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Looking Forward To 2010

1 Jan

As I was poking around on the internet today, I noticed a lot of chatter about what has happened over the last 10 Years as well as last year. The trending topics on Twitter were #10yearsago, Y2K, Goodbye 2009, #09memories and so on. There was a couple trending topic about welcoming in the New Year and so forth.

This made me think (yet again!) about the past decade and all of the good and bad things that have happened. So I decided that I am totally going to step into that rabbit hole and first share a little personal insight then fill you in on how I am looking forward to 2010!

I had horrifically scary moment in December of 2006 that changed by life forever. I had just gotten home from travelling abroad for work, I had a 6 week stay in a foreign country that is less developed than the U.S., that said, I got sick but refused to go to the doctor. I got better, finished my assignment then came home. Within three weeks of getting home, I was sick again but thought “hay, I got better last time” so there I was still pushing myself to work and get back into my life back in the U.S. Then it happened, I got deathly ill and landed myself in the hospital, near death. Turns out, I had a real big problem on my hands and it needed to be taken care of right away. Emergency surgery was performed within hours of being admitted. When that whole ordeal was over, I decided right then and there to do things differently from that point forward. I went back to school, got divorced, bought a new house, got a new job and a there I was! I found happiness all over again.  

This year will be yet another turning point for me. I am in a position to move forward with my career. You see, for the past three and half years I have been a full time student trying to finish what I started many years ago. Can I get a show of hands from all of the divorced people that wish they had focused on their education many years ago!? Should, coulda, woulda, right! With the recent economic situation, individuals just like me are finding that just being the smart chick (or dude) has not been enough to secure the employment, without a degree, many of us have been stuck finding less that what we desire for employment.

Unlike me, I would hope that it would not take a life changing event to get you to focus on what you need as an individual. Whether it is education, love, health, or other area that you feel is lacking or could be better in your life…what is stopping you? Have you ever sat alone pondering life, then wondered “what if?”…suddenly you find yourself feeling guilty for thinking that right? Well I did! And I have to admit, getting over that guilt was the only thing that led me back to school full time. I finish this summer.

What prevents you from going back to school? Can 2010 be your turning point whereby you say “enough is enough” and you begin to focus on what you need? Do you have a cheerleader to help you in your resolve to get your education? Do you know how to gain access to information about how to return to school as an adult? These are all things to consider, and the first steps in the process of looking forward to 2010.

Happy New Years! Cheers!


Reflection On 2009

22 Dec

Here we are at the end of another year. As tradition dictates, many of us reflect on the past year and ponder what the New Year will bring.

The local and world events of 2009 will not soon be forgotten as so many dear friends, family members, and acquaintances were affected by some of the worst economic conditions in history. As we close this holiday season, with a little less than a bang, many of us are reflecting on the simple things in life, like family, a roof over our heads and even a steady paycheck.

Some close friends and I spent an afternoon over tea discussing what we truly appreciated about this past year. In doing so, we recognized that much of what we were thankful for was not the material possessions and a big fat 401K (which dropped to nothing and is now slowly recovering). Rather, the things we were most thankful for were healthy changes that we all made during this economic down turn.    

The first hot topic, home cooked meals. Fresh cooked, healthy, homemade meals were at the top of the “thankful” list. With less disposable income, many of us choose to make home cooked meals rather than eat out on a regular basis. Though this took some additional effort and personal planning, the end result was healthier choices and happier families. The overwhelming consensus was that more time was spent at the dinner table engaged in quality discussions that reinforced positive family interactions. Tip; learn to love your crock pot!

Next on the “thankful” list was creative fitness time. While many of us dropped our gym membership to save some dough during times of uncertainty, we all found new ways to get our fitness on. Power walking around the neighborhood, walking our pets, and intense cardio work outs in our living rooms did the trick…the result, we all realized that tough we love the gym; we can actually live without it. A creative solution for some of us was to purchase pedometers and heart monitors. These fantastic tools can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of a month’s gym membership. This was a learning experience that I am glad I had to opportunity to live through, though I must admit that I am back at the gym 4 times a week now and loving every moment of it.

Last but not least on our “thankful” list was a realization of how important it is to prioritize the important things in life. Having the latest fashion, gadget, home good, or the newest pair of Christian Louboutin shoes just does not seem as important as it did two years ago. Rather, most of us have learned the ways of being the epitome of frugal fashionista, money wise house wife or money savvy career gal. Regardless of who we are, we all put our own spin on not only saving money and reprioritizing our lives, but also adding a greater level of personal satisfaction and fulfillment in all that we do on a daily basis.

What changes did you make during 2009? Are these changes sustainable? Share your thoughts, I’d love to hear them.

The New Years Resolution

21 Dec

Tis’ the season!…to make our resolutions for the New Year. So how about that commitment that we all have made at one point or another to take better care of ourselves? Quit smoking, stop drinking, eat better, exercise, read more books, the list goes on and on and every year we dutifully break our promises (some of us anyway!).

This year, I started on my new years resolution early…as in September early. My goals are simple

1.) Eat healthful most of the time

2.) Exercise 3-5 days per week and

3.) Gain a greater awareness of what my body needs to be healthy and happy from the inside out.

Seems simple enough, and so far I have been reasonably strong, but flexible in my commitment. The result? I’ve lost 21 lbs. I feel 100% better and it has become easier to make good choices. The process has been long, but to be honest, making the changes over time has proven to be a blessing in disguise.

Perhaps that is the key to keeping a New Years resolution, keep it simple, achievable and don’t beat yourself up if you have to take it slow?

Share your thoughts and comments.

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