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Back to the Grind

Monday, September 26, 2011

It's a rainy Monday and I have lots of errands to run and chores to do. I'm already feeling like I'm running out of time, but will keep plugging away. I practiced job interviewing again with my caseworker first thing this morning. She said she saw an improvement in my answers, so that was a good sign! The Avon customer that I couldn't touch base with finally came through and paid for her order. Yeah! But then I had to call Avon and tell them that I wouldn't be returning it after all. I got to call three places about a doctor bill I received. I found out that it was in the way that the doctor's office coded it. I haven't been able to get through to them yet.

I'm feeling a little overwhelmed today. I really hope that, giving myself a couple more hours, I will feel like I have accomplished most of what I set out to do. Then I can spend the rest of the evening/week doing things that will either relax me, improve me or just be more beneficial to my well-being.

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TOPAZROSE 9/27/2011 12:40AM

    Some days are like that...overwhelming. I hope you accomplish everything and have time to focus on more pleasant things soon.

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Small Accomplishments

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I've been trying for at least two months to at least write down some new goals. I don't know how long it's been since I've known that I needed to re-vamp my goals. I haven't actually completed writing down all my goals, but I know that I have accomplished some little ones this past week. It feels good to say that.

I've been wanting to take my little SP scribbles and sayings that I've written on loose paper and put them in my SP journal book. I was able to do that on the day that I filled in for a receptionist in betweeen phone calls and other duties that needed to be done. Now I just have to get back into the habit of journaling. I did well for awhile, but that's been months ago.

My fall cleaning has started. I've got my kitchen done (with thanks to the couple ants that I didn't want to see in there.) There were canned goods left over from when my daughter and her boyfriend were still there that I knew I that would probably never use. So, I got to give them to family members that I knew would use them. It's nice to have a little more room in the cupboard. I can see what I have a little easier.

My daughter and I had a "re-gift" box. It started on top of the cupboards in the laundry room and had made it's way into the spare bedroom. I finally went through it the other day. decided what to throw away, and gave the rest of the stuff to two of my nieces. One can use some of the stuff to give to her daughters for Christmas and the other can give the stuff to her parents for Christmas. One less box of stuff that I would probably never use!

I had grand ideas of having a yard sale with my brother. But, my brother being my brother (the only boy and the baby of the family), that never materialized. And I realized that I really didn't have enough stuff of my own to have much of a sale. Maybe next year I can get him off his duff!

I am coming along on the afghan that I need to have done by October 8. I made a lot of progress yesterday when I took it with me when I went with a friend who had a lot of errands to run. It seemed rather strange to not have my grandkitty "helping" me, though.

I think my biggest accomplishment this week was taking a soft skills job interviewing class. It got me thinking about all the soft skills that I really already possess and I know now to use them to the fullest when at a job interview. I've also been going through my packet that I kept from the job interview seminar that I took maybe 6 or 7 months ago. I've been writing down my answers and trying to fine tune them. I need to go through it once more today as I am going to practice in the morning with one of my case workers.

I am trying my best to build my self-esteem back up. The boss I have now has successfully undermined a lot of the progress I had made. I admit that it was easy for me to let her. I will also admit that I'm to the point with her that her cutting remarks are not being taken to heart like they once were. I see the situation for what it is. It is temporary and it is giving me a little money and experience as I look for the next step in my career.

Now to think about and start doing more of my goals...

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SLIMLILA 9/26/2011 1:14AM


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    Stay strong and don't let others bring you down!

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NPA4LOSS 9/25/2011 7:15PM

    You are making great progress my friend!

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ALASKANMOMOF2 9/25/2011 2:39PM

    Good for you. emoticon Keep looking forward and setting good goals. I like your perspective on your boss, too. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/25/2011 1:48PM

    It's good to hear that you have built up your resilience, everyone needs the skills to cope with adverse situations. It is hard when your workplace is unhappy, but these days when thejobb market is tight, there are more and more people in jobs they don't like, hanging in there because they need the money and can't move on elsewhere. And it doesn't exactly make for a happy workplace. Good on you for tackling your work situation, I'm sure if you keep up your positive attitude, with the help of your case worker you will find something that suits you better.

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VEUVEGIRL 9/25/2011 10:59AM

    One day at a time. You are going to be successful!

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Progressing, But Not As Fast As I Want

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I am more aware of the steps I want to take in my life and where I want them to take me. I've made some of these steps lately. But it seems like there are so many more that I want to take that I haven't gotten to yet. I'm wanting to get from point A to point B a little faster than I am. I don't feel like I've quite given it my best shot yet and I really need to. Okay, I will step up with the steps a little bit each day and see where I am at the end of October.

I want to have a stable job by then. At least, I want to cut my ties with the job I have now that is causing me so much stress. I want to be more organized in my life. This means that first, I want my household to be more organized. Second, I want my personal life to be more organized and on a schedule that is more balanced. I will be healthier both physically and mentally this way. I'm not sure how I'm going to get there. But, I really want to be at least a little closer to what this is.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/24/2011 4:12PM

    I love the organized life spark team! Those sparkers are really sweet and they motivate me to do a little something every day. Even if it is just to make 5 piles into one pile. Maybe I will see you there?

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POINTAFTER 9/24/2011 1:42PM

    I agree with Stongerleaner about timeframes. The journey should be taken at your own pace, with YOU in control, not a calendar.

Identifying what you want is the first part, and you've done that. As for being unsure how to get there, I recommend . It helps you develop a plan to identify your goals and actually get there. And it's free! I did it in January, and it made a huge difference for me.

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    You're making great changes. Change is rarely easy.

I think you're doing a beautiful job. I know you want to see differences faster and I'm sure those results are coming.

Don't allow the time frame to discourage you. Let it just be fuel for your fire!

You are inspiring so many with analyzing your life and making positive changes.

Keep up the good work!


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Friday, September 23, 2011

As I spend time on the SP website, I'm always writing down motivational sayings that inspire me and notes on articles that catch my attention. I save them to put them in my SP journal. I got called in to fill in for a sick receptionist yesterday (Yay!) and brought the notes and my notebook with me. I had enough down time between phone calls to get caught up on writing these notes into my notebook. I realized, however, that it has been a long time since I've actually written in my journal. I started a class at church yesterday that suggested that I get into the habit of journaling every day.

Okay, I had to be hit over the head, but the light bulb finally reconnected. I'm making a commitment right now to get back into the habit of journaling every day, even if it is only a line or two. I think this will help me get my emotions back in check, my stress levels down a bit and help me with those ever elusive goals that I've been wanting to update for at least two months now. I've journaled off and on ever since junior high school and know that it does help me. So....I'm going to get with it again.

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JAREJIL 9/25/2011 12:14PM

    Excellent plan! I struggling with the consistent journaling myself. I always think I I have nothing to say,that I have to "come up with something". But I am starting to write randomly just for myslef now, so I have noticed that some other people also only write just a sentence, so that gave me encouragment to keep up!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/23/2011 2:30PM

    I've been keeping a sleep journal recently and it has been quite surprising what I can learn from it. Have you read any of your old journals? That would be a blast, to see what you used to be like.

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MELLYBEANS0919 9/23/2011 12:48PM

    Great commitment - I have been journaling more myself and it is really helpful.

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TENACBUTTERFLY 9/23/2011 12:10PM

    This is there a sparks journal that can be written in each day? If so where do i find it? want to be friends?

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SWEETANGO 9/23/2011 11:32AM

    emoticon Journaling has always been very helpful for me to clarify what is going on in my life. I hope it is as helpful for you to journal! Have a great day.

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Messed Up Again

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I realized after my boss told me to come in today instead of yesterday that she really did me no favors and kinda messed my day up. I've got my job interviewing class from 3 - 4:30. I start a Life Cycle class that starts at church from 7:30-8:30 this evening. I've got to deliver Avon and pick up orders. I'm supposed to make it to the bank for my daughter. I've got to keep working on a baby afghan to have it ready in time for the baby shower in a couple weeks. And time for housework? What's that? I managed to misplace my water bottle from yesterday and am really hoping I left it in the car. Now I'm supposed to fit in "extra" time to go to a job that is driving me crazy. I've said before that I need to quit. I've also said that I need to get a handle on planning my days so I'm not running like crazy like today. I am now even more determined to make this happen. do I do this? I know the answer: sit down, set some goals, prioritize, set limits, say no when I have to. Can I do it? For my own sanity, YES I CAN! I HAVE TO!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/25/2011 2:03PM

    Remember with this job interviewing class you will need to put in quite a bit of extra time to follow up on your learning and consolidate it, so don't forget to schedule that in! When I went back to school I did a class on how to make the most of my learning. I learned that you should go over your notes from the day as soon as possible after class, that way you understood and retained what you had just covered. The best thing was to go over it within 1-4 hours after class. I found that really helpful, the stuff I reviewed straight away was really easy to remember when I had a test later. You know, looking for work is a job all by itself, you have to get your application together, a different one for each job, research the company, analyze what they are looking for and how you are a good fit, and prepare for an interview. It takes a lot of work! And once you have learned how to do the application, I think it is a numbers game. In my experience it took about 12 applications to get to be interviewed for 3 positions, things might have changed lately though.

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SLIMLILA 9/23/2011 1:57AM

    emoticonRemember you have to look after you.. you know your boss isn't! It's also hard to say No, but it can be a good thing... I probably should be saying it when my dd asks if I want to go shopping, cuz it usually means I am also doing the paying... But considering I have been living here since May, things are going very well with she and I.... gotta be thankful for that... I dropped off my letter and resume for the grocery store job today and met the manager and shook his hand and he asked me my name.. hope that is a good sign. I wrote the letter in a positive way. I started with, as you can see from my resume, I have had a wide variety of jobs in my career, and what you should derive from this is that if I set my mind to it, I can do my best and a great job. or something like that and also pointed out that as a teacher, I not only taught, but motivated, kept people focused, planned and recorded, so hopefully because he will take the time to think about it from that perspective. Wish me luck....

Lots of strength and courage to you!

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STRONGERLEANER 9/22/2011 10:23PM

    I know you'll bounce back from this trying day.

You always look at things and analyze them well. I know you'll find the balance and that better, brighter days are ahea!

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KKP4673 9/22/2011 2:08PM

    You can do this!!! emoticon

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ALASKANMOMOF2 9/22/2011 12:40PM

    You can do it. It takes time and determination. You have both, friend.

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SWEETANGO 9/22/2011 9:42AM

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BAKERMOM48 9/22/2011 8:43AM

    Sounds like a plan to me. You go girl! You can do it. Good luck!

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