[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 31, 2015]
Tonight marks the final of the past 365 days in 2015. At midnight tonight, we will ring in a shiny new year. And with 2016 comes all those things people try to achieve, but may not actually accomplish: resolutions.
Resolution: /reze-looSH(e)n/: noun, a firm decision to do or not to do something.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: You only live once
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 30, 2014]
Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I’ve been able to keep up with what my high school and college friends have been doing since graduation. Many have gotten married and had babies, while others have focused on themselves and climbed the career ladder.
This got me thinking about what I want to do with my future. I’ve so many options, but only one sticks out to me right now: continue my education.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Baby steps to further education
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, August 21, 2014]
Recently, I have been seeing news stories pop up about raising children and how much it costs to do that.
Having children is one of the furthest things from my mind. I’m 25 years old, single and working a job with inconsistent hours. To be honest, even if I had a job with steady hours and a husband, I’m not sure I would want a child.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: The cost of children
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, July 31, 2014]
Monday night I spent three training hours in the company of several other Creston firefighters practicing hooking up to a fire hydrant and laying hose in the event of a structure fire. After training we met at the station and washed fire trucks, then I left for home. It was a normal Monday training night.
Tuesday morning, I went into work after hearing about a drowning at Twelve Mile Lake. We went on with our morning, typing up news and asking questions about the event, until a coworker asked if I knew Rich Gander.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: The best advice is to enjoy life
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser July 18, 2013]
After the Color Run and coughing up blue and purple color dust for more than two hours Saturday, my sister and I made it to Carroll to visit family. While we were there, I saw aunts, uncles and cousins I don’t get to see very often.
We talked about my cousin’s upcoming wedding in Wisconsin, work and weather. We also talked about what was in the news.
In the past few weeks, there have been so many stories hitting the news sphere that I wondered how I managed to live without keeping up with them when I was younger.
News stories lately include gay marriage benefits, the George Zimmerman trial, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster, Cory Monteith’s death and Mohamed Morsi’s ousting.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Keeping up with the news