Originally posted on Broken Light: A Photography Collective: Please welcome first-time contributor M, a 20-year-old student from Finland who has been suffering from various mental health challenges over the past eight years. She has been diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, fear of social…
Typically, I’m ready for the weekend. This time, I’m extremely ready for the weekend! Life has thrown more than a few curveballs at me this week (this includes my fiancee, who is doing his best as well).
What have I been up to?
My greyhound injured herself last week, so I have been tending to her. She is required to wear the infamous “cone of shame.” However, within a couple days she figured out how easy it was to slip it off. Ugh!
I assisted and supported my dad on his MS 150 bicycle ride. That’s 195 total miles for Saturday and Sunday. He did extremely well and enjoyed the ride. I drove. The route was absolutely gorgeous! Most of the ride was along the A1A corridor from south Jacksonville, Florida to Daytona Beach, Florida. Amazing. Great turnout.
Interviews are…well, occurring. I’ve made impressions, even good ones. That just doesn’t seem to be enough to get hired. So, for now, I’m teaching part time and caring for others’ furkids.
With the wedding season just around the corner, I thought I would post “a little something” that was given to my husband and I by my father-in-law around the time of our wedding day. It is a precious puritan prayer that has become my personal prayer for our marriage:
“Oh, God of love, you have established marriage for the welfare and happiness of mankind. Yours was the plan and only with You can we work it out with joy. You have said that “It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a helpmate for him.” Now our joys are doubled since the happiness of one is the happiness of the other. Our burdens are now halved, when we share them, we divide the load.
Dear Father, we would ask that you would bless GROOM NAME. Bless him as a provider of nourishment and raiment and…
This feline absolutely adores her person. Me. ❤ She’s not the cuddly type at all. However, she wants me around and she wants to supervise 24/7. Our bond is extremely special. Cats do not have to choose you. They can be extremely independent creatures. So, in my experience, earning their trust and love is something to be cherished.
Roses are my favorite flower. Mom keeps them in the yard. I do my best to capture them as they bloom. Here’s a gorgeous example from a couple weeks ago.
Tomorrow begins my first day of responsibilities since my major job search began. My outlook is quite bright on stepping back into the college classroom as an instructor. I’m excited to dive back into geographic facts, theory, and discussion.
These opportunities should also enable my return to a gym. I’m so ready for that day to come. I miss lifting weights and having the “gym environment.” The transition may be a struggle; when is it not? I miss my iron-fueled zen…along with the associated health benefits.
How does one explain this type of suffering? I know there are worse kinds, but nevertheless it keeps you from living life 100%.
Migraines. Yes, those horrible “headaches.” Am I sure I have them? Yes. I had one on Monday complete with light sensitivity, movement aggravation, fatigue, smell sensitivity, and throbbing. Now, I’m on Day 2 of my postdrome aka a migraine hangover. This stage normally lasts one day for me with no strange effects. This time, I experienced nausea, cognitive weakness, language troubles, and slight “soreness” where the pain existed.
This one was not the worst ever, but it is the one with the most side effects.
Sometimes I think I may be creating some of these issues, but after having trouble speaking yesterday I became concerned. I have a family history of migraines and strokes. For my future, I need to take care of myself.
I believe a full lifestyle change may be in order…soon. This would include food and exercise. However, since I am still recovering from this last episode, I will pray and rest.
I’ll be honest, this is frightening. I’m taking proper steps. Growing into my next stage in life with this obstacle along the way will be extremely fascinating. I’m determined…and the best part is I am not alone. My support system is amazing…
Finally. Officially, I am an adjunct instructor for the college facility on the local navy base! I’ll be teaching Introduction to Geography and World Geography. As crazy as some may think it is, I will also be substitute teaching in the local public schools.
Honestly, we’ll see how it all works out. I’m just happy to have something in the realm of work. The college environment will be totally different than the other…
Here’s to a new adventure!
Oh, I probably haven’t mentioned thewedding planning. Yes, that is also happening. I’m so excited to start my life with my best friend! 🙂 He’s amazing, listens to my ramblings, and makes me feel…wonderful.
I have had the fortune and blessing to meet people that have enriched my life. We have shared long periods of fellowship, while some were extremely brief. As time passes, we move on; often to new and different places — … Continue reading →
Lately, my life has been polarized. I’m extremely excited to marry the best guy I’ve known my entire life in December. However, even with the numerous applications and interviews, I have failed to find a job. I don’t feel like I have failed, though. Those decisions all come down to things that I have no control over and no power to influence. Thus, making me feel thoroughly helpless and frustrated.
I do wake up each day, albeit, very slowly. My family and friends are amazing and supportive. I’m happy to be around them while I try to establish a new chapter of my life. This fellowship makes me feel grounded.
What to do? My industry of expertise doesn’t seem to want to keep me in those roles. Making my way into the public school system as a substitute teacher or regular full time teacher sounds daunting. College teaching is attainable and I’m experienced, but it is also hard to get into if they already have people in mind for the roles. This situation makes me feel lost, hopeless.
This is just a small peek into the life that seems to march on as it has these several months… So, I keep praying and working towards anything and everything. I know there is a plan for me and I’m being encouraged to learn patience.
I adore the nail colors! I’m currently wearing the green/purple transition color. I adore wearing it. It doesn’t glide on as well as the one from Birchbox. I did invest in a good color for that product!
The Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum seems to be legitimate. I’m a no-fuss girl, so simplicity is KEY. This stuff dries FAST! I’ll probably use it as directed until my hands are healed for the first time in 28 years. 😉
I’ll give more reviews as I try these out!
While the colors are amazing (I’ve used the green/purple and the light pink), they take FOREVER to fully dry. I’m not a patient person AT ALL. Needless to say, I have dents and smudges on my nails. I do not have the time to wait 20 minutes for a perfect finish (using a hair dryer). I’m not made that way.
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
― Les Brown
Typical, right? Possibly cliche. This quote seems to be over-used and therefore, over-looked.
Despite that, it is still my favorite. These meaning is profound. They almost illustrate my life’s motto. It makes sense, really. When I am not working towards a goal, pushing my limits, or learning something new, I am not ME.