Taking on 2013 and hoping to revitalize my life

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Month 11 Check-In

I’m a few days late getting this blog post up but, better late than never.

November feels like a blur. I was sick, my youngest was sick, I had family over for the last weekend in November so that required some prep, plus I was also adjusting to being back to work. Throw a little bit of Christmas shopping into the mix, the regular ups and downs of being a parent and bam, 4 weeks is gone.

I wish I could say I succeeded with my challenge for the month, however, the catching up on my writing course was limited in nature and so was the healthy eating. As a matter of fact, my diet is a disaster area these days. I need to bring it back into a better realm of healthy.

Here’s the round-up for the rest of my overall goals:

Eating more fruits and veggies/ day – There were some smoothies this month, of course, but not as many as there should have been. However, if chocolate was a food group I would have it covered. Somehow, I am down one pound which is a total of 14 lbs for the year. I seem to have plateaued at this point but luckily I’m not putting any weight on so I will take it.

Exercising – Exercise has also declined as the month passed. I haven’t been to badminton for the last 2 weeks as I’ve had my kids during that time and the last walk I took was only 15 minutes because it was so cold out. I’m supposed to play squash tomorrow night, so barring any cancellations maybe that will help motivate me to get back to exercising.

Blog 4 times/ week – I’ve struggled to meet my blogging goal for the last 3 months and as the year is drawing to a close I’m wondering if I will continue blogging into 2014. I haven’t made any decisions yet but I am thinking about letting it go. We’ll see, still a few more weeks before the year is over.

Putting myself out there more and creating better relationships – I’ve had a couple of lunches with co-workers this month, I also had lunch with a co-worker from my last job and dinner with another. It’s funny how hard it is to coordinate things when you no longer see each other every day but I will keep trying, it is worth it. And as for Sven, it’s been hard seeing him this month too. Between kid schedules and being sick, we didn’t see each other all that much during the month of November.

52 Actions – I wish I was doing better with my weekly goals. I didn’t fail completely this month but I wasn’t overly successful either. For some reason they are no longer top of mind or maybe they are just things I don’t really want to do. Something to think about.

General happiness – Overall, I think I have learned a lot about how to be happier during this past year. It is so important to live in the present. To stop worrying about what may or may not happen in the future and to stop obsessing about what has happened in the past. Some days these things are easier said than done but if you can stick to the present, life will be better. I think that is the key.

Only 28 days left to 2013, where has the year gone? During these last 4 weeks I will try to review some of the stuff I have learned during this past year of blogging and make plans for 2014. Not sure what they are yet, but I’ll figure it out :).

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Month 10 Check-In

There are only 2 months left to 2013. The year has flown by.

October has been a bit of a chaotic month for me but in a good way. I have returned to work after a year hiatus (that sounds like a nice way to say it). I have written a short story and submitted it to a contest. And I am still trying to ride the happy train. I find that the hardest time for me to be happy these days is when I think about the whole boy-girl relationship thing or lack thereof. I just find that area of my life frustrating. I’m trying to let things be what they will be more, but that is difficult for me (hence the frustrating part)… maybe there is a better way to deal with those feelings.

I had a writing challenge for September and October. My plan was to write every day for at least an hour/ day. I found the challenge pretty challenging. It was hard to commit to writing everyday but I do think I wrote more than usual during these past 2 months. But in spite of writing more during these 2 months I was short on blog posts for both September and October. I was doing a different kind of writing so I’m still happy with how things have gone.

During the month of October I also discovered that I would like to write some fiction, I had no idea that this would interest me but I was inspired by one of the women in my writing class so I’m going to try something new.

Here’s the round-up for the rest of my overall goals:

Eating more fruits and veggies/ day – This month has not been great for the fruits and veggies. Junk food has snuck into my diet and I need to get a handle on that. Halloween sure does not help the situation. My weight is up a little this month so I’m only down 13 lbs for the year, I need to refocus on eating better and exercising as they are important habits to establish.

Exercising – Exercise has not happened as much as I would like this past month, especially during the last 2 weeks. The new work schedule is making things a bit crazy but I did manage to walk at lunch time a couple of days in there. If I can continue with those walks that will help me fit exercising into my schedule.

Blog 4 times/ week – I missed my goal in October again! I’m hoping to catch up in November or at least to hit my weekly goal.

Putting myself out there more and creating better relationships – I went for a couple of lunches with friends this month and to my sister’s for Thanksgiving. I also started a brand new job and have been trying to get to know my new co-workers.

52 Actions – I managed to purge some clothes and give some gifts but other than that the weekly goals are taking a bit of a beating. I haven’t forgotten about them but I may need to re-jig them as I have less free time than before.

General happiness – I think I am happier than I have been in quite a while. I’m still welcoming abundance into my life, I try to say what I am thankful for every day, I try to focus on living in the present, I try to write about my negative feelings when they happen and release them into the universe, and I think these things all add up to being happier with what you have. Not every day is a stellar day but a greater majority of them are and that makes me happy :).

Only 2 months to go, time to really focus on what’s important during this time. It might be a good idea to reflect on that and make sure that’s what I’m doing. I’ll try to come up with a challenge for November that encompasses that.

Liking the New Job Just Fine

I had a successful first week of work. It was a little more exciting than most first weeks of work.

I met a former Prime Minister this week, he came to the office and I shook his hand. We’re not best buds or anything but the day also involved free lunch and a field trip, so all in all, a good day.

Writing

Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition, I found out today that the majority of my job is going to be writing (at least for now). Seriously. I’m so happy about that. It’s not writing a book, it’s going to be blog posts, web content and articles as opposed to fiction but every bit of writing is practice and will only strengthen my writing chops. I’m sure other tasks will crop up but this is great for now.

I’m a minority in this new job, almost everyone in the office has a different cultural heritage than I do. It’s a new experience. Right now I’m trying to learn by listening and wading in slowly. I’ve already made my first cultural faux-pas but I’m hoping to keep those to a minimum. Everyone in the office is great. As a matter of fact, I did a little bonding with a couple of people this afternoon. One of the other women and I discussed our kids and then 3 of us complained about the infrastructure of our little city. It was nice to just hang out and chat. We’ll be heading out-of-town one day next week so there will be more time to bond on the road trip.

I really think that this is a fantastic job for me right now after all the self-realization and improvement I have done during the past year. It will be tons of learning, tons of writing and probably more personal growth just as a result of the new environment and culture that I’m exposed to. Plus I’m working in a non-profit environment where the main mission is to help people, it’s a nice change from corporate greed and I think I’m going to like it just fine.

I’ve Regained my Employee Status

Desk

Desk (Photo credit: koneude)

It was a little surreal being back in the land of paid employment today after being off work for a year, but I lived to tell about it so I’m pretty sure I’ll go back tomorrow.

Everyone at work seems really nice. The CEO is seriously one of the nicest CEOs I’ve ever met. She is uber-friendly and makes me feel at home.

I got the office policies manual today. I work with a small group but you can tell that it is government-funded based on the size of the policy manual. That sucker was pretty big for a group of 15 people.

I found out today that the office closes for 2 weeks at Christmas. 2 weeks paid at Christmastime and it does not affect our vacation. I wanted to do a little dance right there.

I went to my first meeting today. It wasn’t a meeting that I needed to attend, but it was great to sit in on it as it gave me a better idea of what some of the people in my office do. I feel like I will piece together the puzzle that is my new job sooner than later so that’s a good thing.

I got several congratulatory messages this morning, all of them cheering me on for my first day of work. Both of my sisters (of course) and a couple of friends. I was super pumped to know that I have folks who care about my success. Surprisingly I did not hear from Sven. Or perhaps he did send me a message on his broken texting app and I just never got it. I’m guessing it was option A. I don’t know what happened with Sven, but things have just petered out. No one has called anything off but isn’t it weird that I have not heard from him on my first day at my new job?

Anyway, I’m not letting him spoil my fun. I had a great first day and I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow. I do miss my couch and my yoga pants a bit but I’m sure the pay check will help me get over that quickly.

I GOT A JOB – WOOT!

Today, I signed the contract for my new full-time job – wahoo!! I start on Monday!!

And since it never rains but it pours, I kind of got offered a part-time job (in my field) this week which I had to turn down. A friend of mine works for a local university and recommended me so I may end up doing some freelance for them in the future, who knows?

I’m very excited to go back to work! Although I’ve enjoyed my time off (for the most part), I’m looking forward to working with a new team. I love working with smart, talented individuals and can’t wait to see how things go next week.

It’s going to be weird getting up and getting out the door for a job again. And I’m sure the kids and I will have some kinks to work out so we can all get out of the house on time. They are excited for me to go back to work too so hopefully they will be cooperative.

I have been off work for 1 year on October 24th and I start my new job on Oct 21st. That’s so close to a year it’s within spitting distance. I’m not sure how I’m going to fit all of my extra-curricular activities in there now that I have an actual job though.

I’m still going to keep up the blog, the year isn’t over yet and I’ve got stuff that I haven’t accomplished. I’m also going to try to keep up with the writing, I really do want to write a book and I’ve written over 2000 words now so I should keep going!! My writing course continues until mid-December so I’ll just have to get more organized in order to fit everything in. I may need an actual schedule as I want to try to meditate in there too.

I’m going to be busy, busy, busy and just in time for the chaos of Christmas to start closing in. But that’s ok, I think it’ll be a good kind of busy 🙂

BTW, the parking ticket did turn out to be a job 🙂

Should I Go Back to School?

school-booksI’ve been tossing around the idea of going back to school. Not because I really want to go back to school but because I have been unemployed for a year now and am starting to feel some pressure.

Although I’m glad that I have devoted the last 9 months to personal growth it has not really helped me out in the job arena. I’m now able to redirect my thoughts better and to stay in the present better and I know where all of my chakras are located but none of this has helped me to find a job. Plus I have not really added anything to my resume in the last year. So… that has got me debating the whole back to school thing.

The field of marketing has lost some of it’s shine. I’m at the point in my life where marketing for a corporation who’s sole purpose is making money is not that appealing any more. I don’t dislike marketing, I just am not married to the idea of staying in that field.

Perhaps I should just change course and do something completely different. I could take programming again although I’ve been there, done that and did not enjoy the actual work. School was fine and I did great at school but the work in the real world was not optimal and I wasn’t having any fun doing it. I’m not sure if it was just an unlucky position and I should give it another chance or if I should just abandon the whole field altogether. The thing is that there are loads of jobs in programming, so that makes the decision trickier.

I’ve also tossed around the idea of taking a trade. Yep, going to trade school and working with my hands.

Sitting in front of a computer for a living is slowly killing us. For the past 7 years I have gradually put on weight as I have gone from an active stay-at-home Mom to sitting at a computer for over 8 hours/ day. I have taken off a little weight in this past year but my lifestyle still involves a computer and it still involves sitting while using it. It’s probably been even worse during this last year as now I’m slouching over it while using it on my couch instead of at a desk.

So does this mean I’m going back to school? No idea, but I’m thinking out loud as I cross another week of unemployment off of my calendar.

Month 9 Check-In

I cannot believe that 2013 only has 3 months left in it. How things have changed and yet how they have stayed the same. As of the 24th of October I will have been unemployed for a year. I did some consulting in there but not enough for it to feel like a real job. I have another interview coming up soon, perhaps this will be the one. As for changes, well I have been blogging for 9 months, I’m taking a writing course and I have spent a tremendous amount of time trying to find my happiness.

Am I feeling happier? Well not every day, but I have discovered some techniques that make it easier to redirect negative feelings and some techniques to focus on the positive ones. Today I’m feeling pretty damn good actually :).

I had a writing challenge for September. My plan was to write every day for at least an hour/ day. I thought it would be pretty easy as I have been blogging 4 times/ week but things seemed to change once I set up the challenge. All of a sudden I was no longer inspired and I could barely write a blog post (as a matter of fact I was short on blog posts 1 week this month).

I think that once I told myself that I had to do it then all of a sudden I felt like I couldn’t, I was resisting. I’m working on clearing up that resistance so I’m going to implement the same writing challenge for the month of October. I have sketched out an idea for a book so I need to put some effort into it. Even if it never gets published, I can leave it to my kids so they have a part of me later on. On a positive note, I have written a few things that I wouldn’t normally write this past month so that has been a fun exploration of my creativity.

Here’s the round-up for the rest of my overall goals:

Eating more fruits and veggies/ day – I was on and off with the fruits and veggies this month. I’m going to try to re-focus on this for the month of October. I really do love the smoothies and they are so good for me. I’m down about 1 1/2 lbs this month, so 15 1/2 pounds in total for the year. I’ve plateaued a bit but if I can increase the fruits and veggies again I should be good.

Exercising – I’ve been sick this past week so not exercising but I have big plans for badminton and boxing this fall.

Blog 4 times/ week – I missed my goal 1 week in September but I know I’ll hit it in October!

Putting myself out there more and creating better relationships – I took two classes this month: I went to a cooking class with Sven and took an HTML/CSS one-day course called Ladies Learning to Code. I also had coffee with a friend of mine who I hadn’t chatted with in ages, it was so good to catch up!! And every once in a while I manage to snag one of my friends for lunch so that’s always fun.

52 Actions – I’m doing OK with my weekly goals. I planned a scavenger hunt in town (which I have been talking about for ages), now I need to gather up some folks and try it out!! Some of the other stuff has not been accomplished but I’m moving in a forward direction.

Getting a job – Still no job. I really thought I would have one by now. I think I’m not selling myself enough. Job interview at the 11th company coming up next week. Wish me luck!!

General happiness – The writing course that I am taking is so much more than a writing course. There are sections about dealing with your inner critics and negative feelings. All of these things are helping me feel happier these days. I didn’t feel that good while I was sick last week but now I’m mostly better and feeling happy!!

3 months left, WOW! I think I need to take some time this month and see what I really want to accomplish by the end of this year.

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