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My bike ride in a different park

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Today I took a bike ride in the Lorain County Metropark system. emoticon I rode my bike to Day's Dam to Bur Oak, and then to High Meadows. I then decided to try the French Creek Metropark. It was really nice. It isn't paved for the bulk of the ride. So I took my mountain bike off the pavement and on to gravel. I find it funny that I have a mountain bike as there isn't a single mountain in Ohio. emoticon I have plans to go back tomorrow. There were more trails to bike and hike on. I only did two of them. Tomorrow I am going to try to do three trails. It was so nice going through the woods. emoticon I was able to spot a couple of deer even. Then I went back to my usual path behind the steel mill. It isn't the prettiest path but it is paved. I hope everyone has a great rest of the day.

Here is the site- www.metroparks.cc/parks.php

I was at the FCR and BRR.

  
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EMPRESSAMQ 8/10/2013 2:16PM

    Sounds like a great ride. Seeing deer is very special.

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CRAFTINWIFE 8/9/2013 3:46PM

    emoticon I love reading about your adventures in the Metroparks!

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TAMMYAND 8/9/2013 1:45PM

    What a nice way to burn calories and enjoy God's gifts!

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MYAKAYAH 8/9/2013 12:34PM

    I need to get back to my park, I miss it hiking up the mountain. Alas I have to wait until next week I think since I slightly injured my ankle it should be fine then. Enjoy your biking and getting in your time to enjoy nature~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 8/9/2013 2:34AM

    super

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DJ4HEALTH 8/9/2013 12:28AM

    Sounds like a peaceful ride too emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 8/9/2013 12:22AM

    Sounds like a beautiful park! I am envious! emoticon

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OHIO_BIKEGIRL13 8/8/2013 5:48PM

  Sounds like fun! I try and go bike riding whenever I can. What often limits me is my work schedule and I don't really have anyone to go with me.

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MYJOYNOW45EST 8/8/2013 2:55PM

    So jealous! I wish I could ride a bike. I've tried several different times; never could get the hang of it (balance/ nerve?). Last time was about two years ago when I fell really hard and wracked my left shoulder. It still pops and gives me pain in the middle of the night. I'm going to see a specialist next week about it and my right shoulder I just injured kayaking. What a mess... You'd think I 'd learn some lessons from these run-ins with gravity and old age! emoticon Anyway, have a wonderful time for both of us... Blessings, JOY emoticon

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CJJANISS 8/8/2013 2:02PM

    sounds great! :)

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KABMPH 8/8/2013 2:02PM

    That's awesome! I visited a Metropark with a friend who lives in Avon and we walked along Lake Erie. The park is divided by a road and on the other side there were hiking/walking trails. We also saw a lot of deer!

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GINGER_BEAR 8/8/2013 1:48PM

    emoticon emoticon Sounds like you got a great workout surrounded by nature's beauty! emoticon

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CMCGRUN 8/8/2013 1:31PM

    What a nice change of scenery. Glad you had a nice time!

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EBURGITE 8/8/2013 1:16PM

    sounds wonderful! enjoy. emoticon

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My ride in the Metropark

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I love living in the greater Cleveland area. I am very close to museums, restaurants, the lake and tons of other things. I'm also happy to be so close to the Metropark. For those of you not from the Cleveland area, a metropark is a huge park system that is semi-connected from Cleveland and surrounding suburbs. It is usually made up of trails. Not a park that has equipment for kids to play on. Cleveland has a great one and it connects in several cities. Its nickname is the Emerald necklace. I hope if any of you are in the area you check it out. You can run, walk, bike and hike. In some places you can ride your horse, play golf or rent a kayak.

I live less than 2 miles away from one of these gems and I decided I would dust off the ol' bike and take a ride. emoticon I rode for about 18 miles. I have been exercising for about a year now and it was so nice to see how far I have come. Last year at this time, I had a difficult time going up some of the hills. Not now. Last year I could only do 10 miles before wanting to give up. emoticon Today, I could have gone further but hubby doesn't like it when I go by myself.( Of course, he never goes with me but that is a topic for another blog.) I was able to stay in the highest gear for all of the ride. Last year I would have used my lower gears more than I should.

Overall, it was just nice to have some time to myself out in nature. emoticon You don't get nature while at the YMCA. I didn't get to see any deer this time but I did get to see some men running without their shirts on...not that I was looking or noticed. emoticon I need to start taking advantage of the metropark more. It has been unseasonably cool here and I should be outside more. I did however, forget to put on sunscreen. I will have to remember that for the next time.

I hope everyone is having a great day.

PS- Here is the link if you want to look at the Cleveland metropark system www.clevelandmetroparks.com

  
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VELVETDRAGONFLY 8/5/2013 7:26PM

    I too live near the Cleveland metro park system. My husband and I decided to go for a walk in the park system on Saturday. We found ourselves walking a little over 2 miles and we did half of the fitness trail. We had to cut it short because of the mosquitoes. I think it is great that you were able to tackle the hills easier. emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 8/1/2013 3:53PM

    How wonderful to have that lovely park system in your city! Congratulations on taking advantage of it for some beautiful outdoor exercise.

Here in Phoenix, AZ, we also have huge parks in the city. Most of our giant walk/run/bike trails are located in one of the many mountain preserves within the city. In fact, we have the largest city park in the USA at South Mountain Park...

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SKYE996 8/1/2013 1:45PM

    I'm sure you had fun. My boyfriend and I are looking forward to when I'm steady enough on my inline skates to hit up the Metropark trail that is near us. The one in North Royalton/Strongsville isn't too far from me. I would love to bike the trail but I have no way of getting my bike to the park at the moment. Enjoy the cooler weather and bike away. emoticon

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EMPRESSAMQ 8/1/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon That sounds like a great ride and congratulations on the improvements in your riding ability and fitness since last year!

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PATRICIAAK 7/31/2013 11:06PM

    super

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TAMMYAND 7/31/2013 12:35PM

    What a nice way to enjoy the day! I agree with your hubby about being careful where you go alone. You can't be too safe these days.

I was in Cleveland more than 20 years ago. At that time there was a popular area called "the Flats." I remember we went to a comedy club there one night and had a great time.

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ROCKLAND2010 7/31/2013 11:27AM

    Sounds like a fun day!
Congratulations on your fitness success.
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KABMPH 7/31/2013 9:56AM

    Congratulations!!

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CHUBBYGAMER 7/31/2013 8:31AM

    Some of the best victories are off the scale ^_^ Congrats on your progress!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 7/30/2013 8:53PM

    love mass transportation & everyone who cares enough about our environment to take it.
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JESSIKA_56 7/30/2013 7:15PM

    Wow, you did great! Sounds like a nice ride

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CMCGRUN 7/30/2013 6:33PM

    Wow!! What a neat place! You must be so proud of yourself to have improved so much. Congratulations!!!!

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MYJOYNOW45EST 7/30/2013 5:08PM

    emoticon You have seen improvement! Must feel great to know all your hard work is paying off. And thanks for the link to the Metroparks. I live in Florida where it's just beach. My daughter and I have tried to go for walks in the forest/ hammock and it's less than safe! We saw bear scat (poop), and later we found out there was a warning that a black bear was spotted in that area! YIKES! emoticon Enjoy your rides! Sounds great. emoticon JOY

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-SHAWN- 7/30/2013 4:57PM

    Wonderful... Wish I lived in an area where outside activities of any kind were an option.

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MATER88 7/30/2013 4:38PM

    Good for you! It's great to be able to do something now that you couldn't do last year. emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 7/30/2013 4:25PM

    I miss the MetroParks now that we live in TN. We spent many weekends exploring there growing up.

My DH is the same way, doesn't want me going alone, but doesn't want to join much either.

emoticon for improvement & a fun day!

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RACEWELLWON 7/30/2013 4:07PM

    Awesome ! nice info - If I am that way I will check it out !! Good for you getting so far ! I bet you feel great !! Looking good over there! LiL Racer emoticon - I bring pepper spray with me when I ride alone - I can see your husbands concern .

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Moderation

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Webster defines moderation as" avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits."

Of course, this concept never entered my mind. emoticon If it did I would not have allowed myself to get to 211 pounds. emoticon Through Sparkpeople, I have learned how to eat in moderation. emoticon I'm even learning how to have sweets in moderation. emoticon The bad thing is now I need to learn how to exercise in moderation. emoticon

When I first started to exercise I would do it for about an hour each day. emoticon emoticon Then I started to enjoy it. When my husband would go with me I would only stick to an hour as well. He eventually stopped going with me so I bumped it up to 90 minutes each day. emoticon emoticon emoticon I then started to see results with my weight loss so I increased it to 120 minutes each time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Then my layoff happened and all bets were off. I now had tons of time on my hands. emoticon I did not want to stay at home because then I would have the temptation to eat and snack. So, I used this time and put it into exercise. There are some days where I am working out for 4 hours at a time. Today I had a small victory. I had the opportunity to stay and exercise for 5 hours and I did not do it. I skipped a spinning class and came home to be with my puppy and knit.

Now, I have different reasons for the exercise. I like it and I feel yucky if I don't do it . It is a great way to work off stress or anxiety. It also lets me socialize now that I am unemployed.

So if you ever wonder why we are only allowed 120 minutes of exercise I am sure it is for people like me who are still learning moderation. I didn't even change my nutrition tracker for fear of going overboard on eating and exercising.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

  
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KAREN608 8/28/2013 1:38PM

    Moderation and variety add spice to life.
I tend to get injured if I push myself too hard.
I have an addictive personality even for 'good' things so I can
relate to a blog on moderation.

Scheduling in fun things, crafts, a DVD, a DIY home improvement
project, reading... all need to be our day or week at some point.
If all you do is exercise, talk exercise, you might just get a bit
lopsided, ya think?

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DESERTJULZ 7/29/2013 9:45AM

    Wow! I'm so glad to hear you have realized that it is important to moderate your exercise as well. Glad you came to this understanding *before* injuring yourself! Take up some hobbies, maybe do some volunteer work if you need to stay busy. Exercise addiction is actually a treatable illness... ;)

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EMPRESSAMQ 7/29/2013 9:23AM

    A very positive post. You are doing great.

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LAMOURA 7/27/2013 6:33PM

    Moderation for sure!! emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/26/2013 6:34PM

    I may be too heavy on the exercise part too but I love it and my body craves it so if I feel good, I do it. I work in a physically demanding job so I can't say I want to do quite as much as you but 90 mins to 2 hours especially on weekends works for me!
I have a hard time taking a night off because I figure I can always just walk and that is not overly taxing. I guess if it doesn't hurt our joints and our body, we are ok. I will just listen to my body when it says to take a break.

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SPARKLINGME176 7/26/2013 6:29PM

    I guess I have this problem, too! Too much exercise! I just do not see it that way! IF I feel like I am over doing something, I, too will back off a tiny bit! BUT I love to exercise & it makes me feel yucky if I don't do all that I WANT to do! I generally do about 120-150 a day. A slow day for me is 60. I LOVE the endorphins! I am getting SO toned! I do usually 3 sections of exercise a day. Zumba in mornings 3 days a week, Walking LUCY pup, 4 days, swim 1/2 hour a day, usually in eve. Pilates 2 times a week, weights a tiny bit, Flash Mob dancing 2 times a month with rehearsals, etc. SOMETIMES I might miss 1 section in a day. But once I am dressed for exercise, I go for it! I DO NOT feel bad about it. YES! I have a compulsive personality..... that's WHY I am on SP! To help me keep my life's process going! I also, work almost full time, am helping my sweetie with his back surgery healing, Sparking, ect. Basically living life. I have always tried to live life to it's fullest. Whatever it takes!

Also, I didn't change my food tracker, either! Then I started gaining weight. NOT an option for me! SO now I always eat at the highest end of my calories, AND my weight is coming back down. This maintenance thingy is REALLY tricky!

Thanks for this blog! I CAN TOTALLY RELATE TO YOU & this "PROBLEM"!

Have a Sparkling one!
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KIRSTENLYNN62 7/26/2013 12:28PM

    Wow, I am way too lazy to exercise that much!

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/25/2013 5:18PM

    I'm glad I read this blog today. I have the same problem with finding a happy medium, which I am sure led to my sore back. It seems you do well at anything you focus on, and I'm sure this will be no different. Good luck! emoticon

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NEWFLABULESS 7/25/2013 2:41PM

    I'm glad that you have realized what you were doing and backed off. An injury is a terrible setback that can occur from doing too much and no one wants that to happen. Maybe you can readjust your focus to meal-planning, cooking or finding a hobby that involves other people that can share with you time and interests. Possibly find ways to get your husband back into the grove of exercise? Just a few suggestions to keep you from over doing it or slipping back into the eating syndrome. Sounds like you have got a great handle on what it takes to be a success. What an inspiration!!

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GOCALGAL 7/25/2013 1:22PM

    When i was younger I would play tennis till I dropped and the more exercise the better. I had so many braces on at one time that I looked like Darth Vader on the tennis court. I have been dealing with knee issues ever since. This is a real bummer for someone who likes to exercise and do sports as much as I do.

Fortunately in my 50's I found water aerobics and I have also added yoga and ST. I learned moderation through limitation. I hope you are smarter than me!

Good luck and much success on your journey! emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 7/24/2013 11:05PM

    Good insight.

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WOUBBIE 7/24/2013 5:44PM

    Good for you for knitting and loving your puppy! Exercise addiction is serious business - thank goodness you're addressing it now, and in a positive way!

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TINADEE86 7/24/2013 5:06PM

    All I can say is WOW !!!!

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MYJOYNOW45EST 7/24/2013 4:04PM

    I know you will figure this one out, too... but, it's nice to know that some how, some way, I'll suddenly be overcome with the need to move. Hmmmm. Right now, though, I'm inclined to go take a nap. emoticon It's a mid-afternoon old lady thing. HA! Have a good one. JOY

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KABMPH 7/24/2013 2:47PM

    One time when you mentioned you went to 3 spin classes in a row, I thought, "Woah." And not in a good way.

There is so much more opportunity to get injured if you exercise that much. Obsessions, even healthy ones, can lead to other issues too. And it's not sustainable in the long run, anyway: you will get a job (soon!) and will have to cut back.

What other positive things can you do for yourself that use your time in a constructive way? Read? Informational interviews?

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What being unemployed has taught me.

Monday, July 22, 2013

I have been unemployed for going on 9 months. emoticon Here is what I have learned.

1. It stinks. I thought I was set as a social worker. I worked with children who were diagnosed with a mental illness. Boy, was I wrong! My agency had huge budget cuts and I was one of them. I haven't been able to find a job. I've had 12 interviews with 12 rejections. I keep plugging away and hoping that something comes soon. emoticon

2. It can be lonely. I am a very social person and now it seems as if I am all alone. The friends I had at work no longer call me or return my calls. Their loss but it still stings a bit. emoticon

3. I really had to learn how to manage my money. I knew how to do it before but now I am super vigilant about it. I was able to make huge cutbacks and I can't say that I miss them.

4. You can work out better deals for yourself when you call your credit cards or other services. I called all of them and explained the situation and they were all helpful. They helped me cut and extra $300 out of my monthly bills.

5. I had to learn the difference between need and want. I might not have everything that I want but I have everything that I need.

6. I can't believe how wasteful I was in the past. emoticon In the past, I never thought twice about the food I was throwing away. Now, I try not to throw away anything. If there are leftovers it is now my lunch for the next day. If the fruit I bought starts to get soft it is turned in to a fruit compote for my yogurt. I reuse everything. I am also a crafter so this helps me a lot. I have been able to go stash diving in my yarn room. I haven't needed to buy yarn in 9 months. I am able to use stuff that I forgot I even had. This year I am knitting Christmas gifts and I am almost half way done.

7. I have been able to dedicate a lot of time to my knitting charity. I have been able to knit a ton of items so far this year. I am currently knitting prosthetic breasts and then donating them to the local cancer center.

8. I need to take time and take care of me. I spent so much time taking care of others that I forgot to take time for me. One perk to unemployment is that I do have a lot of time...and I do mean a lot.

This is what I have learned from being unemployed. I am trying to turn a negative life event into something positive. I hope everything is well with all of you. I thank you for your friendship and your support.

  
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KAREN608 8/28/2013 1:05PM

    What you are learning in spending may well carry on when you do work, putting more money into savings, realizing wants aren't so satisfying and having a better cushion of savings helps later on with unplanned needs and repairs. In the last 5 years or so I have had to cut down and found we could eat well on far less money, cooking at home & we liked the food more. Not many choices in small town USA. This is so well written.

I have craft items and am still trying to figure out how to a have a craft time for ladies, at some point. I figure that doing uplifting things for others is a sort of work, even without pay. I can't do hard physical labor as much so had to stop cleaning a church. So volunteering is my work. I don't usually blog about that.

Time for oneself is VERY important.

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KAJERO 8/8/2013 1:19PM

    I recently became unemployed, too. It is very difficult. Fortunately, I have a great deal saved for retirement and can use that as I am 62 and retirement wasn't so far off. But, you are right, it really forces you to think about everything that makes a difference. It's amazing what you I used to buy and now can live without.

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EBURGITE 8/1/2013 11:57AM

    man-o-man, do i understand. i hope things turn around for you soon.

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NEWFLABULESS 7/25/2013 2:44PM

    Way to take something that is tragic and turn it into positive. I'm sure the right position will come along...just have to be patient. I know that's hard but I have faith in you! Love the way you have shared your frugal tips with us.

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JESSIKA_56 7/23/2013 8:07PM

    Some good lessons, but hoping you find something soon!

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ELMA1913 7/23/2013 10:00AM

    I think your attitude is great. You have admitted your weaknesses, and have learned so much. I do hope that you find a job VERY soon, but think the things you have learned the last nine months will serve you well for a very long time.

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KNITTINGFREAK 7/23/2013 9:54AM

    Praying job comes your way soon! I too find being at home can be lonely when you friends were from work, or they work so cannot socialize during the day. Thanks for reminding me about knitting for charity as I have not knit anything in a bit for my church knitting charity group. I will have to check my stash!

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DJ4HEALTH 7/22/2013 11:58PM

    I know what you mean about learning to spend wisely and not just go and get what you want. Had to do that after my husband passed and his pension and disability went too. Now am waiting for my disability to start and that will be next month but will not cover the bills.

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PENNYSAVER2 7/22/2013 11:15PM

    emoticon This too shall pass. Your attitude is great. Continue to take it one day at a time. Hopefully, the perfect job for you will become available in the near future.


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PATRICIAAK 7/22/2013 10:13PM

    You're to be admired for the charity you do despite the situation.
Do you have an unemployment bureau in your area that can do career aptitude testing? If so, can they also assist you in resume writing and/or finding job interviews?

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ACRAIG921 7/22/2013 9:52PM

    I'm sorry about your situation. It sounds like you really are trying to make the best of it. Stay strong and the perfect opportunity will come to you in time. Best of luck!!

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MOTHEPRO 7/22/2013 9:14PM

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DWSCHUYLER 7/22/2013 8:47PM

    My heart goes out to you for your situation. I am inspired by the way you are dealing with this. It is obvious that you are a strong, determined person. I wish nothing but the best for you. You deserve it, so hang in there and keep doing what you been doing! You are emoticon

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KABMPH 7/22/2013 7:12PM

    Thank you for your honesty. I wonder if some of your work friends don't return your calls because they feel guilty/uncomfortable about your situation. I had a friend who was unemployed for a long time, too, and I didn't know how to be supportive after a while. But like they say, in hard times, you find out who your REAL friends are!

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MATER88 7/22/2013 6:25PM

    I'm so sorry this has happened to you. But I admire that you are still active and having such an optimistic attitude. I wish you well in your job search. emoticon

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MYJOYNOW45EST 7/22/2013 6:17PM

    Thanks for your honesty in sharing a difficult subject. I've been unemployed several times since moving to Florida; I've found that looking in areas normally not in my "usual" job description have given me some off-the-beaten-path opportunities. Broaden your scope (if you haven't already) and try something new? I'll be praying and rooting for you! These are difficult times for many of us and I'm glad you can make "lemonade out of lemons." You've added the "sugar" with your sweet attitude. You'll look back on this time and be glad you had this time of reflection! Hang in there, babe! emoticon emoticon Blessings, JOY

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CBLENS 7/22/2013 5:08PM

    well said. Hope your new job comes soon

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KAT321123 7/22/2013 4:46PM

    I think this is the first blog post I've read of yours and I so admire your dedication (continuing to apply for jobs after not getting one is SO hard!) and self-awareness is inspiring as well as your willingness to stay positive and keep contributing to society in a positive way (I didn't even know someone could knit and donate prosthetic breasts!).

I'm also a mental health social worker and have, at times, figured there are plenty of clients and that I'll always have a job. Unfortunately, as you pointed out, there are also tons of budget cuts. Good luck in your journey!

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-SHAWN- 7/22/2013 4:07PM

    "I can't believe how wasteful I was in the past."
I needed to read that. Ridiculous spending snuck up on me again.
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What being unemployed has taught me.

Monday, July 22, 2013

I have been unemployed for going on 9 months. emoticon Here is what I have learned.

1. It stinks. I thought I was set as a social worker. I worked with children who were diagnosed with a mental illness. Boy, was I wrong! My agency had huge budget cuts and I was one of them. I haven't been able to find a job. I've had 12 interviews with 12 rejections. I keep plugging away and hoping that something comes soon. emoticon

2. It can be lonely. I am a very social person and now it seems as if I am all alone. The friends I had at work no longer call me or return my calls. Their loss but it still stings a bit. emoticon

3. I really had to learn how to manage my money. I knew how to do it before but now I am super vigilant about it. I was able to make huge cutbacks and I can't say that I miss them.

4. You can work out better deals for yourself when you call your credit cards or other services. I called all of them and explained the situation and they were all helpful. They helped me cut and extra $300 out of my monthly bills.

5. I had to learn the difference between need and want. I might not have everything that I want but I have everything that I need.

6. I can't believe how wasteful I was in the past. emoticon In the past, I never thought twice about the food I was throwing away. Now, I try not to throw away anything. If there are leftovers it is now my lunch for the next day. If the fruit I bought starts to get soft it is turned in to a fruit compote for my yogurt. I reuse everything. I am also a crafter so this helps me a lot. I have been able to go stash diving in my yarn room. I haven't needed to buy yarn in 9 months. I am able to use stuff that I forgot I even had. This year I am knitting Christmas gifts and I am almost half way done.

7. I have been able to dedicate a lot of time to my knitting charity. I have been able to knit a ton of items so far this year. I am currently knitting prosthetic breasts and then donating them to the local cancer center.

8. I need to take time and take care of me. I spent so much time taking care of others that I forgot to take time for me. One perk to unemployment is that I do have a lot of time...and I do mean a lot.

This is what I have learned from being unemployed. I am trying to turn a negative life event into something positive. I hope everything is well with all of you. I thank you for your friendship and your support.

  
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TAMMYAND 7/23/2013 1:20AM

    You are right when you say it is your co-workers' loss in not returning your calls. I understand that this hurts, but better to find out that this is the kind of folks they are. I know it is not the same, but you do have your spark friends! And I'd bet some church friends too. This is a rough time to be seeking employment. I will keep your job hunting in my prayers. God has a plan!

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PATRICIAAK 7/22/2013 10:18PM

    I'd check the state unemployment bureau, if I were unemployed. There is also a bureau of employment services.

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KNITTY_JESS 7/22/2013 9:09PM

    I'm glad you've made the best of it. Could you work as a consultant for a school district or educational service center?

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WOUBBIE 7/22/2013 7:11PM

    My husband is unemployed (since December) and, though I know all about how to pinch pennies and cut waste, it's still a struggle to do it.

Hang in there and keep trying. Somewhere there's an opportunity out there with your name on it.

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