2014: Thank you for being kind

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2014 was a year full of fun, realization, making plans and big changes. While 2014 did have its trying times, for the most part, it was kind. I thought I would sit down and discuss all of the things that have happened this year before 2014 comes to an end.

Health

For the most part, my health was good. With the exception of a stomach bug that floated around work earlier this year and my constant battle with my shoulder, my health was better than the year before. A diagnostic scan confirmed the torn rotator cuff and surgery was discussed, even though that did not happen. I was on medical leave for the first three months of the new school year and that time off allowed me to get the rest I needed. My first physio appointment showed signs of improvement and increased strength. I took time to focus on me and it was lovely. I was able to review a ton of things in my life, reflect, and gain new perspective. I truly think it was what I needed.

School

In April I took the steps to reactivate my student status and went back to school the following month. I also made the biggest decision in my life – changing my career path. While it was an easy decision, it was also a not so easy decision. Criminology is my passion and something I still and will always love. I think making the choice to enter the Education department was the right one and in January I will be submitting the paperwork to get it rolling. I did have to take extra courses in order to be considered for entry – more history courses and take a new math course. That was the one I was most worried about. I was never good at math and the sheer thought of enrolling in a course brought my anxiety to new levels. In the end, I managed to pass – with a B. I enrolled in two new courses in the Fall and I am now down to one, expected to finish in April and graduate in May. I’ve declared my intention for practicum placement and I have a writing workshop I must attend in February. Hopefully, if everything works out, I will be a high school history teacher in just two years. Universe… are you listening? I sure am.

Work

In June I ended the most wonderful school year with a few tears, a lot of hugs and saying goodbye to a few exiting students. The Special Ed program changed my life and was the key motivator for me enrolling into the education department. I make special relationships with my students, love them as if they were my own, and I continue to visit them now that I am back on the substitute list. That’s another thing… with being on medical leave for September, October and November, I wasn’t able to get a term position and I’ve applied for almost every single permanent position that was posted (with no luck). But I realized something… this is the universe working. I went on med leave for a reason aside from healing and now I’m back on the sub list and working non-stop since December 1. I’ve been to new schools and was asked by a school principal to fill in for an absent employee. Being a student and on the sub list have worked out wonderfully – allowing me to focus on my studies and pick up as many work assignments as I can.

Travel

If you are a faithful follower you know that I love to travel. Sure, it may not be glamorous travel destinations such as Dubai, Paris or the Bahamas. My travel destinations have been simple – Grand Forks and Minneapolis, with some spots right here in Manitoba. Traveling is my way to escaping the mundane and stressful bits in my life and I am thankful for the ability to do so. 2014 also gave way to a new relationship with the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors bureau. In September I became a guest blogger and I was able to explore the city a bit more, even though I have spent a lot of time there in the last seven years. I hoping that in 2015 I expand my travel destinations a little further into the US with spots such as Wisconsin, Florida and Washington (state).

Self care

I’ve learned this year that this category is the most important of them all. If you’re not taking care of yourself, the rest do not matter. At the beginning of the year I made a promise to myself that no matter how chaotic my life got, I had to make time for myself and time for friends. In the past, especially when I was in school, I shut everyone out so I could focus on my studies. Because of that, I suffered – academically and mentally. I was not going to let history repeat itself. I carved out weekends where I would cozy up in my bed and catch up on reality shows, paint my nails and read magazines. I made plans to enjoy coffee and breakfast dates with friends and attended a few functions. I escaped from the house when it all became too much, and the escapes worked. In September, after contracting a nasty intestinal virus, I began a new regime where I could no longer eat bread, red meat, too much dairy or fatty foods. It’s worked. I’ve lost 16 pounds since October by working out and eating better, and my body is become more toned and the weight is beginning to fall off. This will definitely continue into the new year.

Goals for 2015

Just like this past year, I hope that 2015 is kind. I also want it to be a year of changes (positive) and new things. I want to travel to new places, graduate from university, spend more time with friends and make more time for myself. I will continue to lead a healthy lifestyle and focus on my weight. I will not push myself nor will I feel guilty if I lose track or indulge from time to time. After all, we are human. I will work harder to reap good rewards. I will enter the education program and continue to work at my goal of becoming a teacher. I will try to not let the little things get to me, I will practice meditation and yoga, and learn to reflect. Most importantly, I will have fun and enjoy life to its fullest.

 

Universe… I am listening.