Sunday, July 17, 2011
On the day before I go back to work, I awoke early and was taking stock of the things I accomplished so far in 2011. I lost a little weight, not as much as i wanted to by July, but I did make slow progress by re-joining WW, by educating myself of carbs and sugar, by portion control and by getting some exercise in. I am no where near perfect and being off work for the past sixteen days got me off my routine a bit, but I am still on this journey and I will never give up. I completed and won an eight week weight loss challenge that started in January. I was excited and pleased with my winning, I won a beautiful prize package that included items from Vega, a year long membership to Jazzercise and a exerciser reformer.
I was named Ruby Lite of the week and Spark motivator of the day so far this year. Very inspiring and motivating-I guess people like what I have to say. I write from the heart, that is all, no more, no less. I paid of goo-gobs of bills that were just hanging around unnecessarily by me not being motivated to put the peddle to the metal. I went further on that following Financial Peace principles and recently completed my Kansas Life Exam for insurance. I decided I wanted to be more educated on my relationship with money and what i need to do to prepare for retirement.
I took a mini vacation to celebrate my 49th birthday in April. I used my Easter weekend holiday and my sister friend and I went to Vegas to see two shows and check out the sights. I had to query my family when was the last time I went on a "vacation"? I discovered that I haven't taken one, a real one since 1999. I always put traveling on the back burner. I gave 22000+ frequent flier miles to my sister last year for her journey to the Philippines last year. How did I rack up all those points-it was from me flying back and forth from STL to Michigan when I relocated in 2002. Wow, that is a lot of miles for someone who doesn't like to travel. I had to redefine that as to why I do not like to travel and settle my anxiety. I keep telling myself to get busy living or get busy dying.
As I take a small look back on 2011 so far, I see that I have a lot of things to continue working on. I am moving in a couple of weeks, establishing a part time client list for insurance services, training for a Team Lead position at work and getting back at a desk for school. I remember how I felt two years ago this time. My Mom's health was declining, I was laid off and facing permanent layoff, I owed a gagillion $$$ on credit/debt accounts. My world was rocked and it served as a wake up call to get my act together. I told myself that I didn't want to get caught behind the eight ball of life and I had to cement my future. Thankfully me changing my thought process (a slow process) and my Mom in heaven help push me in the right direction. I took Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace course for the second time last summer, met with weight loss team last fall and just buckled down and started chipping away at what was wrong.
Yes, I am a work in progress and God is not finished with me yet.
Friday, July 15, 2011
I kinda of put things the back burner this past week since I decided to get serious about educating myself and it paid off today, because I passed my exam for Kansas Life . I have to kick it up a notch in learning about the different types of lnsurance available and now the next exam will be for securities so I can learn more about investments for retirement.
I started this journey right at the end of June. I received my prospectus from my employer in the mail and I couldn't read it. I looked at my paycheck and although I can see some progress, it wasn't good enough for me. Just like my weight, I have a a reckless relationship with money and I needed to get a better grip, better understanding of it. I wanted to immerse myself in Financial Peace principles and live like no one else so I can live like no one else. I had to elevate my thinking and begin my educational process. The idea of learning is not a new concept for me, what I decided to compliment my learning was the idea of earning a few dollars for my direct efforts. I am not trying to be a high roller, but I realized today while I was heading out to take my exam, in today's economy I can't put all my eggs in one basket or rely on one employer. The manufacturing industry is tricky and dependent on the consumer. I help manufacture a product that is hot today and could lose its appeal in a few months. Layoffs are common-I have been at four different plants in eleven years I have been fortunate depending how you look at it because God always sustained me.
I am looking for something more, cement my future. Just like my weight loss journey, I need to focus on my future, get some balance in my life and truly live like no one else. I successfully obliterated two bills that have been hanging around because I allowed them to. I network with a group of positive people to assist and help me on my educational journey
I am working my plan and planning my work. To God be the Glory
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Well my vacation is winding down, back to work Monday Like I stated before, I am grateful to have a job. I go back to work without complaints. I am taking my Kansas Life exam tomorrow at 3:00 PM I pray that all this brain time I have been logging in at the library pays off. I had to revisit my reason why, as to why am I doing this and where do I go from here. My move is approaching in three weeks or so...God help me. I am slow at the packing part and I know this will be a work in progress. I am hoping that new home will give me a fresher and better perspective on life as I live it out loud. I went to a co-worker's home today to get some boxes for my books and I was blown away. She found the cutest little three bedroom home and was in the process of fixing it up. I am not sure if I want to go that route again or just get a cute little condo, but I know home ownership is in my future. I am not sure where I will land, here in KC, back home to Michigan or one of our others states, but I know this, wherever I land will be my slice of pie and I will make it comfortable and cozy and blessed
Oh well back to review chapters that gave me a bit trouble yesterday and then I am feeling spaghetti for dinner. I do not make it too often, but with a nice salad it sounds delish for this awesome Thursday!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I came back to the library again to get some more brain time. Last night when I left and went to the store and picked up my dinner, I just beat the thunder and lightening. Boy did the sky opened up and poured out a hugh waterfall. I was so afraid that I would lose power on a hot and muggy night . Thankfully all I had were power surges, but it did knock out my cable, landline and internet service. I did not get back on line until 2:00 this afternoon, which threw me for a loop. Oh well, I didn't make it to Bible study as planned, but I will be visiting a new church on Sunday. Right now I am leaning toward taking my life insurance exam either Friday or Saturday, depending on how I can get it scheduled. So many facts and terms to study, I plan on taking another pretest later tonight.
Since I bought a sundress, I felt I needed a little support,so I went to Lane Bryant outlet and bought a strapless. Felt weird trying one one, but it beats me flopping around looking frumpy. Wearing a sundress is quite a leap of faith of faith for me and I plan on rocking it. I finally put that color in my hair, I like this brand better, it gave me better gray coverage and evened out the tone of my hair. I didn't get drastic with a dramatic color change, I am more of a gradual type person. Well my days off are dwindling and instead of getting uptight and mourning going back to work next Monday, I rejoice in the fact that I have a job with some benefits, I am moving to bigger and better place, I have a roof over my head and food in the refrigerator, I am taking charge of my future and learning about the power of money and I am continuing my journey of living life out loud!
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