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Cleaning out...?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Every week I organize more and more of my teaching stuff. Each time I go through it, I find something else that I'm ready to let go of. I'm not getting rid of EVERYthing, but there are lots of books I have that I never used in my six years of teaching. I've just been holding onto them "just in case" and haven't ever used them.

So letting go of them is like clearing out the old to bring in the new. I have a potentially very exciting opportunity to kind of reinvent myself! I can kind of make a new identity. It's a little scary, but it's also very liberating. I am going through some books and some old papers; magazine articles that I have had in binders for years... songbooks I've been hauling around with me... I'm actually really enjoying this process.

At the gym this morning, I talked with one of the girls in my swim class. She said to me that getting laid off was a great opportunity to reinvent myself... I think that's why I'm so hung-ho about this today. The scale of positive-negative about my situation is seriously weighted toward the silver-lining side! I'm feeling good. I guess it's like the stages of grief...

The rest of the day:
- clean out another box or two (or more!)
- drink lots of water
- vacuum
- bask in my productiveness awesomeness.

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/17/2012 7:16PM


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KNYAGENYA 10/17/2012 3:54PM

    Throwing things away makes me feel better. Good luck with your reinventing.

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CFMOSS 10/17/2012 3:49PM

    doing good my lady:) i know how it is scary to reinvent oneself. i've had several opportunities during my life and it is just as you said - scary and liberating!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I did it! I went for a run after school! It's much easier for me to get out if I just take it one step at a time. If I think too far ahead, I end up just coming home and sitting around. But I ran!

I think it's going to be a serious couch night. I did a swim this morning and a run after school... I'm beat. Maybe a load of laundry, but nothing planned.

To do:
- drink some more water (only one more bottle to go today!)
- read - I got the book Drive - about what motivates people. It's pretty interesting so far!
- couch

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BILLALEX70 10/17/2012 9:24AM

    I'm quite jealous! I've got to rebuild my entire base. I should write a "marathon to couch" blog

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AMANDAROX 10/16/2012 6:53PM

    Good job on your run! I will be reading on the couch for a while myself :)

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LINDRAY 10/16/2012 6:34PM

  That is so cool. A little bit at a time and the minutes and miles add up. I am so proud of you.

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Water - check.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today was one of those days where I failed to plan what I was going to eat when I came home from school. Therefore, when I got home, I proceeded to tear through the kitchen like a madwoman eating anything I could get my hands on. Sigh. So knowing this, the first thing I need to do when I get home tomorrow is get a big glass of water and pull out my journal.

On the productive side, though, I finished painting some keychains, I made a new stamp, and I sparkled up a candleholder with some shiny gems.

Tomorrow afternoon I am subbing for phys ed. I'm actually glad for the half day - I'm going for a swim in the morning. The other good thing is that when I come home, I'm not totally exhausted. Tomorrow night is supposed to be nice; I'm thinking about going to the local group run. I MUST get back to running on a regular schedule. Sigh.

Drank all my water today! This is the first day in a long time where I have drunk all my water. I feel good! Now when I remember to get a big glass right when I come home, I'll be in even *better* shape!

Time for a hot bath!

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/16/2012 3:51PM


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CFMOSS 10/16/2012 7:08AM

    Glad for the crafty high points of the day. Here's a hug for a good day and a swim and a chunk of subbing and most of al a reminder that You are so worthwhile!

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm feeling good today. I started off my day with a swim - I am getting stronger in the water and more efficient. I'm looking forward to next year's tri season to put my swim lessons to good use. Went to the craft store to pick up some beads - I am making keychains from wine corks. So far, so good. I am excited to see how cute my stuff is turning out.

I spent time making dinner tonight - it was easy, but I made chicken tostadas. Hubs made the chicken so I all really had to do was put it together... very delish. I had the most perfectly ripe avocado to use!

I also made some granola this evening - it's super easy. I toasted some pecans, added sunflower seeds and coconut, and then dried cranberries at the end. A little sugar, olive oil and vanilla extract... super good. It's going to be great on some yogurt!

Off to catch up on some TV!

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/15/2012 4:45PM


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BILLALEX70 10/15/2012 9:17AM

    That granola sounds fab!

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CELIAMINER 10/15/2012 8:20AM

    I want a day like that, when I do fun things! Unfortunately, last weekend (the three-day one), this past weekend, and next weekend are crammed full of obligations. Can't wait to get away with DH!

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CFMOSS 10/15/2012 6:36AM

    A good day....a good thing. Keep up the good work.

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 10/14/2012 10:21PM

    Sounds like a good day!
You will have to share the pics of your crafty projects!

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LUVS2BIKE101 10/14/2012 8:46PM

    You got alot accomplished today! And all for the benefit of better health!

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Finding me

Saturday, October 13, 2012

So after hemming and hawing about it for MONTHS, I finally decided to get my personal trainer certification! I signed up today for an AFAA workshop less than 15 minutes from my house. It was like a sign, being so close. I think a big part of what pushed me to do this was the subbing. I am SO over being a substitute teacher. And since I'm going back to school in the spring and doing an internship in the summer to get my curriculum certification, I have at least another 8 months or so before I really start looking for a new job. I don't think I can sub for that long. I talked it over with hubs, and he is very supportive. I'll have more opportunities for jobs; I've been thinking about this a long time. Hooray!

But there's a part of me that's a little scared. It's something totally different - I guess maybe I'm afraid to fail? But in a way, that's already happened. Even though getting laid off didn't have anything to do with *me*, I still feel a little like I "failed" at that job. I am working very hard to get over this feeling. Getting my trainer certification is like a new beginning for me! I get to start fresh and that's kind of exciting.

I've picked up a new hobby - crafting! I discovered that crafting isn't all snowmen with squiggly-line mouths or googly-eyed cats. I can make nice things and feel proud of something I've made. I've made a few fun candle holders and some magnets; even a picture frame for a birthday gift!

This is a really exciting time in my life. I'm trying to embrace the time I have (thanks, unemployment!) and really discover more about myself. Every little thing I do makes me feel more at peace with myself and really excited to find out even more.

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HEALTHYLADY12 10/14/2012 6:26PM

    aww cool and you have a pic of a butterfly to represent transformation.

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/14/2012 1:51PM

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CASSIOEPIA 10/14/2012 10:46AM

    Congratulations Carrie - I think you will make a great trainer. I love that the workshop is almost on your doorstep - definitely a good sign.

You go girl!!!!

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TIGGER622 10/14/2012 9:59AM

    oh man you are awesome!!! i am so so proud of you!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 10/14/2012 7:55AM

    Congrats! I always wondered what it would be like to have a job in the fitness industry...good for you for having the courage to go for it!

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/13/2012 8:12PM

    Excited for you and the changes!

Wonderful that you found something you can do that is so close to home. Happy for you!

I feel the same way about subbing or tutoring.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 10/13/2012 7:13PM

    What fun adventures are in your future.

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HDHAWK 10/13/2012 6:34PM

    What an exciting time for you! Glad you've found some things you enjoy!

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RUNNINGWILD 10/13/2012 5:55PM

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In case you need help figuring it out, I'm doing a MAJOR happy dance over here!!
I think you'll make a fabulous trainer. I only wish I lived closer to reap the rewards.

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