Books I Read | December 2017

I admit it. I completely fell off the blogging bandwagon in November, causing me to miss my November reading recap post. December’s reading recap will be an accumulation of books I read in November and December. I did pretty well once classes ended. I even checked off some books that were on my reading list from 2016.

Some of the books I read were complete trash. It was very disappointing. I guess that’s the way it goes when you choose randomly on Goodreads.

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A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together – Rachel Wilkerson Miller

I decided to start bullet journaling in late November, and I really enjoyed it. It slowed down once my classes ended because I didn’t feel like I had a lot to put in it, but this book is a great way to get started with the process. I highly recommend it if you’re considering starting a bullet journal.

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Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life – Jen Hatmaker

I listened to this on audiobook and it was really good! Jen Hatmaker is a Christian writer with some liberal views on faith. She narrated and added her own tidbits that aren’t in the written text, which was refreshing and insightful. If you are interested in hearing from a woman who loves God and isn’t a fire and brimstone type, put this book on your list!

The Bette Davis Club – Jane Lotter

This book was so underwhelming. It started slow and didn’t pick up or get interesting until the last 50 pages or so. I thought it would be a fun read, but it was doldrum. There is very little related to Bette Davis, and the analogy in which she is used is dumb. Don’t read.

The Gemini Effect – Chuck Grossart

Another disappointing read. I am so glad to finally have this off my list. It was on my 2016 reading list and I was able to read it using my free Kindle Unlimited Trial. I thought it sounded so interesting, but it was poorly written and felt like the author stole from a thousand other stories. Picture I Am Legend and World War Z in book form.

The best part about this apocalyptic novel was that it started in Kansas City. I don’t recommend it.

The Winged Histories – Sofia Samatar

This book has great reviews on Goodreads but it was so difficult to read and understand. The writing is unique and beautiful, but I found myself asking what the heck is going on right now? I skimmed the whole thing. I did not enjoy it and if someone asked me what it was about, I wouldn’t know what to say.

Friends Like Us – Lauren Fox

This was exactly what I thought it would be. I actually read it a few days ago (getting an early start on my 2018 list) because it was on Hoopla as audiobook. It definitely feels like the author stole everything from Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. It was written well, but so overdone. If you like these kinds of stories, go ahead and read it. Just don’t expect anything big.

Beneath the Surface – John Hargrove

I’m not quite finished with this, but I’m close enough to write a review. I have been torn apart in multiple ways reading this book. This man, a senior trainer who worked with orcas at SeaWorld – unveils the truth behind performing orcas and the work that went into making these carnivorous creatures seem like cuddly, understanding beings.

Many people don’t know that I have my scuba certification and went to college in Maine for a year to pursue this career.  The summer before I left, one of their oldest and best trainers was killed by Tilikum. That was in 2010. After the trainer’s death, workers were no longer allowed to get into the water with the whales. That piece, among so many other things, killed my dream and I decided to pursue something else.

Hargrove details his rise in the SeaWorld training ranks and how he eventually left the company because his beliefs changed. While I love seeing the orcas perform, Beneath the Surface opens your eyes to how animals in captivity react and endure life in captivity. There is no “thriving” in that kind of environment.

I could write an entire post on that book, but I recommend reading it for yourself. (And definitely read before you watch Blackfish.)

That wraps up my December reads. I am excited to get started on the rest of my 2018 reading list! What have you been reading lately?

30+ Books to Read in 2018




With the start of a fresh year comes a new list of fresh reads. In 2017, I actually read/listened to more books than ever before, but many of them were not on my 2016 or 2017 reading lists. I’ve talked about how I use my library’s selection to work through my reading lists, and if they don’t have a book, I usually don’t get to read it. That’s because I loathe paying for books (especially audio and electronic versions).

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I’m not backing down though. This 2018 reading list contains my heftiest reading goal yet – 30 books – PLUS the leftovers from 2016 and 2017. This year, I will attempt to read 39 books, in addition to whatever crosses my fancy on Hoopla’s recommended list.

Is it attainable? Absolutely. Will it be difficult? Yes. Much of my success will depend on if I get accepted into nursing school and the NECP. If I don’t, there is no doubt in my mind that I can finish all of these books.

Something special about this list is that when choosing books, I pushed myself to pick things I am interested in, but don’t typically read. I’ve added more non-fiction, more trash (your basic quick reads), and more “best-sellers.” I am trying really hard to push the boundaries of my traditional genres, and I’ve done a pretty good job. I can’t explain how excited I am to get started.

Women Like Us by Erica Abeel

I hope this novel follows the likes of Commencement and Superior WomenIt starts out at a girl’s college, and each of the four friends are determined to be brilliant and successful. The book follows them as they grow into the women they always hoped to be. Will they all make it?

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

I have no idea what this book is about. The Goodreads summary is long and convoluted. I know it is a mystery novel, which is why I added it to my list. I also think it takes place in another time. Historical fiction/mystery? Why not? This is one way I’m expanding my reading list. For those that don’t know, I am not a fan of mysteries.

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis

Basically, a guy falls in love with a girl named Rachel. That is the gist I got from Goodreads. Not much to go on, but it sounded cute. This is the light reading needed when in the midst of heavy classics and thrillers.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Goodreads describes this book as “a deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.” It combines magic, science fiction, and traditional romance to create a novel that I’m sure will be entertaining. It also addresses climate change as the reason for the world’s impending doom. Reviewers describe it as quirky and genre-less. Sound interesting?

Speak Easy, Anne by Brandy D. Anderson

I can’t hide my love for the Golden Age in New York City. Bootlegging. Prohibition. Flappers. It calls to me, and Speak Easy, Anne promises to deliver it all. It seems like a low-budget book, but that won’t stop me. This list is about pushing boundaries, right?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

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This selection was based purely on the book cover. I mean, look at it. The cover is stunning. It also combines fantasy and historical fiction in Russia. My excitement to read this book cannot be contained.

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

It’s the Jazz Age in New York City. I don’t need to know anything else about this book to be excited about it. It also spends some time in the Great Depression. This historical piece follows Mazie, a vibrant young woman who is always looking for a good time. However, when the Depression hits, life changes for everyone and Mazie finds a way to help where she can.

I am so looking forward to this book based on this woman’s diary from the 1920’s and 30’s.

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

I’ve been trying to read more classic novels and Go Tell It On the Mountain has been on that list for years. It’s about a 14-year old boy working to discover who he is in Harlem, 1935. I am anxious to read this book, as it really is out of character for me. I am sure it will not disappoint, and I hope it adds some perspective to my life.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

A historical fiction piece about the tiniest of heroines. Many of us know the story of Tom Thumb, but what about his wife? Melanie Benjamin uses her skilled imagination to show us the world from the perspective of two feet tall. Right on the heels of the new movie “The Greatest Showman,” I am genuinely excited to see how this story reads. It has been on my Goodreads list for a long time.

The Dream Lover: A Novel of George Sand by Elizabeth Berg

This book caught my eye when I read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. George Sand was a famous female novelist who had many lovers. She spent her time in Paris during the period when all the prominent writers and artists flocked there for creative pursuits and unbridled passion. This novel follows her scandalous behavior and most prolific moments.

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

This book has a mermaid on the front. That is a core reason I added it to my list. It is a young adult fantasy novel of mermaids and elves. What’s not to love? We’ll see if it holds up.

The Weird Sisters (2018 Reading List)

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

My sister is one of my closest friends, so I love reading sister stories. This book follows three sisters who return home to care for their dying mother. There’s more to their prodigal return though. Each carries a secret and a burden, and their time spent at home reveals more than they expected. The story seems like it could have a happy ending and I love happy endings.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking Want to Read by Oliver Burkeman

People have always called me a pessimist. I consider myself a realist. See where I’m going here? This book could be the life-changing magic I’ve been looking for. Goodreads says this book turns decades of self-help advice on its head.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

I don’t know how I found this book, but I am genuinely terrified to read it. This book should not be read electronically or with audio. House of Leaves is an experience that must be read in its tangible book form. Something is very wrong in this house that a young family moves into. This creepy, twisted book may actually give me nightmares, and I am mentally preparing myself for that.

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

In an attempt to read more non-fiction and better my reading comprehension, I added this book on the recommendation of a friend. Diamond is an excellent non-fiction writer, recounting the history of all people’s throughout time. This book shines light on how humans have moved through centuries of change. I am sure an in-depth review will be necessary, as it is a very large book.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I have tried to read this book so many times I have lost count. This is the year I will read the whole thing, no matter how dry and slow it may be.

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

A book about illusions and the plague – it seems like the perfect amount of mystery and fantasy to peak my fancy. We shall see how it goes!

Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox

This sounds like a cute chick lit read about best friends. I’ve already started reading it, and now I’m beginning to think it’s a knock-off of Something Borrowed. If that be the case, I probably won’t enjoy it, but we will see.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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First, it’s Neil Gaiman. I have only read American Gods, but I have heard so many praises about this man’s work. I chose The Ocean at the End of the Lane because the cover is beautiful. How else do you choose which book to read next from a fantastic author who has multiple works?

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Because I was raised in middle America where the white trash of America thrive and find success (I can say this because some would define my own family as white trash), I found this non-fiction piece intriguing. In an effort to continue pushing myself to read things I normally wouldn’t, I added this book to my 2018 list. This follows the lower classes and the social injustices they have endured throughout history.

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Set in Alaska, a Colonel is charged to brave its wilderness and find the gold everyone is intent on finding. With just a few men and his newly pregnant wife, they endure intense hardships along the way. It is said to have some magical elements weaved throughout and has positive reviews. I think it’s going to be a beautiful and possibly tragic read.

Kraken by China Mieville

In what seems like a birth story of the Kraken, this novel takes place in a London we do not recognize, where a different kind of magic runs deep and a battle is brewing. I thought the book cover was lovely, and I think the fantasy side of it will be interesting.

The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

I am very excited to read this tale of three orphan children brought together as siblings and bound by unique circumstances. Each arrived to their “Auntie” by different means. Specifically, one sister arrived in a seashell, and at the age of 16, is now growing scales. Together, they must get her to the sea or she will die.

Nothing is ever as easy as it seems though, and their journey is full of dangerous surprises. What will they learn about each other as they try to save their sister?

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

One woman, the widow of a Nazi resistor, returns to her grand castle after WWII. She is determined to keep the vow she made to her husband of protecting the other wives of his fellow resistors. Through shared pain and grief, the characters come together to heal from the devastation World War II wrought on the world and their lives.

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

A small town in England lives through the perfect summer. Follow their stories before the perfect summer is about to end in war and broken nations. A touching story about pre-WWI England, this historical fiction piece is sure to be a heartfelt read.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

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All the Crooked Saints is set in Colorado and circles the Soria family. Each of them has the ability to perform miracles, but are also trying to escape their own abilities. Published in October 2017, I have wanted to read this since it popped up on my Goodreads recommendations.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

I don’t talk about relationships, sex, or childbirth on this blog much because it doesn’t seem relevant to my readers. However, I recently embarked on a journey of learning more about my body and what makes it tick. For those that do not know, I am not a huge fan of hormonal birth control. I believe it can work for some people, but it was not good for me.

With that disclaimer out of the way, this book is one I have wanted to read since deciding to pursue alternative birth control options and learn about the female body’s inner workings. I first heard about it on Blair Blogs as she discussed her own experience with hormonal birth control.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

This is a story about six art students who meet during the summer of Nixon’s resignation. The plot finds them in adulthood. Will they all find success as artists? Can their bond be broken by greed, love, and a changing world? I always love stories like this (see Women Like Us), so I hope it is as fun to read as others of its kind.

A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright

This book could be terrifying because it is based on fact.

“Wright illustrates how various cultures throughout history have literally manufactured their own end by producing an overabundance of innovation and stripping bare the very elements that allowed them to initially advance.”

Based on what we know about climate change and other environmental factors, this book sounds truth-bearing and scary. I pride myself in not living as ignorant in bliss, so I’m sure I will enjoy this read, even if it gives me night terrors.

Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired by Till Roenneberg

Roenneberg explores our biological clocks in this non-fiction book about time. I am an early bird. My roommate is a night owl. It is fascinating that I can wake up at 5 a.m., feeling chirpy and lighthearted, while his favorite time is after the sun goes down. Why are we like this? I look forward to reading Roenneberg’s explanations of our internal timepieces and how we can better use them to our advantage.

Books from 2016 & 2017 to Read

I’m proud to say that I actually finished a couple of books from my 2016 reading list (Beneath the Surface The Gemini Effect), but there are several that I didn’t get to. I am prioritizing those over my 2018 list because I want to knock them out and it seems like the list never gets shorter. This year, I’m determined to finish all of them (even if it means sacrificing my 2018 reads)!

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik
  • Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  • The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee
  • The Instructions by Adam Levin

Have you ever read any of the above books? I’d love to hear if you enjoyed them! If you do decide to read any of these, please let me know so we can discuss them! Let’s be friends on Goodreads, too!

My Debt Pay-Off Journey | Fourth Quarter Report

Before we dig into the financial failure that was 2017, let me be honest with you. The last half of this year was difficult for me. I fell into a pattern of buying things I had gone without for a long time.

All those times of telling myself no to save money had its long-term effects on my personal belongings and emotions. When I finally felt in control of my money (after separating my finances from my ex-husband), the desire to buy nice things for myself rekindled. My divorce made me feel free and alive again, and I wanted to capitalize on that desire.

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It started with new clothes. I didn’t go crazy, but it would be an understatement to say that my wardrobe was depressing. I hadn’t bought jeans in 5 to 10 years. New tops were few and far between, and thanks to all my purging, I had rid myself of a lot of cheap, ugly garments. Every piece I have purchased over the last six months has been intentional and high-quality. The long wool coat I always wanted? Purchased. New sweaters and wraps? Done. Fresh underwear and pjs? Yep.

But I didn’t stop there. I bought new bedding to transform my once “married” space. My laptop of three years was beginning to fail, so I splurged on a Samsung Chromebook (I can’t sing its praises enough and it was still cheaper than the laptop).

I have stayed on top of my spending, sitting at a plateau of paying off everything I purchased, but never decreasing the overall amount. For the past two years, I have eliminated my debt, slowly but surely. At the end of 2017, I can say that my debt is finally under the $60,000 mark.

Even though I have spent a lot of money this year, I am forgiving myself. I understand what this year has done to me and meant for my life. All I can do is move forward.

I am tired of spending money. I am done with school, and I have everything I could need or want now, so there should be no more big expenditures for a while. I feel no more desire to spend impulsively or selfishly. I have big plans for 2018. Failure is not an option.

A Look at the Numbers

In my 2017 third quarter debt report, I owed $61,636. As mentioned above, I spent a lot of money on myself and family (Christmas gifts), making it nearly impossible to decrease my debt. As of today, I owe $59,787.

Highlights

  • My credit card usage went up. I take responsibility for this. It won’t happen again.
  • I paid my car loan down nearly $2,000.
  • Student loans are officially under $30,000.

4th Quarter Debt Report 2017 | Rose Colored Water

100 Day Spending Fast

Progress will be made. Beginning on January 1st, I am starting a 100 day spending fast. It won’t be perfect because there are a lot of things happening in the first three-four months of the new year. By April 10th, I plan on paying off $5000 in debt. That’s an aggressive goal considering the reduction in my income (from losing a dependent). However, my tax return combined with the spending fast should allow me to reach that goal.

Because a lot of things are happening in the first part of the year, it won’t be a super-strict spending fast like the one I completed in September. I will stop eating out and buying clothes. There will be no splurges. However, there will be some gifts I need to buy and some vet expenses for Motley. I will be budgeting for these things, but they will have an impact on my fast.

Overall, I feel good about 2017, but I’m even more excited for 2018. There is a lot of potential for the new year and I can’t wait to see how much debt I can pay off. How were your finances in 2017? Did you reach your financial goals?

A Final Review of 2017’s Resolutions

Woo boy… 2017 was a real humdinger. Let’s talk a little bit about my original goals set back in January 2017. I had such big plans, but it all went crazy when I had to move and got divorced, etc. My entire life transformed into something I never expected. A majority of my 2017 resolutions weren’t relevant after May.

That meant adjusting and tackling the changes head on.

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1. Pay off the cars.

This did not happen. My financial life somewhat fell apart in the latter part of this year. I won’t recap the whole situation, but you can read about the third quarter to learn how my finances went crazy after the divorce. I have moved a lot of debt around to pay the least amount of interest possible. This is working well, and I have a positive outlook for 2018.

My big financial goal for 2018 is to pay off the Terrain and my USAA credit card. I wasn’t able to pay the Terrain down to $11000, but it is under the $14000 mark. I know I can pay it off in 2018.

2. Buy a house.

The house is a no-go. The housing market is out of control here and I am glad we didn’t buy. That would have made the divorce a lot more complicated.

3. Finish my CCAF.

Got it! I finished the HR course at Community College of Aurora, and as soon as the credits transfer, it will be official. I am really excited to have it out of the way.

4. Earn A’s in my nursing pre-reqs.

Yassssss! I am finished with my nursing prerequisites and I earned A’s in all of them!

5. Complete my 2017 reading list.

FAIL. However, I did make some great progress on my list over the Christmas break. You can read all my book reviews here.  I have big plans for 2018. I’m setting the highest goal yet, plus trying to catch up on all the years I failed (hello 2016 and 2017 leftovers). I think my time for reading will increase, especially if I don’t get into the NECP.

6. Be smarter with my time.

The last six months were not great for time management. Still, I think 2017 as a whole was successful. I tried to live with intention and purge unnecessary items.

7. Take one big vacation with Mike.

Mike and I took a trip for our anniversary in May, but it was in the midst of me wanting a divorce, so it wasn’t great.

Check out my review of Roswell and the International UFO Museum and Research Center.

8. Purge more junk.

I’m about purged out. There’s little else I can purge. I’ve actually been addressing my wardrobe situation and making a point to buy high quality, classic pieces. It’s been a healthy transition.

9. Get a 90 on my PT test.

I got a 94.7! Now I do not have to test again until next October!

10. Spend more time outdoors.

This was a win. I spent a lot of time outdoors this year, and it was great.

That was my year. 2017 is a wrap. Soon, I’ll be making my goals for 2018 and I can’t wait to share them with you! How was your year?

Air Force NECP AY 2018 Requirements + What I’ve Been Doing

Air Force NECP requirements 2018 | Rose Colored Water

You guys… It’s finally here. The time to apply to the NECP is upon us! I have been talking about this for almost two years, and it’s finally happening. I haven’t been around much because the last two years were spent preparing for this.

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Changes to the NECP Application

First, let me spin you up on some recent NECP changes. This was the first time in more than five years that AFPC looked at the requirements, deciding an overhaul was needed. Unfortunately, some of the things I hoped to see change didn’t, but some limiting factors were removed. The two biggest changes were the removal of prerequisites from the NECP application and the addition of a video interview.

For example, the NECP once required you to complete certain courses that most nursing schools required. If you were accepted to a nursing school that didn’t require a course required by the NECP, you had to get a waiver and have an academic advisor submit a letter stating it was not required for the program. Now, whatever the school requires is fine with the NECP, as long as the school fulfills all other requirements (AFROTC, under $15k/year, CCNE or ACEN accreditation, under 24 month completion).

Previously, a 250 word essay was required with the application. A 2-minute video interview has replaced that. Thankfully, you have the questions prior to doing the interview, and it will be submitted with the package. It is NOT a live interview. I can only assume they have added this to see if their applicants are professional and look the part that they will be playing (a.k.a. officers).

Schools I Applied For

Over the last four months, I have been applying to numerous colleges and taking the steps needed to gain regular admission to them. I plan on applying to five schools because I don’t want my chances at the NECP to be ruined because I didn’t get into a nursing program.

1. University of West Florida | Pensacola, FL

Everyone I know applies to UWF because they know all about the NECP and set aside slots specifically for military students. They are super military friendly and require more than just a great GPA. I had to take the ATI TEAS Nursing Exam for entrance into this school, and the minimum score to apply is 75%. I made a 77%. I will be taking the TEAS again in January after some much needed studying of anatomy and physiology. UWF also has some additional things you can do to increase your chances of admission, like volunteering and taking additional courses. To ensure the odds are ever in my favor, I will begin volunteering in the emergency services department at a local hospital at the end of December.

2. University of South Florida | Tampa, FL

South Florida is another school that everyone trying for the NECP applies to. This is for the same reason they apply to UWF — they know about the NECP and are very military friendly. USF only requires a high cumulative and prerequisite GPA, plus an in-person interview. I would love to get into USF because I have a friend down there (who met me via my Air Force posts) and because I love the ocean. I wish there was more I could do to increase my chances of acceptance here.

3. University of Memphis | Memphis, TN

I consider University of Memphis my safety school. I wouldn’t mind going there because they have an accelerated program for students that already have Bachelor’s degrees. Admission into accelerated programs is tough, but it has a smaller applicant pool than traditional nursing programs. Memphis is closer to home as well, so that’s a plus. Fewer people apply to this school. They are not as familiar with the NECP, though they do know of it.

4. New Mexico State University | Las Cruces, NM

Believe it or not, NMSU is another school I would love to get into, but also has some steeper requirements. They require the HESI nursing exam, and you must score a minimum of 75% on all components to apply. This makes me nervous based on how I did with the ATI TEAS, because my science score was LOW. Still, I am studying hard and will be taking the HESI in January. I have a bit of an infatuation with New Mexico after my road trip in May. It truly is the Land of Enchantment!

5. Eastern Kentucky University | Richmond, KY

EKU is military friendly and understands the NECP requirements, however, I just decided to apply here a few days ago. Their application process is rigorous, involving a resume, essay, three letters of reference, and a high GPA. I didn’t want to deal with all that and all my end of semester projects, but then I realized that the applicant pool for this program is also smaller. They have an accelerated program that I believe I have a great shot getting into if I can gather the proper materials in time. Plus, Kentucky is beautiful and also close to home. This will take a little extra work, but I believe it will be worth it.

Other Stuff

I submitted my “Intent to Apply” email this week. The rest of the application is due in March 2018. If I do get accepted to the program, I will find out in May 2018 and PCS around July to whichever school I was accepted to. If I don’t get into a nursing school, all is lost for this year’s application.

I can handle the blow of not getting into the NECP my first time, but I cannot handle not getting into nursing school. However, I will absolutely apply to nursing school and the NECP again next year if not accepted.

I also plan on reenlisting for another four years if I am not accepted within the next two. I want to give myself several chances to commission, as I will have many opportunities to try for the NECP in the upcoming years.

In just a few days, my final semester of prerequisites will be complete and I can spend the rest of the year studying for those two vital nursing exams. Then, while focusing on applying to the NECP, I will also begin studying for Staff Sergeant. If I don’t get into the NECP, I definitely want to make the next rank. I will be sewing on Senior Airman in late January, making the cut-off for Staff Sergeant eligibility by the hairs of my chin.

That is the gist of what’s going on so far. While school is ending, there is little time for me to relax. Things just keep moving forward, and I am very excited to see where 2018 takes me. For better or worse, I am staying optimistic.

Anything exciting going on with you?