mom came and helped. My mom was helpful but...so strict. All in all, I'm so grateful my friend came and helped because we were able to organize things better plus I learned if you zip up your jackets on the hanger, it gives you a little extra room. Who knew?! Well, probably everyone knew except me but, you know. It's a work in progress and I am so happy for what we accomplished!

Now, on to more tubs, boxes and the office/craft room. Oh my!

My first week (er, day) at LDSBC seemed to go well. I only had 1 fail where I had a smear of chocolate on my jacket. Maybe it blended in and nobody noticed (hopefully). Tony wasnt home to check me before I wrecked myself.  Sigh.
Luckily in my classes I dont feel like the oldest one. It feels like mostly a good mix. It will be interesting to go to class tonight and see who has still stuck around.

Tony and I are sharing a car at the moment. My poor HHR. Tony's poor truck. I feel like I dont have good luck with cars and I have not even had the HHR a year yet! Both of our vehicles are drivable but need work so its best to avoid driving them. My HHR died last week waiting for my sister in the Smith's parking lot. A kind teenager used his truck to help me jump my car. I got it home and it promptly died in front of my house. I started driving my Mazda again. I heart that car so much, despite its problems.

Since Tony had Monday off of work, we went to Sweet Tomatoes for lunch on Monday and a lady and her daughter pulled up in their Mazda Protege5! I get so excited when I see these cars. It took most of lunch to work up the nerve to go over and talk to them but I did it, on our way out, and the owner of the car gave me a high 5. She only has 80k miles on her car. Say what?! I can only wish my car had that many. It's currently at 220k. Later , driving down State St, they were driving next to us and they waved and gave us a thumbs up. Phew. I hoped I didnt appear all crazy eyes about Mazdas to them at the restaurant.

I went in to yet another temp agency on Monday to fill out paper work, do an Excel test and drug test, etc. Hopefully I can find a job soon.  I'll say though, it's been way nice not to have had work these last couple months. I've gotten so much done. I can hang out with my sister and her boys whenever. Or other friends. Or do errands during the day when its light instead of at night. So many pros...but also cons. Not having a paycheck really stinks and trying to sell things on the yardsale pages, eBay, KSL and Craigslist is super slow. 

At least I was able to pay for my first couple classes at school and for some car parts so Tony can fix the HHR.

These are just the ups and downs of life!

Am I going back to school? Yes. Hopefully. I sure hope so. Here's what is going on.

Late last year I heard a commercial on the radio I believe it was, for a degree being offered at LDS Business College in Social Media Marketing. It's an AA degree which I have already but that's okay. They offer a certificate starting in summer of 2015. I love being online, I love my social media and that degree sounded really fun to me. So I got the crazy idea in my head to apply. I put it off for a bit but with the encouragement of a friend or two, I thought, what the heck. So I filled out the FASFA and waited. Then Tony told me one day when we were talking about it, that I need to apply to the college I want to go to to find out if I will get accepted or not. WHAT?! I have only ever gone to Woodland Community College in California and everyone gets in, there is no 'applying'. So this is all new to me! I scrambled to start applying. This was in late December. Apparently LDSBC is like BYU and you have to get an interview with your bishop and stake president for an endorsement. 

Here is the nitty gritty of doing that! When I found out I had to meet with my bishop and stake president, it was right before I was headed to Las Vegas for CES. I scrambled and was able to get an appointment with my bishop on Monday Jan 5th at 530pm. Family night, so I felt bad, but there was no other way. I was supposed to click something on the website that alerted him that I needed to meet with him but I had no idea I needed to do that. Luckily we were able to do that part at the church, go through the interview questions and then he submitted his endorsement.
On Tuesday I had a job interview in the afternoon and then headed out to CES in Las Vegas. I also contacted the person in charge of scheduling interviews with the stake president and we set it up so that he would give me call for my interview on Wednesday evening. I am so glad we were able to do the interview over the phone! The stake president said he would submit everything he needed to within 24 hours.

Fast forward to Friday. I had been checking and checking my application status and the bishop and stake president endorsement still said 'pending'. Back story, when I called the LDS Business College they told me that the 2nd had been the deadline to apply if I wanted to start Feb 1st! However they extended the deadline to the 9th. PHEW! Hooray for me! So on the afternoon of the 9th I called the Stake President at his house and his wife answered. I explained to her that this was an emergency situation , I needed to have his endorsement by 5pm. She got ahold of her husband and I finally got a text from him saying everything was done. 

Meanwhile, I had been on the phone, on hold for such a long time off and on in the afternoon (while at CES!) with the college, trying to find out what was left that needed to happen. They had not gotten my transcripts still and I had paid extra through the Student Clearinghouse website to get them emailed to LDSBC quickly.  I got a text and email confirmation that the college had received that yet when I called, they said they hadn't gotten it. Stress again! After some more checking, a dropped call, deadline coming closer, they finally said they had received it.

Hallelujah. 

Everything was in. I had done everything I could do. Now I just had to wait and see if I got accepted. 

I ended up driving back from Vegas late in the afternoon on January 9th. As I drove, I could not get LDSBC and the degree out of my head. I wish I knew what was going to happen! I cried and prayed for awhile about it which is weird because I have never felt this passionately about doing something before. Wanting to get in to something where people had the ability to tell me a yes or no. I felt good about everything after awhile and was just going to leave it in God's hands with whatever was meant to happen, that I would be okay.

I have felt kind of lost lately, school wise. For the longest time I was okay with having an AA in General Education and I hated school, never wanted to go again. However, when this degree of Social Media Marketing came up, I felt so excited about it! I wanted to go take all the classes! Lucky for me they dont involve math so I should be okay. Hearing about this degree from LDSBC (a college I thought sounded cool to go to when I was a kid but I had forgotten about it for quite a long time) lit a fire in me and I felt like this is what I should somehow be doing. Especially since jobs for me in Utah have not stuck for as long as I would like them to.

My sleep schedule was all messed up from the excitement of CES and applying for LDSBC. I was up pretty late , I believe it was now Friday night/early Saturday morning. I checked my email and found one from LDSBC saying I had gotten accepted!!!!!!!!!

WOOHOO YAYAYAYA!!!!

I couldnt believe it! It felt like a dream come true.

So, now to present day. I finally got set up on the website with my user ID and can register for classes. I was on a live chat with FASFA today because LDSBC told me it didnt look like I qualifed for FASFA. Are you kidding me?! Tony works pt and goes to school pt. His money goes towards school and his half of bills. That's basically it. If I want to go to school, I need to figure out a way to pay for it. I was super hoping FASFA would work out for me but for some reason it is not and I am pretty discouraged about that. I didnt work a full year last year due to being laid off from jobs a couple times. I'm not sure what to do. Without a job, I cant get a loan or pay for school. I am hoping and praying for another miracle so that I can attend on February 1st. There has got to be a way! I posted a bunch of things for sale online today but no interest so far. I have some money in savings but I have a ton of dental work that cant be put off much longer. It's hard to have faith! I yawn through those church classes that talk about faith because I've, "heard it all before" but as my dad always said, "knowing and doing are two different things." I dont want to get all church with this post (even though it is LDS Business College!Ha!) but now that I have heard zillions of lessons about faith, now I need to DO. Apply what I have learned. And its definitely not easy.

Maybe all my Facebook friends can donate $1 to me so I can attend for a semester. It wont even be full time because I have to work too. That's another issue, finding a job that will work with my school schedule. Tony sure is blessed to have a job that works with his school!

I am applying for scholarships and finding what else can happen to get some money so that I can pay for school. I'll keep having faith that somehow, some way , it will work out for me to attend. I thought getting in would be the hardest part but that was only step 1 in this journey of going back to school!

About this blog

I have quite a few blogs and I just feel like I need to tie them all into one place so this is where I decided that is going to happen. I'll still be blogging on my other blogs but I will link all my posts to this blog so you can easily find them. We'll see how it goes!





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