Blogging 101 Day 11 School’s out…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Fifteen Credits.” If you’re in school, are you enjoying your classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

I am out of school, and earned my Bachelor’s degree in August 1999. I briefly returned to community college 2011-2012 to take health and fitness classes, which were really interesting but turned out not to be useful for me. The upkeep on a fitness certificate with CEUS, the liability insurance, equipment if you work independently, and low pay if you work at a big-box gym. However, I use some of the knowledge in my current job but didn’t see the payoff for the money I spent.

As I have mentioned in other posts, I have a psychology degree… period. I don’t have a master’s degree, and I am not licensed. To be successful with a psychology, a person likely needs to commit to getting a doctorate or will need to pair their psychology degree with a counseling related master’s degree. They might even want to go in another direction, I’m just sayin’…

I have known many people in the social services/social work/juvenile or criminal justice fields return to school to get a few extra letters after their names at a pretty BIG price, one which I am not willing to pay. Some of these intelligent, hardworking people owe $50,000-$100,000 when they are done to only end up earning $40,000, unless they move into administrative or management rules after putting in their time. Clearly, they made these choices not with the intention of getting rich but of making a difference in the community and in the lives of others. Those that chose to go the counseling route did so as part of a long-term plan to eventually have a private practice.

If I were to go back to school, I would study journalism or something tech-related, possibly programming or coding. Writing has always been with me and a part of me. I like to research things that catch my interest, which a journalist needs to do to build and flesh out a story. I like blogging and would like to know more of the technical side, such as how this blog does what it does, and how to make it show pictures a certain way, change the font, how to position words and pictures in different locations on the page, etc. I like knowledge, information, and news in all forms.. even the news I don’t agree with can teach me something.  Journey through lifeI don’t regret the opportunities I have had to help others and learn about people. I don’t regret all of the youth I was able to listen to, encourage and, hopefully, give the motivation to see past their immediate environment to the future. I don’t regret the lessons I have learned, but I wish I had listened to myself and had confidence in what I thought my path should be rather than taking others’ path and living with what-ifs.  I think that some of the people in my life would have found me all the same because they, especially Boyfriend, were meant to be there. I am starting to listen to myself more and to be myself because life is a journey.  Boyfriend and I have done some travelling and exploring together, which has opened me up to new world. The two pictures that rotate at the top of my blog are from these adventures! My blog, thus far, has also been an adventure and I hope you join me for the ride.

Saying hello to the neighbors… Blogging 101

So, in my limited time this evening I wanted to do the assignment of reading blogs in the reader using different tags. I chose to search “cats”, “Texas”, “introvert” and “career change”.

I found lots of blogs, some of whom I have perused recently and some that were new to me. I was very happy to blogs and posts about cats, as I am a cat owner. I live in a mostly dog-friendly world – at work, at my apartment complex and in my family – so I am always pleased to find cat-friendly people, blogs and environments. Not that I am opposed to dogs, although I am not fond of yappers, it’s just that I prefer and I identify more with cats. I found many blogs referring to introversion, being an introvert and being a “highly-sensitive person.” This topic is something I have read books about, as I have mentioned in my blog, and it continues to fascinate me. In searching career change, I found lots of related posts and topics, including “being trapped in the wrong career”, “transitions” posts about interviews, following your dreams, and “how to build a successful global career and lifestyle”. Regarding Texas, I found about blog about an Austin newcomer but mostly news blogs about the police pool party situation in McKinney, TX and a story or two about the abortion laws being upheld.

I bookmarked a few blogs to go back and read in my spare time, and I think that I will continue reading a few of them, even though I sometimes have a hard time reading all of the blogs I follow currently. It seems that you try a few blogs, a few stick and a few don’t but there are some many options to tickle your interests that you will eventually find what you are looking for.

A few that caught my attention tonight were:

Transitions In My Life    https://daisy9979.wordpress.com/

The Acci-dental Farmer  https://teethtofarm.wordpress.com/

The Path Less Travelled By  https://dreamymichaela.wordpress.com

Freed to Fly   http://freedtofly.me/

The Geeky Traveller     https://thegeekytraveler.wordpress.com/

Maybe these blogs will interest you, too!

 

 

 

I’m here… Part II

I started my blog in November 2014, and I am proud to say that I am still here. I have been writing about different things that I notice or have affected me personally, covering topics from my family and Boyfriend’s family, hobbies, politics, my hometown Chicago and my new home Central Texas, and life in general.

I have written in various forms for most of my life – poems, journals, stories when I was younger, and news articles for the school paper. I did it because I liked it and it helped to get thoughts and feelings on paper. I wouldn’t say that my poetry was great but I enjoyed writing it, and it helped me process life in my own way. I haven’t written poetry in a long time, maybe 2-3x in the past eight years, which I have tied to working in social services. My jobs have entailed lots of people time, sometimes dealing with lots of stress, and I would gain satisfaction from helping others but also be left drained mentally and emotionally.

I really enjoy blogging- writing blog posts and reading blog posts. I wish I had given this a-go sooner than I did but I am glad I am  here. Kind of reminds me of the saying about Texas, “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could,” which also pertains to me. I hope to gain more comfort in sharing my thoughts publicly, though in a most anonymous manner, and I hope to develop skill at building different types of posts. I plan to continue writing about various topics, including family, life, politics, and other topics as they peak my interest.

Again, welcome to blogdaysofchrell!

Hello Blogosphere! Why I Joined Word Press

Hard  for me to believe that it’s been three months since I signed up for a blog on WordPress.com. My, my, how time flies!

Joining Word Press was something I considered for months before I decided to give it a go. Writing was a hobby of mine for a long time. I wrote poems as an adolescent and young adult as a way to get my feelings out and organize my thoughts. At times, I took inspiration from music or friends’ situations and wrote my take on it. I have also kept a journal on and off for 25 years, wow! I am also an avid reader, though not as much as I was growing up or when I relied on public transit rather than a vehicle. All the same, I like real books and news articles. Unfortunately, I read most of my news online now, though I was a regular buyer of print news until I moved to Texas.

My interests and views have evolved over time, which should be a part of aging and maturing. With knowledge comes understanding, supposedly, and I feel that has happened for me in the past few years. I used to read a healthy supply of pop and chic fiction but now read mostly biographies and non-fiction. While I have always been interested in books about people, especially athletes, wrestlers and a few celebrities, I try to read now for the sake of learning, even reading about someone or something with whom I don’t agree. With my increased knowledge I no longer take most news as reported and think I am getting the whole story or even the real story, especially in light of a known reporter admitting a few days ago that he lied about stories he previously reported about regarding his experiences in Iraq and after Hurricane Katrina! I grew up thinking a certain way politically, too, and began to see things a little different after Boyfriend observed that the 2008 Presidential debates are similar to professional wrestlers cutting promos. Next came the almost non-stop scandals in the years since, which have involved various levels of government, politicians and large corporations.  As a result, I research the information I get, reading news websites, alternative news websites, blogs and documentaries. That is how I found out about Word Press.

Some things about me have changed  in the last seven years and some have not. I read, but what I read has changed. I still follow and watch sports but I am much more balanced with the importance sports of sport and leisure have in my life versus the importance of what is going on in the world and spending quality time with friends and family, learning and relaxing. I like music, movies and TV but have much more awareness about the influences behind these mediums, as with news, and can see the message and agenda that I didn’t see before (For more on this, see my Television post). While these medium should be a force for awareness, expression and ideas, they can be used for influence, propaganda, slanting the argument and misinformation.

I thought the First Amendment of the US Constitution gave us free speech
Sign at the end of the Zilker Park Trail of Lights 2013

I am open to people, ideas and other ways of life but I am conscious of the fact that you can’t be too trusting, that people can and will take advantage of you and your situation, and that you need to always do what is best for you. As my Dad would tell me growing up, “There are always people with an ax to grind,” meaning that they are asking you to do something for their benefit. I, too have an ax to grind, and I hope that I can share my views, experiences and observations with others through my blog, whether to education, to help them relate to someone like themselves or to connect with others from whom I might learn a thing or two. I find a lot of variety on Word Press, something for everyone.  I find the process of using Word Press a bit challenging at times but it is still new for me and it will take practice. I like that Word Press is used in many ways for many purposes, that you are involved in the community as much or as little as you choose. It is an open forum for free speech, which is becoming somewhat of a rare and limited commodity in today’s world, even in America. I am a true supporter of free speech, even speech I don’t agree with. We can learn from those with a different opinion and a different experience.

Hello, Blogosphere. It’s nice to meet you!

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