Friday, November 22, 2013
I've talked about my desire to find a new career. I've been applying for jobs, searching on LinkedIn, networking. But nothing.
I've had two opportunities come my way through friends at Toastmasters. One is to handle PR for a mobile app that's being developed, and another is to be campaign manager for another friend who is running for city council.
Both of these are great opportunities and I look forward to learning a lot.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
Let's set aside the fact that I REALLY enjoy Body Pump and the changes I'm noticing. I'm getting more toned! Recently my gym switched up their fitness classes, and my Wed evening Body Pump class has been replaced with something called Triple Fit, which is more cardio (balancing on bosu balls, jumping off risers, etc) and not a lot of strength training. It seemed liked a good class, and I tried it, but I won't be going back. That's not what I'm trying to work on now. There is a Friday Body Pump class (AT 6AM!!!) that I may have to force myself to go to. I did some hand weights on my own, but it's not the same.
Fortunately, my Saturday morning Body Pump class is still on, followed by Zumba, and I get a little antsy when circumstances arise that I can't make it. Tuesday evenings I also take Zumba. The Tuesday instructor, Marienela, is a tiny little thing with the energy of a five year old hopped up on cotton candy at Disney World, and I still haven't figured out what she's shaking to move the way she does. When I leave her class on Tuesday, I KNOW I have been worked hard.
Saturday we planned to celebrate my birthday after my workout. The Zumba instructor on Saturdays (right after Body Pump) is fine, but she's no Marienela. I had pretty much made up my mind to skip the Zumba after Body Pump so I could get home and cleaned up and start celebrating my birthday (We went kayaking this past Sunday, so I thought I was good with exercise for the week.) I had my water, my lift gloves, my yoga mat, and my towel, and I was headed out the door when I heard the lovely accented voice of Marienela, who was filling in for the instructor who normally taught Saturdays.
I didn't even think. I spun around, dumped my stuff in the corner, and got in the middle of the dance floor in my usual spot. I took a peek at the people who normally come to the Saturday class but not the Tuesday class and had a private giggle, thinking, "You have NO idea what you are in for."
Later, I realized what happened. I saw the opportunity for a hard workout and I took it. Imagine that.
I had my Body Pump with Becky, Zumba with Marienela, a gift of a new Samsung Galaxy 3 (still haven't figured out all the bells and whistles) and dinner with my husband and son at Bonefish Grille (took home half the meal, thanks Sparkpeople!) Overall, it was a great birthday.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Nothing really new to report. The job search is rather stalled right now. We're taking a vacation in October and I don't want to get offered a job only to have to tell them I'm taking a trip to a friend's wedding out of state and will need two weeks off.
I am really enjoying Body Pump. I have noticed some more muscle definition and I have slowly but surely increased my weights. I've also been doing Toastmasters, which is a lot of fun. My son has also joined and it's nice having some Mommy/Son (he just turned 24) on Monday nights.
Saturday, June 15, 2013
I think it's okay. I've been doing Body Pump twice a week, which is an hour long weight lifting class. It's fast paced for both strength and endurance, and Ivylad has noticed more definition in my arms and in my butt. I've noticed when I pull in my stomach, it REALLY pulls in. So if the scale is edging up, it may be muscle mass. Ivylad is going to measure me this weekend so I can start keeping track. I'm also doing Zumba twice a week, and I think I've settled into a nice groove with my exercise.
Still no luck on the job front. I'm getting very discouraged because I had three interviews with a company I really admire for a position I could do well and grow in. They said they would make a decision last week, so when I hadn't heard anything by this week I called and left a message. I did not get a call back. I will try again next week to get hold of someone, but I'm so disappointed that I will have to start all over again. I even had an "in" with this company, a former MBA classmate who spoke to HR on my behalf. I cannot tell you how much I hate where I am now. It's good money, I suppose, but I am bored, unchallenged, and there is no room for growth. I feel like I'm in prison and there's no light at the end of the tunnel. I'm starting to think getting my MBA was a huge waste of time and money. I graduated more than a year ago and nothing.
For Father's Day I'm making hubby breakfast and dinner, probably not the slimmest meal, but it's his day, so he gets to pick. I also got elected VP of Public Relations for our Toastmasters Club. I gave my 10th speech (earning my Competent Communicator award) on May 6, which was the five year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis.
I really wish I knew what I was doing wrong in my job search.
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