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January intentions

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!

My life, Social Work

The job search is OVER

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:)



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3 Ways I’m Incorporating Mindfulness into My Life

Zen stones in water

Now that school and my internship are in full force I feel the sense of stress and anxiety quickly coming over me. I’m usually one who remains calm on the outside but on the inside I’m constantly running through all that needs to be done/freaking out about how little time I have in a day. With deadlines, projects, and life, in general, it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed….cue in mindfulness!

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Back to Grad School

Here we go again! Back to school! This year will be my last year of school EVER and this time I mean it!

After undergrad, I took almost three years off from school to focus on getting that professional experience I needed and really I just wanted a break from school.

During my time off I heard lots of : “it’s really hard to take a break and then go back to school,” but I usually just shrugged it off. I’m a goal setter so going back to school to get my masters was the goal I was working toward. Once I put a goal in mind then that’s my focus so there was no doubt that I was going back to school.

Sure, going back to school was difficult but it was mainly just an adjustment. I had to adjust to sitting in class for several hours, writing in APA, and reading A TON (I think that’s what grad school is all about.) But overall it hasn’t been anything I can’t handle.

I’m excited for this year which seems like it’s going to be very busy but hey that’s a good thing. I’ll have two days of classes and three days at my internship. This year I decided to do my internship at a high school. I have no experience in a school setting so I thought I would give it a try to see if it’s something that I want to pursue in the future.  After this year I’ll have a school social work license on top of my LSW.

And of course, I’m most excited for graduation and getting my big girl job. For real, going back to school has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can’t wait to see what my future has in store for me.

I’ll leave you with a pic from the olden days at the best school ever…OU!



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Why social work?

I really do want to make sure that I have a few posts a month dedicated to social work as after this year of school I will be a licensed social worker (looking forward to being done with school for the rest of my life) I’m not exactly sure how I’ll do this but was thinking it could be as simple as posting an article, Continue Reading