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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Last year I made some goals. I did about half of them... It was still a good year anyhow.

Read last year's blog here:

I did try to get a job, but not as hard as I probably could have. I discovered that it takes a lot of education for any position at the school. I don't have that education. I tried for jobs that everyone else tried to get and I just wasn't as qualified or able to schedule for them. I have started to look into furthering my education so I can work in an area I'd prefer, but am still looking into the money issue for it. Despite turning 37 tomorrow, I still have time to work toward a career since I'm not going to get rich playing the lottery anytime soon.

I did play at the Y for much of the year, but just couldn't keep on affording it, so we dropped the membership. I did enjoy learning some new yoga moves and glad I had positive reinforcement that I was doing it right.

I did not throw that party I wanted to, the bed bugs invaded over the summer and ruined a lot of plans.

I kept on using the park like I said I would and even managed to run one week until I hurt my leg. I never went into the doctor for it, but will have to bring that up to him when I go in to see him this spring as my leg still has issues since then, I'm not sure if I stress fractured it or if it's something else that acts up after too much exercise. But the fact is that I did manage to run!

I also managed to go sleeveless, even though my skin looks like that of a teenager, especially on my shoulders.

I got rid of a lot of clothes since my last birthday. My closet has a whole new wardrobe since the last number passed. I easily donated the stuff that didn't fit.

Things that weren't plans from my previous birthday blog:

We got bed bugs. They were gross, I was allergic, I discovered that Benadryl not only helps the hives, but knocks me out two hours after I take one. It took two months to get rid of them (thanks to the neighbors, who brought them in to begin with!) by professionals. It cost us a lot of money and we didn't even have to pay for the professionals.

The husband got hired on at his job. It was great to feel more stable, it really screwed up the finances for a while. We learned from it and have gotten to where we can handle the finances again. It changed up the insurance we had and we now pay more for medications and sick visits.

I had a grandparent die, the last of that generation. I heard one other person close to that grandparent died this week, someone I knew as a kid and liked. Two friend's mates killed themselves because of depression and a friend's baby died of sids. It's one thing to bury a parent, but it's another to have to bury your child or spouse, especially around my age.

We had a family blowup, but I can't control how the other person thinks, so I'm just trying my best to avoid contact without completely shutting her off. It's up to her to try to have the relationship she claims she wants. I'll do my best to not bring the baggage with when she tries to have the contact.

Both kids managed to pass their grade with flying colors! They're both still excelling in the grades they currently attend. We have had to deal with first grade bullying though. My son seems to have a personality that is more easily picked on, I fear in the future he'll have some depression, but that will have to keep on being attended to as he grows. I will have to do the best I can to keep him from the constant situation and teach him how to deal with mean people appropriately.

We have managed to stay in one place for the last couple of years and feel comfortable living here. We have had to move several times since we got married and this is the first place I've enjoyed living.

This is the first year we've bought new furniture, we now have two great office chairs (almost too comfy!) and a new bed frame for our son so he has the room to do his school work. Everything else we got for free or came with one of us when we got married.

I discovered shoes that make my feet feel comfortable. That was a big deal since all shoes make my feet feel uncomfortable, until I found barefoot shoes. I now own several pairs and am turning into a shoe person. My husband would attest that I wouldn't have had more than a few pairs of shoes, buying one every couple of years, now I have enough to get me through the whole year and a few colors to go with my clothes for the day. I even found sandals and winter boots that are "barefoot". I will continue to add to my shoe collection when we have the fun money.

I have lost enough weight to almost feel comfortable. I'm more comfortable with my body physically than I was at my last birthday. I was never really uncomfortable with myself, I've always been me, no matter what I look like, but it's easier to be out in the world when you're under 200. I've hit 5 mini goals and am skinnier than I was when I originally got married. Sure, I'm giving into gravity, but you just can't try to fight that since it's always there.

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So may this year have more ups than downs. May it bring the joy that I deserve and may it bring the happiness that I get from my family.

Goals for the next year will come tomorrow...
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  • TANYA602
    Happy belated birthday! It has been such a remarkable year and I hope your husband did something nice to spoil you on your special day! I can't wait to see what this new year brings and what new goals you have in store. May you indeed continue to find happiness, love, and good health in your daily life!
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    1842 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Sounds like it has been a great year over all. Sending early birthday wishes your way and wishes for another great year to come. Keep on pushing to reach all of your goals, you are doing so Great!!
    Have a very Happy Birthday!!
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    1844 days ago
    For some reason I didn't realize we share a birthday! I'll be 34 tomorrow. :)
    1844 days ago
    Happy early birthday. And way to go.
    1844 days ago
    Happy upcoming Birthday!!! May this next year bring more joy, more blessing and more adventure than you can contain! Way to stay focused and look at the positive goals you have reached.

    1844 days ago
    Happy almost birthday!

    There's a book called "Trauma-Proofing Your Kids: A Parents' Guide for Instilling Confidence, Joy and Resilience" by Peter Levine and Maggie Klein that's really excellent. Peter Levine is one of the top researchers in studying trauma and its effect on the mind (depression, anxiety) and body. It may be worth seeing if your library has it -- it has kind of fun suggestions for activities you can do with kids to help increase their coping skills in difficult situations. It might be helpful for your son.
    1844 days ago
  • KAREN608
    You do such a good job with your goals!
    May this year be a very happy year for you.
    1844 days ago
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