Monday, May 13, 2013

Ducks in a Row?

Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since I posted.

Let's just say life happened, I've had a lot to do and a lot going on, and am back to "getting my ducks in a row" and working on taking care of myself and my son. A lot of internet stuff went by the wayside because I've been focused on work and life stuff. I don't want to over-share on all that, so I'll just pick up where things are now.

I'm trying to go back to school again in Fall. I'm accepted and everything looks good, but it will depend on financial aid and if I can safe enough up to cover books, daycare, etc until I get my financial aid check. That's what screwed me up last year - the aid money shows up about a month after school starts, so I'll need enough saved up to pay for books and everything ahead of time and for daycare costs until it comes through.

I lost 50 pounds when I was doing that challenge, then gained a bunch back after I got the $500 check and didn't have that motivation. So, I'm back to getting in shape the hard way again - walking, biking, and being more careful of portions and what foods I eat. I'm also taking the NutriThin pills again because they did make me feel better overall and seemed to help me lose weight. I'm trying to get back in triathlon shape by next year because I feel so much better when I'm active.

I've also been getting more involved in things to get out of the house and meet people. For so long, the only ones I've been around were my husband and a few of his relatives and friends, so I didn't have anyone really to talk to or just relax and be myself around. I've gotten back into volunteering, joined a book club with a bunch of really great people in it, and I'm trying out for a community choir next Monday.

I'm also still working on finding a more reliable and better-paying job, whether online or on-site somewhere, and getting more clients for the freelance stuff I'm doing. I've also sold a few pieces of jewelry and some custom rosaries, but I'm not focusing on that so much now because the supplies for making nice pieces  can be expensive and there's no guarantee they will sell. Once other stuff is more stable, I will probably make more jewelry and try to sell some either direct or on consignment through some nearby stores.
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