I am an imperfect Christian
I wonder what life after death is really like
I hear my prayers answered in songs on the radio
I see my mom in my dreams
I want my children to know Jesus
I am an imperfect Christian
I pretend I am brave when I truly am scared
I feel God’s presence every single day
I touch people’s hearts when I can
I worry that my kids don’t know how much I love them
I cry at the drop of a dime
I am an imperfect Christian
I understand that Jesus died for me but I don’t feel worthy
I say that only God knows what is in people’s hearts
I dream about my mom walking again
I try not to judge others
I hope my children get to know Jesus
I am an imperfect Christian
- A Simple Rule to Avoid a Christ-less Christianity (christcenteredteaching.wordpress.com)
- A Christian’s daily walk with the Lord Jesus (sacollinsvogan.wordpress.com)
- Pursuing God’s Presence (liveyourfullerlife.wordpress.com)
- The Human Christian (eliezer40.com)
- Kamal Saleem: A Muslim Cries Out to Jesus (thenlistblog.com)
- Mourning, Meekness, and Spiritual Hunger (Mt. 5:4-6) (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- He Knew Just What I Needed (for a time like this) (virtuouswoman73.wordpress.com)
I have received another blog award!!! Thanks, Six-Fingered Monkey for picking me as one of 5 recipients, especially when there are so many award-worthy blogs out there!!!
I agree with Six that these blog awards are a bit like chain letters and when I get one, it is bitter-sweet. I LOVE that someone loves me enough to send me an award (or maybe they just sent so many awards to others in the past that they chose me to spare the bloggers they love more the hassle of following these blog rules). Either way, I appreciate the award because it will look so damn cool on my “Awards Page.” But when it comes to paying it forward, I do worry that the others are quietly telling me to suck it.
I am humbly accepting Six’s award with a tweek in the rules. This may ban me from all future awards!
The rules are:
In order to accept you must:
1. Post the rules on your blog (done).
2. Name 5 of your most fabulous moments (either in real life or in the blogosphere).
- When my kids were born. I know…cliche. Deal with it.
- When I competed in my bodybuilding competition
- When I earned my Bachelors in Psychology from an incredibly esteemed university (1 year ago)
- All the times I have responded to ambulance calls as an EMT and truly felt like I was helpful. This happens a lot less than you may think because most things are out of my hands.
- Watching my daughter drape her silver sash and red and gold cords around her graduation gown. That may have been THE proudest moment of my entire life.
3. Name 5 things you love.
- My husband and my kids (yes, coffee comes before them).
- Being an EMT and the EMS Captain at the firehouse
- Being an artist (wishing I could do it more often)
- The thought of becoming a Mental Health Counselor in 2 years
4. Name 5 things you hate.
- Haters. People who hate GROUPS of people just for the sake of hating a group of people. I hate that group of people. I know….you don’t have to tell me about the irony here.
- The fear that I will not become a Mental Health Counselor in 2 years as planned.
- That sleep is necessary. I do love to sleep but I hate that I NEED to sleep.
- When people mistreat the elderly and this includes treating them like children!!!!!!!
5. Pass the ribbon on to 5 bloggers and leave a comment notifying them of their win.
- All Work And No Play Makes Mommy Go Something Something.
- Colour the day
- Absolutely Narcissism
- We Work For Cheese
- If I Were God
So go check out these awesome blogs!!!!
If you received this award from me, here are your rules:
1) Copy and paste and conform to the rules above (or)
2) Toss the rules to the side of the road and do whatever the hell you want with it!!
Now…onto some more serious business. Rectums and Uteri. I am not sure if “uteri” is the proper plural for “uterus” but it isn’t underlined (so I am assuming it is spelled correctly) and it sounds way cooler than “uteruses” which, by the way, IS underlined.
I was visiting Sandra over at Absolutely Narcissism (linked at #3 above) and she is taking part in a competition or event of sorts that is sure to make rectums and uteri fall out.
So, now I have a visual of asses and uteri on the side of the road. And I thought the occasional ‘possum or skunk was bad!
- blog awards (stuffstephdoes.com)
- Yay! Liebster Award! (leajurock.wordpress.com)
- Dr. Horribles Blog Award (ramuay.wordpress.com)
- Blog Awards (the-view-outside.com)
- It’s So Nice to Receive Blog Awards (darsba.wordpress.com)
- 4 Blog Awards & A 12 Year Celebration! (lifeinthedashlane.wordpress.com)
- I got nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! (ilovesunsetsbythesea.wordpress.com)
- Inspiring Blog Award (adrianpym.wordpress.com)
- ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD!! 10 Nominations! (musewithcoffee.wordpress.com)
- And the nominees are (“One Lovely Blog Award”) (greatpoetrymhf.wordpress.com)
- I Am Honored with Loveliness (youwerebornthatway.com)
- Something Lovely, Something Inspiring. (mumchic.com)
As you may know, I am a Non-Trad (Non-Traditional College Student). I am 40 years old and just recently earned my BA in Psychology and I am now working on my Masters in Mental Health Counseling.
Getting a degree in my late 30′s was hard work! With family and firehouse obligations, friends telling me that I neglect them, and Lupus, it often seemed like an uphill battle. But I was determined and I am proud that I completed it!
I took a Medical Leave of absence this past semester and half of the semester before that. I go back to school full-time at the end of August and to be honest, I have been really worried about that. I just don’t know if I have what it takes; the passion, the desire, the patience, the same priorities, and mostly, the energy. I am really scared that I will not succeed this time and then I will be devastated that I didn’t. I will regret so much.
I have prayed about this and more so recently. It is amazing how God never ceases to answer my prayers!!! Once again, God, thank you for having my back! How did He answer my prayers this time? When I logged onto Yahoo today, this is the article that greeted me. I think I DO have what it takes. I just need to remind myself of that!
Every June, students all over the country don their caps and gowns for graduation. Whether it’s from high school, college or graduate school, most people could easily count their own graduations on one hand.
But not 71-year-old Michael Nicholson of Kalamazoo, Mich.Nicholson has earned 29 degrees and is now pursuing his 30th.
“I just stayed in school and took menial jobs to pay for the education and just made a point of getting more degrees and eventually I retired so that I could go full-time to school,” Nicholson told ABCNews.com.
“It’s stimulation to go to the class, look at the material that’s required and meet the teacher and students. It makes life interesting for me,” he said. “Otherwise, things would be pretty dull.”
Nicholson has one bachelor’s degree, two associate’s degrees, 22 master’s degrees, three specialist degrees and one doctoral degree.
Most of the degrees are related to education such as educational leadership, library science and school psychology, but other degrees include home economics, health education and law enforcement.
Nicholson is currently working on a master’s degree in criminal justice.
“I would like to get to 33 or 34. I’m almost there,” he said. “When I complete that, I’ll feel like I’ve completed my basic education. After that, if I’m still alive — that would take me to 80 or 81 — I would then be free to pursue any type of degree.”
Nicholson’s early interest in education came from the encouragement of his parents, who wanted him to be well-educated. His Canadian father was forced to drop out of school after the third grade to work and his mother graduated from high school.
“We were motivated to continue with our educations and go as far as we could go,” he said of himself and his siblings. “She [his mother] wanted something better for us than simply working at a factory, so she kept doing the necessary for us to continue.”
Nicholson’s first degree was a bachelor’s in religious education from William Tyndale College in Michigan in 1963.
Five degrees later, he was pursuing his doctorate in education from Western Michigan University in 1978.
While pursuing the doctorate, he met Western Michigan University Professor Tom Carey when Nicholson was working as a parking lot attendant writing tickets for the university. He wrote Carey three tickets in one day and the two have now known each other for 35 years.
“I’ve had 18,000 students in class and I’ve never heard of anybody like this,” Carey told ABCNews.com. “He’s the ultimate life-long learner. I marvel at his tenacity to go to school.”
Nicholson has earned all of his degrees; none of them have been honorary or awarded degrees. Though Carey was never Nicholson’s professor, the two meet at least once a year for Nicholson to give Carey an updated resume, which he shows students in his classes.
“He’s intrinsically motivated. It’s unique, but it almost sounds bizarre,” Carey said. “Some people collect animals and he collects tassels.”
And collect tassels he does. Nicholson has been to 28 of his 29 graduation ceremonies.
What does he enjoy about the graduation ceremonies? “Just the pomp and circumstance. … I could do without the speeches,” he said with a laugh.
“Eventually, it became getting as many as I could,” he said. “There’s the excitement of graduation, but the overall objective was to get the degree.”
He has earned degrees from a dozen schools in places including Michigan, Texas, Indiana and Canada, and he always goes to class.
“I would not take an Internet class. That’s far too difficult,” Nicholson said. “I’m not one of those all-A students.”
He still works on a typewriter and his wife Sharon Nicholson helps him type up his assignments. His wife is highly educated in her own right, with seven degrees of her own.
“She helps me with my homework all the time,” he said. “I cannot function on a computer, so she has to do it.”
When asked what advice he would give to recent graduates, Nicholson paused before saying, “Don’t quit too soon. Keep up with your aspirations. A lot of people tend to throw in the towel and have to come back to it later. Don’t give up on your aspirations too soon.”
And the admittedly competitive Nicholson has no plans to give up on his own aspirations, hinting that he has his eye on a few more degrees in the next few years.
“He likes going to school and doesn’t want responsibility,” Carey said. “This is what Mike lives for. He’s about 70 and he’s not going to stop. It wouldn’t surprise me if at one point he tried law school or something else.”
- Michigan Man Has 29 College Degrees (abcnews.go.com)
- Will Scott Walker Finally Get His College Degree? (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Degree #3 (1yogafan.wordpress.com)
- Keiser University Recognizes New International Graduates (prweb.com)
- College Graduates Predict Economy Can Only Improve Over the Next Year (prweb.com)
- Baker College of Muskegon graduates largest class ever in 2012 (mlive.com)
- Olin Holds Seventh Commencement; Graduates Urged to Blaze New Trails (prweb.com)
- 71-Year-Old Earns Advanced Degree (huffingtonpost.com)
- (Not My) Sense of Accomplishment (thenlistblog.com)
This post is for The 30 Days of Writing Challenge hosted by We Work For Cheese. Today’s prompt is “Sense of Accomplishment.”
I considered all of my options for the subject matter. I have accomplished so much in my life.
Husband, kids, house, EMT, Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Rochester, Getting into Grad school for Mental Health Counseling, and most recently, not overdosing on Xanax and Tequila while I nursed my obnoxious dog.
Then I thought about my bodybuilding days and I yelled out loud to nobody in particular, “Yes! I will post about my bodybuilding competition!” I mean, I will NEVER look like that again and damnit, I want the world to know about that accomplishment!
Then I visited the most recent post by Nicole Is Better.
I was so moved by this post. Partly because I am the complete opposite of a runner and her induction into the NYC Marathon is sooo awesome but mostly because I am in Grad school to become a Mental Health Counselor and her story is incredible in my eyes!!!!
Nicole has been blessed to have Mental Health Counseling available when she couldn’t afford it. Her success at getting herself mentally healthy is amazing enough!
One of Nicole’s Bucket List items was to run in the NYC Marathon and her success in getting into this event is even more amazing.
BUT!!! Are you ready for this?? You are soooo not ready for this!!!
This marathon is raising money for the same organization that enabled Nicole to receive her needed therapy for about the cost of a cup of coffee!! By running in this marathon, Nicole is making it possible for others needing Mental Health Therapy to get the help they need regardless of ability to pay!!!!!!
Holy shit!! This is HUGE!!!!!
PLEASE go visit her blog post (linked above). You don’t need to donate to her cause (although I am sure she would totally appreciate it) but I think leaving her a comment with an encouraging word would be wonderful.
Way to go, Nicole!!!! Your gift will be a blessing to so many people!!!
- Mental Wellbeing: 5 tips for maintaining your mental health (motivateyourworld.com)
- Mental Health Counseling (allaboutcounseling.com)
- Counselling Directory Wants to Get People Talking About Mental Health (prweb.com)
- Mental Health (allaboutcounseling.com)
- What The New York City Marathon Means To Me (clearlynotnormal.com)
- Couple Marry While Running The NYC Marathon! (since1910.com)
- The Man Who Made It All Possible (kararuns.com)
- Mental Health Counseling Degree (allaboutcounseling.com)
- For better care, train doctors to be mindful (futurity.org)
- Why Being “Cool” Isn’t Cool Anymore (bigthink.com)