I Know The Plans I Have For You…

“I know the plans I have for you, says the lord.”

Jeremiah 29:11

The deadline has passed and all the internship packets have been turned in. You are now (probably) sitting by the phone waiting for it to ring or checking that email 24/7. You are waiting for that interview notice! You are waiting for that second step in this long process! As you wait to hear from hospitals you may be asking yourself, now what? Or maybe: What is actually my plan for child life? Or maybe: What is my plan for my life?

9780736964067I don’t know how many of you believe in God and trust in him, but my faith is very important to me. My faith has truly gotten me through several hardships. Trying to secure a child life internship has been one of the biggest hardships in school. While this has been a hard time for me, I know that God has this amazing plan for my life, and always has my interest at heart. He knows that I not only want this internship, but that I need it in order to graduate. He knows where my heart lies and what my passions are. Not only does He know my passions, my heart and me personally, but He knows what you want as well. He knows that you want that internship and where you want to go with it. He knows, He always has. Just trust in him and his timing. God has a bigger plan for you, bigger then you could ever imagine. As future Certified Child Life Specialist we want to encourage children and support them. That is what God is doing with us. He is supporting us and teaching us through our struggles and even through our victories.

As you wait for the phone to ring for an interview or for that email offering you an interview, just know that God has your back and has your best interest at heart. He hasn’t forgotten about you. Even though it feels like it at times, trust me. He hasn’t. He may be telling you “Yes, no or wait. I have a much bigger plan for you.” His timing is everything and so is his plan. Don’t give up on him, because he has not given up on you.

Believe me, I know those moments where you are thinking “Okay, God, where are you? I really need your help right now.” Or “God, I really need that internship and if you give it to me I will do (fill in the blank).” I understand, I know those prayers all too well. I’ve been there too and still am! But even through the hardships of waiting in this season, I have turned to God and my faith.

Jeremiah 29:11 is my overall favorite Bible verse. Throughout the difficulties of school and life, I have looked at this verse over and over again. The verse never ceases to amaze me. I wear a ring that gives me a daily reminder of God’s plan for my life. When I am struggling, and wondering what God’s plan is for me. I look at that ring and know that he has everything in the palm of his hand. This includes his plan for my life. Remember nothing is ever too small for God. *I will include a link to where I bought my ring if anyone is interested.  I Know – Elegance Ring

Before I wrap up this blog post, I would also like to share a youtube link with you to a very inspiring song. It is called: While I am waiting by: John Waller. If you have ever seen Fireproof you have heard this song.  John Waller-“While I’m Waiting”

*NOTE: I am not trying to push my faith on anyone. Just trying to give some support. Good luck everyone!

Until Next Time!

 

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Relaxing During Internship Deadlines

 

6a20e33cf5f9b15628839fa85fc90054--team-motivation-running-inspirationAs we all know the deadline for spring internships is fast approaching. Some have been putting internship packets together morning, noon and night. Making copy after copy of resumes, cover letters, internship application, letters of recommendation and what have you! For some they have chugged Monster energy drinks, Starbucks and red bull way too much lately (I don’t do that, I drink a lot of OJ. Lol. I know bad for my teeth, but so is coffee!). We all are trying to push a little harder, hoping we make it to the top of the hill. We want to be able to cross that finish line, cross a big red X through the applications we have mailed out. We want to be able to rest and sleep due to the lack of sleep that has been gotten and we just want to be able to go through one day without crying, because this process is so hectic and time consuming! We want to be able to sigh a sigh of relieve knowing that we made it! Those internship packets are in the mail!

Some of us have gone through this process more than once and others are just starting the process. Know that you are doing the very best you can. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have your internship packets out yet. You will. Take a deep breath and relax. This is not a race to see who can get their application in first. This is not a race to beat the clock (even though we feel like we do. I know I do).

During the hard times, just tell yourself to slow down and take a breather. No need to get yourself worked up over something that takes time. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and God created the Heaven and the earth in seven days…not one!

With that said, how do you relax when stressed over internship applications or awaiting calls for interviews? I have made a list of things that might help.

 

  1. Eat a small piece of chocolate. Do this when you get an internship packet complete and in the mail…you may be eating a lot of chocolate, but boy will it be good!
  2. Read a book. I love to read and I find that the time passes quickly.
  3. Write! I love to write. I didn’t just write two book series and an independent book for nothing! I did it, because I like to write and tell stories.
  4. Listen to music. I love listening to music. It calms me down when I am stressed. For a great radio station listen to K-Love. I love listening to this station. It is so uplifting.
  5. Workout. Working out helps with blood flow and it gives you time to think (in a positive way)
  6. Attend a gathering with friends. I do this with church. My faith is very important to me. Going to church with friends or family really helps me, because I know that God has this amazing plan for me. Even if I can’t see it at the moment, I know he does. Know that God always has your best interest at heart. He knows you want an internship. Just give him time, because he is working on it. He may tell you “Yes, no or not right now, because, I have something better for you.” I know hard to believe, when you are chomping at the bit trying to get things complete and sent out.
  1. Take a hot bubble bath. Relaxing with soft, smelling, fluffy bubbles helps to relax the mind and body.
  2. Take a walk. This can be anywhere. The beach, the park, around the neighborhood. Wherever you choose to do so.
  3. Daily devotional/praying. I don’t know if any of you are a believe or anything, but one thing that I find that really helps is doing my daily devotional. I do mine in the morning so I have a better outlook on the day. Now do I always have a good day? No, far from it, but connecting with God always helps me. If anyone is interested, my DD is from The Binder CO. You can find their page on facebook.
  4. Go outside and sit! Get away from the applications for a little while and go sit and take in all that is around you.

 

By doing something simple as in riding your bike around the block or reading a book can really reset your mind for a little while and ease the tension that is building. Again, just relax. You are doing the best you can…and no one owes you an internship. You may think they do, because of all the sweat, tears, time and dedication that has been put into your applications, but they don’t. The way you are going to get the internship is by earning it. I should know, I am still trying for an internship myself. Oh joy! While I do not like the current spot that I am in, I don’t let it keep me down, because believe me, if I let a no get me down, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Keep it up!

 

“Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

Earl Nightinggle

Jerry the Bear—A Comforting Companion for Children with Type 1 Diabetes

 

Today my twin brother and I turned 27! Not only were we born 27 years ago, but Riley Hospital for Children saved my life all those years ago as well. Without them and the grace of God I would not be here celebrating another year. Okay, now onto this months blog post…

Jerry the BearA little while back I made a post titled “A Doll Just Like Me.” In that post I talked about having different types of dolls for those with different forms of disabilities. This post goes along the same lines, only for those with type 1 diabetes.

As a child, we want sweets and we want to eat all our Halloween candy in one night or eat that big piece of birthday cake on our birthday. Right!? What child doesn’t like to do that? Children who have diabetes can’t. Those who have diabetes can’t go out and eat a large Oreo blizzard from Dairy Queen or eat all their Halloween candy at once. However, if they know in advance that they will be eating something high in sugar or carbs they can plan for this and give themselves an extra shot of insulin.  Most times however, they cannot just eat a lot of carbs and sugars. They must be able to keep track of their glucose levels and carbohydrates and recognize their symptoms.

As many as three million Americans have type 1 diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). About 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed each year. Approximately 15 percent of Americans with type 1 diabetes are children.

How do children who suffer from type 1 diabetes cope with their condition? Learn about their glucose levels? Learn about the proper amount of carbs and everything else that goes with having diabetes?

Sproutel creates interacting teaching toys for children who are diagnosed with a chronic illness. Jerry the Bear is the first toy that is made by this company. Jerry is a cuddly teddy bear who has type 1 diabetes. This bear teaches children how to manage a healthy diet, check their glucose levels and recognize their symptoms.  As children keep Jerry healthy, they unlock Sproutel modular diabetes curriculum – a series of 21 animated storybooks depicting Jerry training for the All-Star Games.

Jerry the bear 1In 2014, Jerry the Bear was sold to 4% of children newly diagnosed and made it into 25% of pediatric endocrinologist offices in the US (Spoutel.com). Jerry the Bear has gone over intense makeovers over the past couple of years and has made a great impact on those children who have Type 1 Diabetes.

For ages 4-9+

https://www.jerrythebear.com/ (Link to buy Jerry the Bear)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFwCigfzaak (video)

One Year Blog Anniversary!

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Hard to believe that I have been blogging for an entire year! On July 6, 2016, I began blogging. I had no idea where the blog was going to go and not to mention the countless questions that were going through my head. Would I have enough topics to last a while? Would I have a large audience?  Would people like my blog post? My blog has been mostly about Child Life, but I look forward to making a post or two about my book series that I have written, my faith and a few other topics.

As a year, has come and gone, I would like to take a moment to look back on some past blog post. I have blogged about different types of organizations: Little Wish Foundation and Child Mind Institute. I have blogged about Child Life Month, toys based on diagnosis and explaining death to a child and more! However, my favorite blog post so far is when I accepted a child life practicum this past fall.

Each of my posts has taught me that there are different needs for families, patients, bloggers and for myself. While this blog may be for my own enjoyment and to spread awareness for Child Life, I hope that I am inspiring someone to seek the best career path for them. I hope I am helping a family or patient who may have diabetes or have a prosthetic leg (A Doll Just Like Me post). Whatever the reason may be, I hope that I continue to encourage and inspire students, patients and families alike.

As I look forward to yet another year of blogging, I anticipate what will happen with my blog and also with my journey as a child life student.

Until next time!

 

Wants and Needs: In the Child Life Field (a students point of view)

 

 

 

needs and wantsHi everyone! Sorry I haven’t updated this month. Been busy with Vacation Bible School this week at my church. This post is going to be a little different from the norm. Normally, I talk about a certain type of toy for a particular diagnosis, a worthy cause for children or what have you, but this post is about wants and needs.

We all have wants and needs and we all want to see these things fulfilled. These can be from wanting to put a down payment on a house or you may need a second job. For me, I want and need a child life internship. This fits into both categories for two reason. Reason one, I need a child life internship in order to graduate from my college. At this very moment, my internship is the ONLY course I have left to take. I would like to say that again: my internship is the ONLY course I have left to take in order to graduate with a degree in Child Life. I feel like so many people do not understand that little sentence. I have had people that go to school with me be like “So can you graduate now? You have your internship for child development and family studies can you graduate?” If I go ahead and graduate and then get an internship for child life, I have to put in an EXTRA 30-32 credit hours along with the internship. Therefore that is why I have decided to hang on and fight out the storm until I get an internship. I also need an internship to sit for the certification exam. For those who are Certified Child Life Specialist or even a student, know that you need an internship in order to get to the next step and that is the exam.

Reason two, I want this internship so I can become a Certified Child Life Specialist. I want to teach children that their illness doesn’t define them, but they define themselves.

While I understand that becoming a CCLS has become extremely competitive it doesn’t have to be. If hospitals could take more than one intern it would help so many students and set them on the right path. Because some students may not get the help that is needed from their school.

 

“Life is tough darling, but so are you.”

Stephanie Bennett Henry

 

Until next time!