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English: New Year's Resolutions postcard

Wow y’all! I had not even realized I have not been on here since May! Far too long to be absent!

As the new year rolls in, many of us reflect over the last year and consider what we want to change in the year to come. I do not make New Year’s resolutions, so to speak, but I do consider what I want to do in the coming year. Normally, the result is the same as those making resolutions though. It just doesn’t stick or gets forgotten.

Let’s consider the statistics on resolution making for a moment. Statistic Brain helped me find a nice list of statistics for this topic from the 2012 resolution reports.

The top ten New Year’s resolutions from 2012 included: (more…)

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Hey all. Yes, it has been awhile. I haven’t forgotten my blogging duties, but merely have had to put them on hold. I am taking a quick break now from studying to give a brief update. Can I just say wow!

So, note one…when taking an extended break from school, it is wise to re-enter the virtual class environment with an exciting class. When your academic adviser says “your first class is Accounting in a Health Care Environment” and you get that little twinge that says “make her change it!”, listen!!! I do love furthering my education and growing intellectually; however, re-entry into school after a 6-month leave should involve a class with a much higher excitement level.

Note two…I am a HUGE procrastinator! I know this about myself and accountingis fueling my procrastination flaw like you wouldn’t believe! I started off great, worked ahead and was doing awesome! Then, I fell out with boredom. I like doing the accounting work, but studying theory is killing me! At this point, I am willing to let just about any excuse pop up and hold me back from studying until that day the school week closes out and everything is due (ie. I am blogging now instead of finishing those last 8-pages on budgeting).

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Procrastination (Photo credit: Emilie Ogez)

Note three…Scheduling out my week has become a must! With school, the gym, work, kids, and my refusal to let go of all social activities, I must really start budgeting (see, I am picking up something from this class) my time wisely. I really need to sit down in the coming week and start looking out how to really fit everything in, including sleep (which I have not been getting enough of). I guess I will have to pencil in some time somewhere in my schedule for scheduling life.

Note four…Forget all this craziness about accounting, how about life! Wow! What a ride this month has been. I have been working to integrate into my new position at work. I am getting faster at my new tasks and have trained my junior on many of my old tasks. I am still learning much day by day and feel I am making progress. I am working to convert fully to my e-cigarette due to my joining a gym that makes me run every visit. Speaking of the gym, CrossFit is so totally cool y’all (I added a few links at the bottom that WordPress recommended). I cannot wait to have more time to fill y’all in on exactly what it is and what I have been learning. I think this week I get to meet with the owner (also a nutritionist) to go over my food plan and goals. I am totally excited. Other activities have included Spring Fling at my young one’s school, cook out and pool days with friends, fewer bar nights (but still there because you just got to have a nice drink and relax sometimes), and seeing a few friends I hadn’t in a bit. Life has just been crazy!

Hope everyone out there following is doing well and hope to catch up again soon! Guess life isn’t so idle anymore :)

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Ok. So very quick update as I still have a paper to write that’s due tonight. No, no, I swear I’m not a procrastinator! Well, maybe I am a little!

Started Crossfit boot camp tonight; and although I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow, I’m wondering if my body will feel the same come morning. Tonight was all about dead lifts and I swear everything involves squats. We used the weighted bar, kettle balls, and just for fun threw in some crazy medicine ball move. Sometime this week I will write up something on what Crossfit is for any of you who haven’t heard about it. For now, it’s time to write a kick butt paper. Have a good night all :)

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Oh my goodness y’all! I definitely figured out how to get out of the idle rut that started this blog! I can definitely say I am on my way to things being fantastic :)

I often refer to the various areas of my life I’m working on. Currently, several areas of my life are seeing major improvement. My career and finances, due to my recent promotion, are in an upswing. I started back to class last week, so education is moving in a positive direction. I’m working on personal relationships that were previously in a decline and are now steadily improving. Then, this morning, I did something to improve my health.

This morning’s new adventure found me at Crossfit. Crossfit is an intense athletic training program. I just did the test drive today; but holy crap was it intense!

The warm up alone consisted of 10 each squats, push ups, pull ups, sit ups, back extensions, and tri raises. Then the mini workout included a 500 meter row, 30 squats, 20 sit ups, 10 push ups, and 5 pull ups.

I start a two week boot camp Monday. I’m both excited and a tad scared! Wish me luck y’all and I’ll be checking in soon!

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What is an e-cigarette and can they help me quit smoking? Are they safe for me? Those are the questions I am looking to answer. Having been a bit stressed lately, I have been smoking more than a pack of cigarettes per day. Once I realized what I was doing and how much I was spending, I realized something had to give. At that rate, quitting cold turkey is not an option. So, e-cigarettes, here I come. I have already made the switch, so I guess it is time to do my research.

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I know I have talked about my Wheel of Life Tree and how I am using it to work on myself, so I figured I would talk a bit about the health and fitness part of my plan. I want to give a little back story, outline my goals, and use this as a platform to keep myself motivated. As long as I am blogging, I am probably better served if I am also getting motivation out of it as well ;)

Okay, here it goes, the about me part. I have been a very unhealthy girl in the past who thought or did little with regards to changing my unhealthy ways. At one time, I weighed nearly 230 lbs, which was definitely not a good thing on my 5’5″ frame. I had had two children and blamed my weight on baby weight gain. I forget to add in the fried foods, fast foods, and other generally unhealthy stuff in my diet. I am not saying I didn’t eat fruits and veggies; however, there was no focus on nutrition what-so-ever. There was no focus on exercise either. Add to that cigarettes and occasional alcohol and, well, you get my point, I was in sad shape.

Luckily, I was in my 20′s and had time to implement change if only I could see change was necessary. I had no thought of change back then. Sure, I did all of the fad diets, but didn’t have the strength to stick to anything. I would always revert back to my old ways.

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I have figured out I have done nothing with the information I learned and talked about in my previous post Wheel of Life Tree, Part 1. I actually went back and reworked my Wheel of Life and found I am less happy in those aspects of my life than I was when I started. Needless to say, I have been slipping in working on the things I wanted to get busy on in my life. I started focusing on the wrong things the last month, such as going out with the girls a bit too often, and forgot that I had goals.

Today, I am reworking my goals. I am starting still with Home/Physical Environment and Health/Fitness. I do have a start on my Growth/Learning area of my Wheel of Life. I just paid off a debt to my school so I can resume classes once again once all of the paperwork has been handled. I only have five classes left to finish my Masters Degree, so I am completely excited about this move.

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I started writing today’s blog about Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, but I decided to leave that for another night. I had a phone conversation with a good friend that really got me thinking about some things and I felt the need to write about them. I am thinking tonight about changes.

We know often people change throughout life and often people have a tendency to see change as a bad thing; but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing all too often. Sometimes change can start as something bad, but end up as something good. I think what I mean to say here is it all depends on what you do with change and how you interpret it.

For instance, I have been going through many changes lately. I started writing this blog, which is a huge change in my life. This has been a very positive experience for me. I really enjoy getting sharing my perspective and creative energy with others. Some people may love what I have written and some may hate something I have written; but either way, I have an opportunity to make someone feel something or maybe get them thinking in a way they hadn’t before reading what I have written. That, in itself is an amazing opportunity.

Another change that has recently taken place personally is I have started developing more of a life. Granted, I realize I have been going in a direction I had not intended. I have been overindulging in developing a night life and have been going out far too often lately. Something I plan to change and cut back on. I need to balance more and look at my Wheel of Life Tree a bit more to engage with that balance. However, I have learned some pretty important things in the process of developing a night life. I have met some very interesting people, aside from the creeps and losers of course, that made me think about various perspectives in different ways. Some have made me appreciate my own life much more and some have made me want to strive to be able to give off as much positive energy as they gave me.

For instance, last night, I met someone who just oozed positive energy and you could feel it throughout the entire table. Someone who can infect an entire group with that much positive energy is definitely a rare gem in the world and worth knowing if even for a few hours. However, I hope I am lucky enough to cross paths with such a person more often because there is definitely an important lesson to learn from such an individual.

Most importantly, change is important. Whether good or bad, there are lessons to be learned through even the smallest change. What is important is realizing there are lessons presenting themselves to further develop you as an individual. That’s my two cents for the evening.

How has change impacted you? How has a positive change affected you? How has a negative change turned positive or influenced you? Just things to think about. You can comment and share if you would like.

Consider the two following quotes regarding change for a moment:

“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are with what you can become.” – Unknown

Now go and make a positive impact in someone’s life, start a positive change in a new way. Night all.

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When I first started reading the self-coaching book, exercise one was all about the Wheel of Life tree. The concept is you rate 8-10 various areas of your life (Home/Physical Environment, Partner/Love/Relationship, Money/Finance are all good examples) on a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 with a 1 meaning overall not happy and the 5 or 10 meaning happy and satisfied.

The Wheel of Life Tree is all about putting balance back into your life. It is an overview or snapshot of what in your life is either off balance or needs more attention. There is a great interactive Wheel of Life at the following site http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_93.htm.

I was surprised when I completed my wheel of life tree and found I was very unhappy with many areas of my life. So I started making a plan for improvement in the areas easier to control, such as home/physical environment and health/fitness. Those areas I have the most control over and can most easily remedy. From there I will start tackling the more difficult areas, such as money/finance. I have noticed since completing my wheel of life tree, I am more focused on my life and what direction I want to go. I am satisfied in the knowledge I can work through each of these areas.

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