I can’t even show up to a #GoalMeetup on time

So how about I just skip all the excuses about how I didn’t meet any of #goalmeetup plans and let you know about the one I did meet…

I passed my MFT exam!

Which, in my opinion, is part miracle part hard work.

You may recall my post where I vomited everything I know about marriage and family therapy onto you. Well, in there I say that I call it the MFT exam when really it’s the “Lots of Letters I Don’t Remember” Exam. I really didn’t take the time to know the official name of the test because I was pretty sure it didn’t matter…

Well. I was wrong.

I walk into the testing center that Friday afternoon and let the nice man know I’m here to take the MFT exam.

Nice Man:  MFT exam? We don’t have an MFT exam… (he starts looking through his list)

Holy potatoes. The only thing I didn’t think to study for, THE NAME OF THE TEST, was going to be the death of me.

Me: Um, I don’t know the official name. But the letters M, F, and T should be in there.

Nice Man: Oh, here it is… The National Counseling for Things Marie Has Never Heard Of Exam. Let’s get you set up…

Me: No! No! No! That’s not my test! I need a test with M’s, F’s and T’s in the name. Marriage and Family Therapy. That’s what I do. Um, try AMFT…R…LC…Q… yeah, look that up.

Nice Man: You want me to look up AMFTRLCQ?

Me: Um, yeah. We’ll start there.

I was screwed.

We finally figured out which test was mine (AMFTRB) and I was ready to spend the next 4 hours working on the 200 question test. By the time I walked out I was pretty sure that me having trouble with the name of the test and that turning out to be the easiest thing I answered that afternoon was a sign that I was NOT going to get a passing score.  

Thankfully, my gut was so WRONG and I passed. No clue whatsoever on how I pulled of this miracle, but I did it.

This test doesn’t really mean anything in regards to my licensure other than I have to hurry up and get my 2000 clinical hours in stat.

And to get this out of the way, here are my November goals:

1) Stay in budget with the food (Mark and I took out the budgeted amount for food in October and did an excellent job staying in budget. We’ll be looking to do the same thing again.)
2) Get Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving.
3) Bring something (ANYTHING) to Thanksgiving dinner.
4) Love my body again by doing something active every single day (actually did an awesome job with this last month, too, but wanted to make it more tangible.
5) Seriously clean that dining/office room.

8 thoughts on “I can’t even show up to a #GoalMeetup on time

  1. Connie says:

    Wow way to go, I’m proud of you. As for your 5 goals for this month they sound more like five ways to torture yourself to me. Clean, cook, stay on budget really Marie the only fun you are going to have is shopping, humm you might be able to use shopping as a way to stay active. Here’s an offer for what to take to Thanksgiving dinner, take me, you only have to send a plane ticket I will bring the pumpkin pie. No? Oh well I tried, but really I will email you a great pumpkin desert recipe if you want?

    Ohh, shopping as aerobic activity…do you think Mark would go for it? 😀 And thank you so much for the recipes! Now if only I could come up with the money for a plane ticket…

  2. Secret Agent "CT" says:

    Congrats Marie!! I knew you would pass that XYZ test! 🙂 I think it’s hilarious that you didn’t remember the name of the test. That is totally something that I would do. Except, I would get really mad and call everyone I know asking them what in the world was that test’s name again. Congrats again!!!

    As for the Christmas shopping thing…I am going to have an ornament party again this year. So add that to your list of things to get. Belk, JoAnn’s, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby all have their ornaments 50% off! So you could get a nice ornament for cheap. 🙂 I’m just saying…you have to come! 🙂

    Oh, your ornament party! When is it? Because Mark and I will be in Mexico from the 17th to the 27th, I hope I can make it!

  3. Emily says:

    Congrats on the exam! I know it’s not always easy to get back into “test” mode. Good luck with your goals. My parents are coming for Thanksgiving so I understand the pressure to perform in the kitchen. Have a good one!

    It is so hard to get back into test mode! And I’m going to say I’m way more nervous about showing up with a dish to Thanksgiving Dinner than I probably should be. My biggest fear is making people sick. Who wants to be That Girl, right?

  4. Michelle Ziegler Ashburn says:

    Congrats on passing! (I am not surprised, but I am very proud!)

    I love cooking Thanksgiving food! Here is a super easy, yet super tasty dish:

    Seriously, make it. You will not be sorry.

    Ohh, it sounds delish. Shelly gave me a casserole recipe too that was pretty easy. All I have to say is, I hope Mark likes casserole…

  5. mrs. smith says:

    so glad you passed your exam-that-will-not-be-named!! super proud of you!

    ps – deviled eggs are insanely easy for t-giving. and broccoli salad – a family fave of ours. hit me up if you want some easy southern recipes, my mommy made me a book. 🙂

    My mom does deviled eggs, but I’m going to have to ask about this broccoli salad… And how sweet of your mom! I will be emailing you shortly…

  6. mrs. smith says:

    and i said mommy on purpose. to state how cool she was for that book-making. that’s not what i normally call her.

    You’re so funny.

  7. Veda says:


    There are soo many super easy and very delicious Thanksgiving dishes on The Food Network webiste!!

    My favorite is the Garlic Rosemary Mashed Potatoes…super yum!!! Oh man, I am getting hungry!!! hehe!!

    Oh, I remember that you’ve done the meet the parents make a dish on Thanksgiving thing! Did you make mashed potatoes then? Is the recipe on The Food Network? I love garlic.

  8. Angelia says:

    Congrats on passing!

    I’m with you on #4! I so need to get back in the habit of moving and being active again. Once you break the habit it is double hard to get back into it.

    It is so hard! This may sound SO WEIRD, but I read once that women on their periods are more likely to WANT to be active. I notice this is true of myself and if I can catch the hormonal wave that wants activity I can usually ride it until the next month… I’m so weird, right?

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