Hey All! Sooooo it’s been a while…womp womp…epic fail of keeping this blog up to date. But hey, I’m here now so I figured I would pop on by for a quick post. With the new year fastly approaching I figured I would set some intentions for the month of January! I feel like 2018 is going to be the best year yet!!! You guys, I’m getting married in 2018!!! wooohooo!!!! So I already have an attachment and feeling towards this next year being awesome!!!
Anyways, I want to have some real talk about self-care. In grad school one of the most repetitive phrases that I heard about the social work field was, “you need to take of yourself.” And oh my god is this so true. To be honest I’ve been having a really rough time with my new job. There have been times where I get into my car at the end of the day and a rush of anxiety comes over me to the point where I’m just zoning out because my mind is in a billion places. My mood usually isn’t the best when I get home either which isn’t fair to Chris or anyone I come across or heck to even me. I haven’t made working out or eating nutritious food a priority because I just feel exhausted when I get off of work. And this my friends…does not make for a healthy Kenzie:(
I want to make sure that I’m making myself a priority…and Jesus does this sound selfish… but it’s the truth you can’t help others if you yourself are not in a good space. This being my first job out of grad school I want to make sure that I’m not on my way to being another burnt out social worker. So I’m making some changes currently and thought that with the new year I should make self-care intentions each month. If anything this will keep me accountable and I’m in dire need of accountability. So below are some of the ways I’m taking care of me and my own mental health.
Practice mindful meditations before go in for work
Engage in some form of exercise/movement 2-3 times a week after work
Craft for the wedding
Paint my nails or get a manicure
Get together with friends
Eat more veggies:)
I think this is a good start! I’ll keep you posted on progress made towards these! I hope you all are enjoying the last few days of 2017 and I know I can’t wait to get 2018 started:) Until the next post!
Hello!! Wow, the title of this post puts a humongous smile on my face!! you guys, I HAVE A JOB!!! yippee woo hooo!!!! I’m extremely happy that my job search has concluded.
After going to countless interviews and almost giving up I was offered a job in exactly what I went back to school for!! I was really beginning to think that it wouldn’t happen which was not OK. I had to give myself more pep talks than I think I ever have but I’m so glad I did because it was worth the wait!
I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity!! I probably won’t go into all the details on here but to let you know I got a job doing school social work:) I definitely will blog updates on the social work life in the real world to continue to spread the love and passion of this field.
Not going to lie I’m pretty nervous/maybe a little scared to be out practicing on my own but these feelings only add to my great sense of accomplishment.
For now, I’m going to soak up every last day of freedom from working and try to enjoy these moments. So hopefully that means lots of baking and more blog posting:)
Hi hi! As of lately, all my attention is focused on finding a job which is sooooooooo consuming/frustrating/lengthy/tiring/a billion other emotions all at once so I thought I would just put my thoughts in a quick post.
- Applying for tons of jobs and only hearing back from one. The first thing I do in the morning is check the usuals: indeed and linkedin. I scroll through all of my key-words dealing with social work and hope that there are new postings or something miraculously appears. I fill out applications, send resumes, and cover letters and basically cross my fingers that I hear back from at least one place that I applied to
- There are hundreds of social workers vying for one job. Now of course, I’m not sure what the stats of this are but my graduating class is around 200 which if they stay in Ohio, they are all my competition. Job postings are slim to begin with so we’re all competing against each other not to mention those social workers who are already out in the field applying for jobs.
- The dreaded rejection email. I have had several phone interviews and in-person interviews which have resulted in rejection emails stating that the position has been filled. This is the worst. I’m left questioning, Did they not like me? Did I not have the experience? Did I do something wrong in the interview? All of these unanswered questions makes a confused Kenzie. It also doesn’t help that I’m left with not knowing how I can improve upon skills for the next interview.
- This whole process takes a toll on my self-esteem. I know I shouldn’t take any of this personally, but it’s hard not to when nothing comes from an interview or I don’t hear back from the job which I was super qualified for and really wanted.
What I do know is that with every interview I get there is a chance to build upon my interviewing experience. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and that there is a job that is the right fit for me somewhere out there. It’s extremely hard now that I’m out of school and have nothing to do but I’m trying my best to remind myself that this takes patience.
As my mom states, “this is a process, you have to stick with it”
Hello, it’s me!!!! Goodness! I need to work on posting more.
I am halfway through the last semester of my grad program and can’t wait to be done. I’ve found motivation for school to be a real struggle this past semester. I think in part because of anxiety. I’m anxious to get going in my career or just to simply to know what job I’ll have. I’ve just started looking for jobs and filling out applications….the whole process is sooooo daunting. I want to make sure I get the job that’s right for me but sometimes you really don’t know until you’re in it. I’m also anxious about taking the LSW which I’ve been studying for when I get break from papers and endless amounts of homework for school. I never was great at standardized tests so I’m pretty nervous about this. I keep telling myself that the material is all things I should be good with because hell, it’s not science or math…it’s social work y’all. But for real, I will be happy once I pass and move forward. Finally, I’m anxious about all the schoolwork that has to be done before I graduate. Papers on papers on papers and throw in a few presentations and then I can legit be done. My to-do list is hella long but it will all be over on April 24th…which I may cry tears of joy but idk.
Point is, anxiety is no joke especially with school but after school ends anxiety will still be here so it’s all about how you cope.
So here is a list of my current coping skills:
- Reminding myself to be present in my thoughts
- Deep breathing
- Lifting heavy weights and “killing it” in the gym (I’ll have to do a post about my strength training journey soon)
- Eating chocolate (this is not a joke)
- Instagram stories (Chris is for sure rolling his eyes at his one:))
- Taking breaks from homework and not pressuring myself to get everything done
- Painting my nails
I think coping skills change depending on where you are in your life. Knowing your coping skills is all about knowing yourself, which is something that’s ever evolving. I’m lucky enough to have said coping skills whereas many may not and this is something that I look forward to helping others discover:)
Happy 2017, loves! I wanted to stop by to do a quick post as it’s a new year. I have a feeling this year is going to be a good one:) Instead of relecting on the year that was I choose to think about the what’s to come. I have lots of personal accomplishments like graduating with my MSW, obtaining my LSW, and getting a real world job to look forward to. I also have the wedding of my brother and my BFF, Alex, which I could not be more excited for! And of course I always look forward to the next Continue Reading
Oopps! Welp I thought I would have posted more on my blog but life happens and there’s nothing I can do about it. Nothing really major going on but school, school and more school. I don’t know why but this sesmeter has been pretty lousy. I feel as though all I have time for when I get home is to get caught up with homework and sleep. But I only have another week of classes and about three major papers and an exam to end this semester…woooohoooo.
Next week Chris and I will be headed to Maryland to see the fam for Thanksgiving. I miss them…A LOT! I’m looking forward to a much needed break and it’s always a good time with the Englers. And of course eating my mother’s food is all I can think about at the moment. I’ve kinda been slacking with meal prepping and making dinners that im actually excited about (again, I blame school and being busy). So maybe this break will give me more inspiration/ motivation/a fresh perspective to get me through another semseter.
I took the sky photo above shortly after Chris and I voted. This is the view right when you get off our elevtor. I remeber thinking how calm, peaceful, and beautiful the sky was over this amazing city and the fact that we just voted for a woman preseident, warmed my heart. Unfortuanelty, the day did not end the way we hoped it would. All I have to say is that I’m going to continue to live a life full of positivity and hope.
Hoepfully, after the craziness of the end of the semster I will be able to spend some more time on here and share more eats, social work things, and life updates:)
Hello!! On Tuesday I went to the orthopedist for a check up on my foot. To my surprise, he said that everything was looking good. He even shared that I could gradually start to ween off using the brace…whattt?????? I thought for sure I was destined to be in this brace for a few months longer. He Continue Reading
and by the weekend, I mean Thursday through Sunday because I’m on summer break which means every day is the weekend.
I feel like an old lady dedicating this whole post to my bum foot but the struggle is real when you’re experiencing chronic foot pain:( Continue Reading
Hello!! It’s me, Kenzie! I decided to start a blog because it has been something that I have always wanted to do and figure there’s no time like the present to start. I would consider myself a fangirl of blogs as I follow dozens and continually check for their latest posts.