Category Archives: The Future

Purging

Although I’ve been saying it for several weeks, it is finally sinking in that I will be moving in a month and a half (43 days). Since I will be living in grad student housing, I won’t need to bring any furniture. On the down side this means I need to sell everything that fills my two bedroom apartment. And now, as I look around, it seems like I own far more than I ever knew. Sigh, this is going to be a lot of work. I want to get rid of everything with ample time so I can limit my stress levels closer to the day of, yet how does one survive without any furniture?

Fortunately I don’t have emotional attachments with most of the furniture, but I was informed (by the parentals) that I may need to sell my bedroom set. This is the one piece of furniture I’ve ever purchased on my own and it is gorgeous. We’ve gone through a lot together, that set and me, and I don’t particularly want to get rid of it. What’s worse? I know I won’t even recoup a teensy bit of the price I paid. We’ll see how that one works out for me.

Then, while I was putting away laundry yesterday, I realized that I own too much clothing. Way too much for me to take with me on my cross country journey. So before I put anything into the drawers, I started removing items. When was the last time I wore you? Where did I get you and why? Will I really miss you or am I being overly sentimental? And next thing you know, I had a big ol’ pile of clothes to giveaway. I’m almost positive I could clothe a person for quite some time.

But I won’t lie, it was tough. There are items I’ve been holding onto for ages. The skirt I wore to my sophomore high school homecoming or the shirt I bought with my first real boyfriend. I’ve been holding onto these items for my own personal reasons. And now it is time to let go. Yes, they held great meaning to me, but I’ll always have those memories. It will be better for someone less fortunate to enjoy the clothing rather than wasting space in my dresser. Time to let go, purge myself of the unnecessary, and prepare for the next chapter in my life. Onward and upward, right?

Do you have difficulty letting go of material objects? How do you manage to remain level headed during the process?

Happy Hump Day

Today is going better already. Last night I realized that I really came out on top, my gorgeous necklace is now fixed so I can wear it again and I now have shiny new earrings. I’m hoping the sparkle will catch attention from the right places (if you know what I mean). In work related news, I’ve completed eight usability tests and handed off the moderation task to my coworker. It was a weight off of my shoulders since I’ll be in charge of ten more tests next week.

On another exciting note, I won a rockin’ prize package from KatDoesDiets of Coach’s Oats goodies. It will be a great surprise to get that in the mail in the coming weeks. Their oatmeal is prepared in a completely new way, different than rolled or steel cut. Can’t wait to try it! They also offer a pancake mix, we’ll see if that is included as well. Check out their oatmeal cookie recipe, looks healthy and scrumptious. And I even won a local raffle, winning several gift certificates to local restaurants and shops. (The pool was probably a lot smaller, but I won’t complain!) How about that Melissa? Looks like we’re both getting lucky this week!

If you want to see the amazing Diane Von Furstenberg dress that I wore to my cousin’s wedding, here is a family shot. And yes ladies, my brother is single. If you come to the Healthy Living Summit in August, I just may be able to set up a meeting.  :c)

This afternoon I went to Wednesday speed work with the fast kids. Boy was it rough, another week of heat and humidity. Since we’ve been going short the past few weeks, we switched it up to 300 meter sprints. I had a tough time, completing 6×300 and 2×200 (the 200s were my third and sixth runs). But I did it, I didn’t sit any of them out, and I did my best to push through. There was a lot of panting today, from all the runners, but it was another great workout. I may have even gotten a tan slightly less pale.

How about you: What is making your Wednesday wonderful? Tell me one reason why you will be smiling this evening.

Mood Modification Necessary

Today started off with a bang, but not necessarily a positive one. As overjoyed as I was to return to Ohio from a wonderful, whirlwind weekend away, I was not ecstatic about the prospect of moderating ten usability tests. My coworker was kind enough to throw me under the bus last week, informing me (in front of a large group) that I would be completing all of the tests myself. Needless to say, I went into work with a negative outlook and a grimace on my face.

I’ve been trying to be more positive about my current situation, understanding that I need to be a model employee before I leave (in 55 days), but some days I just can’t plaster a smile onto this silly mug o’ mine. After eight hours of constant user testing, I was absolutely beat. I came home exhausted and forced myself to complete a P90X workout, I swear it is an instant mood maker. As the sweat fell of my face (and onto my carpet…) I saw my mood lifting into something more positive. Thank goodness.

I attended a lovely, healthy dinner at a friend’s and purchased some gorgeous new earrings (for less than $10, win!). I’m groggy, with a dreadful headache and a few too many bug bites, but I think I’ve come to some realizations. I need to enter each day with a more positive disposition. No, I don’t have to fake it, but I need to stop dreading the simple things and start considering how fantastic it will feel to conquer my fears. Was I so upset that my coworker was forcing me to complete ten tests or was I afraid of how foolish I’d look in front of my observers? Can I really let something as silly as work defeat me when I know that I’ll be moving onto bigger and better things in a few months?

Give me: Your positive self feedback. What you tell yourself when you need a mood makeover. How will you make tomorrow a more glorious day for you, me, and everyone you encounter?

Quitter’s Buffet

I stepped on the scale this morning and saw that I am currently at the lowest weight I’ve been in six years.  Six years!  It was monumental, I did a little dance. The only time I was much below this was the month my parents spent in Australia. I was on a strict diet of teddy grahams and cookie dough. I dropped ten pounds that month, it was great. And then, of course, I gained it back in a few months time. What a glorious way to start the day, right?

Well, it also happens to be my good friend Stephanie’s last day in the office.  This means a “quitter’s buffet”. In my office, it is typically the duty of the person leaving to bring in a baked good. Well today, I chose to celebrate my wonderful friend and brought in delicious chocolate mouse cake. Another friend made his famous homemade fudge. Stephanie brought in Krispy Kreme donuts. And her unpleasantly evil kind boss brought a few dozen donuts from another bakery.

I have yet to consume any of this overabundant sugar fest, but it is getting quite tough to refrain.  On my desk sits a small piece of cake and a small piece of fudge. It is staring at me.  Thank goodness self control is stopping me from even considering the donuts.  We’ll see how long I can hold off on the cake and fudge. Wish me luck.

What about you:  What sweet or salty treat makes your resolution waiver? How do you say “heck no” to delicious treats that are within arm’s reach?

Cat’s out of the bag

I can’t begin to explain how good it feels to have finally informed my boss that I will be leaving this summer.  I had been putting it off for a few weeks, hoping I could hold out until June when we have the big, daunting discussion of where my future lies with the company .  But no, he had to schedule my yearly review for this week; more than ten weeks from my departure date!

My father, illegitimate mother, girl friends, and coworker have been counseling me; trying to prepare me for the “big day”.  My father’s advice, “If he doesn’t ask you about your future, don’t tell him!  Just try not to lie…”  Of course my coworker saw it differently and reminded me of all the work that would be piled on if I didn’t give my boss a proper warning.  Sigh, what was a girl to do?

Sitting in the review my boss went over the different aspects of my job and how I performed in the past year.  Everything was positive, as would be expected since I’m awesome my boss adores me.  He mentioned my strengths and where I could improve, then told me his “succession” plan for me.  And then there was the moment where he turned to me, looked me in the eye, asked for my input and how I’d like to advance…  Like a deer in headlights, I stared blankly at him. Clasped my hands.  Took a deep breath.  In one quick statement it was out in the open, “I’m going to be continuing my education in the fall.”  Silence.  I didn’t know what to add and he didn’t know how to respond.  Eventually he began asking the typical questions, “Was it something I said?” and “Is there anything I can do to get you to stay? Please don’t leave me!”  (Okay, he didn’t say that last bit, but he did ask if he could convince me to stay)  And before I knew it, my review was over and everything was hunky dory.

Did I cry?  Nope!  (Win)  Did he get defensive or angry?  Thank goodness no.  He even offered to give me a recommendation if I would ever need it.  I knew there was a reason I got along with this guy (not just because he is a New Yorker and a Jew).

On another note, after hearing my running buddy Mandy constantly talk about the amazing results she is getting from P90X, I decided to jump on the bandwagon.  Yesterday was my first day of the Lean program, and let me tell you, it was a great workout.  Then I managed to roll out of bed this morning to perform the second workout at 5am (exhaustion will set in any minute now).  It was much easier since it was just cardio, but I know it will only get harder from here.  I did take “before” photos, but I won’t be posting those until there is tangible evidence that the plan worked.

So, do tell: What have you gotten of your chest lately?  How did you feel before, during, and after?
And if anyone has ever attempted P90X, is there a way to successfully incorporate running with the program?