I Moved

The obvious has occurred…I moved! No longer am I a resident of Manhattan, Kansas. Hello Gothenburg, Nebraska! The boxes have been packed, moved and unpacked, which means the settling in has began.

What makes this move exciting? There are a few reasons.

The first is that I had never been to Nebraska! We don’t know how it happened, but hey, I guess there is a first time for everything.  Second, Gothenburg is a little further away from my many homes, thus making the “adulting” a little more real. And the last reason I will list is that this move was a completely bind move. I had not visited Gothenburg, I had not even seen a picture of my house before I moved, nor did I know one person here. All those reasons made the move a bit more daunting than anticipated.

I have been asked a lot of questions about this move, so here are some answers.

Commonly asked questions:

Why did you move? 
My boyfriend accepted a job in the area, and I didn’t have any concrete plans to move anywhere specific, which has allowed me to move there with him.

Did you graduate?
No, I did not graduate from K-State this spring. After getting fed up with a cycle of reoccurring health issues, I have decided to take a step back from in-person classes to reduce stress.

Will you graduate/what are you going to do now?
Yes, I plan to finish up my K-State classes once I feel like it is something I can do successfully. To keep my brain sharp and continue my education in an area I am passionate about, I began taking classes online this summer through Fort Hays State University in Elementary Education. I expect to finish this program in about two years and then finish up at K-State.

Do you have a job?
YES! I HAVE A JOB! YAY! I had been applying everywhere in Gothenburg and the surrounding communities. Fortunately, I was hired as a paraeducator for the upcoming school year. I will be employed at an elementary school that only has kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, and I will be working in a special education classroom.

The last couple of weeks through the end of June, I have been working at the high school for their summer school program in an algebra classroom. It has been a great change of scenery and opportunity to stretch my brain muscles, but I look forward to getting back to the little kids once the school year begins.

Will you live in Gothenburg forever?
No, for now, Gothenburg is just a pit stop, and I look forward to moving to many more places and different little towns and cities as life progresses.

Ummm…what have you been doing?
After deciding to step back from in-person classes in February, I also stepped away from my job at the Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, where I had worked since fall of 2014.

In order to make an educated decision regarding my pending major change to Elementary Education, I decided to seek out a job as a paraeducator to gain some in-classroom experience. Right before spring break, I was hired at an elementary school in Manhattan, where I worked with kindergarten, fourth grade, fifth grade and sixth grade. Little to say, I loved it and am so excited to one day have my own classroom!

In the meantime, I have done some freelance design work, edited a lot of papers for friends and worked on designing some baby shower invitations (see them here) and bridal shower invitations.

I would like to continue doing freelance design and writing, as well as find more opportunities to design. I am currently working on adding to an Etsy shop I recently started. Visit JenaErnstingDesigns on Etsy here to order your custom invitation, postcard or design today (seriously though, I can design you whatever your heart desires)!

Obsessions of the week

Favorite things this week!

I just learned that “OOTD” stands for. “Outfit of the day” for those of you like me, who don’t know.

In lieu of this new, cool acronym  and the fact that I am a serial outfit offender, as I am constantly repeating outfits; I have decided to create my own fancy acronym, “OOTW,” which stands for “obsessions of the week.”

This week my obsessions have been few and far between; however, some are worthy to note.

Gilmore Girls Prints

Like many millennial women of a certain age, I love Gilmore Girls! Who doesn’t? Can we not all relate a bit to Rory? My single-parent household, stuffed bookshelf, crazy banter and perfectionism sure do align with her! I am so glad her and the rest of Stars Hollow will be gracing us with their presence again this fall, finally!!!

Well, some incredibly creative woman, owner of the Etsy shop, WindowShopGal, has created the perfect prints to go along with my obsession. It feeds my love of art, specifically print art, and my love of Gilmore Girls to a ‘T.’ Check out her store here.

WindowShopGal also has some other amazing prints based off of books and movies you may know well!

I would love to have each season in print to hang vertically on one of my walls!


Buy it here!
Buy it here!











Stranger Things

So, I may have watched all of Stranger Things in less than a week! No shame because it was one of the most riveting shows I have watched in forever. My binge watching was affirmed when I went home and caught up with my bestie from high school, who said he was equally obsessed with watching it.

The young actors are so good. I cannot wait until 2017 when the next season comes out. Hopefully, they will include more episodes in the next season. Either way…here is an interview three of the cast did with Chelsea Handler.

Millie Bobby Brown, the young woman who plays El is hilarious! She kind of reminds me of Emma Watson. I basically want to be her six years ago…actually now, today I want to be her. Watch the interview with Chelsea Handler here!

Story behind the meme

If there is one thing I love, it is a good story. It doesn’t matter if it is fictional or factual, on television or in a good book. If I can immerse myself into a new world then I’m sold!


Find the story here!


A Facebook friend shared, “The Incredible Story Behind The Senior Freshman Meme,” a Refinery29 article by Amanda Green. The story follows the life of Nola Ochs, who is from Jetmore, Kansas, and primarily focuses on her calling, to completing her bachelor’s degree at 94 years old. Go Nola!

As a lover of education at any age, this story resonated with me. Who knows, maybe I’ll be the 94-year-old in the classroom some day on round two of college, correcting my professor.