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Birthday Check-Up

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Sparkers, I'm writing this blog so when I look back next year, I can remember how far I've come. It's kind of long, so if you do read on, I apologize for the length.

Happy Birthday to me!

Last year I was two weeks into my new life. I had just quit my job and had no idea what I was going to do next. I was in a lot of pain from my frozen shoulder and was exhausted from trying to work full-time when I could barely dress myself. I also wasn't sure if my disability claim would be approved, which was causing me an enormous amount of stress. I knew I couldn't keep working, but I wasn't sure if I made the right choice to take time off. I wanted to focus on me for a change.

In late December my disability claim was finally approved. What a relief! I was still in a lot of pain and not sleeping. Having some money coming in took a lot of pressure off me, though.

In March I went to a class called "Inspired Work" in LA. During that class, I came up with an idea to create customized employment applications for mobile devices to make it easier for hourly people to apply for jobs. In April I met a brilliant coder from my college who graduated the following month. He created texting software that I incorporated into my company as a Virtual Recruiter.

I previously tried to other start-ups, but didn't have the right partner. I even met another potential partner through Inspired Work, but again, it wasn't the right fit. I finally feel as though I am working with the right people. We're having fun, there's no drama, and there's nothing we haven't been able to work though yet. Plus, if we are successful, we can share our success with our alma mater, Hampshire College.

By June we had a demo. Last week we had a national hotel chain agree to a paid beta test.

Throughout this process I constantly questioned whether or not I was doing the right thing. My Inspired Work class taught me that fear was normal, and some coping skills. I kept reminding myself that I had to walk through the fear. I'm still not making much money, but at least I know I have identified a need in the market and am positioned for success.

Now about my weight. Last year I planned to be at my goal, which means losing 15-20 pounds.

I just returned from a trip to NY/MA and haven't been logging my food lately. But I have been working out diligently, and we haven't been eating out much over the last few months (mostly to save $, but also to eat more healthily. DH needs to lose 50+ pounds).

I was nervous this morning when I got on the scale since I feel like a whale. I expected 170-173. So, I'll take 168.4 as a victory! I still have a long way to go, but as with many things in life, my weight isn't as big of a deal as I thought it was. It's always funny to me to realize how us humans can make a big deal out of a little issue.

So, how will I measure success on my birthday next year?
1. I will be at a healthy weight and my shoulder will be fully functional. No more pain!
2. My business will be thriving.

For now it's a lot of work, but I'm starting to see how Sparkpeople fits so perfectly into my work and personal life. I find inspiration here every day that flows into all aspects of my life. Thank you Spark Friends!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BRADMILL2922 10/10/2013 4:09AM

    You have come a long ways in both business and in health this year! You may not be exactly where you want to be but you are certainly going in the right direction and you have a lot to be proud of! Happy Birthday (even if it is late!)

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/1/2013 9:44AM

    Congratulations on how far you have come! I'm so impressed with what you are doing in starting up your business. I hope it's extremely sucessful. It sounds like you have found a fabulous partner.

As far as your shoulder is concerned, I'm a huge believer in keeping up with the PT stretching exercises I'm sure you have been given. I did them consistently for a year and still like to do them. My shoulder issue was at it's peak the day my father died. (I was actually at the doc's getting a shot in my shoulder the morning he died.) That was Sept. 15 two years ago. Now my shoulder is almost completely back to normal, so I'm living proof that with time and exercise it will get so much better.

I think weight is a funny thing. BC (before cancer), I was so concerned about how much I weighed and never could muster up enough consistency with my eating to get to my goal weight and stay there. Now, I would no more eat processed foods than I would eat gravel! My weight popped down to my goal weight without even trying and I don't really even care. It's a nice side benefit as far as I'm concerned, but it's no longer my focus.

Last, but not least, Happy Birthday!!! I don't know what day your birthday is/or was, but I hope you enjoy it to the fullest!


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