Count Your Blessings

Over the past few days I have really been focusing on the numerous blessings in my life. I truly, truly love my job as a teacher, my family is supportive of my anxiety struggles, my dogs are very cuddly and sweet, my friends are fabulous and honest, and my husband is my rock! He was also been promoted to Assistant Principal a few weeks ago, and I am gushing with pride! He is only 30 years old and it is incredible that he was able to earn that position at such a young age! I certainly know how to pick ’em!

This season just reminds me to focus on giving to others and there are so many whom I am thankful for and blessed by. Years ago, I never dreamt I would be this happy and content with my life. Just even 5 months ago! It is incredible how changing my mindset could spark off life changing actions and produce a fruitful life.

Remember to take time and identify your blessings. No matter how small. There is always hope.

Take Time for Yourself

This week I have been relearning that it is vitally important to take time each day to focus solely on myself. It doesn’t have to be very long. Just a few minutes would suffice. And in those few moments, I felt refreshed! With all the stress from various places in my life, I have been feeling stretched too thin. Unfortunately, being stretched thin does not include my body. I’m still sitting at a size 12, and have nearly the same number of mini m&m bags, cake, ice cream and a king sized candy bar to add onto my hips after this week! I tend to emotionally eat, and goodness these past seven days have been emotional! Since I was so bogged down with work I hadn’t given taking time to myself much thought. However I happened to stumble across alone time completely on accident…

I was giddily looking forward to unwinding at home on the couch When I got home from work today, but I received a text from my husband reminding me to go over to our neighbor’s house and feed their chickens. Grudgingly, and with excessive mumbling, I pried myself out of the soft cushions of the couch, grabbed the dogs, and headed to the neighbor’s house.

After feeding the chickens, the dogs and I were on our way home to finally indulge in some over dramatic television, when I realized how beautiful it was outside. I noticed the pups seemed to be enjoying the weather just as much as I was, so we walked on past our house. We walked for about twenty minutes. We enjoyed watching the sun set behind the rugged mountain tops. The sky was lit up with brilliant pinks, purples and reds, and the calmness of the desert in the evening was intoxicating.

It felt so good to just be out there with only my thoughts and my pups. It was so peaceful and relaxing. All the stress from work melted away and I felt renewed.

I think we all need to consciously remember to think about ourselves every now and then. Many of us put ambition, service, or career above our own needs, and we just end up burning out. We are not much use to anyone if our bodies and mental state is unable to keep up with our ever increasing demands. Time must be put aside to ensure we care for ourself so we can be a blessing to those around us.

Happy Friday!

You are right where you are meant to be!

Over the last 29 years of my life, I have often suffered from envy. Yes, I am not proud of it, but there are times when I can be a very jealous person. I personally find it annoying, but never the less, I still get caught up in that mindset. I do not find myself envious of people’s possessions, but instead, I am jealous of their opportunities. For example, I get frustrated when I see someone my own age having a better job. I have always been very driven with my career and often times find myself frustrated because I feel like I am behind comparatively. This is because I received my undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism, but after I graduated I had a difficult time finding a job. I also realized that my heart was not in covering news stories. I found out that I only wanted to be a journalist because I thought it would be prestigious, which it very well could be. I wanted the glamour I saw in the movies, but real life was much different. I did not want to spend my days trying to move up the ladder of a career that I didn’t even want to be apart of. I started working as a substitute for my local school district and I instantly fell in love it! So I went back to school and earned a Master’s degree in Special Education. 

Since I started teaching “later in life” (really it was when I was 25/26, and that’s not even old!) I always felt behind the game. My husband is just a few months older than me and I saw him moving up the ladder, and I found myself jealous of him. Which I see is ridiculous! He has been teaching longer than I have and he should be moving up. I don’t know why I spent all my time being envious instead of celebrating him. I see now that it was hard on our marriage and hard on him because he wanted to celebrate his successes with me, but couldn’t because I would be snippy when he would bring them up. 

Now, I have realized that I am right where I should be. No one should be promoted during their first or second year of working. It is something that must be earned. I am seeing that now. I am happy to celebrate my husband! He is an extension of me! He is incredible! A hard worker and I feel he deserves even more promotion! It feels good to finally learn this lesson. Once I became content with where I was, God began to pour His blessings on me! This year, I have more responsibility and am starting my climb towards leadership. I wish it wouldn’t have taken so long to be content where where I am, but I am grateful I am finally there! 

You may be frustrated that your life is not where you thought it would be, and you may be envious of those around you. But remember, your time with come. You are being prepared for great blessings!