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twists of life this September 2013

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Why does it seem that September is so good at ushering in the feeling of something *new* all through our lives? This is the first September in almost all my life that I am not a student. This September I will be entering the University as a sessional instructor. I have my PhD so I will be Dr. Jench but it hasn't quite sunk in yet... I've been a TA (teaching assistant with my own discussion sections) numerous times and I've taught two university level courses in the summer session... This time feels different. More real. But much less permanent. I'm only signed on for one class this semester. I must be GREAT to get signed on to teach more classes. I have some ideas for classes that I will continue to put together and then, once I have enough clout in the department, I will propose them... I'm still not sure if I want to continue with academics BUT I do like the idea of working myself into an adjunct position so I'd have the option of teaching when some classes came up and I'd be able to have an affiliation to continue my research. It will work out, I just need to keep on putting my best feet forward!

In the meantime I'm still working at my usual admin job part time, house/pet sitting when available, still applying for other jobs... I haven't put too many resumes out (I need to be more proactive!) and I haven't received any calls... I'm hoping that maybe next week I will... There is one non-profit I would love to work with, positively visualizing receiving a call from them on Tuesday.

I have been doing alright with my recent, renewed nutrition and fitness goals. My sweet tooth is a bit rampant and I'm trying to tame it/ drive myself crazy by only having fruit in the house... I don't even have easy to grab carbs. Last weekend, I enjoyed too much chocolate, nuts, and wine while watching a movie with my boyfriend.. and I had 2or 3 nights when my dinner was more than I needed... but that is life and I'm still focused on eating healthy. All it takes is planning! This week's main meal is going to be my rice and beans with extra veggies.

I haven't been going to zumba very much lately... but it's because my back has been aching. Nearly 20 years ago when I was 12 or 13 I was a chubby but active kid when I stressed my back out and ended up with a slipped disk in my lumbar area. For the most part I have it under control but it has flared up recently and just aches. I'm taking it easy in my yoga classes. I tried acupuncture last week and have another appointment this next week, I'm hopeful. However, in terms of my exercise this September, I think I should be able to maintain my schedule of yoga 3-6 times per week, though zumba might be out and not only because of my back, but also because my favourite instructor is taking an Italian vacation and the woman who is filling in for her jumps too much (stresses out my back) with not enough latin choreography. I'll figure it out... but I don't want to go below 3 workout sessions per week.

I want to get more sleep... for about a week I was good at being in bed between 10-11, even if I read for an hour or two (and usually reading stuff for my class or research!). To get more sleep (and to fit in my workouts!) I will need to employ better time management. I can do that.

In other news, tomorrow my boyfriend and I are heading into the mountains! I'm hoping to get in a hike, but the area I was thinking was devastated by floods in June and the trail I used to love still isn't open. We'll see. No matter what we do, it will be a lovely day getaway!

Sparkfriends, I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday and your own twists in life! Happy September!
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