Time for a mid-year check on my New Year’s Resolutions.  I never actually posted my resolutions for 2017, but I had them jotted down on a scrap of paper and stuffed into a desk drawer.  I came upon them this week and was pleasantly surprised that I’m on track with several of them.

  • Become AdWords certified —  90% done — I am just a few weeks away from completing an Inbound Marketing course which is preparing me for the certification tests for AdWords search and display, shopping and mobile.
  • Complete 200 hour yoga teacher training and become certified — Done!
  • Blog regularly — I just started blogging again and plan on continuing with both this blog and another one I write which is about communications, advertising and media
  • Save money — This resolution is on hold until I get a new job.  Now I am simply trying not to spend money!
  • Apply to TSA Precheck  — Done.  It is easy and a HUGE time and stress saver.  I highly recommend it.

This lead me to my Second Half of 2017 Resolutions —

  • Get a job where I can use my talents and experience to help others
  • Now that I have my yoga teacher certification, I need to start teaching; and so  I’m set a resolution to teach a yoga class. Breaking this into steps to achieve this resolution:
    • Plan out a handful of strong classes
    • Practice regularly
  • Send a letter or card once a week. (This is an old resolution but its worth repeating)
  • Go to the gym 1-2 times a week
  • Visit my (grown) kids (who live far away) every 6 weeks.

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200 Hours

I just finished a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program with a group of really terrific students and teachers.  The classes taught us how to design and lead a creative and safe Vinyasa yoga class.  

We also learned about yoga anatomy and physiology,  breathing and meditation techniques,  as well as the history of yoga and about the different styles we have today–Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga, Kundalini, Yin Yoga and of course Vinyasa.

Even more importantly, I learned a lot about myself.  I learned to be more accepting of things as they are – How to take things in stride; to not obsess over the past or worry about the future.  I am learning to live in ther present moment.  I learned (finally) to forgive a long ago hurt, and I am  learning to let the future unfold as it will without attempting to control every detail.  My new motto is,

Embrace the Uncertainty.

The future is certainly uncertain, and I am enjoying the freedom of letting go of my attempt to control events and giving it up to a higher power, I know that everything will work out not, necessarily as I had planned, but for the best.

 

 

Habits of Mentally Strong People

I saw this graphic and it really hit home.  Lately I have been looking for a new job.  It is a big project and can be very daunting at times, but I must say that I have totally embraced these 18 attitudes and I’m actually enjoying the search!

  • Move on –Let go of the past and focus on what is ahead. That’s what I did; I walked away without dwelling on the whys (the past) and hows (the future), and focused all my attention on the task at hand (the present).
  • Keep control – I do this by taking charge of the project: scanning the job postings, writing and rewriting my resume, and signing up for classes to strengthen my skills.
  • Embrace change—Luckily I look upon change as opportunity not a hardship.
  • Stay happy—Always a good idea to maintain a happy attitude; especially when trying to sell yourself to prospective employers!
  • Be kind — Again, always a good idea to be kind. Remember, “what goes around comes around”
  • Be willing to take calculated risks –All of life is a risk, and the process of looking for a job is no exception. You have to put yourself out there every day .
  • Invest energy in the present—(see #1)
  • Accept full responsibility for past behavior—I’ve learned that no matter what the situation, my attitudes and actions influenced the outcome.
  • Celebrate other people’s success—this goes with #5, being kind. I especially like sending cards or e-mails to people congratulating them on their accomplishments.
  • Be willing to fail—Failure is part of embracing change (#3) and being willing to take calculated risks (#6).
  • Enjoy time along – I think this comes with age and maturity. There was a time when I hated being alone, and busied myself just to avoid solitude.  But now I relish my alone time.  Time to read, to write, to think, and yes, sometimes to nap!
  • Work and succeed on ones own merits – Honestly, who else’s merit would get us to where we want to be?
  • Have staying power/Don’t give up – I am committed to keeping up the task until I achieve a positive outcome.
  • Evaluate and be true to core beliefs—as I go through this process, I am constantly evaluating who I am, what I believe, and how I can tailor my job search to my beliefs. For example, I have seen several job listings for a company that is in an industry I do not support.  While the listings look good, I pass them by.
  • Expend mental energy wisely—I’ve cleared the decks. Everything I work on is related to my job search.  I don’t let distractions pull me away from my goal.
  • Think productively—funny, the more positively and productively I think the more positive and productive I am becoming!
  • Tolerate discomfort—This process is not a comfortable one; sending resumes into the black hole of cyber space, hearing nothing or getting the standard response…”thank you for your interest but at this time….”  The trick is to be able to brush off the negative and keep moving forward (#1)

Crazy Time

Stress is the trash of modern life — we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~Terri Guillemets

How true!  I have been seriously working on keeping my stress level down and not letting it get the best of me.  Working on it, but not always achieving it!  I’m finding that yoga, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and drinking water (and occasionally some wine!) helps a lot.

In this post I want to address sleep.  I’m sure no one is surprised to learn that most adults do not get enough sleep on a nightly basis.   Lack of sleep is a serious problem.  As this chart, developed by the American Psychological Association shows, lack of sleep (less than 8 hours a night), in addition to contributing to poor health, leads to feeling irritable and overwhelmed, loss of motivation, impatience especially with loved ones at home.  and to increased stress*!

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*http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep.aspx

But taking an occasional nap could help lessen the effects of sleep deprivation including reducing stress.  A recent study found that, “napping could restore bio-markers of neuroendocrine and immune health to normal levels”.  This is important in stress reduction as it is the neuroendocrine system that controls the fight or flight response which when activated causes us to feel “stressed out”.

Of course it isn’t always convenient or even possible to sleep 8 hours a night or nap in the afternoon, but it is a goal for which we should strive!

 

*http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/sleep.aspx

2015 Year in Review — What a Year…

Hello blog friends,
Well it’s been quite a year. I haven’t posted here in 6 months and then felt awkward about posting. But with the New Year upon us and 2015 about to be behind us. I tough that the annual Year in Review would be a good exercise for me and a chance to fill you in on my year, as the title of this post says, what a year it’s been…

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A quick overview:
Let’s get right to the issue — In July, I was taken to the emergency room where I was told I had a brain tumor! What?!?! I was totally shocked, and, as you can imagine, in denial!
Well, to make a long story short: they removed it and it wasn’t the worst type. I went through 6 1/2 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, and I am doing fine now. Actually I am feeling great; almost back to my old self!

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? — Besides the whole brain tumor episode, I really didn’t have any new experiences in 2015. But I did go skiing with some girl friends and that is something that I haven’t done is a long, long time. (Not the skiing part, I’ve done that, but the skiing with girlfriends). It was fun and I’m looking forward to a trip or two in 2016.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year? No I was not very good about keeping my resolutions this year. But I will make some for 2015. Stay tuned.

Did anyone close to you give birth? No but sons and daughters of close friends of mine are beginning to have babies, very exciting).

Did anyone close to you die? No, thank God.

What countries did you visit? No foreign countries, but I did travel to Maine, Florida, New Jersey, Virginia and DC to visit friends and family.

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? Perfect health!

What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory? July 15, when I had brain surgery

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Recovering from brain surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. I’d say that’s a big enough achievement for a lifetime!
What was your biggest failure? I really can’t count anything as a failure this year

Did you suffer illness or injury? See the beginning of this post

What was the best thing you bought? I don’t know about the best, but the biggest thing I bought is my new Toyota Rav4.

Whose behavior merited celebration? My friends and family whose love and support were tremendous during my ordeal.

My kids flew up here immediately and frequently;

Gary who was with me throughout the entire process, from initially bringing me to the ER, to dealing with the insurance company, to getting me a great neurosurgeon (within my network), and to getting me settled so I could be close to the hospital for my daily radiation treatments, and not be alone, and finally for being supportive to this day;

And all my friends whose cards, calls and outpouring of support made me feel special and loved.

Where did most of your money go? To doctors and hospitals!

What did you get really, really, really excited about? This sounds trite, but right now I am very excited that my hair is growing back. I lost most of it due t the radiation and the doctor said that there was a 50% chance that it would grow back, so I am very excited to see that it is!

What song will always remind you of 2015? All Your Favorite Bands by Dawes

Compared to this time last year, are you:
• Happier or sadder? — Happier and far more grateful!
• Thinner or fatter? – Thinner but I am working on gaining back the weight I have lost
• Richer or poorer? – Emotionally and spiritually, I am richer, but in terms of liquid assets poorer; however my house is now worth far more than I paid for it, so in terms of overall net worth richer!
What do you wish you’d done more of? Spending time with family especially at the holidays.
What do you wish you’d done less of? Spending time in hospitals, at doctor’s offices, but it was all worth it and all’s well that ends well!

How will you be (or did you) spend Christmas?

I spent a quiet Christmas with Gary,my dad, and his friend, We had a fun time with good food and conversation.
Did you make a new friend this year and/or get closer to a friend or an acquaintance? I feel like I got closer to a lot of my friends as they were so supportive during these past 6 months.

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others? No, sorry, but this year was mostly about me.

What was your favorite TV program? This year I enjoyed Life in Pieces, but my favorite show is Modern Family (new shows or reruns!)

What was the best book you read? The Hidden Garden by Kate Morton, Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Simple, and The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

What did you want and get? A new car.

What did you want and not get? There is nothing tangible that I did not get. I would like to get to spend more time with my kids.

What was your favorite film of this year? The only new movie I saw this year was the James Bond movie, Spectre

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I went out to dinner with Gary for my 56th birthday.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Not having a brain tumor and all that went with that!

What kept you sane? working, friends and family and naps!

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? As the candidates consumed our attention this year, I would say that Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina interested me most.

What political issue stirred you the most? All of them, I have to watch less news!

Who did you miss? My mother – more each day.

Who was the best new person you met this year? Dr Jeffrey Florman, my neurosurgeon at Maine Medical Center.

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015: There are no guarantees…live each day to its fullest. Be grateful for every day.

Quote that sums up your year: ”Keep on Keepin on”

What mystery from 2015 was never solved? How did I get a @#?$*!&! brain tumor??

Did you start any new traditions this year? Let’s hope not!