I have been home for a week and I must say it took a little adjusting. Sleeping in my own bed was not as comfortable as I expected. I also think hot flashes at 3 or 4 in the morning are ridiculous! I have been settling back into my life a little more each day. It feels great to drive my own car again! I spent time each day catching up on paperwork for my other business as it was two months out of date. I also went to the gym five times - worked out with the trainer three times and have the sore muscles to prove it. Had a great time Saturday morning taking two Jazzercise classes and catching up with a couple of people. Although I miss my morning walks it feels good to work on my strength training.
I had a great time catching up with friends this week. I missed hanging out and talking with my friends more than I realized. I even got to have my initiation lunch with the "retired chicks." Don't get me wrong I loved spending time with my sister and family when we could, but hanging out with friends is a different energy. When I was in Massachusetts I did not get a chance to see any of my friends and now I realize I was a bit lonely. Of course I had so much going on that I did not even realize I was lonely. I definitely have to make sure when I am in Massachusetts in October to make some time for friends and fun. I also took the time this past week for a massage, a haircut, a chiropractor and an acupuncturist visit.
I am torn today and trying to decide if we are doing the right thing for my mom. Saturday morning she fell out of bed at the hospital. She was not physically hurt although I'm sure over the next few days bruises will appear. My thoughts all day were about: Why did this happen? Is she safe? Should we take her home? Should we hire people to help us take care of her at home? Should I change my life and live in Massachusetts for a while? (Then I feel guilty that I made this sound like it's all about me when it's not.) I even reached out to an organization called, "A Place For Mom" to see if perhaps there are other options - waiting for a call back. Believe me in my head I know we are doing the right thing for her and her doctor is associated with this place, but in my heart I just hurt and want to take her home and protect her. I'm sure she felt the same way about my sister and I growing up - just keep us home and protect us.
With the craziness in my life lately I have not completed my resume. When I was thinking about it this morning the first thought that popped in my head was FEAR! yes Fear! I have not applied for a job in over 32 years so what the heck am I doing now? Of course much of the focus will be on my HR work, but I want to bring forward the coaching work as I have a company interested in hiring me as a coach. Am I afraid to really be out there as a coach? Hmmm...something for me to ponder today. I love coaching so I don't understand why fear pops up, but perhaps it is because I want coaching to take a lead in my life and not be on the side any longer. WOW that just came out! Something for me to work on over the next few weeks. What are you fearful of? May I work with you to move forward?
I spent the week catching up on mail and magazines. I do love to read! Finding the time to spend a few minutes reading is a fabulous moment in the day. I read magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, etc. I was standing in a line the other day and the women beside me said what is the book that is peaking out of your purse. I told her and we had a little discussion about it while in line. I love the imagination I can use in a book! Keep on reading. I have several books piled up to read so don't be surprised if you see me with a book in my hand or my purse. What are you reading?
I want to express gratitude to my BFF for keeping my other business running while I was out of town. I also want to express gratitude to all those in my life. I have needed your encouragement and energy over the past several months and you provided. I have always said people come into our lives for a reason and when it's time to move on they do. I must say most of my friends have been with me a long time so I am grateful that we all still like, need and enjoy each other and assist each other as needed.
I have missed several birthdays and celebrations recently so a big shout out to all of you - you know who you are. We will all see each other to celebrate at some point.
I am going to end it here today as I want to get ready for FOOTBALL! I hope you have a wonderful week. Take care. Chat soon. Marie
The following inspirational thoughts came from (copy the url provided):
"Be thankful for the sound of birds chirping in the morning, it means that you are alive."
Written in 2014 by Betty Oliver --- Barbados
"Acts of kindness should not be measured by how much is given to help others, but by how much care is put into thinking of others enough to give."
Written in 2014 by Jesse Marie Kavumpurath --- Connecticut
"Just like waves in the ocean come and go, no challenge is permanent. Problems will come and go too. We must enjoy the Challenges just like we enjoy the Waves."
Written in 2014 by RVM --- India
Referrals are always appreciated.