New, Exciting Week!
Monday, August 13, 2018
Today is the day I start my certificate coursework so I can teach English overseas. I'm excited! I've been watching videos about Cambodia, kind of obessesively, to get motivated to do what I have to do. I had some friends move to Vietnam once to teach and I remember crying from jealousy, but now I have my chance. Planning to travel is a great motivator to get healthier, too, because I can't get the most out of the experience if I'm not healthy as I can be. I've missed Asia ever since I left, so I'm so excited about going back.
I'm proud of myself for getting through last week and the weekend as well as I did. My plan to stay away from sugar didn't quite last the day, because my mom made an excellent pig pickin cake and I had to have a piece. But other than that I stuck to my plan. I can't remember where I saw it, it might even have been here, but there was some advice that I wish I had seen years ago: if you're feeling terrible emotionally, do the next right thing and then keep doing the right thing. When I wasn't a sobbing mess incapable of doing much of anything, I tried this advice and it's amazing. It changed my focus and helped me do things I feel good about, and like I said, I wish I had discovered this decades ago. It isn't a cure-all, but it was exactly the advice I needed to keep myself going. So today, I'm going to keep it in mind as I get through my first day of class. I go between feeling discouraged and feeling contrary, most of the time, but if I focus on doing the next right thing instead, I know it will help.