Back in the Saddle Again…

Hello again, my friends. It has been too long. Let me catch you up on all that has transpired over this last year.

When we last spoke, I was making some changes to my life.  If you are new to this site and you want to read more from that post, here is the link. I had decided to go back to school and take a course that sounded interesting to me. Before I took the actual course, though, I needed to upgrade my sciences. I started late August, a year ago today, of going to school part time online. By the beginning of March – my goal – I finished my upgrades and was about to apply for the next year but I had some unexpected changes at my work and decided to take on a temporary assignment within my corporation. That has put my school on hold for a bit. I began the new job the end of May and it has been a slow start, but so far, so good.

I surprised myself by enjoying the school side of things. I was nervous at first, not knowing how hard the tests and assignments would be, but once I familiarized myself with their set-up and expectations, it wasn’t so bad. I made myself a strict schedule to try and keep on top of work/school/housework/family life balance. I knew I had to dedicate 20 hrs per week for school, and I was able to stick with that pretty well. I LOVED the concept of freezer meals – they saved my life! Definitely a must for anyone out there who has a full schedule. The information I was learning was new and interesting and something that has been beneficial no matter where I go from here.

The part that suffered the most was my body. I wasn’t eating as healthy as I should, because prep work for really healthy eating takes time. Exercise was also the first thing to go when I was running short on time, and I have noticed the difference in my back and joints, my energy levels, and a weight gain. I know if I am exercising regularly that I can focus better, manage stress better, think more clearly, and work better, but it was still too easy to let it slip. Then busy summer rolled around, and I have been putting in extra hours at work…let’s just say it is time to get back into routine and making my health a focus again.

I think routine is the certainly key for me. I find summers are busy and chaotic, and by the time back-to-school deals start showing up in the weekly flyers (around here school starts after Labour Day in the first week of September), I am craving routine and a need to get my life back on track, for everything to just slow down so I can think. Autumn might bring its own kind of busyness, but there is something to be said for routines and schedules and time constraints.

So here I am, I’m back.

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