Sunday, September 25, 2016

Answered Prayers

Here I sit on my first Sunday off in 6 weeks. Looks like I am back to a Monday-Friday schedule.
Tomorrow morning I start a new chapter as an office manager with a company here in my home town.

I must be completely honest, back in July, when I walked away from my state job, inside I was frightened and not sure what was coming next. I didn't know how long it would take me to find a job, if an office job with decent pay even existed inside Dickson County.

I applied with every bank, mortgage company, and medical office that I could think of. I applied with various agencies in town too. I applied to both grocery stores and turned one offer down and a few weeks later took the job with Kroger. It was an eye opening experience for me and I learned several things about myself, others and the hateful ways that the public treats those that work in retail.

My favorite part of working for Kroger was the days I got to spend in Floral creating arrangements and making customers smile when I was able to help them purchase something to cheer up a friend or family member. I learned skills in that department that will follow me in my direct sales business for years to come.

8 days ago I saw a friend post on facebook asking if anyone local was looking for a Monday-Friday job. I immediately messaged her, got some information and then messaged the contact at the company (who was also a mutual friend). On Friday, my birthday, I interviewed with this company and it went very well. Yesterday, I accepted the position and then went to Kroger to resign my position there. I knew there was no way I could keep up a 9-5 job and a part time job at Kroger as well.

Yesterday evening we celebrated Xander's first birthday. He is my youngest grandson here in Tennessee and just a little adorable boy. He is pulling up on furniture and will break out walking very soon we think. 

This past week has been full of many things, work, celebrations, lunches, dinners, and some birthday key lime pie too.

I am so thankful for the constant opportunities and even the challenges along my journey. The challenges help me grow and learn and show me that I still have a reason to be here on this Earth.

God is faithful in everything and has carried me through so many situations. He has never let me down. Now on the south side of my 40's, I see an unknown road, but I am confident that everything will work out as God has planned.

Share love with those you see and those you know. Tell others how much you care even if you haven't seen them face to face in years. You matter and your words matter.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

The totally yucky, mean, nasty, rainy, horrible day

Yesterday was one of the worst days I have had in a very long time. I was angry, frustrated, rushed, abandoned, hurting, and overwhelmed during my shift at work. It was the end of a 40 hour week, full of lifting, tugging and much frustration because everyone seemed to be rushing around acting like the chicken with it's head cut off.

You see It was a rainy Saturday in Tennessee and the night before, a few gas stations ran low on gas and the nasty media has hyped it up and called it a shortage which scares people into saying and thinking that all gas stations are out. That is simply not true. Yes, our gas in middle and east Tennessee has been interrupted because of an accident in Alabama, but that is still not a reason to go into the grocery stores like a blizzard is coming and treating the employees like trash.

I found out last night it had also been the full moon the night before.. that very well might have added a few degrees of crazy to the day.

All I wanted was for Tennessee Vols to win their football game and get off work and relax. But I spent most of my shift dealing with craziness and realizing again that some days (in certain sections of that store) you simply never will get caught up. I left feeling defeated and frustrated to say the least.

Today I have a 9 hour shift and going to do my best to go in there peaceful and keep my mind on the things that matter, do my best to ignore the bratty customers and keep working until I can get out of there. Most of the time I do a pretty good job of not letting folks get to me, but yesterday was a bad day all around.

I have worked in credit unions, amusement parks, gas stations, bookstores, hardware stores, department stores, state government offices and now a grocery store. Being nice and waiting your turn with patience goes a long way with nearly every job I have ever had. Don't be hateful to those people checking you out, or stocking shelves and I refuse to interrupt someone working unless I absolutely have to. 

I hope everyone has a great Sunday and treasure the day you have with the ones you love. If you are on the roads today, be safe and take care of yourself too!

If you need assistance, please call the Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Last week was a bit crazy, I had Monday-Wednesday off (doctor's orders) and then for 4 days straight I worked in floral at the grocery store. I did 2 days of training with the ladies that normally run that part of the store and had so much fun! Yes there is lifting, pricing, and things to get done daily but it is also creative and not as mindless as produce and nutrition seem to be.

I even came up with ideas to incorporate my candles with floral arrangements for baskets I can give out or award in the future. My creative side has come back to life it seems with this portion of my job.

This week I have 40 hours scheduled and I will be all over our department from produce, nutrition and floral and that will break up the monotony of the days.

This morning I finished off the 2nd round of antibiotics and my spider bite is much smaller and drying up considerably. I promise not to post pictures here but we have taken a few along the way to map the progression of the 'injury' for ourselves and to show the doctors the difference too.

There are always going to be people that stir up trouble, try to pull you into drama or put you down in every job you have. These things are not only in office jobs, they are alive and well in retail/grocery as well. So, I put on my blinders and stick the tasks I was given and ignore the rest of them to get my jobs done on time.

I found out that next week I start training in the front of the store with a courtesy clerk so that will allow me more places to work and more hours per week (if I want them). I never expected to have a 40 hour week with a part time grocery store job, but I will not complain. I know I don't have to work, but I am working to keep myself sane and pay part of the bills.

Every day on the news I hear about the awful Nashville traffic, construction and wrecks. And every night I am so thankful I took the leap to leave my Nashville job and work here in town.

Now that I am on the mend and not on so many medications, I actually feel like I can do the lifting at work. My supervisor assured me I would get used to it and I wasn't near as slow as I thought I was.

I would also like to ask you to pray for Miss Dawn Logan. She is just over 2 years old and on October 4th will have her 3rd open heart surgery to repair a heart valve. She is the daughter of my sorority sister Faithe Logan and I know they would appreciate any prayers you can send on their behalf. 

Here is a photo of our little heart warrior and one reason I hold so many fundraisers !

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Time to heal

The older I get, the more I love an afternoon nap. I know when we are sleeping our body is either healing or recharging and sometimes both are going on.

I am on my second round of antibiotics for the spider bite. I am exhausted and so very thankful I don't have an hour drive to work anymore. Labor Day was a normal workday here in my household. For the first time in many years, I was scheduled to work on this holiday.

Since my spider bite was still in healing mode but I had run out of antibiotics and was still in terrible pain, I returned to the hospital for a re-check. They took my vitals and I sat on a gurney in the hallway because all their exam rooms were full on Labor Day. No other doctor's offices or urgent care facilities were open, so they were pretty busy. The doctor explained the healing process and just how ugly my bite mark could get, and gave me stronger antibiotics and 2 days off work with orders to stay off my feet as much as possible.

Yesterday I did a few chores around the house and took advantage of nap time as well. My friend and Jewelry Consultant Denise came by to bring me the free items I earned with my party and the orders for my friends in Nashville. It's funny, she and David both were telling me the same thing about this health issue, let myself heal, rest and try not to worry.

Some of my biggest struggles are worry and anxiety (or being anxious). Sometimes, I believe I have these issues behind me, then I get hit with a situation I never saw coming. So I take another deep breath and try to let go of the worry again.

Healing from a physical wound is similar to healing from emotional wounds. At least with this bite, I can look at my leg and tell if the place is inflamed, getting larger or getting smaller and drying up. Not that easy with emotional wounds.  But I have learned that If I can talk about things in my past without choking up or crying, that I am getting over things.

Both type of wounds take time to get over. Lots of prayer and man's medications are the tools I choose to use. I know I have to take care of myself and do my part even if I feel horribly guilty taking a nap due the medications or life in general has me worn out.

Take care of yourself. You cannot fully take care of others, if you are falling apart yourself.

Check on your friends and acquaintances often. You never know if that quick phone call or text could be the one bright spot in their day or week.

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