I can’t keep calm, I passed NCLEX


th6UH8AJ5ZI write this post with overwhelming joy to share that two weeks ago I graduated RN school. Today the results are in and I passed NCLEX. I am now a Registered Nurse, wow it feels good to say that. These past two days of waiting for result from state board have been gruesome, and when I say gruesome, I’m talking sweating spells, anxiety, worry, not to mention, GI disturbances (I’ll spare you the details).  Many of us know that the “waiting time” for anything important to us stretches our patience.  A couple days feels like forever!

Having worked in healthcare more than 11 years, two years as a nurse’s aid, and nine years as an LPN, I knew one day I would reach the next step and be closer to my goal. Many tears, sweat, and even blood was shed in the last 2 1/2 years of nursing school. It has not been an easy road to say the least. But, I knew if I worked hard enough, with God’s strength and family and friends support (very much needed), I knew anything was possible. Many people may not fully understand how much this means to me. I learned many years ago that God had a plan for my life. His plans for me were even greater than I could ever imagine. It took me a while to understand that. I wanted to quit. At times, I would not get the grades I wanted (even after all night study sessions), while sometimes working 40hr work weeks.  I felt defeated. Can I do this? It’s too stressful.. so much pressure. God says, “yes, you can.”

There are many times we go through trials and challenges, one after another, we feel worthless and powerless. But God says, “You are more than a conqueror.” We want to give up, then God says, “You can do this.” We want to say “I’m tired of fighting” and God says, ” I am your strength and comfort.” When we doubt ourselves, God is always there to remind us that we will overcome. Through challenges comes a greater level of faith and hope.  Faith that God will see us through this and hope for our future.

Today, I am grateful that I did not give up. Today, I am grateful for special people that love and support us even through our darkest times. Today,  I am happy for those who push through despite their opposition. Today, I am grateful for educators that continue to influence this generation and impart knowledge and wisdom for us to strive to give our best. It never gets easier, you just get stronger.



img_4083Attend a professional soccer game, check. This past week, I had the opportunity to attend a Philadelphia Union soccer game. It was a blast! I’ve never been much in to futbol (soccer), but learned to appreciate the game. Worldwide, this is the most popular sport, and having attend a game now I see why. Goaaaal!!! The crowd yells and stands to cheer after our team makes a goal.

While watching the game, it seemed to me that soccer players are probably the most in shape athletes of all sports (not that I was checking them out or anything).

I am now looking forward to attending future games.


Be True And Carry On

Be True And Carry On

Hello again. It’s been a while. I write this post while on a plane returning home from vacation. While on the plane, I watched a movie called, Man Up. I have never heard of this British film, but the name of the film caught my interest. Watching this movie really put some things about relationships into perspective. Towards the end of the movie, I found myself for possibly the first time ever on a plane ride, crying. Yes, I do cry at almost every movie I watch. But, watching this movie about love, gave me a sweet reminder that love is out there for me. As I sometimes think that true love will never happen for me, I am reminded in different ways and through people that it will come. It may look different for everyone, but I have hopes that anyone in a similar situation as myself will be given the desires of their heart in due time.

While God is still writing my love story, I will continue to follow my dreams and desires in life, striving to live life to the fullest, until that match for me finally makes his grand entrance. I am holding on to something that I know I will be thankful I waited for.

Is he tall, dark, and handsome, or is he the total opposite of what I could have ever imagined. I don’t know. But what I do know is that he’s out there, and he will find me when he is ready. I recently had a phone conversation with my father, who always seems to have the right words for me. I was speaking to him about my discouragement and frustrations about finding love. His response, “He’s out there. I don’t know where the hell he is, but he is out there”.
Many of us in similar situations can get frustrated or grow weary in waiting for something or someone we think may never come. Put your seat buckle tight and hold on for the ride because you will soon reach your destination. I put this out there, not for anyone to pity me for sometimes being inpatient on ever meeting Prince Charming to sweep me off my feet. But I share in all transparency because this is real life talk. No, it is not you. I strongly believe in God’s perfect timing and will for our lives. If we continue to stay true to who we are, everything will begin to fall in to place.

Be True and Carry On.

Adventures in Camp Nursing


IMG_8051Adventures in Camp Nursing

Shabbat Shalom. Well, it has been officially one week down (of three), working as a camp nurse. Is it fun?… of course it is! It has definitely been great learning new things about nursing, pediatrics, and about life. The best part of camp is the children, they are all pretty awesome. Honestly, I never imagined myself working in nursing with kids. But, patience is really getting a hold of me, which is super helpful in working with the little ones.

                What is it like working in camp nursing? It’s caring for a few hundred (up to 1000) campers and staff along with a few other nurses and a physician. Camp nursing calls for action packed days in the infirmary passing medications, triaging ill or injured children and staff, with the occasional emergent situation.

                In between shifts-what do we do? Have fun at camp! With what ever energy is left and not drained out, there is time to do all the fun stuff has to offer. For example, here are some of the things I enjoyed on site at camp in my free time: jet ski, archery, swimming pool, tennis, hike, petting zoo, and hang out with the awesome staff (many of which who are international-gotta love those accents)!

                One new thing learned this week: Lev, means heart in Hebrew. Oh, did I mention this is a Jewish camp. Learning a new culture has been fun as well. Was also able to participate in Shabbat services. So long for now. Stay tuned for more.

No one said it would be easy


 As I sit here on the rocks listening to the sounds of waterfalls in front of me, I hear the sweet soft words, “as the dear pants for the water so my soul longs after thee.” It’s been a little over a week or so since I’ve exited one of the roughest seasons. For the past few months I’ve reminded myself daily not to quit-that God did not bring me this far to leave me. This past semester of Nursing school had me tested and tried, and has taught (and reminded) me many lessons in life.

  1. 1. Use your time wisely. As the weariness of school obligations, daily reading assignments (that I couldn’t keep up with), late night study sessions, amongst work schedule, not to mention social life (or lack thereof), and involvement in church fellowship, it is very difficult for us (well, I’m speaking of myself-but I’m sure we can all relate) to prioritize what matters most. But, it’s a must.

2. Don’t give up. Yes, we’ve all heard it time and time again. If it were in regards to school, or career choices, our home or family situation-do not give up! Breakthrough is just around the corner. It has to be a constant reminder to us, that there is light at the end of the dark tunnel. This season of trials and tribulation, disappointments, failures-it coming to an end. No more rolling through stop signs without getting a ticket (heard that in church service this morning). There was a time that I simply was just disappointed in myself, people were letting me down… there is a frustration for those of us that have dealt with this. But, in the midst of our frustrations-there is a sweet voice saying, “I love you no matter what, and you can do this.” We must remember our goals, passions, and mission that is set before us. We will finish this marathon of life-not as a quick sprint but in a process that we will be thankful for in the future.

No one said it would be easy-but it will be worth it.”

3.) Keep those close to you-near you. Remember your family and close friends are your support system. When we feel a state of isolation (may be good or bad), we must stay accountable. Talk to those close to your heart. It may be difficulty, or even humbling, but you will not regret it. It is in our darkest times that we learn to rely on those who care.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.”

~James 1:12

Milking a Cow


Yay!! After an incredible weekend celebrating my little sisters wedding, I was able to milk a cow. The home we rented for the weekend was actually a Farm House located on a dairy farm, which in turn equalled being able to milk a cow!! I have to admit, it was a very weird feeling. But, a pretty cool thing to do. But, I don’t think I would consider doing it again, I guess I just prefer to purchase my milk by the gallon. If you have never milked a cow, I would highly consider you’d try it out, at least once. Check out the video link below.



💪Called to be Greater


As summer slowly approaches it’s end, and the Autumn breeze arises, I sit here, reflecting on the last few weeks of my summer break. Tomorrow, is a new day, and the first day of my next term of school. I am reflecting and processing the beginning of another season, that brings me closer to my dream.

This is why I became a nurse. Here is my story.

As a little girl, I have always wanted to become something great and make a difference in the world in any possible way. I always understood that there was more to life than the limited opportunities I was surrounded with. Growing up in Los Angeles, California, was not always about sunshine and surfing, as many would suggest. The city was also housed by gang members, druggies, and homeless. Many of whom, due to poor lifestyle choices and upbringing, would be entrapped in this lifestyle their whole life. When I was about 19 years old, I made one the biggest decisions in my life, I left LA and headed east, a decision that has forever changed my life and helped me become who I am today. I ended up in Lancaster, PA and settled in with my aunt, who had recently moved there as well. After the move, I quickly became involved in a local church as I knew I needed spiritual guidance to stay on track. I started working two jobs, and then enrolled in an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) program a few months later. You see, I didn’t always want to be a nurse. I wanted to follow my mothers footsteps and become a teacher. After some circumstances, I chose Nursing. After prayer, God was leading me in this direction, and then I knew I was Called to help care for the ill, the unwanted, the powerless, and spread the joy of the Lord that I was blessed with.

At about 23 yrs of age, I completed the LPN program, and continued to work in various settings as a practical nurse for 7 years leading me to today, where I strive for greater. I started the RN/BSN program, and grateful that this opportunity has finally come. I always wondered why it has taken me so long to reach this point. But, then I was quickened and reminded that sometimes one needs to “go through” some things in order to be at a better place, when certain opportunities arise. You see, these past few years, and in process to completing an RN program were rough. I battled stages of depression, abuse, feelings of no self worth, disappointment, anger, etc, but after 3 years of being on a straight and narrow path, the time is now. I choose to stay positive, and be an impact to everyone around me. I started to blog, where I share my heart, and in that with hopes of encouraging anyone and everyone who takes the time to read this.  It has been a challenge balancing school, work, church, community involvement, and school leadership team, but it has taught me how to balance everything that is important in my life.

Sometimes, opportunities are not just “handed” to us, we have to work for them. Diligence is key. I am encouraged that as I look back on growing up, everything has been a process. Life is like a ladder, and we must keep climbing up! Started as a scared 20 yr old working as a Nurse’s Aid in the hospital, to a competent LPN, and now looking forward to the future as an RN, and then grad school, and I could go on. But, despite all odds, I will become someone great. If I can encourage anyone with my story, remember that nothing worth having comes easy.

Be patient, and stay strong during the process, and keep in mind,

“it will be worth it.”