Daith Piercing: 30 Days (and beyond)

Let me let you in on a little secret. I was trying to keep a diary of my headaches/symptoms/no headaches, etc, but I totally forgot after a week. So, I’m doing a post without a daily breakdown like I had planned on doing. 

I’ve had my daith piercings for roughly 6 weeks now. They are not giving me any trouble. My left one appears as though it’s completely healed, and although the right one still get “crusty” and “gross”, I clean it a couple times a day with Bactine and it seems great too. 

And now, for what you really wanna hear.

Have I had any headaches? 

The short answer: No. 

The longer answer: In the six weeks since getting my daith piercings done, I’ve had one headache. One. No migraines. The one headache I’ve had lasted a couple hours and then went away. 

Okay, but how often did I used to have headaches and migraines? 

I used to have daily headaches, and migraines 3-4 times a week that consisted of:

  • Intense pain in my head and neck – it always felt tense and like I couldn’t turn my head one way or the other without pain. 
  • “lines” in front of my face. Some might call this an “aura”, but I seriously saw lines. 
  • Light sensitivity 

I was, six weeks ago and before that, taking Excedrin Migraine and Ibuprofen daily. Daily. Every single day. I haven’t used any over the counter meds since having the piercing done. 

Okay, but will it work for you? 

This is not a “cure-all” method. It worked for me. It’s continuing to be amazing. I’ve had 4 friends get in done since I’ve had mine done and while they’re not all symptom free like I am, they are having less headaches and migraines. One friend, like me, was having headaches daily and migraines 3-4 times a week and has had one bad headache since getting hers done 5 weeks ago. 

Is it just a placebo effect?

I’ve had a few people ask me this and I wanted to laugh in their face, let me be honest. YOU CANNOT – AND WILL NOT – PLACEBO EFFECT AWAY A MIGRAINE. If you have ever had a migraine, you know how ridiculous this statement is. The daith is simply a pressure point that is supposed to help with migraines/headaches. 

Should you get this done? And if so, where?

If you are a chronic headache or migraine sufferer, I would definitely say to try this. It’s  worth a shot – the worst that could happen is that it doesn’t work, and then you take the piercings out. 

Unfortunately, this is not a piercing you can get done in the mall or at a piercing pagoda. This needs to be done at a tattoo or piercing parlor. 

I’m so excited about the success of these piercings that I just want to shout it from the rooftops. I tell everyone about this – and I’ll continue to! 

So long, headaches. Don’t let the door hit ya on the way out. 

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I’ve dealt with migraines pretty much since the time I was a mid-teenager, so probably roughly 8 years. These come on anywhere from 3-5 times a week, and the other days are filled with just regular old headaches. I can usually deal with the headaches but the migraines are bad enough they make me feel like I have to puke. 

The only effective way for me to get rid of a migraine is taking migraine medication and then lying down in a completely dark and quiet room for hours at a time. There has only been one instance where I’ve had to leave work early due to a headache, but there were many times when I thought I would have to but just forced myself to work through it. (Easier said than done.) 

Anyway, I read on a few different websites and blogs about the daith piercing and how it was helping people with their migraines. As someone that suffers from them, I would appreciate any sort-of relief that this might be able to offer. So I figured I’d eventually try it, but wasn’t in any rush. 

Yesterday, I saw a girl on Facebook posting about a special she was doing specifically for daith piercings and I decided that I would FINALLY have it done. (Normally I wouldn’t just go to someone that I didn’t know for a piercing but all her reviews on Facebook were 5-Stars so I figured it wouldn’t be bad!) 

First and foremost, let me tell you what my migraines consist of and what I deal with when I have them.

  • Intense pain in my head and neck – it always feels tense and like I can’t turn my head one way or the other without pain. 
  • “lines” in front of my face. Some might call this an “aura”, but I seriously sees lines. 
  • Light sensitivity 

How I usually “cure” it 

  • If I’m home, I take 2 Excedrin migraine and go lay down in my bedroom with my door closed, all lights off, and the window blinds down 
  • If I’m at work, I take 800 mg ibuprofen and drink as much coffee as I can get access to (caffeine is supposed to help!) and turn off the lights of my office.

The Piercing Itself

  • The left ear when she pierced it BARELY hurt. It was like the easiest piercing I ever had. Steph, who did my piercing, was AMAZING and talked me through the whole thing! The right ear was a lot more painful. I don’t know why but it was also the ear that bled (the other one looked healed the minute I got it pierced and never even bled!) 
  • She used a needle to pierce the ear, not a “gun” like they do at the Piercing Pagoda. I saw the needles before she pierced me and they were not all that large. (I had my nose pierced when I was eighteen and that needle was MASSIVE). 

I went to get my piercing done last night and didn’t have any headache/migraine symptoms after that. This morning, I didn’t wake up with even the slightest headache (which I almost always do). The only symptom I have today is a little bit of light sensitivity which might have to do with the fact that I sit in an office with fluorescent lighting. 

Keep checking back – I’ll be posting a 30 day update in September!

My Brother, My Friend

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My brother, Ian, and I are 12 and 1/2 years apart in age. Which means that we are in such different places in our lives that we don’t always get along or understand each other. 

Some people might wonder why my parents had their kids so far apart in age. My sister, Gracie, is 6 and a 1/2 years younger than me, and is almost 6 years older than Ian. 

The short answer is: it wasn’t their plan.  It was never the plan. But it worked out for the best. While I don’t always get along with either of them and we fight and bicker and say things we shouldn’t to each other, they’re still my siblings and I love them dearly – and would do anything for them.

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But…Ian and I….we have a special bond. We’re more than just siblings – we’re friends. I love him more than life itself, and he makes my day a little brighter when I see him.

I think there’s a bunch of reasons for this…

  1. This kid…he always is smiling. It takes a lot to get him down. He plays soccer and smiles the whole time he’s running the field. He never stops. He’s the happiest kid I know. 
  2. He says “I love you”, all the time. And if I say, “I love you more”, he says, “No, I love YOU more.” 
  3. He makes me laugh. Ian will say the craziest things about the dumbest stuff, but it always makes me laugh. I can’t go a day without laughing about something silly he says. 
  4. He sings. All. The. Time. To be honest, it gets super, duper annoying. WAY annoying. But, we hold that bond. We both love to sing. And sometimes, at the right times, we sing together. Someday, I’m going to do special music with this kid at church! 

Ian and I, we hold a special bond. He came home from Vietnam when I was 13. I was like a second Mom to him. I changed diapers, got him dressed, held him all the time, carried him on my hip wherever I went.

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He’s not only my brother, but he’s my friend. 

I don’t know what I’d do without him. He makes my day a little bright, and my heart a little bigger. He makes me realize – just a little bit – what it will be like to be a mom someday. 

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And if my future sons (or daughters) are anything like him…that’ll be okay. 🙂 

Keep on keepin’ on, little bro. I love you.

Just a Quick Update

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I don’t post a lot. I know. I’m sorry. I have really good intentions most of the time. But then, other things take priority over posting on my blog. Like…work, family, reading, writing…etc. Everything, it seems. 

But I thought I’d take the time to offer a quick update – let you know what’s going on in my life, since a lot has changed in the last 6 months.

  1. I started school in early January. 
  2. I quit school in the end of January. I still get asked, “how’s school going?”, even when I quit almost 6 months ago. It was a lot of work. It’s not that I didn’t like it. I did. But with working practically full time (38 hours a week), trying to do school full time, and other random things that would pop up, I had no time for anything. I’m not saying I’ll never go back, but I’d find a different college. (Central Penn was not for me!) 
  3. I’m still working as a receptionist/aide at CPRS Physical Therapy. I love my job. If I can’t spend my life being a PTA, at least I get to work at a PT clinic and help in my own way. 
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  4. I have joined the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. I was placed with a little sister that lives about 10 minutes away from me. So far, we’ve gone to the library a few times (my kinda girl – loves to read), out for ice cream, and this week, we’re planning to go see TMNT at the movie theater! I’m really enjoying it so far! 
  5. If you haven’t noticed, my friend Sky, and I have restarted up A Novel Idea. It’s a weekly blog linkup for writers. Each Tuesday, we’ll post a new writing prompt, character question, or novel question, and you will post a blog post with your answer. If you’re a writer, be sure to check it out! It’s going to be lots of fun. Promise!!
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  6. I’m going to try to start posting more, but there’s absolutely NO guarantee. I haven’t had a lot of blogging inspiration lately…I feel kind-of dry. 

So. There ya have it. A quick update. If I have any faithful readers – I thank you. I appreciate you stopping in every now and then and seeing what I’m up to.

Take care, and I’ll be back on Tuesday with another A Novel Idea!

Why I Won’t See Me Before You

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A few months ago, I had posted a review on my blog of Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. If you read that post, and I lead you to read the book, I am truly sorry. I am sorry I subjected you to the story and the ending. I’m sorry that I told you to read a book that I would never suggest anyone read anymore. 

I have since deleted that post on my blog, and it will remain in my deleted bin for the rest of eternity. 

You see, the longer I’m away from reading the book, the more ashamed I am that I ever liked it in the first place. Let’s start at the beginning. I bought the book because everyone was ranting and raving about it. It was getting GREAT reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, and I thought, “heck, I need a good book to read”. I downloaded it on my Kindle and I was sucked in from the very first page. 

JoJo Moyes can write the crap out of a book. There’s no denying that. She knew how to make characters that captivated me in a way that I couldn’t have put the book down even if I had wanted to – or knew what was going to happen at the end. She’s just that good. 

I saw the trailer for the movie, too, and it looks SO good. I’m not going to lie. I mean, Hollywood is good at making a trailer that draws you in from the very first second and makes you say, “yes, I gotta see that!”. 

 

I’m going to give spoilers below. If you haven’t read the book and still wish to – or if you really, really want to see the movie and haven’t yet, and are going to, don’t read further.

 Me Before You is about Will Traynor – a quadriplegic. He was hurt in an accident years before and lost the use of his entire body from his neck down. He feels like he’s not able to do what he wants, so he wants to commit the death with dignity act. Will promises his parents six months longer. They hire Louisa Clarke as his caregiver.

She and Will begin a long, treacherous road. She is his caregiver for six months. They fall in love. You think, maybe, just maybe, he won’t go through with it. But he feels, because he’s disabled, that his life is not worth living.

They, his family and Louisa, although not thrilled with the idea of him doing this, drive him to the clinic to do this horrible thing. This “death with dignity”. I, personally, hate calling it that. Is it really dignified when you’re committing suicide because you feel like it’s easier than living your life?

I’m a firm believer in us not knowing the end of our days. I’m a firm believer in that miracles happen and we never know when someone will be miraculously healed. I’ve watched my mom’s best friend, Sue, battle cancer until it took her life back in 2010. She fought the fight until the end and never once would have even CONSIDERED killing herself instead of fighting. 

Being disabled – being sick – does not constitute this so called death with dignity. It doesn’t make it right. When I was younger, I read Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada. It didn’t hit me until recently how truly remarkable she really is.

She, too, is a quadriplegic. She, too, can’t feel anything below her neck. But she chose joy. She chose to LIVE BOLDLY. She chose to LIVE. 

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So today, just like the book – and movie – Me Before You says, Live Boldly. Live each day to it’s fullest, because we DON’T know when it’s going to be our last. Will Traynor chose to die instead of seeing what his future could have held. He chose to leave the people he loved to mourn his loss. 

So, to all you out there who are thinking about going to see the movie – please don’t. Please warn your friends that this movie is about suicide. Please warn those who are thinking they’re going to see a really sweet chick flick, and don’t know what they’re getting themselves in for. Please. 

And today: Live Boldly. Just Live. 

When You Learn to Never Say Never

Hello, my name is Ashley, and I said that I’d never go to college. When I graduated high school almost four years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to spend my life doing. I had so many people ask me what college I was going to go to, what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing, and I had absolutely no idea. 

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I’d had friends decide to go to college, and they had changed their majors a few times before the end of their first year, and were spending more money than they knew what to do with. 

I decided right then and there that I didn’t want to go into my future marriage – whenever that was – in debt, so college seemed like it was pretty much out of the picture.

Then in May of this year, I started working at CPRS Physical Therapy as a receptionist/therapist aid. I work with some pretty awesome people that made me feel very at home in the new environment. 

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It was in the middle of June when I decided that I wanted to pursue a career to become a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). I didn’t say anything to anyone, and simply let it fester inside for a long time. I thought and prayed about it for months until mid-August when I decided to talk to one of my co-workers about what she thought of it.

She was so encouraging and told me that she thought it was a great idea, and that got the ball rolling for me. I decided to contact Central Penn College in Summerdale, PA to learn more about their program. They got me in to meet with their admissions counselors, and I felt very good about the prospect of going to their school.

In the last 7 days, I’ve spent about 57 hours in different physical therapy clinics. 40 in the one I work at, 10 at Drayer Physical Therapy in Lewistown, and 7 at Locust Grove Retirement Village in Mifflin. Observing under some great people, it made me realize even more that this is what I want to do with my life. I want to help people. I want to be able to know that I’m doing something to make a difference – even in the smallest ways. 

Never say never. Because this almost 22-year old thought she’d NEVER go to college. And I’m overwhelmed. And scared and nervous. And I wonder if I can even do it. And I overthink it all. But I also know that this is what I’m supposed to be doing, so I’m going to pursue it in every way that I can. 

If all goes well, I should be starting in January of 2016. I’ll be going 2 evenings a week to the Lancaster campus. I’m excited to see what my future holds. 

What’s something YOU said you’d never do, but did? 

The Older I Get, the Harder it Gets

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I’m going to come right out and tell you something about myself that people who really know me should already know: 

I’m 21, and I’ve been single my entire life.

Just typing it out, I feel kinda silly, and embarrassed. Like, that makes me weird, or like I’m stupid. And I don’t know why that is. Why is our culture a place where it’s NOT okay to be single until you find the right person?

Why does our culture lead us to believe that you have to get a significant other when you’re so young that you don’t even know how to drive yet?

Why does our culture pressure us into doing things that we don’t even really want to do, yet it seems good because everyone else is doing it? 

Being single is NOT a bad thing. It’s a time to settle yourself in a job, and figure out who you’re going to be.

The time I’ve spend as a single person has taught me SO much. It’s taught me that, despite the fact that I’m not a feminist in every sense of the word, I don’t need a man to define me. 

It’s taught me that I can be strong and independent.

It’s taught me that God can be the main person in my life – and HOW to put him there so when I do get a boyfriend/fiance/husband, I know how to put God first.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, I spend a lot of my time wondering when God is finally going to bring me the man I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with. I wonder if I’ll find him before I’m 22. 

Or before I’m 23.

Or 24.

Or 25.

I wonder if I’ll be married before I’m 30, because that’s a big thing for me. 

When I was 18 and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, my decision hinged on the fact that I wanted to spend my future as a wife and mother. 

And so when things weren’t going my way in the man department, I thought I was failing in some way at being what I truly thought my life was meant to be. 

God knows I’m impatient. He does that better than I do. So when I asked for patience when it came to waiting for my future spouse, I think He took it very literally.

And so now, I wait. I wait until God decides to open up doors to things I can’t even imagine.

I wait.

I wait. 

Philippians 4:6 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Just a Small Voice in a Big World

If you know me at all, you know that I love kids. In fact, I have spent the good majority of my life watching other people’s kids, holding babies at church, holding babies at family get-togethers. And someday, I cannot wait to be a mother. But until that day, I find great joy in hanging out with kids that I know. 

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Actually, a whole bunch of the pictures I post on Facebook include these 2 cuties ^^, Gavin & Alyssa. Their families both go to my church, and I have watched both kids – at the same time – while their parents worked.

But that’s not the point of this post – no matter HOW MUCH I miss those wonderful children now that I’m working full-time. 

This post is about the millions and millions of babies that aren’t getting their chances at life.

This post is about the millions and millions of babies that don’t get a chance to be loved.

This post is about the millions and millions of babies that aren’t getting a chance to have a babysitter, or friends, or family.

This post is about the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of babies that are being killed by places like Planned Parenthood.

This post is about the MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of babies who are dying, and their body parts are being sold for profit. 

This post is about CHILDREN.

CHILDREN.

CHILDREN.

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People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. ~ Mark 10:13-16

My heart hurts every time I see a post about Planned Parenthood come up on my Facebook news feed. And yet, I want it to keep coming up.

I don’t want us to get complacent about it.

I want to keep seeing it.

I want to keep sharing it.

I don’t want people to forget that these poor innocent children who didn’t do anything wrong. Who didn’t deserve to be murdered. 

I think this quote I read on the Humans of New York Facebook page is so worth the read: 

“I was 16 when my girlfriend got pregnant. We went to the abortion clinic on 59th Street. We filled out the papers and everything. Then right before we were called back, we looked at each other, and said: ‘Let’s get out of here.’”

 
THAT is bravery. Leaving behind – having your child who turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to you – or the best thing that ever happened to someone else, if you decide to give the child up for adoption. 
 
I have a sister and brother because two women in Vietnam who got pregnant decided that abortion wasn’t the answer – ADOPTION was. And how different the Strawser family would be if those women chose the other option. 
 
So join me in praying for the women out there who are pregnant and trying to make a decision. Pray that they decide to make the decision of life. 
 
Because LIFE is important. 

9 Movies Worth Watching Over and Over Again

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My mom posted today about movies that she likes to watch over and over that never get old. So I decided to “steal” her graphic because that’s okay when it’s your mom, and make a post about this as well. Some of these movies are the same, and some of them are very different. 

  1. Annie Get Your Gun (1950) 
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    This is one of my favorite movies. It probably has something to do with seeing the play when I was maybe 8 at a local high school. My cousin played Frank Butler. When I saw this movie at the library a few months later, I got it and watched it. Over and over and over. Now I own the DVD, the CD, the song book, and a lot of other books about the real Annie Oakley. The music in this movie is incredible, and it never gets old. Plus, it helps when you know every word to the songs so that you can sing along and dream about someday being Annie Oakley. 🙂
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  3. Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)
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    My mom introduced me to this movie when I was a young teenager. She had seen it in the theaters and loved it so much, and I followed closely in her shoes with my love for this movie. I bought it on DVD in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart (SCORE!) and have watched it 100 times since then. I even introduced it to some of my besties. Because when you know about a movie as good as this one, you can’t help but share it. 
    By far one of my favorite love-stories of all time. It’s my happy-place movie, and I can never get enough of it. 
    “You look good wearing my future.” *sigh*
    WARNING: note that this movie has one used of the F-word.
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  5. Leap Year (2010)
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    By now you may realize that I like happy-go-lucky love stories. This is no exception. This movie makes my heart happy, not only because of the love story, but also because of the accents. Does it get any better than that? Plus, Amy Adams and Matthew Goode have amazing on-screen chemistry. I always seem to forget just what guy she’s going to choose until the very end, too. I mean, I always HOPE she’s going to pick Declan (because who WOULDN’T pick a guy with THAT name?), but I just never really know. It could end differently the next time around, right?
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  7. Letters to Juliet (2010)
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    Omg, more love stories. And more accents. What’s better? I’ll answer that: nothing!!! Plus, there’s not just one love story here, but two. This is a sweet story that doesn’t get old no matter how many times you see it. I’ve always dreamed of going to Italy, so this movie takes me there – even if only for an hour and a half. 🙂
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  9. Sweet Home Alabama (2002)
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    Let’s just take a minute to recall that Reese Witherspoon, Jake Thomas AND Patrick Dempsey are all three in this movie. If that’s not enough to get you to watch this movie, then let me explain why I love it so much! This is the story of love that never really dies, and going back home. It makes me laugh at parts, cry at parts, and swoon at parts. I can’t get enough of it, and in fact, I want to watch it right this second.
    WARNING: this is rated PG13. The one thing that really sticks out to me is that there is a lot of swearing. Probably not best to watch around small children.
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  11. A Walk to Remember (2002)
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    This is my “I need a good cry so I’m going to watch a sad movie” favorite. I watch it when I know that it’s okay to cry. I watch it when I need to remember that there are still great guys in the world. This movie makes me hope that I can find a man that will love me half as much as Landon loved Jamie. This movie makes me think that they are real, and that somewhere Landon is in South Carolina as a doctor working to figure out a cure for cancer because the love of his life died from it. Now I’m going to go cry in the corner somewhere because this is saddest movie ever.
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  13. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
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    Fall in love with one guy, want to marry him, but have never talked to him in your life? That’s what this movie is all about. I discovered this movie on Netflix about 2 years ago, and have probably watched it 5 times since then – if not more. It makes my heart happy. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a hopeless romantic and always have been. I love movies that have a happy ending – “and they all lived happily ever after” – and this movie gives me that. If you haven’t seen it, go on Netflix and watch it – right now! It’s worth your time. 
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  15. Princess Diaries (2001)
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    I’m pretty sure I love this movie so much because Mia reminds me so much of myself. She’s awkward, isn’t quite sure of herself and makes a really hilarious princess. Just like I would be if my stranger-grandma came into my life and told me I was a princess and would eventually become queen of my own country. “SHUT UP!” This movie makes me laugh, and there’s even an underlying love story. 
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  17. You’ve Got Mail (1998)
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    Sure, it’s a little behind the times – when was the last time we heard the words “you’ve got mail”? – but that doesn’t make it any less of a great story. I have seen this movie probably 20 times, and every single time I cry at the very end. Because it’s absolutely wonderful. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have wonderful chemistry, and they make this movie worth watching. Sure, they are “rivals”, but they end up falling in love (SPOILER ALERT) and that makes me happy. And I, obviously, love movies that make me happy. 

So, there ya have it! The Top 9 Movies I could watch over and over! What are yours? Comment below and let me know! 

Make a List Monday: Things I’m Thankful For This Week

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  1. The job I’ve had for the last 6 months.
    In the last six months, I’ve been working at a local daycare. When I started there, I had no intentions of staying more than a few months – it was my “tide me over ’til I find something else” job. So when I was there for longer than a few months, and now onto half a year, I was growing discouraged. But I have to remember that it was a fine job, and I liked the people I was working with, so there’s not a whole bunch to complain about there. Now that I’m leaving, I find it incredibly bittersweet. I can’t wait to go back every once and a while and visit the kids that I’ve been watching for the last six months, and remind them that they are special to me. 
  2. The job that I am starting on May 11th. 
    A few weeks ago, I had a job interview at a local physical therapy place about 20 minutes from my house. The next day, they called and offered me the job! I’ll be working as clerical staff and an aid there. It’s a nice pay raise, and it’s in the field that I’m wanting to work in. I am so thankful that God brought this job into my life. I’m excited to start my training on May 11th, and see what the future there holds in store for me. 
  3. A mom that helps me find new work clothes.
    Yesterday, mom and I went to the Reading Vanity Fair and the Lancaster Outlets to find new work clothes. Almost $300 later, I have my entire work wardrobe and some more to spare! I hated spending that kind-of money, but I needed the stuff, and it will benefit me in the long run. Plus, I love spending time with my mom, and this was an awesome way to do it! 
  4. A car that doesn’t need $1500 worth of work
    Also a few weeks ago, my dad took my car to be inspected at a local Toyota Dealer. They came back and said it needed $900 worth of work and that it failed inspection. Before doing anything, he took it for a second opinion, only for it to pass inspection with flying colors, and not need any work done to it. Thank goodness for honest mechanics in the area (that my dad knows personally), and for not needing to spend more money!