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Friday, June 22, 2012

So the upside to my getting laid off is that I am really determined to move on with my career in education. While I was teaching, I got my masters in Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). About a month before I got laid off, I decided to go back to school to get my Supervisory Certificate in C&I. Little did I know, it would be a really good decision.

This summer I am managing to take four - yes, FOUR - classes toward my certificate. I just figured out that after this summer, I'll have only two more classes and then my internship and Praxis. HOLY MOLY. I am SO excited. So by this time next year, I will most likely have my Supervisory Certificate in C&I! Just called my mom to tell her that I could add another class this summer and instead of saying "great!" the first thing she says is "can you do all those classes? That's a lot of work." Which is totally typical of my mother. Sheesh. But anyway... *I'm* looking forward to all these classes because I'm really excited about getting this certificate.

Off to move some laundry and take a hot bath.

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COOPSM 6/24/2012 8:22PM

    Love that you are going for things Carrie and not letting this get you down!!! Keep pushing forward!!!

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BILLALEX70 6/23/2012 10:57AM

    One door closes...

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/23/2012 10:26AM

    emoticon work! You CAN do it!

Would you work as a coach? Administrator? Someone in the district office? It is good to move up in education. Those people seem like their jobs are more secure...then again, many of them (at least here) get transferred a lot...

emoticon on moving forward in your education and career!

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MUFFIY831 6/23/2012 8:23AM

    I love your attitude!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/23/2012 7:22AM

    Good for you! What a great way to take advantage of what life has thrown your way!

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GONE2014 6/22/2012 11:45PM

    Such a great attitude! You can do this for YOU!!

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LYNNANN43 6/22/2012 11:17PM

    Way to turn that frown emoticon Upside down! emoticon

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BUBBLEJ1 6/22/2012 11:09PM

    You can handle it :) Congrats on moving forward with your education :)

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EATNBOOGERS 6/22/2012 10:40PM

    Way to go? Supervisory = on the track to become a principal?

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/22/2012 10:27PM

    Good job! Layoffs suck, but they don't have to be negative. Good for you for moving forward with your education!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/22/2012 10:09PM

    That is a great way to spend the time you have! Way to go girl

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/22/2012 10:03PM

    Great idea, great timing, great attitude!

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EMGERBER 6/22/2012 9:56PM

    Way to go, keep moving forward.

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Sweaty mess

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Holy heat.

Hubs and I don't have AC in our house, so yesterday we spent almost all day sitting on the couch reading and drinking water. Same thing again today, so I opted to skip my run this morning - nothing is more awful than coming in from a run, showering, and still sweating. And no AC to cool off.

This afternoon I'm headed down to my mom's house - I'll get in a run tomorrow morning. Just a little one, because on Saturday I have my long run scheduled.

It actually feels pretty good to be kind of lazy - I have gotten lots done over the last week, so I don't feel like a total slacker.

- lots of water
- enjoy the time at mom's while keeping nutrition in the back of my head

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/21/2012 6:14PM

    No A/C at my place either. Too bad fat doesn't melt off!

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SEPPIESUSAN 6/21/2012 1:00PM

    I've been feeling pretty lazy too. I went to the gym yesterday, but it was almost unbearably hot there! How do they get away with that...anyway, just sitting here now with a homemade iced coffee in front of my window unit A/C... stay cool!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/21/2012 12:51PM

    emoticonWhew! Sounds brutal. Good job staying cool and drinking water. emoticon

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CFMOSS 6/21/2012 11:23AM

    I've gotten up early the past two mornings to walk and I'm covered in a layer of sweat, just walking and it's only 7:30 in the morning. Cooler weather coming.

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TORTUETOO 6/21/2012 10:45AM

    Oh my gosh, I don't think I could have survived the past three days here without AC. You're a tough cookie! Hopefully it will cool off soon! Also, I think you deserve a lazy day - you've been a busy bee! Enjoy it :)

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CASSIOEPIA 6/21/2012 10:21AM

    One of the suggestions in our SparkLive! class this week is to run through sprinklers. LOL

Lots of water - hope your long run goes well this weekend.

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EATNBOOGERS 6/21/2012 10:03AM

    We're lucky that it's so dry here.... we have a swamp cooler (but rarely have to use it), and my mom has AC.

Take a suggestion from the kids: go swimming, or run through a sprinkler. Seriously. ;-)

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Monday, June 18, 2012

It's been a crazy couple of weeks, but somehow I've managed to stay pretty calm through it all. I've been crossing stuff off the to-do list, kept up with my fitness, and haven't broken down and ordered Chinese food in a moment of weakness. My running miles have increased, and my times have improved.

Tomorrow hubs has a day off - we're going to run some errands, go through some house stuff, and have some good meals together. In the morning I'm scheduled for a run - I have a wonderful little route right by my house. Four miles: downhill for two, turn around at the post office, and uphill to come home. I think the hill running is really good for me. On Saturday morning I did a longer run (6 miles) on a flat trail, and I was really happy with my time.

It's time for a hot bath... I need to relax before bed.

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EATNBOOGERS 6/19/2012 11:32AM

    Good for you! Your attitude is inspiring.

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COOPSM 6/19/2012 7:48AM

    Love that you are not letting this get you down!!! Enjoy that run today and the day with hubby!!!

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CFMOSS 6/19/2012 7:02AM

    Glad for the good things going on for you; helps to get around the elephant hiding under the carpet - prayers that it will resolve and perhaps the budget will be better than expected. Anyway, you are worth treating well whether that be a good time on a long flat run or a good time on a shorter hillier run or Chinese food. Blessings on your day.

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/19/2012 12:05AM

    Great job with your running and staying active. emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/18/2012 10:49PM

    Sounds like a great day. Enjoy!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

I knew today was going to be a good day because I managed to sleep in until almost 8:00. The woodpecker didn't wake me up, and the neighbor's dogs weren't barking and baroo-ing.

Today was a scheduled rest day. I wasn't sure how my body was going to feel after doing six miles on Saturday (I haven't done 6 miles in over two years!) but it felt great! Knees are happy, hips are happy, calves are happy... I can't tell you how good it feels to finally feel like I can push my mileage! Yay! On today's rest day I:

- finished mulching the front garden
- painted our downstairs bathroom
- talked to my dad about babysitting our piano while the new carpeting goes in and we try to sell the house

Yes, I did type "sell the house." Most of you have read that from me so many times it's probably getting to be like the boy who cried wolf. Up until now, we haven't really had a real reason to move... I mean, we both want to live in a city, but we were doing well up here, so no real rush.

But that all changed when I got laid off. There are just about NO positions in education where we are right now - this means that right now it would be about impossible for me to find a job around here. We wrote up a list of things we need to do, and we're doing them! Painting the bathrooms, getting new carpeting, talking to our realtor... I think that the silver lining around my furloughing is that it is the kick in the butt we needed to really deal with this house.

Sigh... so much to do! Tomorrow is another day.

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MUFFIY831 6/18/2012 2:24PM

    Here's to new beginnings in fun places! Cheers!

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TIGGER622 6/18/2012 9:08AM

    Awesome plan!!! So exciting!!! And a great run to top it off, things are good!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 6/17/2012 11:57PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Any ideas about where you want to go from here as far as a job goes?

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EATNBOOGERS 6/17/2012 10:16PM

    Wow.... it sounds like you are going to make lemonade from lemons. I really do hope that this leads to you living where you want to live.

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More than pounding the pavement.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

One of my very favorite times of the day is in the morning, when I have on my running gear and there's just enough chill in the air to throw on a cozy sweatshirt before I get out on the road. It's at this time where I feel the most reflective and most able to set goals for the day.

Earlier this week I was writing in my journal - I was feeling a little sad about my job - but not for the "losing it" reason. Instead, I felt as if I had lost a little part of my identity. I expressed this to one of my friends last week and he said "you are the same person you were yesterday." Good advice and i think of it often.

But as I wrote in my journal, I discovered that there is another part of my identity - one just as big, if not bigger, and certainly just as important. And this one, nobody can take away from me.

That's my identity as a runner. As a triathlete. As someone who works on her wellness. This immediately gave me a sense of calm. No matter how bad things get, *that* is the part of me that can't be taken away. It felt really good to know that I *hadn't* lost all my identity.

So running has really kind of saved me - if this would have happened just three or four years ago, I don't know that I would have been able to handle it half as well as I'm handling it now. I'm looking at bigger and better opportunities, and I continue to train for, and sign up for events (my next triathlon is in July!).

The whole of me is bigger than just my job... and if it took losing my job to realize that? Well, I'd call that a really good life lesson.

Now excuse me, but I'm off to run.

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COOPSM 6/16/2012 11:53PM

    Love it!!!

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BOBBYD31 6/14/2012 8:49PM

    love it carrie!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/14/2012 1:03PM

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RUNNINGWILD 6/14/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon You rock lady!

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STLCARDSFANS05 6/14/2012 8:51AM

    amen spark sister!

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EATNBOOGERS 6/14/2012 8:37AM

    Woo hoo, girl!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/14/2012 7:41AM

    That is how I felt when I lost my job but truly it wasn't who I was at all. I am happy you discovered who you really are as well. The right job is out there for both of us! Keep up the good work!

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CFMOSS 6/14/2012 7:30AM

    Enjoy the run - it's a beautiful crisp morning in western PA too.

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MUFFIY831 6/14/2012 7:24AM

    Sorry to hear about your job, but *LOVE* the attitude. I find myself reflecting on life during morning runs, too, and agree you can't beat the clarity that comes when you spend time with just your brain and the pavement. Hang in there.

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