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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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Last Yin for Athletes for 2014! @Yogani

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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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