Friday, October 21, 2011

New Identity! - Month Two of Twelve - Post Seven

New Identity ! -
Month Two of Twelve - Post Seven

Today is the last day of the ski patrol training. Wednesday, we had the written test and some trauma scenarios. I was one of a third of the class that passed.

People were crying. I was one of the last people to leave and the teacher asked me how I did. And I told him. And he said, "You should be happy." And I said, "It's hard to be happy when your friends are sad."

It was a mess. I remember not all that long ago when I was the one on the outside. It was a really hard night. Many of my classmates/ new friends have job offers that are contingent upon them passing. And the test is a standardized national thing.

There is an inner shift going on. All these old emotions surfaced. I am starting to get in touch with my new identity. A certified "Outdoor Emergency Care" person. This experience has gone as good as I could have hoped.

It has been a wonderful experience.

This is a picture of a reality TV show crew. Work hard and play hard !!

I have not applied for any ski patrol jobs. I am just getting used to the new "credentials." Later today, I am going to the last meeting. We have to be tested on a few basic skills (some bandaging, etc...). It is all downhill (ha ha) from here. I did it !!!

And then we party.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Personal Power ! - Month Two of Twelve - Post Six

Personal Power ! -
Month Two of Twelve - Post Six

“You will have to make the effort to break old habits and establish new ones. You will have to admit to yourself that your ‘gut feeling’ about things is askew, and unless you learn a better way, you will continue to suffer.”

— Susan Wright

Another quote from the Oprah newsletter. It is one of those tough love quotes. Got me thinking and pondering. Puts the power squarely on the shoulder's of each individual.

Best Wishes, Marie

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oh La La ! - Month Two of Twelve - Post Five

Oh La La ! -
Month Two of Twelve - Post Five

Oh La La !,

That feeling I was describing in my last post about being a bit over loaded and "it all just seems constant." Well I think that is the feeling that I am going to be having if I want to have some of the changes that I want in my life.

So ........ today was the day that Dylan came over and "got his hands on my office." Two chairs, and a giant basket went out to the curb. (Where the glass vase went a few months ago.)

The goal is to get rid of all the clutter, have things looking great, quick to tidy up and enjoy. Just about the last thing I want to do is be in my office all day. so the idea is .... if I can get it more spacious and pleasant, i will work more, etc.....

I also took down an old peg board with no pegs. And a little shelf that had nothing on it. Because it was not deep enough to really put anything on and it was not sturdy. So gone !!

When we replaced the old windows in our house with new windows, i saved some of them and replaced some of the glass with mirror. dylan said the mirror is a keeper.

So I have my list of things to clean, remove, sort, clear, etc..... There is a cupboard that has a little this and a little that (tools, cat treats, beach towels, etc.....) so i need to clear that out and we are going to organize that with some of the more appropriate office items that are now ..... clutter.

It'll be great. Dyland has a very organized, energetic energy. I wish that Adam lived closer because if he did, I would introduce them to each other.

Wishing everyone success and pleasure of living deliberately.

Best Wishes, Marie

Saturday, October 15, 2011

BUSY BUT INVIGORATED - Month Two of Twelve - Post Four

Month Two of Twelve - Post Four

Hello Everyone,

It has been hectic. Being in unpaid training 4 days a week. Studying for it. Working enough to bring in enough money to at least stay ahead of the game. (or at least keep my nose above water.) And dealing with going through everything and getting organized/ decluttering.

It is all great. And Things are rolling in the direction that I want them to roll. There are times when I get sick of feeling so "under the gun."

Last night during the class we did a quick overview of what is left, and we will be done next week. Friday night, we will be all done. The class is only one more week. It is going to be so cool to have the certification.

Monday, Dylan and I are going to be working on my office. He is really excited about that. And so am I, but I do not know what to expect.

I am happy. Busy, but happy. It is exciting to watch things change that have been stagnant.

Best Wishes, Marie

Monday, October 10, 2011

MAN PURSE - Month Two of Twelve - Post Three

Month Two of Twelve - Post Three

Several years ago, I had a young man come and look at one of my rental units. [There was an old post in the deleted posts that maybe someone remembers.] He was very well groomed. Had long hair and a beard .... and was carrying a "man purse."

And he smelled really good. And I thought ... "I could take lessons from him on personal care and self presentation."

He ended up not taking the apartment. But as he is friends with some of the people who live here, I would see him on occassion.

Several months ago, another unit came open and he text me and wanted it. But he already had an apartment. So I worked it out with him that if he would come and help me get it clean and ready so that I did not have to hire help, that I would hold it for a month.

So he has been here for a few months. He mentioned to me that he needed to get another job to generate a little more money. So I suggested that he help me out a little as we work well together and he motivates me. We worked it out that we would meet once a week for 3-4 hours.

So this morning .... we went through several of the flower beds and just cleared them all out. And then after he asked if he could see my office. He is going to help me get my office all decorated up !!!

I am really excited. This is month two of what has been planned to be three months of going through everything and ...... it has not been my priority because I am doing the ski patrol training.

And I have no regrets.

BUT ..... I am excited that the universe has sent me Dylan. Dylan has great energy and ideas and with him in the picture .... I see that at the end of 3 months, even with spending 4 days per week in unpaid ski patrol training, working, and everything else that needs to be done, I will have much of what I hoped to accommplish by the end of the first quarter. End of the third month.

Focus on something and your energy will attract things going in that direction.

Best Wishes, Marie

Thursday, October 6, 2011

SPOOKY OCTOBER - Month Two of Twelve - Post Two

Month Two of Twelve - Post Two

It is October !!

This is a hodge podge post. A little this and a little that.

But I am not afraid. I am going to be brave and deliberate. And also kind and gentle.

I am trying new things. Way out of my normal things. It is all just amazing. What does this risotto have to do with anything. I thing it is sophisticated and off the beaten path. And healthy. That is how i am feeling.

And I like this quote.

Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it."
Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)

Best Wishes, Marie

Monday, October 3, 2011

POCO A POCO - Month Two of Twelve - Post One

Month Two of Twelve - Post One

Hey everyone,

This quote came in my Oprah email. In Spanish "poco a poco" means "little by little." It amazes me what can change with a slight change. Most of all, we need to know where we want to go. And then, little my little, we get there. Better that waffling. (I sure as hell would not mind ending up with a body like the girl in this picture !!)

Best wishes, Marie

October 3, 2011
“Wellness isn’t about deprivation and it’s not about perfection. It is about pointing yourself in the direction of growth, training yourself to get comfortable with your highest potential, and then taking small steps to support that shift. It’s about showing up for yourself, day by day, and then one day finding that you’ve undergone a transformation.”
— Kathy Freston