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Decisions you're glad that you made.

post #1 of 20
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Yesterday I ran into a girl I had taken Anatomy and Physiology with back in 1994. We had both applied to the same hospital for the nursing program.

She told me that she should have taken my advice about the school I ended up attending.

See what happened was this...

We had both applied to one of the two hospitals in the city that were still offering the 2 year nursing program. We got letters asking us to come in and test. We had to send in a non refundable testing fee. I forget how much.

We both went down the day of testing. Spent an hour taking the test. Then as soon as the papers were collected, and before the interviews, the Director of Nursing gets up in front of the group and says:

"All of our 2 year program spots have been filled but we are offering a 4 year program through the University of Brandon that we hope all or some of you will be interested in."

I was aghast. I was contacted to come in and test for a position in the 2 year program. I sent in my money in good faith based on that. Now they had the odasity to fill up the program before I even had a chance to interview, and they still took my money?!!

I put my arm up and told them that and then demanded a refund. Others took my advice too.

I went through the interview, I got 100% on my testing, and they pushed to try and get me into their 4 year program. I told them that if I wanted to do the 4 year program I would have applied directly to the University of Manitoba, not done it through a hospital with a university 2 hours away.

I did get a refund mailed to me I then applied at and was accepted at the other hospital which I graduated from.

The girl I ran into yesterday told me that she had gone into the 4 year program. However after 6 months the hospital found out that the 4 year program affiliated with the U of B did not go through. And those who were in the 4 year program were allowed to leap into the 2 year program, but found themselves 6 months behind everyone else and they had to play catch up on their own time for the time and material that they had missed.

As a result many dropped out or were "drummed out", or failed and had to return the next year.

I'm glad I went there knowing I could only spend 2 years in school, and that I didn't allow them to push me or guilt me into a program that I had no interest in to begin with.

How about you? Any decisions that you are glad that you made?
post #2 of 20
good story...
post #3 of 20
I left my second husband. He threatened our daughter, so I hid her safely away and tossed him out on is ear. That was 23 years ago and I Have no regrets.
post #4 of 20
I didn't take a job with a local TV station that was changing formats from HSN (Home Shopping Network) to local and syndicated programming. I got a funny feeling a day before the interview and cancelled. Six months later the station was sold and went Spanish - everyone was let go. I've been through ownership and format changes at several stations before and since but never let go (Thank God!)
post #5 of 20
So glad you made the right decision!

I think I have two big ones.

One, the decision to go to Japan in high school as a foreign exchange student. That was probably the scariest thing I had ever done- going to a new country, new culture, new language, new school, completely alone. And it turned out to be the best experience ever! I still am close to my family, still speak Japanese, just came back from visiting... It is one of my favorite times of my life!

The other would have to be letting my friend talk me in to joining a dating site with her. I had no interest in such things and really didn't want to. But, on the one hand, she and I had a lot of fun bonding time together. On the other, it's how my now-husband got interested in me! We were already school mates and knew each other from school, but we didn't hardly talk and never would have made a connection if not for that. And now I couldn't be happier.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Bob'sMom View Post
I didn't take a job with a local TV station that was changing formats from HSN (Home Shopping Network) to local and syndicated programming. I got a funny feeling a day before the interview and cancelled. Six months later the station was sold and went Spanish - everyone was let go. I've been through ownership and format changes at several stations before and since but never let go (Thank God!)
I'm scared to death of being let go or my radio station changing formats because I know i'll be gone. Unless of course we go country in which case hopefully they'll keep me on.
Darn media and the high turnover.
post #7 of 20
That must have felt really good!

As for me, it's the decision to go freelance!! I was working 12 hours a day, putting in 70 hours a week for about 8 years. That really took a huge toll on my mental health. So, I packed my bags, left the company and started my own portfolio and joining another company which hires freelancer. Although the income has subsided somewhat monumentally, I feel happier and have more time to smell the roses. Now, I can work from home, communicate with clients via email and basically just do video conferencing with my superior a few times a week. It's the best decision ever!
post #8 of 20
Biggest decision I made was to divorce my ex - because of abuse. I now am married to the most wonderful hubby on this planet God answered my prayers much more then expected
post #9 of 20
The best decision I made was to split up with my ex after 2 years of him bullying me...it has been a whole month since I spoke to him last, and I hope it stays that way too.
post #10 of 20
That I decided to rejoin the message board where I met Rob And continued to IM him after the first time we talked!

Also that I kept persistent with applying to the lab. I sent 7 applications over the course of 1.5 years or so, and finally landed a job. I then was persistent with my now-boss on hiring me for the area of the company I'm in now (Another 7 applications to various jobs under him )
post #11 of 20
My best decision was to accept my then boyfriend;s marriage proposal! (I turned down 6 others from other men before that, so I did not have a good track record with marriage proposals!)

BTW, today is our 4th wedding anniversary! (And we haven;t killed each other yet! )

The others: buying our house, and taking in our stray/abused cats, all 9 of them. They are a LOT of work, but we love them dearly.
post #12 of 20
Buying my house - it was a hard decision and one I wasn't sure I wanted to do, but am glad friends persuaded me it was worth taking the risk, as I couldnt have fostered so many cats without it.

Fostering cats - it is good to know I have made a difference to so many cats lives.
post #13 of 20
1. Quit working 9-5 and start up a rosette business! Am now the ONLY commercial supplier of rosettes for Malaysia and Singapore and also export to other countries including Australia, Japan and Germany!

2. Decide to become an Abyssinian breeder The most fantastic breed of cats ever (and of course I'm biased) I give love and get love multiplied to infinity in return. It's also a fantastic outlet for all my excessive competitive urges!
post #14 of 20
I am so glad I decided to first stalk and later marry my husband.
post #15 of 20
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1. Quit working 9-5 and start up a rosette business!
What are rosettes?
post #16 of 20
Several things -

leave my TV job before the position was eliminated and take a position in corporate work

Dedicate myself to looking after my elderly mom. I will miss her and grieve terribly when she is gone, but I will have few or no regrets

Struggling to stay freelance in a terrible economy. I am NOT a 9-5 girl.
post #17 of 20
The best decision I ever made was having my son, and leaving an abusive ex b/f.
post #18 of 20
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What are rosettes?
Ribbon awards! Example:


post #19 of 20
Best decision I've ever made was to throw a 5 star temper tantrum in the middle of my kitchen when I was 16 years old. Parental units let me bring Twitch (deaf kitten) in the house as a housecat. As dad says "it's gone downhill from there". I now have 5 permanent cats & have fostered dozens of others.
post #20 of 20
Going back to school.
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