After thinking about blogging but not having time and then feeling guilty about it, I finally decided to pause the blog until after my exam. My exam was originally scheduled for mid-November but at the end of October, I felt like I still wasn't ready so I postponed it. I was already studying almost daily but it was obvious that I still didn't have enough time so I gave up something much more serious that blogging - exercising. That sounds terrible, I know, and goes against everything we all know. Exercise should be scheduled into your day just like work and eating because it is so important. I often had pangs of guilt but unfortunately didn't have much time to think about it. Plus, right before my daughter's cross country season started, I fell and really messed up my ankle. It was impossible for me not to run at the meets so once they were over, I decided to let the ankle rest and see if it would heal. It feels much better now but I should point out, I haven't tried to run on it yet!
So, back to the CIA, I took my exam yesterday and I passed! I am now officially a CIA. I was so shocked because even with all my studying, I still didn't feel prepared. The exam was 100 questions and by #70 I was ready to immediately e-mail the study guide company I was using and tell them how they didn't prepare me at all. But then I finished, found out I passed (thank goodness we get the results immediately) and seriously almost started crying in the lobby of the testing facility! I was horrified but so completely relieved and happy to been done with this process.
So basically this is a big excuse about why my life came to a screeching halt last year but a promise that starting today I am going to:
- Be nice to my family (seriously, they have been at best ignored and at worst screamed at for a year!)