Monday, August 20, 2012

Checking in

Whew! It has been busy. I start my second semester of grad school, after a very good first semester. I have a few days to rest before it all starts again!

We bought a new car this weekend. We traded in David's Escape for a Honda CRV, and so far we love it! It's an SUV that feels like a luxury car. So enough big purchases for us right now. We're about to pay off some credit cards, and that will be a relief, too. Things feel like they're coming together! I start my new position on September 4th and I can hardly wait! I've been so unhappy in my current role, so the promotion is a welcome change!

Hope all my friends are well! Love to each of you!

Monday, August 06, 2012

Trying to Get Out of the Tornado

That's what it's like these days...a tornado.  I'm supposed to be writing a paper right now, but I can't seem to make it happen, so I am trying to get my writing juices flowing here first.  Finals are Tuesday and Wednesday this week...and I am so stressed!  I have almost made it through my first semester of grad school...and it's HARD!  But it's good.  I'm learning a lot.  And I have a lot to learn still.  But it's all good.  I do wish I had taken the summer off, but it is what it is at this point.  No rest for the weary!

Work is difficult right now.  I've been unhappy for quite some time, but I really need to power through.  I don't enjoy my job, and there is little that I leave feeling good about every day.  But I know I am working toward something much bigger than is truly a means to an end.  I have interviewed for another position within the company, and I think a new set of challenges will be good for me.  I'm not sure when I will hear, but I know if it's meant to be it will work out.  My interview was really good, and I have a lot of people praying for me on this.  I'm just going to keep putting one step in front of the other and placing my trust in God on this one.

I am lucky to have a strong support system.  I know I have been moody and stressed with all the school and work stuff, but I'm trying to take a deep breath!  After this week I'll have 12 days until the fall semester begins.  I wish I had more time, but I will be making the most of those 12 days...relaxing and reading for pleasure!

In other news, I have kept my 80 pounds off, but I've been at a plateau since the beginning of the year.  I started a clean eating plan today, and I am looking forward to feeling more energetic.  I think it will help me combat stress better, too.  I bought an organizer, and I'm going to start scheduling my workouts to ensure that I make more time for me to do some healthy things.  Sometimes when I feel worn down I just adopt some slug-like behaviors...not what I need!  So I am going to do better at scheduling exercise as my Me-Time.  I think that will really help!

I hope you are all well!  I am really going to try and do better about blogging.  It's therapeutic for me, and hopefully relatively interesting for you!  Hugs!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

So much has happened!

I can't believe time has flown! I have finally graduated with my bachelors degree in psychology and started my masters work on counseling! I turned 40 a few days ago, and was surrounded by my closest was really perfect! My BFF has moved back from Oklahoma, so we get to spend time together often, which makes me very happy! So I'd say overall, life is really great! I'm heading to Denver for a wedding as I write this, so I'll keep it brief and will post pictures soon.

Oh yeah, I'm down 80 pounds! How about that? :-)

Monday, April 02, 2012


So my BFF got a clean bill of health! No cancer...thank God! I drove up to spend time with her this past weekend and it was a wonderful 24 hours together. I'm going back later this month...I just miss her when we're not together!

Graduation is getting closer! May 12...I wish it was already here! Announcements and class ring have been ordered and I have my cap and gown. I just have to make it through another month of classes...I can do this!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Tonight I find myself afraid. I'm not really afraid of much. But my best friend, my sister in my heart...she finds out tomorrow if she has breast cancer. And I'm scared. I've played out all the scenarios in my head...the good, the bad, and the incredibly ugly. And I'm afraid.

Waiting is hard for me. What is it like for her? She has a husband and three very young children. And her mother is deceased so she can't run to her mother. (thank God my mother thinks of her as her other daughter!). But she must be a million times more afraid than I am.

But as scared as she and I are, we are strong. And brave. And headstrong. Neither of us takes no for an answer. I think this will work in her favor. Because even if it is the dreaded C word, we're fighting the hell out of this. And we'll win. And I will never miss an opportunity to do a Race for the Cure. Because I will run next to the bravest survivor I know.

And that's a fact.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy new year!

70 pounds down now! I'd say that's a good start! Still plugging away at school but I graduate in May and I'm really excited about that!

Job? It still sucks. But it's a means to an end. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter!!!