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Friday, September 13, 2013

Thank you to all who commented on my last blog, "Maintenance: Nirvana?" It always surprises me when others are interested enough in what I write to read and comment on it, and I appreciate it!

Life is a bit chaotic for me right now; lots and lots happening.

I have been walking (and walking and walking some more) in preparation for my first Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Seattle. I was blessed to get connected with an amazing team, Kindred Spirits (some here know just how awesome that team is!), so that made fund-raising more doable, and I feel like I'm as trained for walking 60 miles in three days. That means not a lot of running for me, and not a lot of anything else on the weekends. I'm looking forward to what I know will be an emotional tim8 e; I'm walking in memory of the people I have lost to breast cancer and other forms of cancer, and that has expanded to include walking in honor of my teammates who have battled cancer themselves.

The company I've worked for since 2001 is also in the midst of packing up to move to Arizona. I considered going with them--for about half a second. We moved to the Northwest for my job 18 years ago this month, then I was laid off. Moving for a job unless it's to an area I actually WANT to live in is not even remotely an option in my mind. My husband is finally in a job he truly enjoys, my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson are here, and I love the Northwest. Nope, not moving for a company that could at any time decide I'm no longer a good fit for where they are headed, which is most definitely a possibility. They have not offered any kind of severance package for staying to the end, but I'm fine with working for them until they move and even doing some contract work for them if needed afterward. I do and know things that no one else is ready or able to take on immediately, so I expect more than one phone call as they settle in and figure out what they area doing. If it doesn't happen, that's fine, too, but I'll be surprised if there aren't a few panic calls for a bit, and possibly a trip or two to help get them set up and understanding things.

So where does that leave me as far as work is concerned? Unemployed and ready to explore my options. I should be in a panic myself but I'm not. My husband has been unemployed more times than we care to think about, and we have managed somehow. No, let me correct that; God has provided for us, although not always in the time or way we would have liked. I have started doing network marketing with a skin care line that is the best I have ever seen, so I'll see where that goes while looking for a full-time job. I'm also working on some jewelry that I plan to post on Etsy once I have time to get good photographs and price that I hope will help with fund-raising for next year's 3-Day Walk (yes, I'm already signed up!). One thing I'm looking forward to is having a little more time to spend here on SP and support my friends as I get my bearings after the walk and the move.

Changes, lots of them. That is the one thing you can count on in life: there will be changes, whether you like it or not. I'm taking the changes that are coming one at a time and trying to view them as an adventure rather than merely stress, which leads to anxiety (and often emotional eating--I am staying AWAY from that as much as possible!). Life is nothing if not an adventure, right?

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  • PAG2809
    It does all work out, doesn't it? Perhaps not as you hope or on your timetable, but it works out. As you've already proven, you can do things you don't start out thinking you can do and you can deal with what life throws at you. I have no doubt that the two of you will get through this, so on the bad days lean on the belief that your friends have in you!
    1963 days ago
    Thanks for this! I needed to hear it. I am considering coming back to Seattle because there are so many jobs there. But as much as it's great there, I know how bad the SAD was for me last year, so I am going through if I really want to go back there too. Many times I've moved somewhere strictly for the job, job doesn't workout and then I'm stuck somewhere I don't want to be. Good reminder.

    And hey if you get a couple of trips out of your company's move that's not too bad? AZ in the winter might be a nice break. emoticon
    1978 days ago
    How exciting about the 3 day walk! (I myself am trying to prepare for the Portland half, way too late). I know loosing a job can be really stressful but reading your blog, the changes sound kind of exciting. And I know you'll land on your feet. Arizona? I don't think so.
    1981 days ago
    Wow! You have such a great attitude about this. Change can be so good, so hang in there. You are such an inspiration to me. I love how you handle situations.

    You deserve nothing but the best, and I know you will find it.

    That's so great that you are doing that 3 day walk! Good luck!

    1984 days ago
    I'm experiencing a lot of changes at the moment too; some exciting, some unbearably stressful - I'm trying to strike a balance to deal with it all.
    Here's to us and the opportunities these changes will bring us! emoticon
    1985 days ago
    I too am at sort of a career crossroads and I can only say I pray everyday for the kind of quiet assurance you have. Thanks for showing me that it is possible
    1986 days ago
    Change can be good. Your attitude is awesome and I wish you well in finding a new adventure!
    1986 days ago
    You have a great attitude about it all. :)
    1986 days ago
    What a great attitude!

    Keep up the good work and good luck on your walk!! ( 3 days??? really???) emoticon

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    1986 days ago
    It sounds like you have the right attitude to handle the changes well. emoticon I think you are making a wise decision to not move unless you really want to live in Phoenix. Sending good vibes your way! emoticon
    1986 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Wow! Lots of changes for sure. Enjoy the process of discovering the new adventure.
    1986 days ago
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