A year of changes
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It's always amazing to see where time has gone...
I received a "challenge" from one of the SparkTeams I'm a part of to do a simplifying/de-stressing activity 4 out of 7 days for the week. Our leader linked a SP article of 7 stress busters. They are as follows:
1. Take a walk
2. Call a friend
3. Write in a journal
4. Play a board game
5. Work up a sweat
6. Plan something fun
7. Take a hot bath
At first glance I didn't want to choose exercising, since I already do that as a sort of stress-reliever. I was going to pick playing a board game as I have been doing that more with friends lately, but I've noticed that playing the games actually gets me riled up since they are strategy based. For the challenge I decided to write in a journal - I already had the SP one and I figured it had been a while, so why not?! What I didn't realize though was how long it had been since I last wrote. A year.
A lot can happen in a year. A lot HAS happened in a year.
My last blog post last July was updating the status and love/hate perils of running in my neighbor. The year since was full of ups and downs, successes and accomplishments, but set-backs as well. Joyous times were experienced as well as trials, and just like any other year, there was an ebb and flow. Here's the biggest of what has happened since July 2012.
- Ran my first 5k in Aug 2012 in Milwaukee, The Color Run
- Started my final semester of undergrad
- Fell completely in love with one of my classes, so much so that I would research information on my own for fun when not at school
- Found and enrolled in an online 1-year program for health coaching
- Graduated in December 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology
- Started experiencing weird symptoms with my toes and feet
- Moved back home right before the holidays
- Saw the doctor and other specialists frequently to determine if there was anything tied to increasing symptoms with toes and feet, was ultimately put on 3 rounds of different antibiotics
- Experienced a lot of hormonal and gut issues due to stress of a missed period, no job, and antibiotic use
- Stopped working out and fell off the healthy bandwagon a little
- Alleviated weird symptoms with toes and feet by going off my sleep medication (it was a stimulant)
- Got a full-time, 6-month temp job at a local/state-wide healthcare system with great pay in February
- Lost the job randomly one day due to discrimination in April
- Took a spur-of-the-moment week-long trip back home to Florida with my mom in early May
- Took a mini-trip to Minneapolis for a friend's wedding Memorial Weekend
- Worked again at the annual Youth Leadership Forum, a week-long camp for high school students with disabilities, in mid-June
- Filed an equal rights complaint against the healthcare system employer
- Got a part-time job at Harmony Cafe, a local non-profit cafe that is part of the Goodwill programs in my region
- Celebrated another birthday
- Started working out and being more diligent about being healthy again
- Got a part-time AmeriCorps job at The Boys & Girls Club (the same one I used to work at 5 -9 years ago) in the Runaway Program that will start in the next couple of weeks
Since graduating college, I've frequently felt like I haven't accomplished much this year. I'm so used to doing SO much. I suspect that's due to always have multiple classes and assignments and projects going on, and usually a job and other hobbies on the side simultaneously. Looking at this list of "big" happenings though, a lot has happened for me this year. It's been sprinkled with smaller, more personal things in between, and that mix actually makes me feel like I AM doing something with my life, and I AM accomplishing things. Sometimes we just need the reminder from ourselves in a more tangible format.