Year: 2012

I am an adult?

I guess I have technically been an adult for 7 years already. But tomorrow I turn the BIG 25!  For the most part, the last seven years I have felt like an overgrown teenager. Learning how to walk on my grown legs, learning to do my taxes, pay my bills, make appointments with wedding vendors, change my oil, going grocery shopping, balancing a checkbook, and recently beginning to pay the massive amount of loans I have etc. But at 25, I figured it’s time to claim it, I AM AN ADULT! But it is hard to accept because as a child I always figured a 25 year old was a parent, had all their sh#t together, and had all the answers in the world. But I am not there yet (is that even reachable?), but I think I had been mislead about what it means to be an adult. Now more than ever, I am learning that some people define being an adult by age, others by offspring, career, or financial stability. And although I do agree that each of those …

Plan:get in shape part 2 :)

I promised you all an update on my exercise routine in my last post. So here it is. Frankly, I have been shamed to update you because the plan did not get followed through by me. I have not necessarily been consistant, and I have not seen any real noticable results. I quickly learned that keeping track of all my calorie intake throughout the day was unrealistic. Concerning exercise, I was doing it for a while, but then I got burnt out. I was hiking early Saturday mornings, going to Zumba class during the week with a friend. I even quit beer for the month. But my stamina slowed recently. I also completely” pigged out” this past weekend (fried chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, beer(s), and finished off with pumkin pie (yumm).  Was it worth it, honestly, YES! The good thing about falling off the wagon (whatever wagon you might be in), is that the guilt from the fall could re-energize you to work even harder toward your goal than before. So I am dusting myself off and getting …

Plan: Get in Shape!

Lately, my body image has been a focus of mine a little more than usual, with my upcoming wedding and my new found fascination with beer, lets just say it has been difficult to stay in shape. In January, I even purchased a new pair of nifty running shoes, hoping that would jumpstart my exercise routine. But it really hasn’t. More now than ever I understand the phrase, a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest. My body has gotten acquainted with resting and that’s the way it wants to stay. But I want to break this pattern. So that my new found fondness of beer could be a habit I keep 😉 But how to get motivated.????? Well for one, my wedding dress just arrived and it is a size 4. So I gotta fit into it :), and I dont want to pay for ANY alterations. Also, I am the first to admit I have an elaborate appetite especially on the weekends I tend to allow myself to …

what’s your mission statement?

 Recently, in an ALL staff meeting our program director directed a question to all the staff: the question, What does being successful mean to you? As you would expect there were a variety of answers, some measured success by the weight of their wallets, some by verbal affirmation received from others, others said by achieving a set goals in a timely fashion. All these I agree with: But my response to my director’s question was this: Success to me is when you can do everything that life requires you to do while staying within your framework of pre-set values and your personal highest standards of living. In business this is known as a mission statement. My own response prompted another question in me, what is my mission statement? What standards and values do I attempt to upkeep in my everyday living? And this is what I came up with, my mission statement: 1. Honesty (attempting to stay true to others and myself) 2. Staying open minded, which offers me the ability to accept others 3. Staying flexible …

Dream a little dream…

Dreams, the very topic could be discussed for chapters and chapters, and it has. The following theories I will explain as I have learned and understood them… Freud (the father of modern psychotherapy) wrote and believed that dreams were repressed data from our subconscious, too threatening to the ego that it had to be hidden through symbols in our dreams. And the most threatening data has to do with our sexual and aggressive impulses. For example, dreaming about tall buildings could be representative of a phallic symbols (better known as the penis), therefore one could conclude they were either expressing a sexual frustration or penis envy 🙂 Jung, ( a contemporary of Freud) similarly wrote about specific images in our dreams symbolizing concepts shared by all humanity. Therefore, if you dream about a snake it generally means and represents the same thing from person to person, these representations are often traced back to largely held beliefs such as the biblical story of Adam and Eve, and according to that story the snake/serpent could often represent temptation. In physiology class I learned that …

Public Perception

My current job has given me the opportunity to work with many wonderful adolescents, but my memories from middle school have taught me that adolescents can also be quite challenging, especially adolescents in numbers. Recently, I was asked by one adolescent (one that was particularly displeased with my limit setting), “why does nobody like you?”, my first thought was, my family and friends like me and thats all I care about. My second thought was, thats a lie! I do care when I am not liked, I wish everyone thought the world of me! and thats the truth. Most of you may feel the same as I do, although you know there is a high probability someone, somewhere may not like you, you secretly pretend that person, those people don’t exist, because no one likes to be disliked. And if you claim you are one of those people that trully does not care what others think of them, then you are an outlier an oddity, and should be displayed in a museum. 🙂 But for the rest …