30 years ago today, at 4:09 am, I came into this world, not kicking and screaming but wide-eyed and curious. Doctor had to smack me to make me cry because I just wanted to look around at this world I had entered. Not much has changed in the way of my curiosity. I am still curious about the world and all it has to offer. I love to travel and see the different places God, and sometimes man, has created.
This last year in my 20’s has been the most eventful year in all my years of living. 11 days after my 29th birthday, I got some news that would start the course of drastically changing my kids and my living situation, my marriage status and my future overall.
In the middle of September, Gabriel, Jenny and myself moved into my old bedroom in my parents house. We were able to comfortably fit all 3 of our beds into the room and we made it our own little space.
This is the room when we first moved in but we eventually put all kinds of stuff on the walls.
I panicked a lot in September and October. I was stressed. I was scared. I lost 15 lbs due to the stress of not knowing what I was going to do. The only jobs I had ever had were working at a movie theater, working in the photo lab at Wal-Mart when it processed film (it’s all digital now), and I was a Sales Lead at Bath and Body Works. I thought about going back to Bath and Body Works but the work involved a lot of sale talk that I am not really good at. Don’t get me wrong. I liked working there but I couldn’t see myself making a career out of it.
Finally I decided to narrow down the list of things that I would need my job/career to fulfill. Here is the list:
- I wanted to work with my hands. ( I get bored very quickly if I am not actively involved.)
- I wanted to be able to do something that wouldn’t go away anytime soon.
- I wanted to be able to create things.
For Gabriel’s 4th birthday, I made him a cake.
I did an ok job of it and for a couple of weeks I toyed with the idea of becoming a professional cake decorator. It matched my job fulfillment list so I looked into taking classes and such. A couple of weeks later, after much debate with myself, I decided that cake decorating as a career was not for me. I would never be able to handle the stress of having someones day ruined because I made their cake wrong or dropped it (lets face it, I am my father’s child). So I was back at square one but not for long. I got on the internet and typed in “jobs that you do with your hands.” There are a surprising amount of jobs that you do with your hands! I saw “welding.” I thought to myself, “There is no way you can do welding. That is a man’s job.” However, I began to debate with myself in favor of it. (Sometime my brain starts acting on its own in spite of my efforts to stop it.) So, for curiosity’s sake, I got onto Cowley’s website (I had already decided to go to Cowley. It was logical cause I already had several credit hours there.) to see if they offered any welding courses. Well not only did they offer welding courses but they had a degree program in Welding Technology. So it was settled, well, at least for me. I was going to be a welder.
Its crazy I know. I had never welded anything in my life before. The thought had never EVER crossed my mind before. However, I enrolled for the Spring 2011 semester to start working towards an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Welding Technology at Cowley County Community College.
That’s right! My welding helmet is pink!
I am going to be the best, yet, most girly welder ever!
In December, I cut my hair short. I had lost 15 more lbs (again due to stress and stuff) and I needed a new haircut that would compliment my thinning face.
It was very uplifting to have a new look!
At the end of December, I was no longer a Sadie.
January was the start of the Spring semester and I took two classes. Ethics and Introduction to Entrepreneurship. Taking these courses and, passing them (got an A in both classes), finished up my General Education requirements for my welding degree. (Some of the courses I had previously taken several years ago were able to go towards my welding degree.)
I finished my classes in May and then, on May 22, I went on a trip that would be life changing. I went to Tuscaloosa, Al to help clean up the devastation that was left behind from a F5 tornado that rampaged the area on April 27th. I was in awe of what I saw. I have lived in “Tornado Ally” all my life. I had become immune to the warnings because of the frequency that we have them yet have had no actual tornadoes that hit near our house. I had seen pictures of destruction but it didn’t hold a candle to what it is like standing on a pile of rubble that was once a house in which someone lived. Peoples belongings scattered out on the lawn. A lot of times, the items didn’t belong to the owners of the properties we were working on.
The best part about that trip was the relationships I made with the people I went with and with whom I met from around the country. I went with 9 other people and I will forever hold them in my heart.
This is Audra and myself. We were nicknamed “the mermaids.”
I used a chainsaw!!!
5 days after I got back from Alabama, I started summer school. I took two online courses, Technical Mathmatics and Industrial Materials. Had I known how much of a struggle it was going to be keeping up with these two, time consuming courses I would have chosen a different time to take them!!! At the same time I was trying to make it through these courses, I moved out into the country and my sister had a baby! Those were the major things but there were MANY little things that happened as well this summer! I ended up with an “A” in Industrial Materials and I DID pass Technical Mathmatics…math and I do not get along.
Sometime in the first week of August, I cut my hair even shorter!
I love this haircut and, yes, I am wearing clothes you just can’t see them!
So that brings us up to now…and I have turned 30. Not only that but I start my actual welding classes in 8 days.
Oh! And I get to go to Music Theater tonight and watch “The Little Mermaid!” Its one of my most favorite Disney movies!