Howdy, blogging buddies!! I’ve clearly been MIA for quite a while now. I’m certain that it’s because I’m still struggling to create that imperfectly perfect life balance of family, career, school, fitness, etc.! Way, way back in December I mentioned two of my New Years’ resolutions; connect on a deeper level with friends and find a fulfilling career. My weight loss experience definitely taught me the power of being a doer as well as a dreamer. Imagining and visualizing your success is extremely important, but at some point the imagination can only go so far before the body has to dive in, head and heart first, to make things happen. I’ve been quite busy diving in the deep end of life, because that tends to be where all the good stuff happens. (Remember when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait to be allowed to swim in that mystical area beyond the ropes?)
My dive began in January when my husband and I began making an effort to become more social. Instead of casually talking about places and events that we might go to and do in the future, we just started going and doing. In addition to making new friends, I’ve recommitted to getting together more with dear, old friends. There’s a richness in friendship that I’d forgotten just how much I’d needed.
I haven’t been letting my career goals flounder in the shallow end either. Knowing that I need to brush up on my Excel skills, I’m taking a class at a local college. The assignments are lengthy, but it feels great to exercise my brain (and yes, I do have homework that I should be doing instead of blogging). I’ve also been making some great connections in the world of PR and marketing, as well as doing some volunteer work in that area that can offer me some credible references. I’m confident that when I’m ready, the right position will come my way.
My fitness level and weight are doing well. I’m continuing to hover around 132 pounds and am still following the basic high protein, lower carb eating plan that my dietician recommends. I’m making it to the gym about twice a week, but I’ve found a plethora of activities to do on my own that are keeping me fit; hiking, treadmill, yard work, swimming, etc. I mostly visit the gym to make sure I do a thorough weight routine twice a week. I feel like I’ve found a healthy balance.
My family is continuing to thrive! My oldest daughter graduates from med school at the end of this month and she and her hubby are expecting their first child. (I’m going to be a Nana!!) My youngest is finding ongoing success at her job, and her fiancé just landed a wonderful position as a documentarian, editor, etc. in his field (perhaps wedding bells are in their future). We’re all heading to the beach after my daughter’s graduation. So, basically, it’s all cool in our pool!
I need to swim on over to my study area and get to work and then head to the gym. I hope everyone is doing well. I plan to peruse some much missed blogs soon!
Have a great weekend everyone!