Thursday, January 13, 2011
I read the reflection and I should reflect, instead, I'm going to enjoy my quiet time working from home. The fire is crackling, the dog is asleep on the bed, I have a couple of things to accomplish during my lunch break (unfortunately working out is not one of them).
So with that, friends, have a great one. I am going to enjoy my time away from the computer.
PS I forgot to mention, MY BEST FRIEND HAD HER BABY THIS MORNING! YEYYYY!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
"Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
- Sarah Bernhardt, actress
I guess the easy way to blog about this topic is to say, "please see the last two days blogs" and call it good.
Today, I will reflect on surrounding oneself with positive people. I love having such a great support system (some family members excluded and will remain nameless). I have a husband who goes with me to the pool and gym. I have a Mom who bought the whole family a treadmill to share. I have friends who say things like "if you get any skinnier, you'll blow away" or "you're my inspiration". I have spark friends who motivate, encourage, enlighten, support, and are generally wonderful people. I have to specifically mention my Weight Watchers leader, whom I have known since I was 15. She truly is an inspiration.
It is YOUR energy that creates my energy... whether it is positive or negative energy is up to me and the environment that I choose. I have chosen to surround myself with positive people and positive thoughts (most of the time!).
I have to mention this, and, its probably off the topic a little, but I went to Weight Watchers last week to make sure I was where I needed to be... but that's not the purpose of this tangent. One of the members had met her goal that night. It took her 6 years, but she lost 341.5 pounds. 341.5 POUNDS! That's 2 of me plus a small child! She is incredible. Her drive shows me that when you put your mind to it, you can accomplish ANYTHING. Her positive energy is amazing! I always feel renewed listening to her talk. She honest about her weight loss struggles, but always puts things with a positive spin. What an amazing person!
So my friends, I hope that my energy this morning has got you up and moving and ready to tackle the day. Take your positive energy and pay it forward and I believe that you will become truly rich, as Ms. Bernhardt says.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
"To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, and to be given a chance to create, are the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy." - Bette Davis, actress
I told my boss when I started my job with Landmark Forestry that I create maps and do geospatial analysis because I love what I do and when the day comes that I don't enjoy my job anymore, it will be the day I find a new job. I truly enjoy what I do, both as a mapmaker and a paramedic. The paychecks, while I wish they were completely gravy, are gravy to a point.
I never thought I would get to do what I love to do and get paid to do it. I have bills like everyone else and those paychecks do make a difference between foreclosure and a roof over my head. However, my jobs, while I do gripe sometimes about them, are wonderful and I wouldn't change them for the world. I feel truly blessed by this.
Sometimes sacrificing money for love has to happen. I could go to a bigger county, city, etc and work for a giant corporation or bigger ambulance company and probably make, no definitely make a lot more than I do right now. However, I love the area I am in, I love the people I work for and I know the county I work EMS needs paramedics. We have 7000+/- in our county and 4 active paramedics. I told my former boss once, you could pay me a lot less and I would still come to work everyday, I love it that much.
I hope that every one of you are doing what you love to do. I hope that if you aren't, you are on a path to get to do what you love to do. Sometimes its hard to take that first step toward career happiness. That money thing gets in the way, I know. Doing something you love, though, makes all the difference in the world - from the moment you wake up and say "yey, I get to go to work today!" versus "crap, another day at work" to when you reflect on your day and think "wow, I was enjoying what I was doing so much that the day flew by" versus "I never thought today would end". Its your choice.
I hope you have a wonderful day friends doing what you love to do.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Wow, it is COLD outside.
"I have always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I have to be more specific."
- Lily Tomlin, actress
I have to be more specific? I am 35 next Monday and I still haven't figured out exactly who or what I want to be when I grow up!!
I am, however, having a great time trying to figure it out! I have had many jobs, met many wonderful people, and hopefully made many people's lives a little bit better, both in the mapping industry and as a medic/firefighter.
I guess if I need to be more specific about WHO I want to be, I want to be myself... and who am I?
-I am a supporter
-I am an encourager
-I want to make things right
-I am a hand holding, touchy feely, high fivin', hug givin', positive, upbeat chick
-I am a best friend and biggest fan
I don't know why, but my lists are always 5 bullets long. Something about 5... not too little, not too long.
I tell my friends as they enter into a new stage in their life, whether it be starting a fitness and/or nutrition program, quitting drinking/smoking/etc, or whatever it may be, "I will be your biggest fan".
In May, I am travelling to Erie, PA. My husband has a friend who was in the Army with him (who has since become friends with me) that has lost a significant amount of weight and she wants to run her first 5k Mother's Day weekend. I told her if she kept me up to date with her weight loss and fitness that I would come up and run it with her. I am so proud of her accomplishments so far and I can't wait to run 3 miles with her and on that last .1 to fall back and let her cross the finish line by herself... and once I cross it, I will continue to be her biggest fan.
I have had some of you say that I am inspiring. Well, it is all of you that inspire me to achieve greater things. So the feeling, my friends, is mutual. You all are helping me become "somebody". The somebody I have always wanted to be. I help me achieve, grow and try harder. I think that is specific enough for now.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
I am thinking about taking a rest day today. I am tired and a little sore. I may try to walk at lunch instead of run. I may try for an easy run. I may not do anything at all and then hit the stationary bike or elliptical at the base tonight. The possibilities are endless!! :)
I am really liking the new weight watchers program. It seems to make more sense than programs in the past.
I don't really have a lot to say today for some reason. Maybe because I'm tired.
I am excited I get to see husband tonight and we are going to Columbus this weekend! :) :) :)
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