Saturday, January 09, 2010
Boy from the start of my day and things not going the way I'd hoped with financial stuff.... I chose to not let it get me down and call after call, reminder and testers.... I kept strong and stayed positive and it pays off!!!
I was upset about things not happening on time, but I TRUST that it will happen. In the mean time I did not let it affect my day. I went to work and although I was tired from the sinus cold and having stayed late the night before for my board meeting... I pushed through.
I had the sinus headache and felt like - urgh ... I should just go home but I pushed through! I went to get some Advil Cold & Sinus Plus and it took care of the symptoms and then I kept on working.
What did the effort result in?!!! Well I managed to negotiate a deal with a boutique hotel that wanted to charge us for cancelling more rooms than we stated we needed (a savings of just over $200 for my company), I got this amazing educational brochure and found the 'sign' (our IAAP Ottawa Chapter Logo on the back of it)... and all the amazing conferences it offered and told my boss about it who told me... let's find out more.
I pursued and pushed about trying to get a new venue for our Chapter meetings for next year which I think will increase our visibility and give more access to upcoming potential students!
I took this survey (a link my boss shared with me) and it gave me the results of my 5 top strengths (which I must say are really ME right now):
Your Top Character Strength
You are aware of the good things that happen to you, and you never take them for granted. Your friends and family members know that you are a grateful person because you always take the time to express your thanks.
Your Second Character Strength
Kindness and generosity
You are kind and generous to others, and you are never too busy to do a favor. You enjoy doing good deeds for others, even if you do not know them well.
Your Third Character Strength
Spirituality, sense of purpose, and faith
You have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you.
Your Fourth Character Strength
Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness
Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.
Your Fifth Character Strength
Hope, optimism, and future-mindedness
You expect the best in the future, and you work to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.
if you're interested in trying the free link go to: http://www.viacharacter.org/VIASurvey/ta
If nothing at all it makes you more aware of who YOU are really are!
The work day flew by and I left and as soon as I got home, called Good Life and asked if I could move up my appointment and they said "That's great - come on in!" and so I did. I met with the general manager of the Women's Only location near my home and got the schedules, the book (for free) "Living the Good Life" and schedules for their location and the one near my workplace and another near home.
I got a free week trial and I'm going to make the most of it. It starts tomorrow with the Body Pump Class I've heard so much about! So YEAH - I'm on fire baby!
Life is just totally amazing! I came home to relax and had a few drinks (after 3 days AF) and will enjoy some today too. Back to AF Sunday to Thursday though - have to be in form for free week I signed up for! I'm going to check it out and evaluate if it's for me (but I think it is!!). Then I'll sign up come Jan 20th.
So my SP Friends... I hope some of my energy and passion makes it way over to you! Let's ROCK January! to the amazing first week of 2010 at work being so amazing and to so many other amazing things!
Thursday, January 07, 2010
I attended my first "Zumba" class last night and really enjoyed it (and feel it in my hips today lol). I felt like I had two left feet at times, but I know if I did it regularly it would become easier. I loved the music and the hour flew by! Before going, I had my doubts and thoughts about being 'nervous' about getting there for the first time because it was new, who would be there, etc. But I got home, got supper on, ate my own, logged my food and off I went.
I find if I think about things too much - that's when I don't do it... so JUST DO IT really works! No more hesitation.
Along with this thinking, I signed up online to Good Life for a 5 day pass/class visit and got a call from the manager at the Women's Only location near my home. I explained that I had gone to the location near my work but that I felt the person I met was more interested in the 'sell' of a membership than allowing me to try it out to see if I'd like to join so she said "Oh well then come see me!"
She's the general manager of the location and said "You sound like a wonderful lady and I'd like to help you out!" so I set my appointment... for this Friday at 6pm! I'm taking advantage of the free trials before I make a decision to sign up for a class or to a gym (another January goal).
Busy week for me - Zumba last night, my board meeting tonight so I won't be home until after 8pm and Good Life Fitness Friday. I also told my daughter we'd go to the recreation centre's pool on Saturday or Sunday so I feel great about the week's activities!
A colleague sent me information on a workshop taking place on January 30th which I'm really drawn to. I'm going for an "Angel Reading" on January 15th (something I've never had done but always wanted to get done). This alone has connected me with other areas of interest for me... and this workshop is an afternoon of creating your own 2010 Personal Prayer of Intention for the year. I read the testimonials and it sounds amazing so I've signed up. It's only $30 so I think a worthwhile investment!
The last week of January I go on my first work trip to Kingston for 2 nights (Jan 26, 27 and return on the 28 and supposed to have my Friday off on the 29th - then the workshop on the 30th!
Now there's a great January to start the year off.
January 15th is the deadline for the submission of my story for the book as well and I've got my draft ready to go for their editors to review. This project is another one that is almost surreal for me... I always thought/dreamed about writing my experiences and the twist is the end and how my life has been transformed. I of course mentioned this wonderful website and all you wonderful people in the book (along with how honored I was to receive a Motivator Status Award)! I also made mention of a few other connections and activities that I have made since moving here that have truly made a difference. I hope that my story will inspire others ... I'll be one of many other authors contributing to this book and I hope my story holds it own. I can't wait to attend our very own book launch this spring... maybe my "People in Ottawa" can come out and attend the event!
I ended the story with the following tag line because it's truly what has brought so much to my life:
The power of gratitude exists in two simple words: Thank you!
Each day is truly a magnificent GIFT! Enjoy!!
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Well this is my first post of 2010!
The routine of life got a late start... I went back to work yesterday but the girls ended up staying home due to bus issues with my youngest. They got to spend the last day at home with the cats as they now went back with their owners... much to the girls' chagrin... but Mom is happy to have the rec room back for her workouts!
I had been avoiding the rec room and my workouts because I have been battling this cold (or perhaps it was allergies) with the cats visiting since Dec 21st. I also didn't want to terrorize the poor things with my workout movements lol.
So no more BUTs.... I was reading this morning and an acronym for the word BUT really puts a different light on the word: Believe Understand Trust ... and so with this I move forward with my goals for 2010!
I did not accomplish all that I set out to do over the holidays, but I will use the month to continue to get things in order as I strive for more AF days (which I know will result in higher productivity).
I still need to acknowledge my accomplishments from last year and set out goals for this year, but I don't want to put it off so going to start small by setting my intentions for the week:
1. Workout every morning for 30mins and add 20 or 30mins in the evenings.
2. Weigh in / measure January 13th as my first official record for the year.
3. Go to the recreation centre for the first time ever for a swimming session with my daughter.
4. Keep SParking and Blogging.
5. Continue with my morning meditation/reading and add evening reading (I'd like to read one 'inspirational' book per month) - this month's book is Bob Urichuck's "Disciplined for Life".
These are very modest to begin but (believe, understand, trust) I'm going to DO IT!
Since moving here, I have NEVER yet taken advantage of the facilities that are here and available to us. It was one of the attractions to renting this place and so I think it's time to start using it! I know my youngest will be thrilled.
I have confirmed that my payment will be deposited January 20th into my account... that money I was waiting for since July... a little over $3300 so I will be paying off some friends and going to set my budget for the month. As we planned, going to do my late Christmas shopping for the girls but not going overboard and then going to sign up for a class or join a gym!
I received an e-mail about 2010 and what's in store and all signs point to a great year ahead! When I consider my accomplishments in the past year I see how I successfully gained a job that I love, live in a place that is just what I needed and now it's time to reach the other goal of losing the weight!
My first goal is to leave 170Ville which I am setting to attain by the end of January! I spent about 6 months in 160Ville in 2009 and moving back there at month's end. Then I will focus on attaining the 150Ville land by March!
The first 'event' that I have to work for is a wedding reception on February 27th. I will see people I haven't seen in ages and looking forward to going there feeling great about myself!
For me this year is about succeeding in this area. I feel peace in the area of my work and home life. I want to work on my physical self and tone up!
In the area of romance, Ali came over on the weekend. We had not seen each other for 2 weeks or so because he was ill, missed work and found out on Christmas eve that he had diabetes so this really set him into a depression. He avoided everyone as he felt bad about this ... so we spent a nice evening together on Saturday. He will be travelling back home on Jan 18 as he has paperwork and issues to resolve and looking at his life, I see how 'uncomplicated' my life now is and I'm very thankful for that. He expressed strong feelings for me and I was flattered, but honestly, I can't say if he is the ONE... I do know that I will not settle for anything that does not fit because I am finally at a place of peace and harmony at home and it's where I wish to stay.
My goals for 2010 are going to be geared towards my physical fitness, financial fitness, vacation dream and seeing if I can't add to my life with that SPARK of 'love'...
Great things ahead! Time to get it started with my morning workout!
Happy New Year everyone! I look forward to a continued journey of Health with all of YOU!
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