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A much needed kick in the butt!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I met with my favorite accompanist yesterday so we could practice the songs I've been learning. Despite my voice being somewhat out of shape it went pretty well! And the reason she's my favorite accompanist is that she knows what I need to hear. She asked what I've been up to in my free time (which is like...all of my time). I told her that when I'm not job searching or going to the gym I'm playing computer games. She asked me what on earth I was doing that for. So she helped me come up with a plan to get myself moving in a good direction, rather that being stagnant until a job comes. Here's what we came up with:

Step 1: Make some business cards!

Step 2: Start building up a client list. Do this by leaving some business cards and flyers at local churches, grocery stores, gas stations, laundromats...etc.

Step 3: Find a place to teach! It doesn't have to be my house. Her idea was a local church, maybe one would let me rent the space in exchange for my musical services. If the church doesn't work out, maybe the local library? I'm supposed to be helping them develop an ESL program anyway.

Step 4: Find a free class somewhere and get my mind working again! Also, I need to be doing something musical. So maybe a music theory class or learning some of the music that I have. (It's a pile of music she gave to me that she believes is a good fit for me, and I trust her!)

So hopefully I'll be feeling like myself again soon. Sitting around looking for jobs and getting rejected is driving me nuts. Time to make it work!

  


Getting started on my goals

Monday, January 09, 2012

Ok. Today I started getting my space organized. Here's what I did:

1. Threw away unnecessary things. For example old papers, empty boxes, shoes I don't wear anymore.
2. Put the dirty laundry through the wash. Put the clean laundry away.
3. Made room for indoor exercise. Can't do the exercise if there's no room!

That being said, I'm trying yoga. I'm starting with a simple daily stretching routine, then when I'm consistent with that I'll add another sequence to it. My goal is to get the exercise without focusing on the calories I'm burning. I want to be focused on my breathing and movements.

  
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PANSYMAKEHAY 1/10/2012 12:40AM

    Way to go! You give me inspiration! :)


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RADFEN 1/9/2012 6:28PM

    emoticon Good start!

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Goal Setting

Sunday, January 08, 2012

My Short Term Goals:

Get my TEFL certificate (4 week process, I start it January 30)
Find a job teaching/tutoring ESL
Get my space organized


My Long Term Goals:
Learn to drive and get my license

  
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SINGINGMAIDEN 1/9/2012 6:26PM

    Go for it, Pansy :)

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PANSYMAKEHAY 1/9/2012 5:22PM

    Can I add this to my list of goals set by other members, as Cita and Tink and I have some pretty good ones set up... :)

When You get your space organized, can you come help me with mine? I wish I had some money to hire you! LOL :D

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Changes everywhere!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My life has changed a lot in the past few months. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Music. I applied to (and got rejected from) a couple of grad school programs. I also applied (and got accepted to!) an internship program in northern Italy.

Originally the internship had me teaching English in one school from the end of September until the end of December. A week after I got accepted they offered me a second school that would extend my time there until the first week in June. So now I'll be at a middle school for the first 3 months, come home for Christmas, and then go back from January til the first week in June.

Now, I have never been that far from home before. I have never even left the country, so the thought of 3 months away, while nerve wracking, was exciting. The thought of 8 months away is terrifying but no way is that going to stop me.

Aside from that, I am at the smallest size I can remember being since I was a teenager. I started my weight loss journey wearing a size 22 pants and a 2x top. Now I am in size 12 pants and a medium top. I bought my first pair of skinny jeans back in November and my first bikini top this summer. I chicken out and use boyshort bottoms, but still I'm rather proud of myself!

So in less than a month my new body and I will be getting on a plane to Italy. Although I do speak Italian I am not even close to fluent but soon that will change too! I will go from student to teacher (although my mentor argues that I have always been a teacher after watching me tutor). Hopefully I will come home at the end of my adventure a braver, stronger woman with lots of job opportunities at her fingertips.

  
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YELLOWCORVETTE 8/23/2011 11:57AM

    congrats on the degree! and the internship. I am a firm believer that god has a plan for everyone and maybe his plan was for you to go to italy instead of grad school. Keep up the great work!

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DRKEYEZ820 8/23/2011 11:06AM

    Kathryn, you are already a braver stronger women , not many would even ATTEMPT to take that step on a journey like that. Your smart and kind, and a well rounded women and i am so honored to know you PERSONALLY :) , im glad we became friends in HS and even became stronger friends outside school. Your wonderful! And i will always be there for u! I need you to site see and takes LOADS of pictures for me! It will be like i was there with u!
Hopfully we can get together before u leave and if not, then we will when u get back. Your a determined soul and thats one of the things i admire about u! Keep up all the good work u have achieved !

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BIGDOG18 8/23/2011 10:49AM

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Resetting my eating habits

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Ok so it's the middle of the semester and while I've gained no more than 5 pounds, I'd like it to stop there. So time to reset my habits again! It's not an easy thing to do at school. The "healthy options" here are gigantic salads which look good but they're loaded with fried chicken, cheese, and full fat dressing. more than 600 calories in one of those puppies! A slice of pizza is better than that! My back isn't great, so carrying loads of extra stuff so I can eat better isn't the best option. So I'm going to be packing small, but filling things. I have armed myself with Healthy Choice soups to bring with me. They're loaded with veggies, about 120 calories per container and they're very easy to carry! Meanwhile I'll stay out of the chips and opt for fruit as much as possible. Drinking enough water is easy. I'm a singer. I drink lots during every rehearsal. When I'm too cold for water I go for herbal tea.

There are also these nifty 10 minute exercise videos on this site. I'm going to shoot for one of those a day at least and a walk if the weather allows. So here goes! No more gain and hopefully a tiny bit of loss.

  
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PANSYMAKEHAY 3/2/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds like a great plan, Kathryn. Way to do for taking control again. :)

Is it your lower back that's an issue? If so, you might want to concentrate on strengthening your abs. I've been having to do that as well...All that heavy lifting doesn't do much for that area, as I'm finding. :p

Woohooo! You rock!
Pansy

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PANSYMAKEHAY 3/2/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds like a great plan, Kathryn. Way to do for taking control again. :)

Is it your lower back that's an issue? If so, you might want to concentrate on strengthening your abs. I've been having to do that as well...All that heavy lifting doesn't do much for that area, as I'm finding. :p

Woohooo! You rock!
Pansy

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PANSYMAKEHAY 3/2/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds like a great plan, Kathryn. Way to do for taking control again. :)

Is it your lower back that's an issue? If so, you might want to concentrate on strengthening your abs. I've been having to do that as well...All that heavy lifting doesn't do much for that area, as I'm finding. :p

Woohooo! You rock!
Pansy

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