I have been away for way too long.
I got a full time job working with teenagers who have been court ordered to live in this facility for 4-12 months. I thought it would be a great idea for me to do this because I am completing my Master’s in counseling and “thought” that I wanted to work as a juvenile detention officer. My mind has been transformed. I no longer wish to work with teenagers. We got along.I liked them and they liked me but I don’t think I could mentally handle it. Teenagers are so cruel. Not only are they cruel, but they laugh about calling people stupid and think it is great that they are bullies. They don’t get it and that is okay. They are young I have to forgive them for they know not what they are doing, saying, thinking, etc. I did find out that I did have more patience than I ever imagined. I was forgiving…in shorter times than I was used to.
I recently quit my job. I had a hard time juggling school, yard work, and family. I never saw Jason except on Saturdays and Sundays. The weekends usually flew by and we usually had plans which created this rushed weekend where I did not experience what it was like to simply relax and rejuvenate for the next week. I do not regret my choice of quitting. I kind of miss the paychecks but I will look for something part time. I have even played with the thought of being a part-time nail tech once again. My license are up to date and I do enjoy doing nails. I enjoy talking to people, laughing with people, hearing about the individual’s achievements or perhaps listening to their heart felt stories of how they wish things would get better. I always liked to empower people with some encouraging words or just making people laugh. Those gifts are instilled inside of me, so why not bless others with some encouragement?
I enjoyed my time where I worked. I worked with some great people. I learned things about myself that I did not know about myself. I found out that I could handle being called horrible names on a daily basis. I could handle it when kids wished I would drive my car off a cliff, or when they said they were going to pray that I would die. I handled their crappy music for 6 months (it is not even music….I don’t know what they call it). I only liked one song by Sean Paul and Sia. The rest of it was death to my ears. I did get “Employee of the Month” during my first 3 months there so I guess that was okay.
I have had a lot of time to clean house (shampoo carpets, clean out the garage, clean out the workshop, and get the barn ready for winter). I have to admit, I love being home. I used to love going to visit family and friends but as time has gone by and I have gotten older, I feel at ease with being home and hanging out with my Mom and Jason. I love going to bed at a decent hour and not climbing in bed after midnight. I am a firm believer in letting your liver work near 10 o’clock. I like the feeling of getting up early and getting stuff done. I detest sleeping after 8 or 9 am.
My plans now are to find a practicum site for my Masters. I called the school today and found out that I may have to take a semester off because of my scheduling and financial aid issues. I look at it as a time I can study for the comprehensive exam and the integrative exam. I am also taking the certified Biblical Health Coach program through Beyond Organic University. I am really wanting to find a place to do PraiseMoves because I miss it and I know it helps people. My goal is to get my Masters and work with individuals who battle obesity. I plan on going to Pittsburgh next year and taking the Beck Diet Solution class which will help my future clients. I have a few things I am planning for. I don’t have the “big picture” yet but I will continue to pray and see where God leads me. I know He out this passion of health and fitness in me. I just have to pray for how I am going to utilize all the stuff to be a blessing to others.
I have also been doing the DietBet challenge hosted by Tony Horton. The jackpot is over 80 grand and you have to lose 4% of your body weight…then those who complete that task, share the pot. I have lost about 2 pounds this week. My challenge is not getting off track and to be consistent to push myself the way I did when I was losing weight before. I am going to keep pushing. I know I can do this. I did it before.
So now…I am getting ready for bed. It is glad to be back and I will get some stuff updated in the next few days to weeks.
Have fun everyone!!