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New Paths

Thursday, September 15, 2011

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

This quote that was posted today really hit home with me. I know I am at a stalemate in my life. I must keep trying to move forward, open new doors, keep my curiosity up and learn new things. I want to change the path my life is on right now. Today is a great day to start.

I'm going to go through my job interviewing skill notes and apply for more jobs. I am going to work on getting more Avon customers, as this seems to be the only way right now that I can possibly earn more money. I will take time to organize my house a little in hopes that I can feel some accomplishment and feel more orgaanized in my head (and life). I will set time limits on each of these as I know it cannot be done in one day. Then I will start all over again tomorrow.

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LINDA! 9/15/2011 8:18PM

    Good luck!! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 9/15/2011 2:40PM

    I'm proud of you. You keep moving forward every day. You feel like you are in a stalemate, but you are pressing through. You are not giving up hope, but are looking and relooking at your situation. You see what you can do to work through each issue and pursue new and creative things each day. I know some days are harder than others, but you never give up. Keep up the amazing work!!!

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NPA4LOSS 9/15/2011 12:09PM

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TOPAZROSE 9/15/2011 10:32AM

    congratulations on your determined and positive attitude. Bit by bit you will make your goals a reality.
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Good Intentions

Monday, September 12, 2011

I woke up motivated today and I hope it lasts. It's going to be the best day of the week weather wise, so I definitely want to walk outside, run some errands and get some Avon books out there. I also have a long to do list today: I'm beginning to wonder if this is becoming a bad habit of mine. I most often don't get everything done. But I do have high hopes again today. Never knowing when my boss will call me to work makes me want to do everything I can when she doesn't call. Is this just an excuse I'm using? Am I becoming a Type A personality in my aging process? Is this my way of making sure I'm not bored/thinking of my problems/not dealing with my loneliness? It's probably a combination of all of the above. I need to take the time to sit and think about all this and make my new goals. I've been threatening to do this for at least a month and haven't penciled it in. I think it's time.

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SLIMLILA 9/13/2011 1:47AM

    I find I accomplish so much more when I had a To Do List.. haven't done one in a while, and at least now I am blogging about what I do accomplish in a day, cuz I was feeling like I never got anything done, so this is helping ...... no luck on my job search front either...

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DIDMIS 9/12/2011 6:25PM

    I am a list maker and I keep it beside me. I do the essential things and mark them off and keep working on it until I do what I can do.

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SPACEYKP 9/12/2011 12:53PM

    I am the same way with lists. I always have them, they are usually long, and they rarely ever get done. I try to write them out so the stuff I HAVE to get done that day is on the top with everything else that I WANT to get done that day below it. Or sometimes I will write out two lists so I only have to look at the things I need to get done and I don't get as stressed when I see a list of things that I wanted to get done but couldn't.

It helps to remember that you probably won't get everything done that's on your list. Remind yourself not to stress out when you don't and that it is okay if you can't get to everything. I don't know what you're lists look like, but I know on mine there are plenty of things that are going to be life-shattering if I don't finish them. There are more important things in life than making sure you vacuum the carpet and wash all the dishes right now.

Even if making lists and trying to stay busy is you're way to avoid boredom, thinking about problems, and being lonely, it's a good thing. It's a much more productive activity than doing something like eating or even just sulking. Dwelling on being or bored or lonely won't make you feel good and neither will thinking about your problems unless you're trying to solve them. In reality, you making lists and keeping busy is a solution for fighting boredom or loneliness and a way to deal with some problems.

Stay motivated! emoticon

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    Lists can be good and bad. If you find your lists make you feel worse instead of better, revamp your lists.

Revamping would mean prioritizing/dividing what HAS TO BE DONE and what you'd like to get done paying close attention to solid deadlines.

I think you're doing great. You've been very thoughtful about what steps to take and you've jumped right in to get things done.

Remember to give yourself credit for what you do. Give yourself positive reinforcement. Dismiss negative thinking!

You're well on your way to wonderful things! Always keep that in mind.

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My Late Mother's Day Present

Sunday, September 11, 2011

My daughter bought me tickets to a Detroit Tiger game for Mother's Day. The original game date brought lots of rain and a rainout. The game was rescheduled for a day that was inconvenient for me, so I exchanged the tickets for tickets to yesterday's game. It rained pretty good all night Friday and part of yesterday morning. Soon, the rain ended and the sun started peeking out,

As the weatherpeople were calling for on and off showers all day, I went prepared: a warm hoodie, a waterproof jacket and an umbrella came with me along with my camera for lots of pictures. I used to live at Tiger Stadium with my brother, but I had never been to Comerica Park that was built ten years ago.

The sky got a little cloudy as we approached the stadium, but the clouds soon parted. The game was a low scoring, close, nail biting game the whole way through. The normal big hitting bats were silent. The game was tied at two in the ninth inning. After the first two batters got out, a player with an average of .180 and two home runs all year came up to bat. The poor guy has been struggling at bat all year and even spent some time down in the AAA farm team for awhile. BUT, he made up for it yesterday: a home run to win the game at the last minute!

The good company, the great weather and the great game made a wonderful Mother's Day present. It didn't matter that it was late: it was well worth it. I can honestly say that yesterday was the best day I've had in awhile. Thank you, my baby daughter, for making a great memory for me. I am so blessed that I have two wonderful baby girls who do things like this for me.

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NPA4LOSS 9/13/2011 1:02PM

    emoticon day for you! emoticon

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SLIMLILA 9/13/2011 1:44AM

    emoticonNice to hear you sounding so cheerful and thankful and that you had such a good time... got your mind of your usual worries..Nice!!

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SPACEYKP 9/12/2011 12:55PM

    I'm glad you had such a great day at the game!

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    Sounds like a great outing! Sometimes things that seem late actually have impeccable timing.

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KAMAPERRY 9/11/2011 6:03PM

    How fun!

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MOMMA48 9/11/2011 1:45PM

    emoticonand emoticonon having a super great day and having daughters that love sharing it with you!

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Maybe my Expectations are too High

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Every day, I wake up with grand intentions of getting things accomplished. I keep applying for jobs in hopes of getting job interviews. I feel like I'm not getting anywhere in either area. I think I need to re-think how I'm doing things and re-group. I feel myself getting a little discouraged at times and I know that's not what I want or need at this time. So...back to making small, medium and long-term goals and taking stock in my strengths and weaknesses. Then, it's time to pull all of this together and get my act together.

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SLIMLILA 9/11/2011 2:08AM

    Oh Patty,
You've got to be the most persistent person I know.... You got some really good comments here. i especially like the long letter explaining that sometimes it's your fit in the organization,and that was what the personnel agent told me a couple weeks ago too. She thought I was great, and shouldn't give up teaching I(like I wouldn't be doing it if I actually had a job and didn't keep getting laid off!)... she told me I was underselling myelf as well. and then she also told me I was not a good fit for the particular job I had applied for because she understood where I was coming from and I didn't want to get in any political stuff and she said that's just what they had happening... and we both know only too well, from up close and personal experiences that even if we get a job, if we get those extras with it ... it's just not worth the destruction of our fragile self esteem..
Have a wonderful Sunday. rest in the Lord and ask his direction and trust he will not give you more than you can handle... emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/10/2011 4:58PM

    Patty, I think that applying for a job is the most hardest and confronting thing you can do. You are selling yourself and that is difficult. In order to succeed we have to convey that we really WANT that job. So when we don't succeed we feel personally rejected. It is very hard on our self esteem. You are right you do need to plan and can I suggest that your plan includes only selecting jobs that you do really want, and tailoring your application to that particular job. I have helped lots of people succeed with their job hunt process and this is the most successful strategy I know. It may not succeed the first time but it protects you from feeling rejected and despondent about jobs that you didn't actually want in the first place, and also, jobs that were never really suitable for you and that you wouldn't get in a million years. The other thing I would say about this is that fit in the organization is really important, so you may not be chosen just because of the people you would have to work with. You can investigate the team, but probably won't really find out about that team dynamic, so you can be rejected for something that is nothing to do with your application, and that you have absolutely no control over. So in your plan, do include things that will make you feel better every day for the difficult job seeking task you are embarked on. You will get there and the hunt will be behind you one day. Let's hope it is real soon!

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JAREJIL 9/10/2011 4:29PM

    I like that you have a plan and you never give up!!!

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NPA4LOSS 9/10/2011 12:33PM

    Don't forget that life happens and that we can't plan for every thing that comes our way. I hope that you can enjoy some fun today and some positive thoughts. emoticon

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POINTAFTER 9/10/2011 12:09PM

    It may not be that your expectations are too high, but that you need to sit down and write out a plan. Then be patient. You can get there!

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GEEKSMEGGLY 9/10/2011 10:38AM

Sending you positive thoughts and prayers.

You will succeed.

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DIDMIS 9/10/2011 10:30AM

    I send you the emoticon9Peace) of the Lord.
Rest in Him.
You have a good answer about your goals.
I have lots to do also.
Let's not let the little things get us down.
Set our priorities. What is the most import?
I pray the Lord give you a job, the one He has just for you.

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A Busy Couple of Days

Friday, September 09, 2011

It's a good thing I make notes and really try to pay attention to things. I looked at my calendar yesterday to realize that I had a three-hour Avon meeting right after work.

On my way to the meeting, my brake pedal started squeaking again. I just got the back brakes put on the car on August 19 and had already had the car back twice: once to put the ordered correct brakes on and once to replace the new brake drum that was warping. I couldn't tell if the rain had anything to do with the issue or not, but I knew that I had to go back to the shop first thing this morning. The guy put some lube on the brakes and pedal and sent me on my way. Now I'm going to be paranoid about them for awhile.

The Avon meeting was good - just three hours long. I got to see the new things coming out for Christmas (cute stuff including clothes!). I got to "spin the wheel" for three prizes for having three recruits (who, by the way, aren't putting orders in most of the time; therefore not helping me make money - but that's another story.) I also won a raffle prize. I got to order the new night cream Anew Genics at a big discount. THIS STUFF IS FANTASTIC and I am NOT one to say that. I've used a sample for about four nights now and can really see a difference in my face. I also ordered a talking stuffed animal for my mother for her birthday at a discount. So, all in all, the meeting was successful even though I was stressed about my brakes.

My day today started at the shop, then went to my daughter's bank to make a deposit for her. Then, I delivered one Avon order. When I went to deliver my last Avon order, the lady had forgotten to bring her checkbook to work, so I'll have to go back on Monday when she's working.

Then I got to run back home to grab some cleaning supplies and picked up my mother. We cleaned a friend of hers' house and made a quick, much needed, small amount of money. I felt like a dust bunny by the time I left, though.

When I dropped my mother off, she asked me to take a look at her checkbook. Found a couple things for her, made a few phone calls for her, but never could get the checkbook to balance. She's the only person I know that can get it really screwed up. I can not figure it out!

I did get to fit in going to the grocery store, cleaned my car and got my hair cut.
All this took longer than I had originally intended. So, I am now home doing laundry, cleaning house and attempting to do some of the other stuff that I wanted to accomplish today. I can probably say I will sleep well tonight, but I can't say that I've been bored the last couple days.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/10/2011 5:04PM

    Wow what an amazingly full day, don,t know how you fit it all in!

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SLIMLILA 9/10/2011 12:48AM

    Hope you filled in yourToDo List today. Sounds to me like you must have completed every single item on it. Have great weekend.

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MISSLISA1973 9/9/2011 11:23PM

    I've been told that the brakes start squeaking long before they are a real problem. I wouldn't worry too much about them yet, especially since you had them checked and he "sent you on your way."

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