Work/Life Balance

I’ve had some good years of work and, like a lot of people, my income was horribly hit by the recession in 2008.  When one’s income goes way down, the cash spent on people like me is no longer existent.  I had a couple of very, very lean years.  Although I knew I WOULD make it through that period, I often pondered HOW.  I dug my heels in, got creative, and made it through.  The last few years has been spent with that same work ethic, knowing a couple of things.  For one, those economic down turns can happen in the blink of an eye.  Am I trained enough, versatile enough, and sturdy enough to weather a storm.  Secondly, I still need to work my retirement plan back into shape.

I’ve recently joined an linked arms with a network marketing company.  Great science is easy to work with.  It’s ground floor, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.  At an educational session the other day, someone got up and said “Do you really want to go back to your (sorry) job on Monday morning?”

Hmm.  I do.  I do want to go back to my job each Monday morning because I HAVE my dream job.  As a one-woman-show I have created the occupation that I desired, a hybrid of skills that keeps my day to day existence interesting.

That was a big eye opener for me.  So many people get involved because they hate their day-to-day life, they dislike their mundane and meaningless job, they despise their environment.  As for me…I dig what I do.

Work/Life BalanceBut I see the beauty of doing something differently.  Doing something differently.  Peace of mind comes in many forms.  Peace of mind comes from…even recognizing that fact.  Now I desire to back away from my dream job, even for just a couple of days a week, just to get the bank balance back to where it should be.

Juggling work and life, keeping the balls in the air WHILE walking the tightrope of life…it’s my next sport.

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Yeah, it’s been a while, and I’ve got much to say.

About The Decemberist:  I kept my wits about me, I was happy, I ate well, I exercised; I felt good about the season.  I did not lose weight.  It was a good month.

And then January came.  I had planned well, checking in with an Ayurvedic practitioner on the second of the month.  My plan for the new year was further honed and was ready for the start of something beautiful.

And then a woman I know chose to end her life.  Of course, my initial response was set from my own vantage point…how does somebody make it through the holidays and then decide to kill themselves?  But just because I happen to be rejuvenated by the start of a new year does not mean everyone else is.  She took her life on the eve of MY new beginning; she saw it quite differently.

I did not wonder what I could have done to save her, as even her inner circle did not recognize her needs.  As I looked around a church packed funeral, my questions were not for friends who might be going through the same sadness, but for those of us who think we’ll never see the world from that horrible place.

What made her get on the plank and walk to the end?  I knew her as someone who had a lovely group of friends.  She was quite active in our church, covering large congregational tasks as well as being involved in more than one small group.  For if she didn’t have it all together, she was involving herself in all the “tasks” that could be recommended.  From my vantage point, at least.

And if someone (seemingly) doing “all the right things” could be pushed to the edge, what the heck is keeping me in the boat?  And what’s the switch that changes all that?

So my New Year’s plots and plans seemed a little less important.  What is important is that I change my point of view.  Why would I want to “fix” the self I see when I could just as easily start seeing myself differently?  I mean, like a lot of woman, I can be quite fickle.  I’ve been known to change my mind without much warning.  So an attitude adjustment was in order.

Ten days after her death I gathered with friends to debrief and close the season.  We all wrote notes, put them in a big jar, set them ablaze, and sent them up to our fallen sister.  We addressed her struggles, our struggles.  We talked about her limitations, our own limitations.  And we vowed to do better by each other, and for each other.

And that starts at home.  I’ve found a coach and picked up a new sport.  My Friday work day will be cut a little short so my week can end with a private yoga session.  Although I enjoy being a leader in my Wesley group, I have joined another spiritual group as a participant.  There are a few “loose ends” in my world; they seem to tidying themselves.  Funny how that happens when you look at the big picture from a new perspective.

It’s a new year with a new view.

My eyes, and I chose to see differently.

My eyes, and I choose to see differently.

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Wobbling on the rope, but still on!

Wow.  What a difference a couple of days makes!  And I say that in a “gee-I-had-a-minor-set-back” kind of way, not a “wow-I just-fell-off-the-tightrope-of-life” type thing.  Although the week, month, and holiday season began in a way that I knew it COULD get the best of me, I felt great with my mood and preparations for keeping on top of a good thing, that it good things WOULD manifest.

Feet on a scaleSo the last time I wrote was Tuesday, and I was 163.5 pounds.  Since then I’ve been W/164, Th/165, F/165 and today/166.  Right.  So the running tally for the week is that I’ve lost a pound.  Wonderful in the healthy balanced living realm; not so wonderful in my frantic Type-A world.  Healthy balance wins here.

TimeoutAs for my running streak…I’m still on it, I just had to sit on the bench and watch for a bit.  On Wednesday I did yoga with Ninja and then covered a little pavement.  My pinchy hip was still getting the better of me, so I walked.  (Statement of decreased fitness level: my shoulders and triceps got a little sore, and my half marathon done at a walking 12:05 pace is NOT where I currently reside).  Measured 1 @13:02, Measured 2 @12:45, Measured 3 @ 12:23.  It’ll come back.  Then I taught yoga.  I actually ended up DOING the 2-hour Yin class with the athletes.  Mistake on my part, as my hyper-mobile segments got a little more mobile.

And Thursday morning I couldn’t walk.  By 10:00 I had myself standing upright; thanks be to the kitchen countertop.  By 1:00 I could sit.  And nap in the chair.  And watch TV.  Not an active day.

Friday morning I went back to work.  But I did not run.  I did not walk.  I did not do yoga.  I did not eat green eggs and ham.  I worked, baked two apple pies (which I did not eat), and went to an evening function.  But I did not run.

And now I’m sitting on the couch typing.  OK, I’ll go out and do something when my coffee  cup is dry.

All is not lost.  The week isn’t quite over, the streak will continue, I’ll get moving again, my weight will get back to normal.  And my mood will stay constant.  “I will remain confident in this, I will see the goodness…”  

It’s balanced me before, it will work again.

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She walks in streets paved with gold

She walks in streets paved with gold.

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ADVENT(ure): 1-2

Great expectations…the hope of greater-gator things to come.

Great expectations…the hope of greater-gator things to come.

An early sunset that I almost missed.  Almost.

An early sunset that I almost missed. Almost.

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2 December


A little better!

Today was a good day!  My first appointment was at 6:00 am, so I was out by 5:15, to Starbucks by 5:30, and at Diesel 2 mins later.  The day was varied…massage on a big bulky guy (work!), injured man who is about to run a marathon in his 50th state (Hawaii), a meditator, the Ninja…a quick nap… two sporty women, a creaky neck, and a swimmer.  I like a day that’s all shaken up like that!

And my weight was down a half pound.  Again, I know it’s not all for real, but it IS a little more motivating that watching the same number.  That said, it is still higher than the highest I like it to be.  My food for the day wasn’t great.  I ate a Starbucks Protein Box all morning with my obligatory grande Christmas Blend.  I had an extra little pack of peanut butter which I sucked down, too.  That’s all I had with me, so I went off to run club a little hungry.  I had a Smithwick’s after my “run”, and some sausage/rotini/red sauce they were serving.  As it nears bed time, I’m hungry…yogurt should do it.  Or maybe some turkey.  Or maybe a hot fudge sundae.  Kidding.  I don’t have any maraschino cherries.

A little bit every day!

A little bit every day!

And today’s run…I knew it would happen, but I limped out with my pinchy hip and growling belly.  Walked 10 mins, Measured 1 @9:59, run 1:30, walk :30; Measured 2 @11:16, (get this) run 60 steps, walk 30 steps (gotta’ play a game sometimes).  Another half mile with some stairs.

As a woman who comes from a long line of “excess”…long miles, long races, crazy training schedules…I’m loving this “little bit”.  A new way for me to do December!


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1 December

Headed in the right direction!

Headed in the right direction!

Ok, let me say that I’m not really taking credit for losing three pounds since yesterday.  Truth be told, I’m hoping I didn’t actually “own” the 167 pounds to begin with.  You know how that goes…you lose weight one day, but you don’t actually “own” it until you can maintain it for a bit.  For me, I don’t always own a weight gain.  The trouble comes when it creeps up, you hover there, and THEN own it.  My best guess…I don’t own 164 either.  That all said…it is going in the right direction.  I burned some good calories yesterday, and am a little excited about all these mini “projects” I have for myself!

My diet was OK yesterday.  I default to eating too little during the day, and too much in the evening.  I can see myself letting that happen this go around.  I was a bit guilty of it yesterday (healthy dinner, and then a bit more cleaning out of the fridge…) and today (not  much to eat today, and famished as I type).  My food choices have been healthy (thank you, Thanksgiving Turkey!); portions could be a little more controlled.

And now to the running.  Good.  Golly.  I was sore this morning!  Really feels like I am training for a marathon and it’s the Monday after a Sunday long run!  As I like to say to clients…”If weak is all you are, weak is easy”.  Weak and out of shape is pretty easy to fix; injuries and”special cases” are not always so easy.  So I’ll take easy, I’ll take weak.

I did about 45 mins of yoga with my Ninja-in-Training today.  As much as one hip was threatening to cramp, I sustained my effort until his shoulders gave out.  I was secretly happy for me, not so happy for his shoulder “weakness”.

I could stand to feel a little bit more like a "hot streaker"!

I could stand to feel a little bit more like a “hot streaker”!

Then I went out for my (at least) one mile run.  Warm up mile, Measured 1 @10:33, Walk 1.5 more.  Total distance 3.5 miles @12:10 pace.

Right now this feels like a fun project.  Here’s hoping for a good December streak!

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AdventAdventure:  1. an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks: the encountering of risks <the spirit of adventure>
2. an exciting or remarkable experience <an adventure in exotic dining>

Advent: 1. The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important

The Christian season of Advent, marked by the four Sundays prior to Christmas, is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  For some, it is a season that marks the advent of Christ’s second coming.  For me, it is a time to step out of my daily routine and go in search of all that is Christ on the kingdom of earth.  This year I will again set aside time each day to get out of my normal routine and look for all that is extremely important in our world.  Although my adventures rarely involve danger, they do and will take on a different spirit, one of excitement.  The excitement of something bigger and better than the norm.  The excitement and anticipation of us all working together for hope, peace, joy, and light.

In this world you will have troubles. But take heart, I have overcome the world.

In this world you will have troubles. But take heart, I have overcome the world.


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29-30 November

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No need to post two weights, I was the same each day.  I ate pretty well…no sweets.  A little extra cheese (which I had to get out of the refrigerator) and a lack of regular mealtime might not be my … Continue reading

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