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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!
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  • DMF2012
    emoticon . Keep that positive attitude!
    2014 days ago
    You are certainly right about gifts in strange packages. I think it is a blessing to be able to recognize them!

    Last winter, the day after Christmas, I started writing the story of my grandparents, parents, and my life, for my grandchildren. Like many kids today, they have a strong sense of entitlement, and no idea of working and waiting for their rewards.

    Five months later, I sent it to the printer. By then, I realized that although we had really had hard and difficult lives, we worked together and stayed optimistic. I could see we had the BEST of lives. I think the struggles are the best times. They don't seem so while you're in the middle of them, but they bring out our creative side, and make us stronger and more flexible.

    Best wishes to you (the new, self-aware you) in your career and journey toward fitness! emoticon
    2015 days ago
    Good for you. I too am unemployed for the first time in my life. (Relocated with my husband for his new job) I will look into Re-think because the job search in a little bitty town is not producing anything! And I agree, the time off is not being wasted if it lets us focus on our health.

    Thanks for the inspiring blog.

    2015 days ago
  • IAM_HIS2
    Wow, what an awesome story you share....I walked those steps too. I am so proud of takes strength, courage and self-acceptance to do what you are doing. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2015 days ago
    Everything happens (or doesn't for a reason). Perhaps you were meant to NOT find work just yet so you could do this work for yourSELF. emoticon emoticon
    2015 days ago
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