Closing out 2016…A Year of Change

It’s been a while since my last post. My mind has been in a bit of a jumble, but I finally feel like I’ve settled down. I tend to feel this more when I’m on break from work and I can sit down and organize my thoughts…


As per usual, this year has been another that seems to have gone by too fast. I looked back at my post from earlier in the year in which I listed my goals for 2016, and although I feel that I held up my end on most things, I didn’t get back on the fitness track like I had planned. It’s something that I struggle with (going to the gym, getting out to the garage to do home workouts) I need to do better.

Some positive changes have come my way though. About a month and half ago, I left my job of six years and started a new one. It was a change that I was both nervous and excited to make. I work as an Instructional Aide and made the switch from elementary school to high school (the high school that I went to a…few…years…ago). It has been going really well and I finally feel the enjoyment of working with kids again, something I had been missing for a while.  Change of environment has been such a morale booster.

Because of this new opportunity, I have been seriously considering getting my teaching credential through a local program that allows you to teach while working on your credential. It’s going to be a lot of work and have to jump the hurdles of a couple of exams, but I believe that I can accomplish this new goal.

Ups and downs are a part of life and I am a worrier and a stresser. I’m working on ways to deal with things in a different way, especially when I started to see that the wheels in my head that constantly turn anyway, wouldn’t even calm down when it was time to sleep. I would fall asleep easily enough but staying asleep was another thing. I’d wake up and start thinking about what I needed to get done that day, bills I needed to pay, or work. Then the anxiety of whether I was going to sleep well that night, didn’t make things better. Calming music, writing before bed, melatonin…all contributing factors for me to getting a more restful sleep.




Nicholas always tells me not to worry about things that I cannot control. I sure do try this way of thinking. It’s difficult at times, but it’s a good philosophy to live by.

Surrounding myself with the right people, not playing into drama, and saying “No” to things that I don’t want to do, make for a stress-free life. Like I said before, lessons are easy to talk about, hard to actually put into play, but so worth it in the end.   

I turned 35 this year…

How did that even happen?

I think that because of this:

  • I am more aware of the concept of self-care. Sleep, water, exercise, laughs, music, books, good people: the perfect equation for this life of mine.
  • I’m less inclined to let things that I can’t control get the best of me.
  • I don’t want to be unhappy; if there is something that I can change, then I need to do it.

All in all, I’m happy how 2016 has been. I surely could have done without Prince, David Bowie and Gene Wilder dying, but that’s just the way of the world, I guess.

Here’s to 2017 and being a better person all around…mind, body and soul. Let me know what some of your goals for the new year are. I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading,




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