This year I got to meet one of my favorite authors, Colleen Hoover! I’ve read every book she has written and have always been a huge fan of her beautiful stories. So, when I found out she was going on tour for her upcoming book (November 9) I knew I had to meet her and get my books signed.
November 9 came out on November 10th. Yeah I know. Why couldn’t they push it back one day? After buying the book I only had a couple days until the signing in White Plains, NY so I knew I had to finish it before then or it would kill me. Once I got the book I started right away. Colleen’s writing is so addicting sometimes that its easy for me to be reading, then look at the clock and realize that its been 3 hours and I haven’t moved and I’m in way to deep to stop now. So, basically I finished the whole book in a day and I loved every page!
On the day of the signing I dragged my boyfriend to White Plains early in the morning to go to Barnes and Noble and get our wrist bands, to make sure we were getting in and definitely getting something signed. Hours later we finally got to go inside and sit. We were the first ones in and got to sit right in the front row! I was really excited, its weird seeing your favorite author in person, because you love the stories and the characters in the books, but each person there has a different connection to each book and each person can take the meaning behind a book differently.
I was one of the first ones to get my November 9 copy signed, along with some of my other favorites! Colleen was sweet and funny, she took pictures with everyone and signed every book.
I can’t wait to meet other authors in the future and add to my collection of signed books.
- Three years ago I was looking for a stable job while also being a make up artist on the side. I was randomly offered a full-time nanny job for two little kids, one was a girl who was four months old and the other a boy who was three. I accepted because I need the money and needed to do something since make up was slow. When I was in high school I would babysit sometimes, but never something like this. I started my first week with just the little baby girl and was scared to death. I thought I was going to drop her or hurt her and had no idea what to even do with a human this little. For the first week it was rough, she cried all the time, just didn’t want a bottle from me and basically hated me and wanted her mom. What I didn’t know at the time was that babies have to get used to people and to someone else taking care of them that isn’t their mom. So, I kept at it and tried my best with the little experience I had.
The second week started and now I was with both little ones, a baby and a 3-year-old. Once I started getting the hang of holding a baby and entertaining a little boy at the same time things became little easier on me. I would go to work bright and early at 9:00am and work till 6:30pm everyday. When you spend five days a week like that the kids adjust and start to understand that you’re there to take care of them and have some fun too. I would do everything with them from eating three meals, playtime and bath time. Each day was different and some days were overwhelming, but I started to enjoy it and look forward to seeing the kids learn new things, and also become more independent. The hugs and giggles were a plus too.
I watched those two kids for two years before they moved. Which left me having to look for a new family. It changed my outlook on my career and one day having kids of my own.
I’ve learned that becoming a nanny is a learning process. Kids are unpredictable, they can love you one day and rebel the next. But at the end of the day, you’re there to take care of them, show them love and help them learn. The most rewarding feeling is knowing you had a part in all that.