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Finally A New Chapter

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Today was my last day as an Americorp VISTA. It was tough to stick with it but I did! Woot! In the midst of an office job where people were constantly complaining about their co-workers, I learned that a sedentary office desk job is not for me. I need to move and groove. Over time, I found out that sitting was more exhausting than any standing job I have had. Maybe it was the stress that was exhausting me. Either way, it’s over! Woohoo!

Many volunteers have asked where I will be going. The sad part is I was prepared in April and applied to a slew of jobs. I was offered a full time job which I accepted. Last week, they took it back (one week prior to my current position ending) and offered only 15 hours a week. I had no choice but to accept. They mentioned they might have to reorganize in three weeks. To say the least, I am extremely disappointed by this company.

Don’t you worry though… I am not sitting home twiddling my thumbs. I am looking for other positions and even have an interview with a local plasma center next week. Hopefully that will pan out. In the mean time, I am doing some design work for a couple friends. Basically, its post cards, social media, blogging… things I am actually really effective at. Also, I am considering selling Young Living Essential Oils. Love the smell of them – same smell as when you walk into a salon. Young Living says there is a medicinal use for them. Not quite a believer in that…

If I don’t feel like I find a career by end of August, I am thinking of going to back to school for Graphic Design. I did think 10 years ago, and oddly enough, it is like I came to a full circle. It should take around a year and half. We will see.

Besides all that, I have gained 50# in the last year as an Americorp VISTA. There is research out there about environment and one’s weight. Unfortunately, I didn’t really need to experience it to know this. But, I did. Basically, I have been in a stressful environment with junk food around all the time. For this emotional eating gal, this is not a good situation. But, now I am not around that situation anymore. And, hopefully, my new job will be better, more positive. In the mean time, I hope to work on myself and start to kick this weight. This means more running, lifting, walking, hiking, more everything.

I figure I gained 50# in a year so I have a year to lose it. So, I want to be close to 165 again in June 2015. But, it’s really not about weight. It’s just the easier way to explain it. I really miss being able to run 3 miles easily, training for half marathons, lifting, being toned, having tons of energy, eating healthy and most of all, feeling good about me! So, I am going to get it back. I know it won’t happen overnight. I have been working on running 3 miles. It is definitely harder at 215 than 160s but got to keep at it.

Besides getting fit again, I want to run Grandma’s Half Marathon in June 2015. Two years ago I trained for the full marathon but never did it. It really took my confidence. Now, I really want to run the half… I just have to keep running 3 miles, start lifting consistently, eating less and I’ll be there in no time!

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    You made it. Good for you that you stayed to the end. New chapter in your life. Good luck!
    1337 days ago
    Hallelujah that you're done w/VISTA. A chapter closed for you.

    That is really disappointing that the corporation did that to you, but you di the smart thing taking their offer and continuing to look. Lord knows that you should have enough time free for interviews when they come up . . . and they will.

    Glad you sound more upbeat, my dear. That's a good step in the right direction.


    1337 days ago
    Happy to hear you have the mindset to begin fresh. Hope the job market opens up to just where you need to be. You can do this!
    1337 days ago
    Sounds like you had a tough year, but you've got a good plan to move forward!
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