Hello Fall

HELLO FALL

I can’t believe it’s already Fall. It’s been 7 months since I’ve written anything here on the blog.  Like a lot of other things in my life, I lost my passion for something that I use to love doing. Depression and busyness will do that to you. It’s probably more to do with my depression, than with being busy as other than going to work 5 days a week, all I do is sit around the house and watch the days go by.

Somewhere along the way in my post I mentioned that we had settled down in Clarksville and I had gotten a job in Nashville, which is about an hours drive away. Well after about 3 days of making the drive, we decided we would move the Nashville, It’s easy to up and move anytime the mood strikes when you live in an RV.  We moved to a place right on Percy Priest Lake. The location is only about 2 miles from the house I was living in when I met Greg (my husband). 

WEIGHT LOSS

I had been giving updates about my weight loss back in the beginning of the year. I am ashamed to admit that the weightloss didn’t last long either. When I started blogging about that I was trying to do it on my own and I just kept hitting walls everywhere I turned. Then at one point I tried Thrive, but that ended up making me feel more blah than I could handle. I have health issues that I have to take into consideration when trying different products that are out there and this one just wasn’t going to do it long term. In about 5-6 weeks time I had only dropped 7 pounds, but I’m sure I have put those pounds back on and probably added a few more in the process.

BOUGHT A HOUSE

After much debate we have signed a contract for a house. We debated whether we would stay in the Nashville area where my job is or move back to Clarksville where my husband would prefer to live and where we could get more bang for a buck and both of those reasons won out and now I will be driving over an hour per day one way to go to work. Not sure how long I will be able to manage that, but we will see how it plays out. We are supposed to close on October 15th. I’m looking forward to being in a house, but not so sure about the location. We took the dogs over today to run in the backyard and to see if the sod in the front yard had been finished, but they have yet to do any of the things that need to be done. 

HOPE

My hope is to get back into the swing of life once we get moved. I’m looking forward to decorating the house and enjoying life in a bigger space. There are still so many unknowns with this new chapter, but I’m sure I will conquer them just like I have conquered all the unknowns in my past. 

RV FOR SALE

Once we make the move we will be trying to sell our 2017 Montana 3791rd model as well as the 2016 Ford F-350 that pulls it as we will be hanging up our traveling shoes. If we want to travel we’ll do it by plane, car or cruise ship as we would really like to see Hawaii and Alaska.

 

I got a JOB

A few weeks back I wrote about searching for a J-O-B and how difficult it was to get interviews. Well I’m happy to report that I finally got the winning interview.

NEW JOB

I start my new job on the 26th working for Kroger. I’ll be in the corporate office in Nashville working in the accounting department. I am so excited for this opportunity. When I walked into the interview I felt the job was mine before we even started talking. There was just a peace I felt and I had been praying for days that God would send me to the right place that he had for me and the feeling of peace I had told me this was going to be my opportunity. There is opportunity to grow with the company and I could end up moving across the country if something presents itself in the future.

PROS and CONS

The only downfall so far is I will have to drive an hour each way to get to work, but after a while I’ll get use to it. Not sure if working 9 hour days is a pro or a con, but having to only work 4 hours per day on Friday is definitely a con. That way I have at least one day a week to take care of personal stuff without having to take off work to get stuff done.

EXCITEMENT

I really was beginning to think I would never get a job, but as soon as I walked out of the interview I knew the call was going to come that I had this job. When the phone rang two days later I knew I was going to be getting good news. I can’t explain the excitement I felt when she said the words, “we want to offer you the job!”  I’m looking forward to seeing where this job takes me.

 

 

Happy Birthday to ME

Another birthday!!!

Today I am celebrating turning 51 and I’m really starting to feel my age. I’m grateful for another year to see my grandkids and spend with my family. I just wish my family would make a bigger deal out of my birthday’s, instead the day comes and goes as if it’s not that big of a deal. 

PRESENTS

My lovely husband started the day with donuts from Krispy Kreme. It was raining cats and dogs when we got up, but he didn’t hesitate to go get what I had asked for the night before. They were still soft and warm as the red light was on when he got there so they were fresh. Last weekend we went to a home show and he ended up buying me new pots and pans. I can’t remember the last time I had brand new pots. Hell it’s probably been close to 15 years or more.

DINNER and DESSERT

We’ll finish my day with going out to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Red Lobster. I love their lobster pizza and will probably end up with crab legs and shrimp as well. We’ll probably skip dessert unless I get something to bring home to eat later.

Overall it will end up being another birthday pretty much like all the previous ones, just another day that comes and goes and when it’s over everybody goes on to whatever the next holiday, birthday, or anniversary that comes along. 

Returning to the Workforce in Midlife

Our journey has changed again, and we decided to quit traveling so we could settle down and buy a house. In order to do this, I must go back to work, but I’m finding it difficult to find employment at this stage of my life.

EDUCATION

I have a master’s degree which I think helps and hurts me. It hurts me in some jobs I apply for as people think I’m overqualified and they do not give me the time of day as they don’t think I want to work for less pay than I’m worth. What they don’t understand is regardless of my education and background, I still need a job and sometimes we must take jobs that we might be overqualified for, so we can work.

EXPERIENCE

I have over 10 year’s experience working in financial industry jobs involving mortgage companies including processing and closing mortgage loans. My experience consists of both sides in regard to working with title companies and mortgage companies. I feel this gives me an upper hand as I have seen the process on both sides. I also have over five year’s experience working in accounting positions doing everything from account payables, account receivables, journal entries, general ledgers, reconciliations and more.

MIDLIFE

I’ve had a few interviews and I feel my age screams, “don’t hire her!” On the flip side I’m not so sure it’s my age as the fact that I don’t currently have a job, which has always frustrated me when trying to find employment that employers would rather hire someone who is currently working. I have a good excuse for not working currently and I don’t think that should be used against me. I still have all my experience and I still know how to work regardless of not having had a steady job for the past three years. I just need someone to give me a break and give me a shot.

FUTURE

I won’t be giving up anytime soon as I have goals and dreams and one of those is to own a house again and we will have our house no matter how long it takes to fulfill our goal.

 

 

Weight Loss Update – January 2018

I am only given monthly updates as I don’t feel that my progress warrants me giving updates any quicker. As of today I am down a total of 10 pounds. I know it has taken several months to get to that, but it took me months to put the weight on and I don’t want to loose it all in a matter of weeks and then put it all back on so my philosophy is, “slow and steady wins the race?”

INCHES LOST

As for how many inches I have lost, I am now up to 4.75 overall, which is another great milestone in my opinion.

FOOD ISSUES

I am still having issues in giving up foods that I love, but that are not good for me. If I could get past this hurdle I know I would make greater progress so my prayers every day are to get a grip on this part of my weight loss.

One of My Favorite Pastimes

CHILDHOOD READS

There is one thing I like to do to fill my time and that is to read. I’ve always had a love for reading even as a young girl. I can still remember the first book that I ever read as a young girl, “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret,” by Judy Blume. I can still remember what the book was about and one of the funniest lines from the book was, “we must, we must, we must increase our bust.” As I got older and got teased for having big boobs, I remember blaming it on this book because all my friends and I use to recite the sentiment and do the motions it talked about in the book. It’s good to reminisce about the good old days and think back to times when you were a child and laugh at yourself.

DEALING WITH DEPRESSION

The most recent book I read was, “Natural Disaster, I Cover Them and I Am One,” by Ginger Zee. I’ve been a fan of Ginger’s for several years and after reading her book, I feel somewhat connected to her. She shares a lot of personal information in her book, but the thing that really stood out to me was her battle with depression. Over the past couple years, I’ve been dealing with my own depression and finally found a doctor who took me serious and prescribed something to help make me better. People who really know me, know I’m not one to take meds, so it took a lot for me to reach out for help and actually take what was prescribed. If your having your own issues, please seek help from a professional so you can find relief like so many others before you. You are not in this alone by no means.

KINDLE

My kindle is full of many books that I have bought and/or downloaded for free over many years that I have still not read. I use to read one book after the other, then for some reason I lost the passion for it. I want to find my passion for reading again and have stated that 2018 will be my year to read as many books as I possibly can. It’s a great way to pass the time and I seem to have a lot of that here lately so it’s time to choose an old book and start reading.

What are some of your favorite reads? Please share in the comments below what your favorites are and it might just be something I read before the year is over.

 

On the Blog:

One Year Ago:  6 Important Aspects of RVing with Dogs

Two Years Ago: How to Loom Knit a Child’s Hat

Three Years Ago: Counting Down

Four Years Ago: A Trip to Santa Monica, California