Not sure if I've said it before or not, but I am going back to school in July to become a nurse anesthetist, otherwise known as a CRNA. It is a 2 1/2 year program of full time school and it's very intense. And by that I mean no working allowed! So basically I have to pay for school and have living expenses all from loans. And that is what I am stressing about. I was lucky enough to never have to take out loans for undergrad so this is all COMPLETELY new to me. I got my federal award letter today and it is about half of what I need for the year for everything. Now I wasn't expecting that much from federal but I thought it would be a little more. And I have no idea how much private loans will give you, etc. And the financial aid office was NOT helpful. All they said was go apply for a Grad Plus loan if you need more money. So I guess that's what I'm gonna do but I hope I get enough! I am not budgeting for anything but bills and the necessities so it's not like I am asking for a fortune! Anyone have any knowledge on this subject??

Moving on to my run today. Since I did my longer run yesterday, I decided a short, fast 2 miler would be appropriate. I did 2 miles in 18:34, a 9:16 min/mile pace!! Woohoo! And my mile splits are:

Mile 1- 9:55
Mile 2- 8:40!!
Wow! I was really moving on that 2nd mile! I brought my soccer ball and cleats along with me because I was running at a park and decided to so some sprints and practice while I was there. I probably did that for about 30 minutes and I was tired and ready to go!!

TSL Challenge update!! I haven't posted this in a couple days so here it goes:
Saturday- 3 points for all meals at home
1 point for bringing a reusable water bottle to work
1 point for making my own coffee
Sunday- 3 points for all meals at home
1 point for bringing my reusable water bottle to work
1 point for making my own coffee
1 point for recycling a can
Monday- 3 points for all meals at home
1 point for using my reusable water bottle
1 point for making my own coffee
1 point for showering with no lights on
Tuesday- 2 points for meals at home( -5 for dinner out with another out of town friend)
1 point for making my own coffee
1 point for using my reusable water bottle
1 point for showering with no lights on

So that gives me a total of 17 points for this week so far! Yay! Now I need to not eat out anymore this week!!


  1. My Brother-in-law is a CRNA. It's a good job. But we live in Alabama and he got laid off back in November and has yet to find a job. There are no CRNA jobs in Alabama right now. There are tons in others states but none here.

  2. Good luck with going back to school. I've toyed with the idea myself, but not sure how to ahndle the stress of making the payments as well as paying my bills. Too much!!

  3. Good luck with going back to school. That is smart to only take out the bare minimum you need. If you have to take out private loans I'd check out They're non-profit and specialize in graduate program loans. Hope that helps with getting some information.

  4. That's great about becoming an CRNA!! How exciting. Will be praying all the loan details work out.

  5. I have been thinking about doing almost the same thing...I am currently working in IT, but am seriously contemplating going back to school to become an RN. But, the thought of the loans scares the crud out of me. SO...I'm looking at going part-time for as long as I can while I still keep my current job (and keep the school in the evening a secret from the employer). This will give me some more time to stash as much cash away as possible before I have to bite the bullet and get the loans. Good luck to you! :)

  6. How wonderful that you are going back to school! I hear that being a CRNA is a great job!!! Good luck with everything! I know things will work out for you! You are in my prayers!!!

  7. I work in an admissions office at a University in Alabama. I deal with finical aid questions A LOT. Feel free to email me @ with any questions and I'll help you out!!!

  8. I left you an award. Come over and check it out.

  9. Ohhh how exciting that you're going back to school to be a CRNA! I can't wait to hear about it! I hope you get the loan stuff figured's really a pain!

  10. Hey girl :) As you know I was just posting about this the other day, too so I totally understand where you're coming from. And yeah- I think generally all you can do from this point is private loans (or like the graduate plus loan they told you about), unless your program has scholarships or grants (might want to look into it). But... it's like my Mom keeps telling Brian and I... what else would you be doing?! You'll be a lot happier with the END result if you accrue the loans and go for your dreams than just sit where you are and wish you would have just gone for it. :) Good luck!