Thursday, April 29, 2010

10 Good Things in my Life....GO!

I'm having a down day after some sour news from Jeff and general anxiety around our house, starting a new job, leaving my current job, etc.

In an effort to pull myself out of this funk, I'm going to list 10 positive things happening in my life right NOW!

1. I am married to a wonderful man who loves me and respects me for the crazy cat lady I am.
2. I am in good health with no major health problems.
3. I have a family that loves me and supports me.
4. I have a good car that runs and gets me to where I need to go.
5. I'm able to afford things I need AND things I want.
6. I've started writing down my food and tracking my points in an effort to get back on track with WW.
7. I love to sew and am really doing well with developing my skills.
8. I have the most amazing friends. Even if I don't talk to them as often as I'd like, I know they're always there with a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen with.
9. I am excited about my new job and the idea of more financial stability.
10. My career makes a difference in people's lives and I love that.

Phew. That made me feel better already. It's so easy to get bogged down by all the negative stuff. I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, even though we don't understand it at the time. I just need to remember to keep breathing (in, out, in, out) and put one foot in front of the other. Eventually this will all work itself out.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Help! I've fallen....

...but luckily I can still get up. Just not easily.

Not sure what is going on with my back, but it hurts so bad!

I'm pretty sure it's the same pain (just worse) that started in my hip about 2 months ago. Over the last several weeks it's managed to move it's way into my lower back and throughout my hip socket.

Not sure if it's just the stress of my job or if I've really managed to screw up my hip/lower back.

Jeff tried his "masseuse magic" a couple nights ago but the pain was only subsided temporarily. I think a trip to either a professional masseuse or the chiropractor may be in order.

Lord knows I don't want to end up with a hump back or something worse!

Until next time...


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Why does it say "paper jam" when there is no paper jam!

This was EXACTLY how I felt at work yesterday!

(Warning: this video is NOT child-appropriate in ANY way)

It was a miracle I didn't drop-kick our photocopier out the window.

And it was only Monday....

Here's to hoping the rest of the week turns around.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Big Announcement!

Last week I did a sneaky post about needing to make a change in my life. I can finally announce my big change.

I've accepted a job with CareStar as a Case Manager for individuals on the Ohio Home Care Medicaid Waiver. CareStar handles all persons on the Ohio Home Care Waiver. These individuals are the most medically-fragile people in the state. CareStar is a privately contracted agency by the state of Ohio to handle the Home Care Waiver. I'll be serving consumers in Franklin County and possibly Licking County.

Leaving my position at the Batten Disease Support and Research Association was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Needless to say that today has been an emotional train wreck for me. My job is more like family than employment. Telling my boss that I was leaving was worse than any break up with a boyfriend I've ever had.

I've been unhappy here for months. I would come to work everyday in a bad mood. There have been environmental issues occurring that have only made it worse. Something needed to change or I was going to lose my mind. Right when I was considering looking for another job, two job opportunities kind of fell in my lap.

I had an interview last Thursday and was offered the job on Wednesday. After thinking long and hard, I decided that taking the job was the best thing I could do for my present mental health and my future plans. It offers me more stability than I currently have as well as an opportunity to grow and expand as a social worker.

I am so grateful for the experiences I've had at BDSRA. It was truly my dream job out of grad school. However, I'm very excited about a new opportunity. It sounds challenging and I like a challenge. I'll begin my new job on May 17th. The next four weeks will be hard, but I hope I can through them with strength and grace.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

While this campaign does not DIRECTLY affect me, it does affect many women I know who are trying desperately to have a baby and build a family.

One in eight women experiences the challenges of infertility in her lifetime. Think about it. That's someone you know. A friend, co-worker, sister/aunt/cousin, etc. And while I don't completely understand their struggles, I can empathize with what they're going through.

Check out a dear friend's blog. I admire her strength and courage to share what she shares about her struggles with infertility. I pray that a successful pregnancy is in her near future.

Until next time...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

House update

Jeff and I got a call from our realtor last week. She said that the bank had finished the BPO on the house (basically asking a realtor to run comp sale prices in the area) and that we should hear an acceptance or final offer around MAY 5TH!!!! Are you serious?!?!

Now when we got into this whole process, we were told that short sales can take anywhere from 6-10 weeks. Just like any other normal person, I assumed it NEVER takes 10 whole weeks, and that they just tell you 10 weeks so that when it takes 8 weeks, you say to yourself, "Well I'm glad it didn't take 10 weeks". Unfortunately for us, a May 5th acceptance/final offer would take us to exactly 10 weeks from when we put in our initial offer.


Still keeping our fingers crossed that maybe we'll hear something before then.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Needing to make a change

I can't post too much on this right now, but I've decided I need to make a change in my life. I took a leap of faith today in hopes of making this change. I'm optimistic that one of these opportunities might pan out.

Please keep your fingers crossed for me. I'd also appreciate any prayers or well-wishes!

Hopefully I'll be able to let everyone in the loop sometime soon.