Best way to spend a free day:
Watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Airline ticket to anywhere in the world….where would you go and why?
I’d probably get one back to the states. I miss my family!
You can only leave the house with one thing…what is it?
I’m going to exclude my military ID or passport because I need them to get around, but if I had to pick one “luxury” item to carry with me, it would be my phone.
How do you take your coffee?
My favorite coffee is Dunkin Donuts iced coffee with cream and caramel swirl. Mmm…
Feel free to leave your answers (or link to your Sunday Social post) in a comment!
I have a confession: I’m terrible at making decisions. Like, really terrible. Now, make that decision something exceptionally important and it becomes one million times more difficult. Higher education was not really something that I had planned on doing after high school. Now, let’s advance seven (omg, seriously?!) years later and here I am wanting to further my education.
I am ridiculously lucky that I have the opportunity to take classes (and possibly get an associate’s degree) free of charge because my husband is in the military. My plan is to go to Cinema Makeup School in California once we’re stationed back in the states, but the program that is able to give me money (MyCAA) will no longer apply to me in two years – which is when we’ll be CONUS again. Fortunately, I should be able to use his G.I. Bill to go to CMS when the time comes, but I’d like to utilize MyCAA while I’m in Japan and receive either an associate’s degree, certification, or diploma. I would like to have something to fall back on if for some reason I can’t go to CMS or find a job in the cosmetology field.
On top of being awful at making decisions, I’m also interested in an array of career paths so it’s not an easy thing to do. So, I turn to you, Kitschy Readers! I will give you a little background on each choice and then maybe you can help guide me in the right direction. I just need some outside opinions and I look forward to hearing what you have to say about it!
→ Bookkeeping: This is something I have experience in from when I was Treasurer of the Board for The Animal Rescue and Protection Society, and I didn’t hate it! I’m a fan of numbers, too, so that helps.
→ Business (small, online, and otherwise): I’d love to learn more about business. I’ll be opening up my own home business soon out here in Japan where I sell baked goods, plus I’ve always been into entrepreneurship-y things. And hey, maybe one day I’ll run a bookstore just like my dad. I think this would definitely come in handy if I’m able to use the money I’ll be given by MyCAA on more than one thing; especially for wedding planning, interior design, graphic design, and jewelry repair & design.
→ Criminal Justice: Picking this one would be tricky because I know that I would need to stick with it for years and years to do criminal profiling, which is the reason I’m interested in criminal justice. I’d have to nix the makeup school, for sure, and I’d probably end up with debt up to my eyeballs.
→ Social & Behavioral Sciences: This is one path that I know I’d be living paycheck to paycheck, especially if Ryan doesn’t decide to stick with his Navy career. I would probably work somewhere as either a volunteer or assist a social worker or counsellor.
→ Legal Transcription: Something I could do from home, which is great for someone who moves every couple of years. I’m also a quick typer and I don’t think it would get to be too monotonous.
→ Medical Coding: See above, but might be a bit dull?
→ Pastry Arts: I’m a baker, so this is another viable option. It might be nice to actually learn how to bake instead of just doing science experiments in my kitchen… maybe. I just don’t know how rewarding it would be to get my certification all online. Maybe I’d be my own critic?
→ Wedding Planner: Oh man, I loved planning my wedding. Now, I know you’re probably saying to yourself “But Cait, you’re the worst at making decisions!” That’s okay because ultimately the couple decides and I’m an expert at finding options. My one issue with this is that I’d probably only be doing niche weddings; ie: geeky, gothic, steampunk, rockabilly, etc. Though, they are becoming more prevalent nowadays, so who knows?
→ Graphic Design: Another thing I have experience in (totally minimal, but still) and I know that I don’t totally hate doing it. The downside is that there are so many very talented graphic designers out there and there are more and more taking it up everyday.
→ Interior Decorating: I’m not going to lie, this was one option that I’ve always considered – even as a teenager – along with wedding planner, but I’d have the same hardships with this one as well. My aesthetic is very particular, so I don’t know how much business I’d actually do.
→ Jewelry Design & Repair: A few years ago, I sold jewelry online (and in my dad’s store) that I made and I liked it very much. I really wanted to upgrade the materials and become more advanced, but I just never looked into it really. I’d love to be able to do stone settings and doing some silversmithing! I’m concerned that if I choose this path, I’m definitely going to need to spend a whole lot of money for starting up a business once I get my diploma, though.
So there you have it. My not-short-at-all explanation of each career path. I really want to find something that I’m good at and that I’ll enjoy.
In the poll below you can select up to three options and I highly encourage comments!
I hope I’m not stressing you out by helping choose. This will just definitely help me with my decision.
What are your favorite things to do on a lazy day?
Watching Netflix, read what’s in my Bloglovin’ queue (I’m so far behind right now!), and I’ve found a new addiction for my phone: QuizUp.
What is your TV guilty pleasure?
I don’t know if I have a “guilty pleasure” anything really; I’m not guilty that I like anything. If I have to answer, I’d say The Nanny or Desperate Housewives.
What is your favorite road trip music?
Definitely something upbeat! My favorites range from Veruca Salt to Billy Talent to The Creepshow.
What are your favorite magazines or books to read by the pool or laying around?
By the pool? Ya jot jokes. Haha. Um, normally when I’m laying around, I read whatever book(s) I’m into at the moment. Right now it’s Crime School by Carol O’Connell and The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Fifth Edition) by Edmund J. Bourne.
What is your favorite snack?
Recently it’s been broccoli, carrots, and cucumbers with ranch dip. Also, chocolate.
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but don’t forget that today is the super important Galentine’s Day! So, grab your best gals and plan for a fun day. Here are some things that I would recommend doing on Galentine’s Day:
Our two year anniversary is on the tenth this month, so here’s a picture of our wedding cake!
→ Read I’ve set up a profile on GoodReads and started a “Books To Read” board on Pinterest, so I will hopefully start chipping away on those lists, or read the fifth book in the Mallory’s Oracle series.
→ Pass inspection I’ve taken my ServSafe course for food handling already, so now I just need to pass my home inspection and finish up the paperwork and I’ll be good to go with my baking business!
→ Bake and take pictures I’ll need pictures of my work for Cait’s Kitschen (whatcha think of the name?) so customers have an idea of what my baked good look like. Plus, it’ll be nice to open up my range of recipes/what I normally bake as well.
→ Set up Kitsch Cait and Kitsch Vixen I know that taking on two blogs is going to be time-consuming and not the easiest thing to do, but I really want to keep Kitsch Vixen as my primary blog and more professional and I figure that on this blog, I can be way more open (and maybe even swear a little -gasp-) and be myself. Not that I’m not myself on Kitsch Vixen, but I don’t really go into detail of my hardships and whatnot there.
→ Make a list of places/things to do while living in Japan One thing that I have on my 2014 To Do List is to go on more adventures and experience Kyushu more than I have my first year here. All I’ve done so far is visit the Biopark (which I’m totally going back to), visit my local ginza a handful of times, and I ate out twice. That’s not anything at all and I don’t want to leave here in 2016 and regret not doing anything.
→ Meet a new person I know a few people out here, but I really only hang out with (and consider myself friends with) two sets of couples. One couple is leaving possibly in the next month or two and the other has one more year. That leaves me with one whole year all by my lonesome (not counting the hubby and gremlins, of course) and I’d really like to have at least one other person I can spend time with once my friends are gone.
→ Do something special with my husband Within one week of February, our anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and his birthday happen. I’d like to do something or go somewhere (hopefully during that week) with the hubby to celebrate. We don’t normally do much, so even eating at the Chili’s on base would be nice.