Sometimes gifts come in strange packages
Thursday, August 16, 2012
I have written before about my move to Florida, the depression and subsequent weight gain that happened because of it, as well as my current state of unemployment. However, I realized the other day that this time has been an absolute gift.
Why? Well, I've worked very hard for the last 12+ years, often working 50+ hours with only minimal time off. I also worked a second job during some of that time. I had to work hard to fit in meal planning, exercise, etc.
A few months ago, I started a program called Re-think, which helps you approach your job search and life from a positive place. It's been a real eye opener. I also read a book on Emotional Abuse, which helped me forgive a family member and let go of the pain she caused me. I took a course (almost finished) on Self-Sabotage from the Daily Om which is helping me to understand what is getting in my way from fully achieving my goals (one of which is why I also blow it when I get within 10 lbs. of my goal weight). I rededicated myself to eating healthy and fitness pursuits and am much stronger and down 7 lbs. I would not have had this kind of time to devote to my physical, mental, emotional and fiscal well being without having this time off.
Now, as with all good things, I'm ready to go back to work and trying hard to find the next step in my career. But these gifts are things I will continue to carry with me and continue to do, I was a good person before, but I've become a better one by utilizing this extra time and using my powers for good not evil!