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Second Quarter

Monday, April 02, 2012

I was watching the news yesterday and someone mentioned that it was the start of the second quarter. I sat there wondering how the first quarter had gone by so quickly. I started thinking about some of the goals I had set for myself and realized I fell a little short on some of them.

I still am not working regularly. I will say, however, that my Avon business has improved and that has helped. My daily schedule has improved. I'm doing more of what I want to do. But I'm still not doing everything that I think I need to do. So I am taking time right now to set some second quarter goals.

1. I will spend more time each day working on my marketable job skills. This should make me more confident in my abilities and show in myself when I go on job interviews.
2. I will still spend time every day searching for jobs.
3. I will find new ways to network. This should be good for my self-confidence and increase my chances of finding out about jobs out there that are never posted on jobsites or in newspapers. I think it will probably be a good way to meet new friends.
4. I will take on new learning experiences. I will use the library and the local unemployment office as well as the college to do this.
5. I will continue to take time out of my week to touch base with family and friends. I started doing this more in the first quarter and realized how important to me. I need to keep working on a more balanced life.
6. I will evaluate my goals a little more often. I won't wait as long as I have been. I'm going out on a limb and saying that I will do this every two to three weeks at the longest. I think this will keep me on track a little more. It will tell me if I need to change any of my game plans.

I found that writing these things down helps me stay accountable for myself. So here's to a good second quarter.

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C11ELF16 4/2/2012 10:28AM

    All good ideas - 2nd quarter will be GREAT !

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GEEKSMEGGLY 4/2/2012 10:12AM

    Sounds emoticon.
You sound so motivated! emoticon

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BERGBA7 4/2/2012 9:51AM

    Great Goals! The one with Family would be one I need to take on too. I am feeling much better when my social life is more balanced too.
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Feeling a Little Nostalgic Today

Sunday, April 01, 2012

It's my baby's birthday today and I didn't get a chance to spend it with her. I did get to talk to her and send emails back and forth, but it's not the same. I don't know where the years went. I remember her birth like it was yesterday. We've had so many good times together and she's grown into a lovely woman. I'm so proud of her. We've got plans to meet up with her sister and go to Chicago for a weekend. I can't wait to be with both of my babies again. It's been too long since we've gotten to do this. I know I won't want the weekend to end! Happy birthday to my Sherry baby.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/8/2012 11:00AM

    I can identify with you completely! It's hard to separate and live in different places.

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SLIMLILA 4/1/2012 11:36PM

    Is Sherry in Halifax? I will be there next week for a few days, wish it could be you!! emoticon

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My Schedule This Week

Friday, March 30, 2012

I started off this week by making a loose schedule and wanting to keep track of how much time I spent on each project I did. It's been a crazy week and I've had a couple unscheduled things thrown in there that threw me for a loop. But I have still managed to keep up with the time spent on things. I haven't done as well as I would have liked to, but I still managed to get a few things done each day that I intended on doing.

I am anxious to see if I can improve on this project next week. I realize that after the curves that life has thrown me this week that I need to work on my attitude in order to make some improvements. But, as with other things that have happened in my liife, I know that each day should be better than the day before, as long as I go into the day with the right attitude.

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BERGBA7 3/30/2012 4:59PM

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Have a good day with a positive attitude and no unplanned stressful events!

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GEEKSMEGGLY 3/30/2012 10:26AM

    emoticon Patty,

sounds like you are on the right track. Wishing you less stress today. emoticon

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Not a Good Morning

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My best friend has two of the most adorable dogs I have ever known. It was so easy for me to get very attached to them very quickly. I affectionately refer to the boy, Rocky, as my boyfriend. He started not feeling too good at night over the weekend. My friend took him into the vet on Monday and the vet couldn't really see anything wrong. I got a phone call last night. He was feeling worse and my friend had taken him in to the vet again. This time the diagnosis was a ruptured spleen. The vet talked about options that involved a lot of poking and prodding and money without talking much about a good prognosis. My friend brought Rocky home for one last night and did a lot of soul searching.

This morning we took him in to have him put down. I've been through this many times with my own pets through the years. It doesn't ever get any easier for me. It was so hard to let go, even knowing it was for the best. But, I am reminiscing already about the joy he brought into my life and know that somehow life will go on. I just need some time.

Meanwhile, I have to shift gears. I have an interview to go to this afternoon. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to come across confident and cheerful when I know I'm not. Go and give it my best shot for Rocky, knowing that I now have another guardian angel watching over me.

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SLIMLILA 3/28/2012 11:03PM

    Oh no!! I so dread the thought of losing my pets.

that;s right, put on a great show for Rocky!!! Good luck on the interview....

Please God, let this be that special job you have been holding just for Patty.... let her feel confident there and be comfortable in the work and with the money and benefits they offer as well. You have given her an abundant dose of patience and persistence, IN Jesus name,
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SLIMMINJENN 3/28/2012 9:13PM

    sorry about the loss of Rocky...losing a pet is never easy...i had to do this to my do last year...i took comfort in knowing she was in a better place and not hurting...hope your interview went well...

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Starting of my Schedule

Monday, March 26, 2012

I penciled in a schedule last night. Today, I'm starting to put down what I do and how much time I'm actually spending on doing it. I plan on taking a good look at it and the end of the week. I can then tweek it a little, keep track again next week, and again take a look at it. I figure two weeks will give me a pretty good idea of what I'm doing, how I'm doing, and if I'm wasting time on anything. My intentions are not to micro-manage things. My intentions are to fit in more of what I need and want to do. I'm looking forward to having somewhat of a report at the end of each week. I know things will come up that will have me rearranging things, but that is to be expected. I still want to make sure I get in some time for things that really matter to me right now.

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SLIMLILA 3/27/2012 12:42AM

    Can't remember when I had a normal week and could try to figure out where my time goes.... keep us posted,how you make out.. emoticon

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CORKY1303 3/26/2012 11:26PM

    I started doing that last week at work to see where I'm wasting time. (Don't tell anyone but Spark was a big time sucker! Ooops!) But I agree, its a great way to get a feel for things! Good luck on making your schedule work for you and finding a way to get it all done!

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MONKEYJO3 3/26/2012 9:53AM

    That is a great way to organize your time. Good for you!!!

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PAMRAM4 3/26/2012 8:49AM

  good idea and hope it works out well..

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VEUVEGIRL 3/26/2012 8:40AM

    Great idea!

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