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As kids, we loved the prospect of a snow day. I can still remember the thrill of getting to fall back to sleep on a blustery morning, then spending the entire day doing anything but going to school. But now, with a daughter of my own, snow days aren't so exciting. Instead of relaxing, snow days are anxiety-ridden as I try to figure out how to provide care for my child while I'm at the office. 

As a recent college graduate, I am finding that keeping up with paying the bills and affording gas and food is a lot to handle on a small budget income. But it is nothing like those I know who have student loans to pay off as well. 

In January 2012, I wrote a blog about selecting ONE word as a theme for the upcoming year. Sixty percent of people don’t follow through on their New Year’s resolutions anyway, so why not try something new, right?

When I went to college, I was undecided in a major and, frankly, my career path in general. It just seemed like such a big decision to choose what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, because, in reality, it was easier to ask what I did NOT want to do with it. My first year of college was such a kaleidoscope of courses that my dad would like to tease me, “So what major are you this week?” I would start down one path, only to find another that intrigued me just as much. There were just so many things that interested me! I spent hours trying to get as much information as possible about every career and major out there. I’m pretty sure I was driving myself close to madness, because I’m a planner and always will be. I like to have a strategy, a goal, a direction; but instead, I had nothing except ideas and maybes.

Greatness. Success. We all aspire to it. And this aspiration is very easily reflected to our children.

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