Saturday, August 31, 2013
Preferring to call it that instead of "early fall." Or does "early fall" sound more optimistic? with the "early" and all?
I haven't posted in over a month, I see. I have been working a LOT since I got back from the States at the end of May as I've mentioned in previous posts. That has left little time or energy for anything else, which I also mentioned. These courses for the unemployed are not easy. They are people who are in life transitions (as I am!) and there are emotions and tensions that aren't usually part of my teaching work. It's a good thing I love my work teaching English and am happy that I also get to minister to people at a critical time in their lives...but it can be taxing!
I joined the 5% challenge in hopes of getting back on track Spark-wise. That has been a help only in so far as I haven't gained a ton of weight and have been making sporadic attempts at tracking. My feet (plantar fasciitis) are getting better but it's slow-going. I now wear a boot/brace at night that has helped some. And new orthotics are on the way! I'm able to walk comfortably for most of my daytime activities but miss having distance running and walking as an outlet and stress-buster.
On Friday, I had a meeting with the pastor of the church where I've been serving. I haven't eased my way back into the work of the church yet. He was very understanding when I told him that I'm not ready to go back to doing some of the things I've done in the past, and that I want to see how the Lord leads as far as taking on new responsibilities. I felt relieved, but also sad after the meeting because I would like to be ready NOW to take on new challenges. But I'm just not in that place yet. I'm still quite tired...and with the anniversary of my father's passing coming up in a few weeks...sad. I actually dreamt of him last night for the first time since he died. It was kind of strange, as dreams are, but I think it was a hopeful dream.
I'm finding that Romans 15:13 is a good verse for me to hold on to these days: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Anyone else setting some monthly mini-goals for September? Something about a fresh month that encourages me to make a fresh start. Will post mine tomorrow.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I continue to have a VERY busy schedule at the language school and not much time for anything else, it seems, but the three D's - dinner, dishes and duds. I've spending too much time on the internet, though, now that I'm able to watch videos on my new speedier laptop. That needs to change.
Update on the update in my last post:
The English class turned out to be super stressful, like no other group I've ever taught. Two of the three women decided they couldn't get along. I won't dwell on the issues, but let's just say my background in intercultural relationships and my classroom management skills were put to the test. I also had private conferences with each of the women (not usually part of my job description), offered my support and tried to encourage both of the discordant ones to forgive and move on so that they could all benefit from the course instead of turning it into a negative experience. It continued to be tense, but there were no more outbursts after the talks.
The new group, also culturally diverse, is a piece of cake in contrast. I notice I'm sleeping better since the feuding ladies are no longer in my life!
It took until yesterday to finalize the sale of Dad's car, but am really glad that's done and that I no longer have to pay the insurance bill for a car that I'm not driving. So grateful for the help I had from stateside friends through the process.
On the down side, I am 99% sure that I have plantar fasciitis so there will be no running for awhile. Since I no longer have a car here, I've been walking a lot and have developed serious pain in my right foot. Am taking all the recommended steps and will be going to the doctor on Monday.
This means finding alternative ways to exercise. I still have to do a lot of walking, but need to kick things up a notch cardio-wise to get back to weight loss mode. Swimming pools are too far away for regular visits. My bike needs repairing, but that looks like it might be the best way to go so will move that closer to the top of the To Do list.
Hope you are all enjoying the weekend, too!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
If you're trying to keep track, I've been back and forth to the States since my last blog. While in Florida, I was able to get the condo pretty much emptied. That was physically and emotionally very difficult but I had help from some wonderful friends. Now I'm "home" and getting back into some kind of routine. It helps that the sun is shining - after the darkest winter in Germany in 50 years, according to the people who like to calculate such things. The jet lag is just about done and I'm almost recovered from the nasty case of bronchitis I picked up on my short visit last month.
With tornadoes in OK, and major flooding in other parts of Germany, I've been watching the news with thanksgiving for being spared such disaster! I'm praying for those of you who've been affected.
Some good things going on:
- Dad's car has been sold! It's an answer to prayer that I got enough to pay off the loan. It's also going to a good home - the daughter of a friend. We did the long-distance negotiating in PMs on Facebook. That's gotta be a first!
- My neighbors here gave me a TV. I got rid of mine last summer and wasn't really planning on getting a new one, but it was such a nice gesture. They have also offered to take me to the grocery store since I don't have a car here anymore.
- I have good hours at the language school for the next 5 weeks which will help get the finances stabilized a bit. I started teaching this 6-week course on Monday. The participants are three women who are unemployed and need English to prepare for their job searches. All three are very motivated and work well together so far. It's always important to be encouraging as a teacher, but in such situations even more so.
No big plans for the rest of the day - a little housework, laundry, a walk, maybe finally finish unpacking? I also started on the windows that haven't been washed in a year. I do a room a week. And I'm going to try a new salad recipe from Oh She Glows.
Happy Weekend, everyone, and thank you for all your comments, prayers and good thoughts!
Friday, May 17, 2013
Yesterday, I was feeling pretty clear-headed and in control. Today, I've been feeling more emotional and helpless. I woke up feeling like a cold was coming on. I do NOT need a cold right now!
So, I'm taking massive doses of C, drinking a lot of fluids and trying to stay warm even though it's quite chilly here in Germany today. I don't feel any worse, so that's good. Maybe a good night's rest will do it.
I've made some progress on some of the items on my lists of lists, but not as much as I had hoped. Yes, I need to cut myself some slack. Grace, I think God calls it! :)
Then again, I have to get on a plane again in about 36 hours!
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