When Life Gives You Lemons…

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Well that was an interesting week…

It started off fairly innocuously and ended with me dropping out of my psychology degree. WOW.

Over the last few months I’ve realised that counselling (and possibly life coaching of some sort!) is *definitely* the route I want to go down for a career, and it turns out that a BSc in Psychology actually doesn’t do much to become a qualified counsellor.

I rang the Open University student support line to speak to them. They agreed that it seemed I wasn’t on the right path and gave me the number of COSCA who are Scotland’s professional body for counselling and psychotherapy. I gave them a call and they confirmed my suspicions – I’ve been on the wrong track!

I’ve also been finding myself increasingly stressed to the max about uni. Yes I was getting good grades, but it was really taking it out of me. I’m a single mum of two, Max has additional needs, and there’s no one to really help out regularly so I can get things done. Add in a month of illnesses and I was behind and basically at my wits end.

So I’m no longer studying towards my psych degree. I’m not willing to put myself through that level of stress (and I know I put this on myself… I think most student parents do to be honest) if it’s not going to get me where I want to go.

I’ve been sleeping like a log since I came to this decision. I feel so much more relaxed. No more pressure on me to be studying – no voice in my head telling me I should be studying whenever I do anything else. Quite frankly, it’s been bliss!

I’m looking into volunteering I can do to get some experience, and will be going to our (relatively) local college to get the qualifications I need in a year or two – most likely once Max is settled in high school.

As for now? I’m spending time doing all the things I kept putting off because of uni. I’ve been on a cleaning binge (yes that’s a thing!), enjoying hanging with my boys watching movies and playing games together, blogging and doing all things blog related, re-introducing myself to my slightly large tarot and oracle card collection, visiting and having friends & family over, and none of it fills me with worry of what I “should be” doing.

All in all, I know I’ve made the right decision for me, and for my family.

Ooh, and another thing! Watch this space… I think I’m going to start offering those tarot readings soon after all!

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  1. February 12, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    Oh my gosh what a month you’ve had!

    Brilliant decision and following your gut instincts. AND we need to talk Tarot… another thing in common!

    • Marylin
      February 13, 2018 / 9:18 am

      OK we DEFINITELY need to talk tarot!! 😀 <3

      Thanks lovely, it was something I'd honestly been wanting to do for a while - the stress of it was really getting to me, so I'm relieved more than anything! x

  2. February 13, 2018 / 4:15 am

    So pleased you were able to come to a decision that takes the pressure off now, but doesn’t cut off your further learning completely. I think you’ll be a brilliant life coach in time x

    • Marylin
      February 13, 2018 / 9:19 am

      Thank you my lovely… after a week I definitely feel like I’ve made the right choice! <3 x

    • Marylin
      February 17, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Totally unexpected right? But it was also a HUGE relief to be honest, and I think that says it all. <3 x

  3. February 15, 2018 / 10:14 pm

    I am so pleased you’ve decided to take some of the pressures off yourself. You will be an amazing life coach x

    • Marylin
      February 17, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you my lovely! It’s made half term SO much more relaxing for sure! <3 xx

  4. February 16, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Good on you for releasing some of the pressure! Having spoken to you online, I know how good a councillor you’ll be. I never understood tarot cards, so look forward to learning more from you x

    • Marylin
      February 17, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Aww thanks my lovely! <3 xx

  5. February 17, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I can honestly say that training as a life coach (and then actually using that skill) changed so much for me. Always happy to chat about it, if you want to bounce ideas around.

    And oh please do tarot, I love all that stuff too.


    • Marylin
      February 17, 2018 / 1:34 pm

      Oh Debs I had *no* idea you did life coaching!! We definitely have to chat soon! <3 x

  6. February 19, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Well done, that’s a brave move. But definitely sounds like the right idea for you and the family. Xx #TheMMlinky

    • Marylin
      February 20, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you lovely! I’m definitely feeling like it’s been the right decision to make ❤️ X

  7. March 18, 2018 / 2:46 am

    Well done you!
    Sending huge hugs and applauds your way.. Hope this brings bigger and better opportunities continuously your way from now on. xoxo

    • Marylin
      March 18, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Thanks Emily, it’s been the best decision to be honest! <3 xx

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