Pat on the Back

I'm proud of myself.

It's not wrong to be proud of yourself, right? Pride is one of those pesky seven deadly sins, but PRIDE is a much more packed word than the phrase "I'm proud of myself for this thing I did and where I'm going and what I'm planning to do in the future." Right?

Here's the thing: I'm going back to school.

I'm not doing the whole graduate school thing and going for my master's degree, although I would like to do that eventually. Instead, I'm going to apply for a spot at a nearby university's Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program for social studies & history education. Big step, right? Could be bigger, but it's big enough for me.

Here's the second thing: I had to take four exams in order to even apply.

I was required to take the Praxis Core exams in Reading, Writing, and Math (three separate tests, though I took them all in one sitting) and the Praxis II Social Studies Content & Knowledge exam.  Four exams in two weeks wasn't exactly a fun time, let me tell you.

Here's the third thing: I passed the Praxis II exam with a score of 171 (out of 200) and got a perfect score on the Praxis Core exams.

Whaaaaaaat?! But you read that correctly: perfect. score. I hate bragging and I'm not typically one to share my achievements or anything like that with the world, but I want to tell eeeeeeeverybody. People told me that I would probably fail all of them and have to take them upwards of four or five times (especially the Social Studies one) but I passed all of them on the first try and I want to shout a bit HA! at the world.

I guess it should be noted here that I'm a really good test taker. I never get intimidated by standardized tests so taking them was really a breeze for me. But I don't like saying that because it kind of works to undermine my success (a la people who are "bad" test takers saying, "I know the material, but I just froze") but it's true. I make standardized tests my bitch. :P

So, yeah! All that's left is applying, which is still a pretty big thing, but it's a smaller thing that 4 exams. And with scores like these, who could say no? (I kid, I kid.)

But I'm also proud of myself when it comes to another thing: my new Etsy shop slash crafting venture, Elephant & Mouse Shop. As a Disney lover, I wanted to make my own mouse ears, and whenever I saw ones that other people had, I thought to myself, I could make those. So I did. Yesterday I hit 14 sales, which is pretty good for such a short amount of time, if I do say so myself! I love making them, and I'm excited, and I can't wait for this business to grow. Check out photos of some of them at the end of this post!

That's where I'm at. I'm excited for the future and for the present right now. I guess you could say I'm pretty happy, and that's always, always a good thing. Until next time!