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Autumn Arrives, and With it, Hope.


Saturday, October 06, 2012

A few things. I've been at my new job for about two months now, and I L-O-V-E it. I work with wonderful people and get to do all kinds of development work, from grant writing and strategic planning to re-designing our website (AHH!) So much has happened I feel like I've been there forever, and I am developing so many new skills that will aid in my career. My boss, amazing person that he is, is helping me to get more professional development training in fundraising and arranging for me to meet with people in my field so I can learn more about steps to improve my game. He's doing all that even though he knows I may not be here next year.

The only downside to this job is that I commute 3 hours a day to Philadelphia and back. I love Philly, but that's a lot of commuting. We've worked out an arrangement where I work from home two days and since we've started doing that, it's gotten a lot easier.

Things with Dom are better than ever, not that I really expected that to change. He's away this weekend at a wedding of our college buddies. I would have gone but the new job takes priority. My love for him goes on forever. He is rather stressed because he has to write internship applications this week, and last year when he did it, he didn't get any interviews and we had to delay our plans by one year. So we are both a little nervous about that happening again. Even though I am working now, we are still having to use some of our savings to get by, and the sooner he can get an actual job, the better.

My depression has really been kept in check by the meds, so that hasn't been much of an issue lately. I was being very lethargic on my days off because I worked 10 hour shifts on top of that 2 hour commute (with one day off), and it was just too much. Since we started on the new schedule, I am doing a lot better with energy. Our house has been consistently clean for three or four months straight now - I've learned to put things away when I'm done with them.

No Sweets in the House - my new health rule - I stuck to it successfully, and failed only 2 times in the last 2.5 months. I haven't lost weight but I never expected to... I am taking teeny, tiny changes one step at a time over a long period of time and eventually they will add up and I will lose weight.

I was talking to my friend, a bit of a health nut, about my next change, and he suggested no carbs from dinner onward. That seems easy enough - just make more veggies instead of rice or whatever. I don't know his rationale but I do know he's in a lot better shape than I am, and again, it's a tiny change that I am confident I can sustain for the rest of my life. So I'm going to try it out and see.

Regret not getting to stay in touch with ya'll more often, but I was working a grueling schedule. Hopefully now things will be more relaxed.

Take care of you!
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MAURIZIA 11/1/2012 12:32PM

    Finally catching up with you. So glad you love your new job and that it helps you to continue honing skills. Sending positive vibes to Dom for that internship/job.

Crazy month for me - October. I had 34 events in 28 days and only 3 days off so I know the grueling schedule of which you speak and its effects. Once the RV gets garaged for winter I will focus on me.

Sending you lots of hugs...and celebrating your joy!

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JOHNTJ1 10/6/2012 8:16PM

    Thanks for the update and it was so good to hear from you again. I am glad things are working out in yuor favor. You deseve it

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LVZ617 10/6/2012 7:56PM

    emoticon I am so glad the job is working out for you. It is amazing that you have kept the house clean on top of a grueling work schedule.
The small steps are the ones that tend to not go backwards, so keep it up.
I'm not sure about the carbs after a certain time. I have heard theories that it is more likely to get stored as fat due to relative lack of activity in the evening. However, on the SP website, it says that exercised muscle continues to burn energy more efficiently for several hours after exercise.
Keep up the good work!

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NESARIAN 10/6/2012 2:27PM

    Sounds like you are figuring out how to work things best for you. Awesome! What type of internships are the applications for? Sounds like psychology doctorate with the lack of interviews as there just are not enough internships to fill the interviews. I wish him luck!

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