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7DBC: Strategy

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What 3 strategic initiatives would you like to accomplish this year?

Smart alec response 1: Is there anyone who smells a business consultant nearby? Really, I'm having flashbacks to my marketing career.

Smart alec response 2: Olivia Newton John moment "Lets get STRATEGIC, STRATEGIC. Lets get into strategy. Let me hear your body talk. Your body talk..."

I actually have NO strategy this year. I'm just sort of wandering and bumbling thru life at this point because with my career in shambles I just dont have the ability to make a long range plan. I had one, but when I lost my job the whole thing was just blown out of the water and now I'm just trying to make it one day at a time.

Weight loss: I'm pretty happy with where I'm at now. I had my hand on my hip the other day and realized that I could reach from my front hip to my back hip and feel both bones. I'm not boney, there is still plenty of ME, but if my weight loss slows, I'll of course be disappointing, but minorly. I'm getting pretty close to what I think is a good weight for me healthwise. Its a small 12/ large 10. I need to continue with the weights (more challenging now that I cant go to group classes and I'd like to add some muscle. Am I the only one that thinks a little muscle on women is incredibly sexy?

Racing: I'd like to have a well thought out racing season this year, the goal being one event per month. Start with some 5Ks in March/ April, June the Hopewell Junction Triathlon, July: Orange County Classic 10K, August West Point Triathlon, maybe a Du in September and perhaps volunteer at the Inaugural Hamiltonian Marathon in October.

Shh. There is a quiet hope in my heart, that eventually, some day, I will be able to run a half marathon. There are a number of challenges in the way. 1) No Local event 2) Time to train (CINERICIA can leave her kids at home for an hour and not worry about them setting fire to the house) I'd like to do Disney's Half. Someone here on Spark posted about the experience and it just sounded SO NICE. The Rock N Roll Marathon series also sounds tremendous. I think its within my eventual abilities, but not my grasp this year. So we file it under "eventually."

A few words on where I am working. Its a new school for severely emotionally disturbed kids. About half are in residence on the campus and the other half are bussed in from all over the county. For 60 kids, we have 6 VERY LARGE security guards - and they keep them busy! There are bright spots every day - the kid that tries, the kid that keeps it together, the kid who all of a sudden gets it. And there is a steady march of insults, foul language and "testing" (if you work with teenagers, you know what being tested is). There is MUCH talk at my job that they will grow a position for me part time teaching/ part time aide, so I need to see what happens there. I hope I grow into it and it becomes a calling. These are special kids that need a special person. I feel very shallow that I am disappointed to be here instead of a regular school. I am hoping this is an good opportunity. Keep in mind I've only been there 4 days!

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    Special kids with special needs need the right person for the job.
    Be sure you love the challenge, can take the verbal abuse and will still love yourself when you go home at night if things haven't gone well.

    YOU are special for wanting to give it a go! emoticon
    1948 days ago
    Boy that job sounds like a change from what you have been doing. I like that you are looking for the bright spots in the day. It is another opportunity to learn! You never know how God is going to use you either. Thank you for working with them. They need good teachers!
    You can so do a half marathon! It is all about consistency and training... if I can do it, girl.....you can do it! Although I like both of those races I do get highly annoyed at the cost of both of them. I just don't think it should cost THAT much to run. There are many different races with many different prices! Have fun searching for one!!
    1949 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    I'll be doing a couple of 5K--I hope in the next few months or so. The Disney run sounds so sool to do! Congrats on the job--wow, it sounds demanding all right--but I hope it grows on you. It takes a special person to handle that kind of job and if you're wondering about it, maybe it's for you. Take care and have a good week!
    1952 days ago
    Wow! Your new job sounds challenging! I don't think it is at all strange to have the thoughts you are having about it. I hope you find the rewards great, and that you do wind up enjoying it. That population certainly isn't for everyone.

    Thanks for all of your advice after my last blog. I don't think I'm in an exercise rut, but I did decide to go back to the prescribed Turbo Fire schedule since I know I tend to stick to my favorite workouts instead of mixing it up with strength training. I do think it is helping, as I saw scale movement in the RIGHT direction!

    I'm not posting it as official until it sticks around for a few days. You know how it is. :)

    Good luck with getting in some races. I'm so impressed by all of you amazing competitors!
    1953 days ago
    Congratulations on your new job...challenges make us grow. Isn't it great that we don't have to worry about our spirit becoming too big?

    Yes, muscles on women ARE sexy.
    1954 days ago
    Ooohh. Your job sounds like my job but with kids instead of adults. And kids are that much harder, with the hormones and the emotions and the general teenager-y-ness. Congrats. It sounds really fulfilling.

    I like your racing plan for the season. Some good stuff there. And I, too, would one day like to run Disney. Perhaps I'll see you there. But shh. I won't tell anyone.

    I don't worry about my girls setting the house on fire. That is true. (Little One has a touch of OCD and is a checker.) However, I do worry about them setting *themselves* on fire. They are both...let's call them "challenged" ...in that regard.
    1954 days ago
    You are going to be great! I know it. You will have a fantastic year!
    1954 days ago
    Ooh, ooh, a first time half in your future? When and where? I'm probably booked for 2013, having promised my cousin's daughter the Lady Schick women's HM in St. Pete next November if she trains up for it, and with my full in May right here in town... but I'm up for adventure when you're ready... never say never...

    Good luck with the work growing... sometimes it takes a bit to adjust to the challenge one's been handed... and sometimes it's time to accept it's not where the heart is and move on. So, breathe and give it some time, and I'll be rooting for you to have the wisdom and acceptance to make the right choice for YOU.
    1954 days ago
    Sounds like a challenging job! I like your racing goals. I will be doing at least 3 5ks this summer, and I am thinking of walking the women's half marathon at Niagara Falls. Wouldn't that be cool?
    1954 days ago
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