Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Life Goes Forward (whether we like it or not)

This has been a trial of a week so far.

A friend's father passed away
A co-worker has to have surgery
My cousin's mom passed away suddenly last night
and today we found out 2 more acquaintances are going through divorce

All of these things are very tough to go through when happening to one person or even a couple. But when you list them all, it is very overwhelming to wrap your head around all the sadness and sorrow going around through our circles of friends/family.

So I sat and watched TV, ran the laundry, did some crocheting last night (lots of mindless or auto-pilot activities).

This morning I woke up with a feeling of sadness for my cousin and I prayed for her comfort during this time of sorrow.

I got myself going, made David his morning coffee and sent him on his way.

Today marks 2 years since David called and invited me over for a little grill out and I am so grateful for that day and our time together. Some have said I am way too mushy over things like this, but I don't think it is wrong to be thankful for a turning point in your life.

I don't agonize over it or make a huge deal over the day, I just thank God for the positive relationship I have been blessed with and go on about my day.

I recently realized that I totally messed up another attempt at the chevron stitch in the afghan I was starting. I just stopped counting stitches and the silly thing grew and grew and could almost make a circle now. So after talking to another crochet buddy, I tried to unravel it and salvage the yarn, but I ended up saving one section of green yarn and the rest was such a mess, I just tossed it in the garbage.

Life is a bit that way.

We try new things, we don't follow the pattern and then wonder why we get all messed up in the end.
Well, It is best to try to fix it and go on, but sometimes you have to completely cut it up and put it in the trash so you can move on.

Have a great Wednesday everyone! Remember the number for the Hotline? 1-800-799-7233

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Day Vs. Night

Observations from a night shift employee...

This is my first gig working graveyard shift and while the work is not physically demanding, it does take a lot out of you to be up at night when you are not used to it.

I have had to deal with friends, acquaintances, contacts and customers (at times) that don't understand why I am not answering them right away. If you need me, feel free to call, leave a voicemail, or just text me or message me through facebook. I will see those messages when I wake up and I will return the calls/messages as soon as I can.

I have had to change my party dates to Sunday/Monday/Tuesday instead of the traditional weekend. But this also goes to show how flexible that direct sales really are because I can still work my businesses around my schedule.

I have missed 3 birthday parties so far due to my new work schedule and I will probably miss the rest of them scheduled this year on Saturday's midday. I just don't see any way that I can get my sleep and be at these gatherings. I don't want to avoid the parties or my friends /family, but the timing just doesn't work for a night shift employee. I do not expect them to work around my schedule at all, but it does bother me to be sleeping all the days away and sitting up at night.

I still don't know if this is "the job" I am supposed to land at or if this position is a gateway to another position in the agency or field that is more suited to my skills/experience.

I am thankful to be gainfully employed and have insurance again. Just mulling things over and constantly looking at my options. I want the best for my family.

At the end of this busy Sunday, I am thankful going into a new week and looking forward to a couple of days off.

For all my friends in direct sales that in that last week stretching to earn their company's annual incentive trip, I wish you the best of luck and have a great time on your trip.

Stay close to those you love, check on them often and make sure they are okay.
You never know what someone is dealing with.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lessons in Crochet

Back in January,  I picked up a crochet hook and with the guidance of Denise and a few youtube tutorials,  I have made a few things ( even a blanket for my granddaughter Abby!).

Crochet takes patience, persistence,  a bit of planning and vision.

Don't we all need those characteristics in our daily lives?

So my lessons are the following

Anything worth learning and achieving takes patience.  Patience with yourself, patience with those you lead and patience with God's timing.

Persistence is tough at times. When you feel horrible but go to work anyway, you are persistent. When you keep applying for that dream job, you are persistent.  When you encourage someone going thru a very rough time or circumstance,  you are persistent and caring.

We plan our days, our errands, grocery trips, meals, jobs, dates, etc. But sometimes the biggest blessing of your year, is a chance meeting with someone that changes your life. This reminds us to make our plans in the mindset of God's will be done.

Vision...that one is tricky. I never envisioned myself in my current profession. My future may come as a surprise to me, but I firmly believe God is always in control. He controls ever profit check, every overtime hour, every sale and gives his children favor in dealings with others to further bless them.

Be careful making that vision board, you may get just what you are wishing for, but it might not be in the package you envisoned. God blesses us bigger than we can imagine!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Treasure what you have

March has blown into the South like a Lion for sure.

We had tornadoes touch down within an hour of where I live. I woke up Wednesday morning burning up (hot flashes, lol) and then I heard the storms roll in.

We had a family friend lose their father last week and watched in Hollywood as tv stars lost their lives to cancer and surgery complications. It is a bit weird to watch those shows knowing a cast member is gone.

March is full of memories and love for me personally.

I hope you enjoy this week and make the most of what you have.

I catch myself missing my grandmother today and reminiscing. Just a reminder to love the people in your life, you never know when God will call them home.

I just finished reading The Shack and it was really good. Hopefully I will get to see the movie soon.

Working graveyard shift has changed my perspective on lots of things, but I am thankful to have a job.

Be a blessing and take care of those you have with you.
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