Well, what an end of the week I have had. I am so blessed in so many ways that sometimes I forget to be thankful. Some of you know that I have been off/on thinking about getting a part time job to keep me busy and to help a bit with the cash flow. The difficult part is that I travel every other month and could not really find anything that could work with a funky schedule. Well, this past week I got two jobs..things happen in abundance.
When I finally had internet service the other day, my first email was from a friend that owns a pet-walking service company. I had mentioned to her a couple of months ago that I might be interested in working for her company if they could use someone short term or to fill in. It turns out one of her employees has to be off for over a week and she asked if I could fill in...Talk about perfect timing. Monday I will shadow the employee and then next week I will have three dogs for mid-day walks/play time with for about a week. This will be a good opportunity for my friend and I to see if we can work something out when I'm in town.
On Thursday, I finally walked into Comfort Keepers to inquire about part time work as a home companion - nothing medical. The HR person was busy with orientation, but I talked with another representative and explained my situation. She was pretty sure they could work something out and gave me an application to review/complete. I provided her my name/phone number and indicated I would contact the HR person when I was ready. Lo and Behold, the same woman called me two hours later and said the HR person could see me on Friday. I completed the paperwork and brought it with me on Friday. I had a wonderful discussion with the HR person and I begin orientation this coming Thursday. The job won't be every day, but again they can reach out to me as needed. The HR person indicated I made a very big impression on the woman I met the day before. They also were very encouraging about the possibility of work in Plymouth as well (turns out you can work for more than one area at the same time). So I might be able to stay busy while in Plymouth as well.
I got a lot of work out sessions in this past week. It was so much fun getting the body moving. I went to a birthday party last night for a friend that was awesome. She turned 40 and requested that her husband and sons give her a party that included a country line dance instructor. She held the party at the Jazzercise center we all belong to and it was so much fun. Many people brought their other halves and it's always fun to see people in normal clothes/hair/makeup when you only see them in the morning in spandex. I felt like I had three workouts yesterday and my knees are a little sore today. Her boys were such a great help and had fun running around taking pictures and watching all these people dance. I must admit when a song came on that was had both a country line dance routine and a jazzercise routine...some of us opted for the jazzercize routine. I thought the entire evening was a great idea.
I attended a wonderful breakfast yesterday morning sponsored by my personal trainer Lori. She brought together about 18 of her clients. We got the opportunity to network with others as many of the people I did not know. There are a couple of people working in their own businesses so it was interesting to hear about them. What I truly loved about it was how Lori explained how she met everyone and you felt her love and respect. Lori brought in a dietitian/chef to cook healthy options for breakfast. She explained what she made and even answered questions about food in general. She has a multitude of jobs as well. It was wonderful.
I do spend a lot of time in Virginia catching up with people. It feels good to reconnect with friends and former colleagues some of whom have been in my life for many many years. Most times we meet individually for one-on-one time; which to me is great because sometimes you can't connect well in a big crowd. I had great catch-up time with my friend Ann yesterday and we talked about being introverts. She mentioned how exhausted she is by the end of the day. I indicated that in many ways we are extroverts at work because we have to be, but when we get home....thank goodness we can hibernate and recharge for a while. We had a great time together.
I finished reading: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Cheryl was worked as an anonymous online advance columnist. This book contains some of the never published columns. I found it a very interesting read. What are you reading?
I'm going to end it here for today. I think I need a nap..too much social life yesterday...LOL! I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
A New Year. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Arthur Ward
Another fresh new year is here …
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!
This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest …
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!
I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!
Referrals are always appreciated.