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That moment when you realize you were not invited...

Sunday, March 09, 2014

A little background...I as laid off in June..in fact...my job was cut. No reason as to why...just...you no longer teach here. The school district was filled with serious financial woes. It was a small a school and I have stayed "friends" with my fellow teachers on Facebook, however, today, I stumbled upon a picture of a fellow teacher's baby shower. Yep...I was not invited. I have been hanging on to these "friends" I think for validation that I was liked there and they miss me. Guess not.

***Failed to mention that we are not all working in that building anymore. We are all spread out. Out of the eight people in the picture, only two work there now.

Everyone was in that picture...but me. I strangely hurts a lot. I need to move forward and keeping contact with these people is hurting me. I need to go and unfriend them but feel like I can't. I feel like I am this secret awful person and I don't know it. Then I feel, "why don't they like me?". It was a very lonely job last year. God moved me to a new school district where my talents are valued. It is a perfect fit. I need to move on. I think it is part of my "fat" mentality now...

So...that moment that I realized I was not invited...should be a powerful movement...I exercised a bit and am going to end contacts with them. They don' search me out and won't even notice...but I notice and that is unhealthy.

So here goes...



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VONBLACKBIRD 3/10/2014 3:22PM

    Good for you. Always surround yourself with people who treat you good. I have a few good friends and cherish those and then have some who are just friendly acquaintances. I have many of those on FB but don't go out of my way to chat or read what they post..just my good friends I keep up with. Sorry that this happened and you now will be a stronger person for it.

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PUPPYWHISPERS 3/10/2014 10:25AM

    Please don't let this hurt you. It seems to me that it is their loss, not yours. As you said, you are in a school district where you are valued. I'm certain that you have made friends there, and they value you, as we do here. So don't spend one more minute on those others. I would happily count you as my friend. emoticon

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BARB4HEALTH 3/10/2014 7:32AM

    emoticon I know how you feel. My youngest brother's first grand baby had his one year old birthday party yesterday. DH sister stopped by on her way home and wondered why we weren't there. We were not invited. Didn't know a thing about it. Guess my daughter-in-law was invited, but we weren't. But it's OK. Hurt at first, but there is always a reason for such things. Have a great day!

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CATLOVER110 3/10/2014 2:49AM

    Sorry they hurt you. It sounds like you have the right attitude to get over it, though!

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BLONDE2B 3/10/2014 12:02AM

    I know you say that they don't all work in the same school now, but were any of the others let go? Sometimes people just feel uncomfortable in that sort of situation - you were let go, they got to keep their jobs - and so, rather than being a true friend and risk saying something wrong, then just avoid you.

I think you are right to 'unfriend' them. You need to surround yourself with people that help to make you feel good about yourself. You deserve that, because you are a wonderful person.

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    Sorry for the hurt, but you are right, time to let them go. It will be very freeing for you!

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MOM2ACAT 3/9/2014 5:38PM

    emoticon I'm so sorry.

I think it is wise to let them go, and remember, it's not you, it's them! You didn't do anything wrong, and it's their loss if they aren't reaching out to you. I had to leave a job of 17 years, 5 years ago, because of my health, so I know what it feels like to be excluded by former coworkers for things like that.

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    Hugs...I'm sorry you were hurt sweetie.

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2LABS2LOVE 3/9/2014 4:36PM

    Oh..what I failed to say was that...we all work in different schools now...that is why it hurt. Only two of the eight invited work in that school. The girl whose baby shower it was...does not work there, either did most of the others. We are all spread out now.

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SHELTIE2013 3/9/2014 4:12PM

    emoticon I don't think people mean to hurt you it is just when they arrange a lot of these events it is around work and with you not being in the same school they just haven't thought xxx

Good luck on your journey to a healthy body and mind xxx

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JEEPGIRL150 3/9/2014 4:02PM

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Motivational "words" needed

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I need a new sparkname. My beloved labs have crossed the rainbow bridge and it might be time to change.

First, anyone change sparknames and then wish you haven't? Any unforeseen problems with that?

Ok...then, I would like to make a list of "motivational" words dealing with fitness and exercise and health to help come up with a new name. Just shout emoticon out some words....


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VONBLACKBIRD 2/19/2014 5:00PM

    Yes I changed my name from when I first started here and am happy with it.

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GAYLLYNNE 2/19/2014 7:09AM

    I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much this hurts. I am at a loss as to why you want to change your name. You still love them, even if they aren't here. They can still be your motivation. I hope they area playing with my guys on the other side of that bridge.

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CAKAROO 2/19/2014 5:34AM

    sorry for the loss of your labs!

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STILLWATERSSB 2/19/2014 12:34AM

    Hard to become someone new but isn't that the purpose of the journey? Not to become we aren't but all we can be.

Not sure how my brain juices work after midnight but these are some I thought of:


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WYOBZM 2/18/2014 9:30PM

    You could do 2kids2love since your focus really has shifted to your precious children.
It will hard hard to think of you as any other name but I guess it is fun trying to figure out a new one.

Good Luck. Make sure you let us know when you change though. I would hate to lose you as a SPARK friend! emoticon emoticon

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JENSHAINES 2/18/2014 8:25PM

    Awwww.... so sorry about your Nitro and other lab. They are such wonderful dogs!

Here's some inspiring words - healthy, fit, energized, determined, balanced, strong, sexy, .... ack... brain dying. (um, the last two weren't motivational).

Huge hugs!

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2LABS2LOVE 2/18/2014 6:58PM

    oh you are all so sweet. Thank you. I am still grieving over my loss boy, Nitro.

I bet I would not like to change my name...but we are planning on getting a new dog in the fall...a beagle. We need something smaller.

I guess...2labs that I have loved with all my heart...is a good fit for me.

Thank you! emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 2/18/2014 6:20PM

    emoticon I'm so sorry for the loss of your labs.

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    Oh sweetie....you will know when it's time but the truth is you will always love them.

That said, I was lovlbbskts for a long time (sold Longaberger baskets) and then I swithed to the new persona I was aspiring to become and now I am pretty much branded as that across the web.

Take time my friend.... emoticon

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    Oh sweetie....you will know when it's time but the truth is you will always love them.

That said, I was lovlbbskts for a long time (sold Longaberger baskets) and then I swithed to the new persona I was aspiring to become and now I am pretty much branded as that across the web.

Take time my friend.... emoticon

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PCOH051610 2/18/2014 5:53PM


First of all, I'm so sorry to hear that both of your beloved Labs have crossed the Rainbow Bridge. emoticon

Ask yourself why you want to change your SparkName. Is it to start over, motivate you, weed out SparkFriends? My SparkName is actually in memory of my dog - it serves as a daily reminder to live life like a dog - in the moment.



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Smart goals

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I want to make my Smart goals simple, and thus easier to achieve:

1) To exercise 5 days a week for 20 minutes (minimum), which is our BLC 12 week streak. I want to do this. emoticon

2) Take my multi-vitamin each day. I need this due to my iron always being low. I feel better taking it. A simple fix but one I don't always do.

3) Drink my water! emoticon Something else so simple...

Yes, I want to lose weight and get into the 120's, but I need to feel better too.

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JOANNKW 2/10/2014 6:16PM

    So how go the goals? I'm not doing too well on mine, alas!

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WYOBZM 1/23/2014 8:33AM

    emoticon You sound determined. Stay SMART!! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 1/20/2014 4:54PM

    great goals.

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LITTLK 1/19/2014 10:49PM

    Excellent goals! These are all things you WILL accomplish. You are going to have a successful 12 weeks.

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JENSHAINES 1/19/2014 8:13PM

    These are very doable goals! I kept things very simple this round, too. Hope you're doing well!

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DMEYER4 1/19/2014 7:08PM

  great goals which are obtainable. keep up the good work

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LJOYCE55 1/19/2014 7:05PM

  Your dog on your background is beautiful. I think your goals are SMART.

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Waiting for the phone call about new job....

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

emoticon As many of you know, I was laid off from my teaching job this past June. I was supposed to receive tenure this fall. Today, they closed my email account at school. The final sign that God has closed that door. It actually stings to have that happen.

However, I did go on a job interview yesterday for a teaching job in a middle school. I have been missing middle school since I left it in 2007 to raise my son (he was sick...bad day care).

I am so nervous about this job. I had no idea that it meant so much to me until I was sitting there with lovely teachers trying my best to interview for this job. In my nervousness, I was talking too much. But...I was honest and direct and likeable (or at least I thought so).

So...I wait for that phone call. I wait for that new chance. God please open the door again for me.

Please pray for peace and that phone call! I will keep my spark family posted.

I did not tell my real family as I did not want to get their hopes up. I am praying to be able to surprise them with good news!

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STESSOUTCHICK2 11/4/2013 4:24PM


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2LABS2LOVE 8/8/2013 9:29PM

    I did not get this job. Not giving up. Thanks!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 8/7/2013 10:29PM

    Will be praying for you. God opens the door when the time is right. Keep your faith. emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/13/2013 1:15PM

    As a retired teacher I feel for you. I loved teaching and my retirement was medical problems that couldn't be resolved. I was older teacher with a lot of experience and Masters so they really were trying to get rid of me to hire a cheaper paid teacher. They replaced me with teachers aide. It hurts. I feel your pain.

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ZANNACHAN 7/12/2013 9:18PM

    Keeping my fingers crossed!!!! I'm sure you rocked the interview.

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PRIZM96 7/12/2013 4:32PM

    emoticon Christie! And much love to you! You know you continue to be in my prayers.

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STRONGCOURAGE 7/10/2013 11:31AM

    May the best happen for you & your family! :)

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OWL_20 7/10/2013 10:49AM

    Good luck, fingers and toes crossed. Sending you good vibes! emoticon emoticon

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2LABS2LOVE 7/10/2013 10:45AM

    No news yet...but will keep you posted! emoticon

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 7/10/2013 10:31AM

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CAKAROO 7/10/2013 6:17AM

    good luck!!

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LRSILVER 7/10/2013 5:10AM

    Good luck.

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JEEPGIRL150 7/9/2013 11:57PM

    All of my fingers and toes are crossed hoping you get the job! Either way you are emoticon

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FITLIKENIC 7/9/2013 11:00PM

    emoticon Praying for the phone to ring with GOOD news!

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JERSEYGIRL24 7/9/2013 10:51PM

    Love and prayers coming your way. As you know, I've been in your shoes, and I understand not wanting to disappoint the family. I also understand how it stings to have your email account closed. I was laid off from a job once (as a contractor it happens a lot, but this was a full time job that I thought would carry me into retirement), and my email was closed by the time I got back to my desk. Boy did that hurt.

Do keep us posted!!!

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THE_TIME_IS_NOW 7/9/2013 10:48PM

    Prayers being said for u Christie

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BLOOIZEANGEL 7/9/2013 10:33PM

    Keep us posted. Prayers coming your way.

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JEN-MN 7/9/2013 4:50PM

    Best to you!! I was laid off last year while out on maternity leave. Actually it was 5:00pm on the Friday before I was to return to work, via phone. After four years there.
Such adventures!

I know what it is to be out of work... but I've also had the opportunity to be home with my three monkeys, and otherwise this time would have all passed by just the same, just with most of their time in daycare.

So, I guess to say... look for the silver lining, yadda yadda platitude... and x'ing fingers for that phone call for you!
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SUETINGE 7/9/2013 4:40PM

    Will definitely say a prayer for you.

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CATLOVER110 7/9/2013 4:23PM

    Oh, I hope you get the job! Good luck!

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SATCHMO99 7/9/2013 4:20PM

    Praying with you that you get the phone call and can give your family good news.

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Are you a medical assistant? I need advice

Monday, July 01, 2013

I have completed my 18th year of teaching and with this lay off, I want to go into a new direction. I was thinking about being a medical assistant. My only concern is that I need to be trained in the field and it does need to pay for day care...I paid out 1000 a month. So...my Sparkpeople medical assistants...please give me advice about your career.


I have taken biology classes but that was years and years ago.

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2LABS2LOVE 7/1/2013 1:44PM

Thanks! I am trying to find where I am supposed to go career wise. The teaching door is locked shut. For now...home with my little girl.

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DOROTHYBERO 7/1/2013 12:12PM

    I hope you fine the anwers you are seeking!

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NANCYPAT1 7/1/2013 11:33AM

    I wish I could help you - checked the blog out just because it caught my eye - Will say a pray for you to find your answers and the support you need.

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