TRAVELING TO AFRICA AND HEADING ON A SAFARI!?
No. Not so much. Not saying that wouldn't be amazing, but it's just not on my "what's next" sort of list. Traveling is not something that either of us have a strong passion for.
It seems that all of my real answers are just SO incredibly cookie cutter and boring that I debated not even writing a post about this. But since it is on my mind so often, as a future-oriented person, I figured I would anyway.
DISCLAIMER - about a quarter of the way through writing this post I realize I'm becoming very long winded. I wouldn't judge you at all if you skimmed through, or gave up all together.
1. School -
School is (fortunately or unfortunately) a major priority for us right now. My vacation from school will be very short lived, as I'm starting up graduate school in September and the husband (hehe, I think I will call him husband from now on instead of Mark) will be heading back for another year of chipping away at his Bachelor's degree. Graduation will probably be around the same time for both of us. I have to meet with an advisor within the first few weeks to map out my course plan, so I'll have a better idea once that happens.
Basically in my counseling program, you are given certain options for tracks that you can follow. The first decision is whether or not you want to follow along the Community/Agency Counseling path, or mosey on down the path of School Counseling. I agonized over this decision for a long time before I learned at my recent orientation that you can actually do both! - you just have to start off with the School path and take some of the Community/Agency courses as electives. Yay!
After finishing all of my coursework, I'll be able to graduate and be eligible for licensure in both types of counseling BUT, I'll have to go on for 12 more credits of a specialization. Just calculating off hand, my graduation will be in spring of 2013, and I'll take the credits to earn my specialization that fall (and it is possible to be employed on restriction during the completion of those credits).
2. Buying a House
As any avid reader of my blog might know, we have been renting the same house for just over a year now. The house does just fine for now, but it's incredibly small. We're taking 10x10 bedrooms small. Two of them. And one itsy bitsy bathroom. Of course, we can manage - but not for any serious length of stay. I have much higher hopes.
We originally moved here anyway because it was the halfway point between our two colleges, but since we won't be going to school forever (or will we? gasp) I'd much rather move a bit closer to our families. We're approximately a half hour from my family, and forty minutes from Mark's. Not too far, but not as close as I'd like to be :)
With our little nest egg of wedding gift money, plus some additional savings over the next 7 or so months, we'll hopefully say goodbye to our current rental in May and be moving into a nice, bigger, possibly fixer-upper place of our own. We plan to start scoping out the deals on the market around February of next year.
3. Careers -
What else can I say? Working an internship and waitressing on the side is not in my forever plan. But the career can't really come until after grad school is completed. I might still try my luck at the very few possible full time career related jobs that will accept possession of a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Meh.
4. Starting a Family -
It's no secret that I love children, always have. Being the oldest of six children has helped guide that along I think, although I can see in some circumstances how that would deter one from having children...but I digress. Kids are definitely for us. The problem is figuring out when the most opportune time would be for us to have children. I have a few different time lines floating around in my head, but for now I plan to pass the time with getting ready whatever I can right now - mainly saving money, prepping my body for a healthier lifestyle, and researching a whole bunch. And contemplating baby names, none of which Mark and I can ever agree upon.
5. Adopting a New Pet!
We might get another cat. Probably when we move into our (hopeful) new house. As a housewarming gift to ourselves. OMG I'm so excited to have kitty friend for my kitty! If they end up hating each other I will be so upset.
Ah, yes. Starting our lives together "officially" has me planning and organizing and freaking out about things that are so far in the future that I can't even picture what life will be like.
Obviously I'm probably a little bit too excited about all of this adult/married stuff.