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It’s the Weekend! (And, Boy, Am I Grateful!)

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I actually don’t technically don’t have a weekend, so, having Thanksgiving and Friday off this week has been pretty, pretty wonderful.  Yesterday, Brian and I spent time with family, and today I accomplished quite a bit.

I am thankful for. . .

  • keeping up with my metaphysics exercises
  • meditation
  • remembering my dreams
  • finishing 1/2 of Power vs. Force
  • spending some entertainment time with Brian
  • pumpkin pancakes and Brian’s fantastic over-easy spiced eggs!
  • dinner at Olive Garden with a scrumptious cheesy appetizer and fabulous pasta
  • a clean kitchen
  • a start to laundry
  • Zumba and Dance Central games!
  • Rent date in March for our 1st date anniversary
  • glass storage containers
  • this blog entry
  • finalizing and printing out pictures for my inspirational people collage
  • my talk with Cindy
  • a significant visit to O-Net to get career ideas
  • Culver’s frozen custard pints (Chocolate Oreo Volcano!)
  • Facebook inspiration
  • finding my vision

I’m sure there’s more, but that’s a start!  Happy Friday, everyone. 🙂

Takes a Little Time

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Image courtesy of luigi diamanti/

I’ve discovered lately that my cranky meter relates to how I’m taking care of myself.  Right now that mostly means free time/fun time/not-keeping-myself-busy time.  (Blogging is an appropriate example.)  If I have kept myself too busy, I get cranky.  I get myself worked up about everything and anything, and if Brian is around, I attempt to drag him in as an audience.

My intuitive health report told me that I need to examine the greater purpose for my actions so that I do not become resentful.  I am presently very upset and resentful, so I’m taking a look.  I thought I had my schedule set, going into last week, and then my full-time job switched my schedule on me and threw me into a tizzy.  Suddenly my huge chunks of evening time had disappeared.  Where did they go?  Let’s see:  I’m getting more sleep.  I have a little more time to get ready in the morning.  I have a little more time at night.  That’s good.  I still have no Wednesday evenings because of Metaphysics class, but I have chosen that class for my betterment.  I will have no Tuesday nights because of my improv class, but I have chosen that as one of my passions. So, that leaves me the rest of the week to monitor.

Gatherings with friends are tough right now because I love my friends and enjoy being with them, but then I end up choosing between them and myself.  The same goes for volunteer activities. I know it’s good for me, but right now it’s just not good for me.

So, right now I need to force myself to focus on me.  I know “force myself” is not the best way to look at it, but it’s 8:26 in the morning, and I need to take the dog out and allow for highway traffic on my way to work, so I can contemplate this further in the car.  Cindy talked with me this morning about shifting “my energy”, shifting my perspective when I look at things.  So, I’m going to add that to my purposes for this week.

When I get home from work, the first thing I’m going to do (besides Wednesdays) is do something fun.  Something fun that is not tied to work in any way.)  That is my assignment.  And during work — especially my weekday job — my purpose is to build my concentration.  My final goal for this week is to pursue Chicagoland area temp agencies for office positions and to look at for research into the types of jobs that fit my skills and interests, using key terms: “bilingual” and “creative ideas.”

Gotta go. But I’m feeling better already. 🙂

What Doesn’t Kill You. . .

Today I’m grateful for what makes you stronger.  I read a great quote today posted on Facebook:

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller

I’ve had an interesting internal reaction to some of the challenges/frustrations I’ve had lately. . .  feelings of increased enthusiasm and determination!

First Instance

For example, I followed the suggestion of one of my career counselors and “popped by” the office of one of the places I had applied to for work. (Seeker beware: This works in some places, but not others, so be careful!)  I was afraid it wasn’t going to go well, and it didn’t.  I was told that people cannot just pop by and was given a list of steps to follow.

Now, I understand this policy.  There is a safety concern, and people are very busy.  But you can imagine the intense feeling of rejection I felt, dismissed after I had finally mustered up the courage to walk in this place!  Yet. . .  besides the initial shock, I felt a surge of a very different feeling:  energy.  Power.  A “let’s continue” type of attitude.  I had feared the worst, and I had fared the worst, but it really wasn’t so bad.  In fact, it made me want to go visit another place, and to continue on my path.  And I did continue on that path.  Yaking a slightly different approach, I ended up having a wonderful conversation with some very awesome people.

Second Example

Then, today I had an exciting introductory appointment that I had spent hours planning for.  Early this morning I got the call that it was cancelled.  Again. . .  shock.  Also, some frustration and feelings of rejection.  But again, from somewhere within the pit of my stomach, there emerged that  “Well, time to move on”-type feeling.  I picked myself up, remembered something else that I’d almost missed for this appointment, threw myself together, and scooted myself out the door.  “I guess it just wasn’t meant to be!”

What freeing, powerful feelings!  Life is a challenge!  In an easy life, we are protected, but weak.  Hardship makes us vulnerable, but strong!


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