Monthly Archives: November 2017

Ross + Extern

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Oh wow, where do I begin. Back at the end of April Matt finally pushed me into inquiring about Ross Medical Center and within a few quick days I was enrolled on campus and attended their morning classes.

I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Ross was generally positive experience, save for a few hiccups involving cheating (not me, other students). Anyway, there I was lucky enough to meet many like minded women, one of which was the lovely Arlana. Arlana has been such an inspiration and I would be lost without her. She is truly one of my best friends now, and has really served as a positive light and drive in my life.

Anyway, Arlana, Arpana, Quantavia, and I all started on May 3rd and in a few quick months we have passed (with high honors I might add) all six mods. We are currently wrapping up our externship, which brings me to my next point…

Extern.

I was fortunate enough to be able to extern at my own doctors office. I have went to NFP since I came here, so it’s been really awesome to get to work there. I am doing well there and think I get along fairly well with everyone so far. I am learning a lot and have really enjoyed everything. I have had some really amazing trainers (MA, C especially, and A). I have really grown to love these ladies already and I have loved my weeks as an extern there. I just finished my fifth week of a six week extern through Ross and it has actually lead me to…

Employment.

So, Arlana and I both externed at nfp and were both offered positions there during our third week. While Arlana’s availability inhibited her from accepting, I did. I’m pretty excited and I have been busy the last few weeks doing all the necessary steps to start employment on Monday the 27th of November. I will kick Monday and Tuesday off with all-day orientation and then I will be spending Wednesday in our simulation lab, getting signed off on skills.

I also just took my RMA exam on Tuesday. I was extremely nervous and hyped it up way more than necessary. I was stressed because on my practice exams I took while on extern I got a 69 and needed a 70 to pass. I ended up taking it and passing with a 91 once I relaxed!

So, all of that has been awesome. I am really fortunate to have such a strong and amazing support system.

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Getting organized

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It’s been awhile, but I wanted to touch base on my latest organizational projects.

I started creating binders for everyone in the family, as well as a family binder. For the individual binders I have tabs such as:
– Education,
– Work (for the adults) and Extracurricular Activities,
– Medical History (with Mental health tab for me, and a therapy/Autism tab for Avila, and a Dental tab),
– Legal Documents,
– Personal Documents
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Each tab is further divided by year, but I am finding that I am quickly running out of room. I should probably take out anything over 3 years old and invest in a file cabinet with some hanging files and file things away that way, but we shall see. It is really nice just being able to flip to the category I want, go to the year I want, and then I have little sticky notes to further break it down by month. So far I’ve made it approximately through a third of my paperwork that has accumulated all over my house. I never throw things out, especially things like that, and I needed to do something with it. So far I have found the binders to be very handy and convenient.

As for the family binder.
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I have it tabbed off into the following categories:
– Contact Info
– Schedules
* Planner (I try to make sure I write everything down in this, my phone, and on the kitchen fridge to make sure everyone is aware of what’s going on, but we are still getting used to using the binder on a daily basis)
* Schedules / times / business hours of things such as the dance studio schedule for the current year, the youth group schedule, local library hours, etc.
– Goals and Overviews
* Weekly
* Monthly
* Annually
– Home
* Cleaning (Probably divided by year once we start doing this…)
* Maintenance (Probably divided by year once we start doing this too…)
* Utilities (Information; Currently needs to be paid; Divided by year: Notices)
– Vehicles
* His car
* My car
* His motorcycle
– Insurance
* Car (divided by year)
* Dental (divided by person / year)
* Health (divided by person / year)
* Home (divided by year)
* Motorcycle (divided by year)
* Pet (divided by pet / year)
*Vision (divided by person / year)
* Misc (divided by category / year)
– Owner’s Manuals, Protection Plans, Warranties
*Owner’s Manuals
*Protection Plans / Warranties
– Pets
*Divided per pet, further divided by year
– Important Dates
* Cover sheet of the year with the ~super duper important~ dates
* Sheets per month, numbered 1 – 30/31 with the person’s name and year
– Passwords and Access
– Entertainment
* Subscription Boxes
* Tickets
* DVD digital downloads
* Photography details / receipts / check lists of photos needed to get printed
– Parties
* Divided by person and year
– Travel
* Brochures
* Bucket lists
* Travel plans / itineraries

I use the tabbed dividers with the pockets for the main tabs, then normal plain tabbed dividers for the sub categories. If I arrange by Person first, I use the colored plastic tabs, and then use the plain, white tabs for the years.

 

Our finances go in it’s own binder. That one holds info such as our banking info, expense tracking, loan information, long-term savings goals and tracking, short-term goals and tracking, paid utilities, and that sort of thing. We save our receipts and I have them saved by month but I’m wondering if I should go through the tedious task of categorizing them all, but Idk, that sounds like a lot of work, even for me. Haha.

Then, the Food binder contains Avila-friendly recipes, take out menus, and meal planning information

 

I have also started Artwork Binders for each of the kids. I’ve been three-hole punching most things (and using sheet protectors for the rest) but I was getting overwhelmed with the amount of artwork the kids were giving me, and I didn’t want to get rid of all of it, so I started putting each kids’ artwork in binders and keeping them divided by years.

It’s working so far, but they’re still young. It’ll be interesting to see what the future holds for keeping things organized