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Plan Do-More-Feel-Better = Success

Friday, June 8, 2012

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It's been about two months since I told you about my plan to do more and feel better. I decided that the reason I was tired and stressed out was that my life was super boring and not challenging me enough.

The verdict? I feel better!

My three goals were:
1) Sign up for an exercise class.
2) Sign up to volunteer for a non-profit.
3) Launch my job search coaching business.

Having more structure to my life definitely helps me. I will be starting my exercise class this Saturday, and while I really don't relish the thought of doing aerobics at 7:30 in the morning, I know that I will love having an obligation to get out of bed early on Saturday and then having a whole workout done by mid-morning.

I don't mind having late nights once a week for my volunteer organization because 1) the people are awesome and 2) my boss finally agreed to let me work from home once a week, which I do on the day following our meetings. Having weekly research deadlines to meet each week means that no matter what, I feel like I've accomplished something for the week outside of work.

The third new thing I was adding to my schedule is my job search coaching business, and I'm happy to say that that is off and running! If you or anyone you know is looking for a job, please get in touch! My coaching services are customized around my client's needs, whether it's "I just need someone experienced to read over this resume" or "I'm totally panicked and need someone to walk me through the job search process from square one." It's exciting to be doing something I love and know I'm good at that also makes a big difference for the people I work with (which is how my full-time job is, too, when we're not in a weird, everything-is-on-hold state like we are right now).

Church choir has ended for the summer, which is sad but not too sad. I can't go to prayer shawl meetings anymore because of my volunteer meetings, but one of my supervisors started up a lunchtime knitting group once a week, so I will actually be able to turn out more shawls than I was doing knitting once a month.

So life is busy, but good. Mostly I just didn't want to leave you all hanging about whether signing up for things had actually done any good for me, which it has. And I always feel better once the warmer weather comes around! We are going on vacation soon, which I'm very excited about.

How's your life going? Have you checked in on your stress level lately?


  1. YAY! I'm glad things are getting better for you. I know I need to make goals that are similar - I've been feeling really "blah" lately. But, summer is here and while it's my busiest time of year, it's the most fun too. I also got a REALLY FUN part in a play this summer and I can't WAIT to really get into it. I also have been trying to get back into doing yoga everyday. Seriously, I'm soooo out of shape because some of the positions I could do easily I can't do as well anymore. :-/ But I'm also going to try to read my Bible more, and that's working out well because I get myself relaxed, stretched, and focus during yoga, then I just sit on my yoga mat and read my Bible after. It's perfect!

    1. That's awesome that you are in another play this summer! I haven't done theatre in a long time, but I always enjoyed it. Good luck with your plan for more yoga and Bible reading!

  2. I'm so excited about your job search business! I'd love to do something similar one day so definitely keep me posted on how things go!

    1. You can be sure I will be talking about it more in the future! Right now a lot of crazy things are going on so I haven't been promoting it as much as I'd like, but I'm still managing to pick up potential clients here and there :)

  3. I'm glad things are going better for you!

    A major source of stress for me is that we STILL have at least one mouse in our house, after 3 1/2 months of hard work trying to get the mice out! I keep telling myself I am lucky that my partner has done most of the hard work of cleaning out the basement and stuffing concrete into every gap in the walls...but on the other hand, it is so tempting to say he could be doing it faster, could be doing more to figure out what is drawing the mice to various parts of the house and clean up so they won't return there, could bait the traps more consistently...and furthermore, he's been promising to finish fixing the basement walls for 10 years, and the reason I haven't been able to do it or hire it done is that 2/3 of the walls have been blocked by stored items that are his. So I feel very helpless and frustrated. Thanks for letting me vent!

    I had an interesting moment last week, though: There was a spot on our hardwood floor under the door to the basement steps, where a mouse had tried to dig under and, I thought, had permanently scratched the floor. It looked awful and made me feel victimized every time I passed. It also seemed to be getting darker, maybe attracting dirt. I had a sudden impulse to try cleaning it. With just a spritz of floor cleaner and a moment's scrubbing with a paper towel, all the marks came off!!! The floor feels a little rougher there, but the damage is nowhere near as bad as I thought. There's got to be a lesson in this. I think it's that if something is really bothering me, making some effort to address it may pay off more than I think.

    1. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about the mouse/mice in your house! That's gotta be crazy frustrating when you've been trying for months to keep mice out. I hope you find a permanent fix soon!

      That is a great reminder about how sometimes we have more control over a situation that's bothering us than we may think. I've definitely learned that lesson more than once, particularly when Mike has promised to take care of something and hasn't done it, and I finally think, "What can I do that would help/fix the situation?" Sometimes the momentary frustration of dealing with something he's promised to do turns out to be a much better option than walking past it over and over again and feeling irritated every time (which is much easier, but not productive!). We've also had the damage vs. dirty experience with the car before when it seems to be scratched badly and then cleaning it shows that it looked way worse than it is. Glad your floor wasn't damaged as badly as you thought it might be!


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