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Friday, October 18, 2013

So now that I am back here....I will elaborate on a few things that have been going on in my world over the last few months. Yeah, yeah...I retired an office after 20 years of being there, I was on unemployment for about 2 seconds (Ok, months) and I decided to drop it because it was a p.i.t.a. to play the "claim game" to keep it open "just in case" I was unemployed again within the next year...ridiculous nonsence really IMHO...don't even get me going on the stupidity of how they do things there. Anyway, I started up my own direct selling business for extra cash, and I have 2 part time jobs... nothing like a busy person being busier than they can handle and then get thru getting the family back into the school-zone... so guess what? I was stressed and WAITING PATIENTLY for the day when things finally settled down.

So things have finally settled down. Whew! emoticon

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SOMEthing was missing.

And no....it wasn't exercise.... that has been missing for months now. emoticon

At the beginning of October, I looked at my stressed out teacher husband (you have no idea, unless you live with one, what the new "core" curriculum is doing to teachers these days - the joy of teaching is basically gone. Very sad.) and it clicked in my head that we, as a family, have lost our joy.

We lost our joy in being to scattered and too busy and too disconnected with one another.

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Sure, we are there, running around, volunteering for each kid's activity (hubby assists with each kid's activity in some way, shape or form - whether it's running the Pack, or Assistant coaching football, or being on the Troop committee)... and I am working 2to 3 nights a week... so my voluteering days are limited, so I get karate drop-offs and the string ensemble rehearsal drop offs. Yup....we are constantly moving and running and from what I hear, it only gets worse the older they get!! emoticon

But I digress... back to finding joy.

We went camping this past weekend and while it was still littered with the various activites of sports events for the weekend - we were forced to be a family and have fun while hanging in the popup and making fires for roasting marshmallows.

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And it also got me thinking of why we have been so stressed out...and how my "joy" of sparking was all but extinguished... how my body was being affected... and how all of that was playing with my head in one giant mind F---. (yes, you can use the F-curse right there)

I lost my own joy.

Brass tacks: I am maintaining, without exercise, without Sparking, without any help... but something is missing.

I miss the community. The likemindedness. The comraderie. The cheering of one another on.
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I also miss the "me" I was when I was just starting maintenance.

I miss the figuring it all out part. The challenge of fitting it all in. And yes....I miss the body I had when that was going on too....because I was more active and under my pizza dough stomach, I still had a 6 pack that was rock solid... one that noone could see at all, but it was there! I swear it was! It's gone down to a 3 pack now, btw, but I am hoping the muscle memory will be there as well. ;)

So I decided this past weekend to stir up what I wanted to do 3 years ago. School and learning to better myself and others was there, but took a giant back seat because of work, family, and stress of how to actually go about going it...and that was with what I thought was a pretty good plan. I might as well have gone back to school full time to become a doctor because that is how daunting it was to do the whole Registered Dietician route. Nope....not going to work for me... so life came in and swallowed me and that dream up & put it on the waaaay back burner...not even on a simmer at that point either. The burner was turned 'off'.

This week I signed up for a year long course to become a Certified Health Coach. Yup, I did. It will help me do the other thing I want to do, besides coaching people like I do on here, but I will actually have something to "back it up" besides just Sparking and Maintaining for the last few years. With my other knowledge in my other field, I have a seriously solid background for an assembly workshop that has been mulling and spinning around in my head for years...one that I can actually visualize myself carrying out and doing for actual monetary compensation! Imagine that?!?! It's hard for me to actually, because I always just give give give....but I'm older and wiser now...I know better and deserve better too. But with that...I digress... because really, it's about helping people and whatever I get, that is OK with me since I am planning on doing this as a side gig until things take off.

Slow and steady wins the race....every time, as far as I am concerned.

So my joy today has been the walk I took...and the new world that I am undertaking with this new course.

Amazing how your mindset can change with just one simple thing or action.

Amazing how your heart and gut can tell what is right and wrong with something too.

Simply amazing.

So there ya go my old Sparkfriends....I hope you find some joy today and write about it....and if you have none that is visible, I hope you take another look - at another angle - and open your eyes, because it is there to been seen... you just have to want to see it.... and if you really DON'T see it...then it's time to make some joy on your own...no one said you couldn't do that either...
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HAKAPES 11/8/2013 11:53AM

    Great blog! What course did you take to become a certified health coach? With what do you help people?

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EJOK170 11/5/2013 10:42PM

    Great blog! I'm new to this maintaining thing but I can definitely relate to everything you said. Great that you posted---so fun to read and relate!
thanks!

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KIMBERLY_Y 11/5/2013 6:29PM

    Way to go! I really connect with what you are saying on the family-front with running all the time! I have often thought about how to take it down a notch with activities. Congratulations on a great blog! Best of luck to you on your new path in life! Much success! emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 11/4/2013 9:55AM

    HOLY MOLEY !!! emoticon to everyone reading and commenting on this blog!! I am honored!! I wish I could get to each and very one of you today, but I am under time constraints - this will have to do for now until I can make some visits "personally"

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MJREIMERS 11/3/2013 1:09PM

    Life does get busy and we tend to "lose" ourselves. Good for you for "finding" yourself and what you need to do for you! I agree that we lose the joy of life as we rush here and there. I'm glad you figured out how to get that back.

Thanks for the blog and I look forward to "seeing" you around more often!

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MRSRIGS1 11/3/2013 11:46AM

    Wishing you the BEST in your new journey! emoticon

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LOGOULD 11/2/2013 11:30AM

    So proud (and kinda jealous really) of you for having the courage to persue the Health Coach education! You will be AWESOME!!!

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MOONCHILD8 11/1/2013 4:36PM

    Wow Annieonli! That is a great! That takes guts and courage. I am so happy for you. I hope you find more joy in your life. I have been there very busy with children and work. It will change as your children grow up and away. Please enjoy them, there troop meetings, football and all the rest. My children are all grown and now worry about me. My Mom just passed away in October. Now I am alone again with few more years before I can retire and get SS. I have to keep busy and have started a new part-time seasonal job. I pray it leads to something better. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY445 11/1/2013 8:01AM

    you will definitely make a great health coach!

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HOLLYM48 11/1/2013 7:15AM

    Best of luck to you as you get back on track and I hope that you and your entire family find the joy that was missing. Life is busy but we must take the time to enjoy it, otherwise it is gone in the blink of an eye!
Great job on finding where you need to go and best of luck on getting your certification!


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MAREE1953 10/31/2013 8:47PM

    Wishing you joy in your new endeavor!!

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SUSIEMT 10/31/2013 5:00PM

    Joy to you all your life through! Keep up the good work!

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CELIAMINER 10/31/2013 1:34PM

    Wow, just reading the first part of your blog left me breathless. I'm happy you are finding joy again. You AND your family deserve it!

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WATERMELLEN 10/31/2013 11:59AM

    Finding joy is absolutely what it's all about and your plan is excellent!

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PRESSINGON3:14 10/31/2013 11:03AM

    I understand where you are. Great assessment and plan to move forward! emoticon

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_LINDA 10/31/2013 10:36AM

    Good luck with this new path in life. May you find it rewarding and fun! On a side note, its great your children are involved in so many activities and not just spending hours in front of a screen! Good on you!
Keep on being amazing, and always find some 'me' time in there so you don't go crazy!
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KANOE10 10/31/2013 9:16AM

    Lovely blog. I sm glad you found joy and a new career.


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BOOKAPHILE 10/31/2013 9:15AM

    Maintaining through those minefields of busyness, non-exercise, and dream-draining circumstances is quite an accomplishment! Taking time to find and rescue your joy is great! Sharing it with others, so they will remember their joy, is wonderful... you'll be a great coach!

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NELLJONES 10/31/2013 7:48AM

    The joy does seem to come and go, but do remember in all the business with the kids that the day will come when they move out of the house, and it will all seem so very long ago. The dailiness of having kids around seems endless, but it really isn't all that long a time.

The best way to keep something is to give it away. Being a Health Coach sounds like a great way to do that. In helping others you help yourself.

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TORTISE110 10/31/2013 7:42AM

    So here you go, a new chapter, a fun transition. Nothing like personal experience to lend weight (ha!) to a strong coaching practice. I wish you the very best! Happy for you too.

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KANOE10 10/19/2013 7:45AM

    You will make a great Health Coach. I am glad you found the joy in your life..busy as it is. I empathize with your husband as I am a teacher and feeling the same stress. It is hard to find joy in the common core and its demands.

You are on a great road and have found your way to happiness.



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KELLIEBEAN 10/18/2013 12:19PM

    You are wonderful. You will make a fabulous health coach!


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DALID414 10/18/2013 11:51AM

    I swear my 6-pack is hidden too. It's more of a 4 pack, that bottom pair has always been hidden behind a pooch!
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FITYAMAMAMA 10/18/2013 11:15AM

    Such an honest blog! Thank you for sharing your journey back to joy! =D
I live with a teacher, am the daughter of two teachers, and am also a teacher! However, I don't teach public school any more. I feel for your husband's struggles. Perhaps as the family finds joy again, your husband can also find some joy in his profession. You have to live for the one's who really want to be taught.

Your goal of becoming a Certified Health Coach sounds great! I wish you the best and hope that you can turn this into a fantastic, fulfilling career!

Keep working, loving, and finding joy everywhere!
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Lisa

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CANMERA 10/18/2013 11:06AM

    I love your blog. I shows how life can get so busy and truly leave us and our families behind. I think this may be a reason why so many marriages breakdown is the lack of closeness gets lost in the shuffle.

Although you seem to recognize this and have a plan now in place to change it up and to change up what you are doing for yourself. You should be very proud of what you are doing.
You have given yourself a challenge and I feel your dedication and conviction in making certain that you do this for you and for your family as well as others.

Keep up the very hard work as I am sure you will make it.

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Jan
Barrie, On Canada
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