Welcome to Coffee Talk. I’m your host Jennifer Miller…
It’s been like rolling tumble weeds with that whistling song thing you hear in westerns around these parts lately. Life is hard and stressful at times (FOR EVERYONE), and rather than come on here with a woe is me bitchfest, I just retreat from this space and reserve my BFF’s a front row seat at the one woman show I sometimes perform. That being said though, there is some catching up to do. So, I thought it would be nice to share some of what is going on in my world lately.
Harper is about to be 3…let that sink in for a minute. She was 10 months old when I started blogging, and now she is three. She is equal parts funny/smart/challenging/sassy. She has requested a “chipmunk party” for her birthday theme for about 4 or 5 months now. She seems to still be happy with that, so we are proceeding with a Rockin’ Luau Chipmunk theme complete with tropical themed bounce house. If I was a betting woman, I would place money on the fact that the three of us will be going as the Chipmunks for Halloween. Harper lover her “Teo-door.” He is my favorite, but Simon is a close second, so I am thinking I can pull off the color blue and rock some glasses. Tim is most definitely the Alvin of our trio. #nobrainer
Tim is still hanging in there with the job search. We are thankful that he at least still has his part time teaching gig, but that is not going to do for much longer. He hit the pavement hard this summer trying to land a full time job, and it was just not in the cards at that time. The available university teaching positions for his field of study were a minuscule 6 across the nation for this school year. He is applying for other jobs besides teaching, but as of now, still no luck.
I am still chugging along working, living life with the ones I love, and trying to lose more weight. I have had a couple of big changes that are making me happier as of late.
I decided to seize the opportunity to sign up as a Beachbody coach after I completed the first round of the 21 Day Fix. I loved the program and believe that it is legit. I have had plenty of opportunities to work for other companies and sell other products, but chose not to. I am not promoting some magic pill that just melts the pounds off. We know if that existed, we would would all look like super models. I still have to feed my body properly and work for it. Beachbody does not contradict that ideology. Nothing has changed. Except that I now have the opportunity to help further support my family while continuing to work on myself and I get to help others do the same too.
And speaking of working on myself and supporting my family, I have had at least one if not two jobs since I was 14 years old. I went straight to college from high school and quickly dropped out because of being in over my head with a poorly chosen major and the stress of work plus school. I started back up with a more suitable major a few years after Tim and I got married. I managed to complete a decent amount of credit hours over a couple of years, but then shortly after moving to Louisville I was promoted at work. It was a great thing for us and for me personally feeling more fulfilled in my work life. However, the extra hours and responsibility plus having to go to night classes proved too much for me. So, I quit once again.
So, as Tim applies for jobs in other states, I eyeball jobs that I am qualified for, and most of them require a bachelors degree. This is my main insecurity with my professional life. I am an intelligent enough person. I am capable of having a degree. I have always had to be focused on supporting myself and now supporting my family and that has always made school the thing that could give when it got too hard. I have decided that I have to do some things that make me happy. That means focusing on my health more and going back to school. I have 93 credit hours, and will be able to finish June of 2016. I start classes on the 21st, the day after Harper’s 3rd birthday. I have to make this time count for myself and for my family. I have to be able to provide more for us in the future. Tim’s time will come and his hard work will pay off. I have to make sure that I have done what I can to be happy with my choices and that I have done everything I can to make a better life for us in the long run.
Have any of you gone back to school after a hiatus? Any tips for the old hag dusting off her Jansport?