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Stress Busting Challenge: blog entry #2

Monday, December 01, 2014

I need a career change. I've been teaching preschool for the most of the past 14 years. There are three things that have been bothering me the most. First, I feel fake. I'm not happy to be there, but I have to wear a smile. Second, I'm bored. Nothing is new to me anymore. Third, children have become so disrespectful. The way children are allowed to treat us is uncalled for. Even as an adult I wouldn't treat/speak/disrespect a person like that. It drains me to even think about going to work every day.

Before you respond to me "well why don't you just get a new job?"...just know, I'm trying. Every day. I created a resume for the first time and I have memberships on some of the local career websites. But I only have experience and training in one thing, Early Education. I worry nobody's going to even consider me after seeing almost 14 years of preschool on my resume.

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BOUTTIME24 12/1/2014 11:21PM

    Well, I'd like to join the medical field, but again, with no training I'm not qualified. So I apply, hoping someone will notice my dedication to my current field and give me a call. When I decided to stop being so picky, I began applying for almost anything. Housekeeping, receptionist (which I'd probably hate), pest control, anything but food or retail....but, I'm becoming desperate.
We do our best with our children too. They're well rounded kids, not perfect, but they have manners, morals, and respect. We live in a mildly hard city and our kids have already been exposed to, as you say, the "belligerent and clueless".

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    Good luck with your job search. What field are you looking into? I too get discouraged knowing my children will have to try to navigate a belligerent and clueless society when we are gone. I do my best and it doesn't take a village, it just takes parents who are not stingy with their attention; parents who say what they mean and mean what they say.

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I've joined the Stress Busting Challenge: blog entry #1

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today...Hm? Today's stress: I can't get any time alone. It's actually a regular stressor in my life. I wish I could have time by myself. But I feel guilty for that. I always complain that I need more time with our kids, that we need more time as a family, then I complain to be alone...? I don't know, I really just want to sit here, but every time I begin to have a thought or begin to relax, one of my kids or my fiance interrupts with a need, want, question, or (from our toddler) a demand. It's warmer out today, I should go for a walk, but honestly, there's been some trouble in our neighborhood that has affected my family personally and I've become scared to walk it. Plus, I'm tired. Slightly anxious. I just need to be left alone to breathe, think, close my eyes.

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BOUTTIME24 12/1/2014 8:30PM

    I'm a Sagittarius. I do enjoy being social, could talk with anyone, and love a good party. But at the same time, even as a child, I like being alone. MY time is hard to come by anymore. I'm a preschool teacher, busy with 3 year olds every day, and an engaged to be married, busy Mother of 2. My hobby, walking. My depression (and the change of seasons) has gotten in the way of my hobby. Not fond of the cold. But that's why I've gotten back in touch with SP. This site has so many great resources and the people here are awesome! It helps to have support.

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JIBBIE49 11/30/2014 5:03PM

    R u a Virgo? They certainly need their alone time, most often to do a hobby that helps them get rid of stress, something like sewing.

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Never Thought I'd Say This...

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

I want to go back to work!!!

I haven't spent much time at work the past three weeks. I'm an assistant at a preschool and, with the Holidays & and brutally cold weather, we haven't had too many students attending. I enjoy my job, but I've always thought it would be nice to be home with my own kids (1.5 & 6 years old).

Now, it could be because this is the wrong season to be out of work, but I really just want to get back to our normal schedule. I give stay at home parents a lot of credit! I couldn't do it, especially this time of year. The Girls and I have a bad case of cabin fever! We've gotten used to our new Lifestyle of walking and being active (2 years ago I didn't move much). Now our sleep patterns are even out of whack. My oldest is disappointed that school has been canceled every day this week!

So, I'm hoping next week brings warmer weather. I NEED to go back to work! My kids NEED to go back to school! And our Lives NEED to go back to normal!

Hope you all are staying warm out there!!

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JIBBIE49 11/30/2014 5:01PM

    Hugs. It pays to be organized and have a routine. An Army would never succeed without one.

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/9/2014 1:56PM

    LOL! I love y job and look forward to it every day.

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CAPT_BUTTERFLY 1/7/2014 8:27PM

    Good luck! the weather is up and down all over the last few weeks. Hope it gets back to normal for you soon.

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43MELANIE 1/7/2014 7:16PM

    Funny how much our sanity demands routine. I hope the weather improves for you soon.

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One Year Today!!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

I've been a SparkPeople member for one year!! It's been a long year that went by quickly, if that makes sense. When I started here with SP I knew I found something great! This website gave me the information & tools I needed to get me started and continue on my journey. The other members here gave me the support I needed throughout the year. Thank you SP and Sparklers!

But I can't give all the credit to SP. I've seen success and setbacks, but never quit. I've had to change things up and rearrange my Lifestyle. It was me spending the time on my fitness. I had to proportion my meals and count my calories.

And you know what, the hard work paid off because a few months ago I accomplished my goal! Since then I've settle at a comfortable weight right below that goal. And everyday is still work. Why...? Because this is a Lifestyle Change!

My point is, Sparklers, is that you can't give up!! You have to do things you never thought you would, or could, do! You have to find your groove! And DON'T QUIT!

One year ago today I never had imagined I could accomplish so much for myself, but I have. And everyday, for the rest of my Life, I will continue to accomplish my goal!
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43MELANIE 1/7/2014 7:14PM

    Thank you for this. emoticon

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What is Weight Loss Success?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I set out to lose 75 lbs and accomplished it. I have even settled slightly below my goal weight. I like to claim success, but as I work to maintain this weight loss I wonder..."Am I really SUCCESSFUL?"
I feel as though I have small successes every day. And that's the way I like to look at it in the smaller picture. The extra few steps I put in or the brownie I traded for an apple are choices I consider successful. But what about the big picture?
I just recently had someone tell me that they are surprised I've kept my weight off (to be honest, so am I), that they expected it to bounce right back. I only hit my goal weight about 3 months ago and haven't put any pounds back on. But this person's comment makes me question my success. Is there a time frame? How long does someone have to maintain weight loss to be really successful emoticon emoticon
Well, I suppose I'll stick to the small picture. It's a lot less scary than wondering if I can maintain for 1, 3, 5 years.

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/2/2014 11:31AM

    I think success is a process, not a goal. Success is making the right decisions every day. New goals mean new successes. Today, success for me was getting through my workout.

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RICKYDAF 1/1/2014 9:54PM

    Baby steps ....each day gives us new challanges... find someone to help you stay accountable to your goals:-)

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