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Day 25: Favorite Blogs/Websites

Today on our 30 Day Journey, we’re going to look at the other sites and blogs that look at. I recently nominated several blogs for the Liebster Award, but those were all specifically blogs that were new or had a set number of followers. The ones we’ll be looking at today are a wee bit more developed than those. I spend a lot of time online, more than I’d care to admit to, but there are some sites/blogs that I pay more attention to than others. Some for work, and some because of they inspire me, and some just because they’re fun. Continue reading Day 25: Favorite Blogs/Websites

Day 10: Proudest Moment

This one is a toughy.

trashA lot of my proud moments are tainted by something and therefor get dumped into the “I don’t want to remember this” file. AKA the mental trash heap.

The ones that actual stick are usually me being proud of other people because I can see them making the decisions that I know are good for them, often because they listened to me.

This usually deals with my students. There are several in what will always be my favorite class that I occasionally check on Facebook to see how they are, and I’m proud of them quite frequently.

I don’t think that counts for this post, though.

As for things of which I am proud that I, myself, have done? There’s only one, and it’s one that I repeat occasionally:

I am most proud when I stick to my guns and follow my destiny.

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The most recent example is when I quit my old job to look for a new one. It made life unbelievably difficult for a long time, and I’m still just beginning to get my life back in order, but it was the right thing to do. I had ignored my instincts and gone back to a bad situation (bad for me, maybe not bad for others), and when the signs showed up to prove to me that I could get out of it without too much trouble (like being asked after the year had begun to resign my contract), I knew Someone was looking out for me.

Now I have a job at a school I really enjoy, with students who want to learn, my paycheck is adequate (not great, but it does the job), and for the first time in nearly 10 years, I have a checking account again. I was frightened and unsure of what I was meant to do, and it all began to fall into place as soon as I opened myself up to the universe.

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This goes back to the whole #GetGutsy idea from an online friend of mine, Jessica Lawlor. I knew I was unhappy, and I made a drastic change, in spite of the fact that it was terribly scary. I stuck to my guns and didn’t lower my standards of what I wanted out of life for anyone.

Like I said, I’m not done yet–I still need to get back into a place of my own, and I still need to get all my stuff out of storage–but I am getting there, and it’s beginning to look like I’ll be better off than I was before, even though I’m making less money.

It may seem like a little thing, but since I do have a problem with finishing things sometimes, this is kind of a big deal for me at the moment.

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Now if only I can stick to my guns more often in my relationships…

Yule Tide Blessings.

Today is Yule, the Pagan/Wiccan/Celtic celebration of Midwinter. It is when the day is the shortest, just before the birth of the God in the form of the Sun. It is a time when the food has been stored from the previous harvest celebrations. It is a time to spend with family and count your blessings.

seesignsFor me, this Yule is a turning of the tide. I have symbolically put my crops away, having put out several job applications and creating a cornucopia of possibilities. The job I thought was a definite turned out to be not so definite, but that just means I haven’t been watching the signs as well as I should have.

I’m not sure that’s entirely true. I posted about not giving up for my #GetGutsy entry, and since then, I keep seeing things that reinforce that idea. In my post, I made a point that I wasn’t going to settle for less than what I deserved or wanted. I keep encountering things online about not giving up or settling, especially if you have a creative dream or goal.

One that particularly stands out was a post from someone who wasn’t entered in the #GetGutsy contest saying the same thing, with examples of people who continued even after an epic fail of some sort.

And a video about not giving up that popped up in my Facebook newsfeed that really spoke to me.

The signs were there… I just had to recognize them for what they were.

So what is it that I really want?

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Get Gutsy: Don’t Ever Give Up

Getting gutsy is all about stepping outside your comfort zone to reach your goals and live a life that makes you truly happy. This post is my entry for Jessica Lawlor’s Get Gutsy Essay Contest. To get involved and share your own gutsy story, check out this post for contest details and download a free copy of the inspiring Get Gutsy ebook.

So 2014 didn’t go quite as planned. As some of you may remember, around this time last year I had big plans to go back to school and to continue to find myself as a person. I was enamored with the city of Houston yet feeling unsatisfied with my job. I thought returning to school was the most logical step, but I was unable to get all of my ducks in a row (as my mother would say) in time to make continuing my education a reality this year.

Instead, I did the opposite and quit my job.

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