Today is my 100th post on CSM!!
And I want to kick it off by thanking all of you, my lovely readers, for your support, your time, you encouragement and your friendship. I can honestly say that the process I’ve gone through over the course of the last week has been made so much easier and sweeter because of you. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I want to celebrate my 100th post, as well as thank all of you by doing a fun giveaway!! I’ll be releasing the details early next week so stay tuned!
The other piece of great news I have is that I got the job yesterday! I’ll be teaching ESL classes as well as helping to plan and carry out events for international students and their families. I won’t actually start teaching until the fall semester classes start in late August, but I will be doing some prep work and other things starting in a couple of weeks. Whoop!
Obviously, securing this new job has helped boost my confidence about leaving my old one, and it just so happens that I was offered the new one on the same day that I sent in my resignation letter. Coincidence?!
I’m really working hard to stop dwelling on the what ifs and concentrate on what I have going on now. I also received some very wise and very sweet encouragement and advice from you guys yesteryday, and I wanted to share some of your thoughts, in case there’s anyone reading who is dealing with something of this nature
Heather said “Just keep reminding yourself of why you are making this choice.” – I’ve thought back to this advice many times over the past couple of days. And when I think of it I’m reminded of all the exciting things that are yet to come!
My very wise friend Elyse commented saying “Your identity is not in what you do, it’s who you are. And a job is not who you are. Your worth is much more than the paycheck and responsibilities you had.” – Wow. What a wake up call. It seems so obvious, but I hadn’t stepped back from the situation long enough to realize this. I think it has been helping me a lot to try to step back and look at the situtation objectively.
Mary gave some very short and simple advice that I think will be my new mantra. She said “Now go courageously on and choose joy. – I think that oftentimes joy is something that we do have to consiously choose. we can dwell on the negative or we can focus on the positive and choose to be joyful no matter our circumstances.
And from Kelli “you will be amazed at the blessings you encounter along your path when you have time to slow down and enjoy them. you will love your new freedom. (i can already see you are!) don’t be afraid to take the leap!=) – Our society is so fast paced that I think I sometimes feel guilty for just slowing down. Like I won’t be doing everything I need to be doing if I take time to slow down and enjoy life.
Lastly, a very insightful thought from my sweet friend Sarah “Maybe we don’t hear about peoples regrets because they don’t have any related to quitting a job that wasn’t right for them? – So true! Why would anybody have regrets for making a decision to be happier and leave behind something that is dragging them down? Why would I regret that?
How could I not be feeling more positive and uplifted after all that?
Well, I can’t celebrate my 100th post today without some food pics! Amen?!
Amy’s low sodium vegetable lentil soup
apple – (leftover from my trip to Panera with my mom a couple weeks ago:)
Soy cheese and spinach enchilada with chopped onions and green chilis…covered in green enchilada sauce
homemade guacamole – obvs;)
This morning’s breakfast – Nature’s Path Organic Flax plus Raisin Bran (whew..what a mouthful!) with almond milk
We’re headin’ out to spend the weekend with my family at the lake. We’re running soooo late because we tried to fit too many thing into this morning – workout (quick 5k on the treadmill), packing, giving Olive a bath and haircut (bad idea;), blogging, invoicing, going to the bank, picking up a book from the bookstore and going to Walmart. AAAHHHHH!
Have an amazing 4th of July weekend everyone! We have no internet at our lake cabin, so I’ll see ya when we get back to civiliation on Monday!