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Getting There

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I'm slowly getting into the habit of doing things to improve myself mentally. It's something that I have talked about doing for awhile now, but have been prevented from doing so by a couple of things. One was a job that I had that had crazy, inconsistent hours and lots of stress. The other, I must admit, was me. I just didn't give myself the push I needed.

I am back doing things at church. This is helping me spiritually and socially. There's a lot a great people at my church and I enjoy spending time with them.

I am dealing head on with a couple problems that I have. I'm researching and asking lots of questions. I am really thinking about what it is that I want and I am sticking to my guns. This is a major step for me. I've always been someone who has stepped back away from things that caused stress and discord. I'm learning how to deal with stress in a more healthy way. The researching and soul searching have been major breakthroughs. I've got a way to go yet in this area, but I am taking it one step at a time and gaining confidence with each day.

I have found one place that I have started volunteering at. I've only been there one day, but I think it went rather smoothly. It didn't even bother me that I found out that the person working with me and showing me the ropes was my ex-husband's wife. I just jumped right in and started working. I'm not sure how comfortable I would have been with that a few years ago.

There are still a few areas that I need to work on. I had set some goals for myself and haven't been striving for some of them. There are things that I want to learn and get better at. Gotta push myself a little harder on these.

At least I feel that I am taking baby steps in the right direction. By the end of the year, I hope to look back and see how far I have come. I want to end the year on a high note and make next year an even better year than this year. emoticon

  
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MDBUTTERFLY 10/24/2012 10:19PM

    Baby steps is the way to go...you will get there! emoticon

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BECCA324 10/22/2012 6:40PM

    It sounds to me that you are making the right directions to relieve stress, volunteering is a great way to get your mind off of things and get some real satisfaction with what you do. I volunteer once a week also and the feeling that I get from it is irreplaceable. Just keep sticking to your guns.

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KONOHA-NIN 10/21/2012 3:37PM

    It sounds like you have been making a lot of progress! Be kind to yourself and keep acknowledging that you are working hard and taking these baby steps in the right direction...they all add up.

By the way, thanks for your comment on my blog post. It is not easy for me to stay positive...I force myself to make that summary of things each day because it is otherwise so difficult to slip into major negative self-talk (at this point, that is still my habit - like you, I am trying to work on changing and improving mentally!). My hope is that I can "fake it till I make it" and that my outlook on things can slowly change to "default" to positive rather than negative.

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BERGBA7 10/21/2012 1:41PM

    great! emoticon
Have a good week!
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NPA4LOSS 10/21/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon The mysteries of life are always an amazing adventure. You have come a million miles. Enjoy the journey!

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Wheel of Fortune

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I had a friend come over with his dog the other night. Wheel of Fortune was on in the background as we talked. Every time there was a ding on the show, the dog thought it was the door bell and barked to let us know. I will never be able to watch the show again without thinking of the dog.

  
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PURPLEPEONY 10/20/2012 4:33PM

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LORRAINE10141 10/19/2012 11:20AM

    Cute. :)

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/19/2012 5:32AM

    Every time my pups hear a doorbell on TV, they rush the front door, barking! They also look around, very worried, when they hear an animal whining.

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EVWINGS 10/18/2012 10:18PM

    Sweet, sweet dogs!!! Too cute, but just doing their job!!

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NPA4LOSS 10/18/2012 10:01PM

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SLIMLILA 10/18/2012 6:48PM

    Thanks for the laugh, good to remember. My litt emoticon le dog in AB used to do that too... another loss for me.. hope they did find her a new home

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HELLENACKERMAN 10/18/2012 1:58PM

    My dog has a fit anytime a commercial comes on tv that has a doorbell in it or a knocking noise!! They are silly animals. We just sit and laugh at her!

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Not a Good Feeling

Monday, October 15, 2012

The weather is turning cold and blustery here in Michigan. I've been staying inside a little more than usual because I hate the cold weather. I've also been sitting a watching the baseball playoffs as my beloved Tigers are doing well so far.

I realized this morning that I have been far too sedentary lately and I don't like how I'm feeling. So, it's time to get busy and find ways to get some more inside exercise in. It's back to walking with Leslie, walking at the mall that is way to close to me to not take advantage of it, and deep cleaning parts of the house that are in need of it. It's time to do some more of those wonderful 10-15 minute workout videos that are well within my reach.

It's time to hit some late in the season yard sales and some church rummage sales to see if I can find an exercise bike or maybe if I'm lucky enough a treadmill. I'm not getting my hopes up on these items, but I'm still keeping my eyes and ears open. I've worked too hard to let myself slide back into old habits that I had thought were well behind me. I hate when they try to sneak up on me like that.

  
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TRI_BABE 10/17/2012 10:11PM

    Great job on ideas for being more active!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 10/15/2012 6:05PM

    Good job!!!

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NPA4LOSS 10/15/2012 4:52PM

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BERGBA7 10/15/2012 4:01PM

    oh yes, we are never far away from our old habits!
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Good plans, though, I hope you will find a bike on those yard sales!
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AMYC0128 10/15/2012 2:31PM

    Great that you see that you are starting to slip into ols patterns and good for you for coming up with action plans to get going! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 10/15/2012 12:19PM

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MIATIA1 10/15/2012 11:39AM

    Great positve action plans. WAY TO GO!

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 10/15/2012 11:38AM

    I love Leslie Sansone. She is awesome!!

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DIET_FRIEND 10/15/2012 11:31AM

    I like walking with Leslie. I hope you will report in your next blog all the minutes you have logged doing all these activities you mentioned.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

I found a website that listed a lot of volunteer opportunities in my area. I picked out a couple to try out. I will give them a try to see if I like them. If not, I know where to go to pick out some more.

Tomorrow, I will go to an orientation to volunteer at a local food pantry. It's literally right around the corner from my house. The volunteer opportunities there are varied - from answering phones to data entry to greeting people to helping them picking out and packing their food. People work in three hour shifts. Sounds easy enough.

I've got some paperwork coming to volunteer to work with a local hospice. There's a variety of things to do at this place. I could be doing things from working in the office to sitting and visiting with people at their houses. This one may be a tough one. I can easily see myself getting attached to people. But I think it's a worthwhile cause and I'm willing to give it a try. Worst case scenario is that I'll switch to something else.

Next in line would be volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. There's so much going on with that organization that I'm sure I could find something to help with. There's a ReStore close by that I think I would love to work at. It has new and used items that people can purchase for their houses. With my back problems, I realize that I would not be able to do anything like roofing or windows, but I can certainly pick up a paintbrush here or there. This is something my youngest has spent many hours volunteering at and I know it's a cause that's near and dear to her heart. But, I'm reserving this until I see how the others go.

There were volunteer opportunities involving animals that I looked at. But then I remembered working at the Humane Society in high school. I fell in love with all the animals and wanted to bring them all home. That's not an option for me right now in a small two-bedroom condo that already has a long-haired cat who thinks she's the queen of the condo and a chocolate lab that loves to play and doesn't realize that she's not a little puppy anymore.

I am hoping that others who read this will consider volunteering even if it's just a few hours a month. I have volunteered since I've been in elementary school and have gotten back so much more than I have put in. I've made some good friends out of my experiences and have hopefully made some lives better.

  
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BERGBA7 10/12/2012 2:49AM

    Very nice! Hope you find something you like!
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NPA4LOSS 10/11/2012 10:38PM

    I loved volunteering when I was able. I pulled books for home bound! It was very rewarding.

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FITMARY 10/10/2012 4:54PM

    This is inspirational! Thanks for reminding us all!
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Goal Evaluation Time

Saturday, October 06, 2012

It's the beginning of October and time to re-evaluate and re-do my goals. I have re-read my September goals and overall did okay with them. I did get the condo organized, which was a big project that I really wanted done. I finished a craft project that I started. I went through my presents tote and made a list of things that I have already gotten for Christmas. I added a couple things and know what I want to purchase in order to be ready for Christmas. I did get to church more. I did not read a book last month. Not doing only one thing wasn't bad, in all.

For this month, I want to:
1. read a book
2. do a craft
3. continue to go to church
4. work more on my Christmas shopping and be almost done
5. work on my scheduling of activities - this one always seems to be a stickler for me
6. learn something new - not sure what that will be yet but I will do some investigating
7. catch up on getting together with friends

I really want to be able to accomplish all of these this month. It seems like I tend to let one or two slip by me and I want to stop this trend.

  
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BERGBA7 10/7/2012 4:16PM

    Good goals! Have you ever tried some yoga?
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PRESBESS 10/6/2012 5:10PM

    Go ahead, make it happen!
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MOMMA48 10/6/2012 2:34PM

    emoticon and emoticon Patty! Keep that momentum going -- you're doing totally awesome, hun!

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LYNNA1968 10/6/2012 1:34PM

    lol I'm tired just ready what you did last month. I might borrow the monthly task, I do a daily one.

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NPA4LOSS 10/6/2012 11:56AM

    emoticon As much as a book lover that I am I hope you are able to add that joy this month. emoticon that you were able to do all of your other goals! emoticon

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