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Just accepted a job!!

Friday, April 02, 2010

My journey on Spark began about 2 weeks after I was laid off from my teaching job. Little did I know at the time that being laid off from that job was a blessing, not a curse! I was miserable, working 65 hours a week, stressed to the limit, and had put on 15 lbs in 6 months. I had stopped exercising, was eating comfort food, and just trying to survive day to day feeling exhausted and wrung out.

The last 9 months have been a struggle to stay positive and not feel like a loser. I applied for over a hundred jobs, only had 6 interviews, and just felt hopeless at times. But through all those times Spark was there!! There are so many helpful, caring, and wonderful people on this site that provide so much support!

With all that support I have been able to lose 19 lbs, am exercizing 6 days a week, eating healthier than I ever have, am in the best shape of my life, and am about to run my first half-marathon in 5 weeks!! I have chosen to go back to on the career path of social work, where I was before I became a teacher. It will be less pay, however the satisfaction and not working over 40 hours a week will more than make up for that! I will be able to keep my life in balance, my stress in check, and my exercise and eating plan in place!

Thank you to all my fellow Sparkers and teams! I could not have done it without your support!!

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    Congratulations!! emoticon I hope that I will join you soon as part of the employed.
    4028 days ago
    Way to go!!! Sounds like everything happens for a reason. This was a blessing in disquise. Best wishes on your new job. May you find success in all avenues of your life!

    Now, don't forget about your SP Friends...LOL!
    4028 days ago
  • no profile photo DELIBEAR1
    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!
    4028 days ago
  • SROUS1340
    Congratulations on the new job! I was laid off 2 weeks ago and am focusing on my health to stay positive. Great Job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4028 days ago
  • ABBY_G
    Congratulations on your new job and on all your health accomplishments!
    4028 days ago
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