Day 203-208. July 24-28-Steve was here

So Steve came home on day 203 therefore I got nothing accomplished but I did have a great time.  Here are some of the things that we did:  

  1. Discovered that the gas station on the corner has a good selection of wine and not expensive.
  2. Took Mo for a walk at midnight and he loved it.
  3. Had lunch at Le Royal, our favorite bakery in South Miami.
  4. Watched the TV series called Emma.  He stayed up to 3am watching because he wanted to see what happens.  He tells me this the next morning.  “I know what happens, she ends up with the guy,  but I had to watch it anyway”.  I laughed my butt off.  
  5. Went to happy hour and had dinner with friends.
  6. Got a parking ticket.
  7. He bought me some new wheels for my bike and surprised me.
  8. He slept while I went to help one of the coaches of Alien Endurance (I couldn’t run so she asked for help I was like ok).
  9. And a bunch of other stuff (My family is going to be pissed at me when they read this since we did not do anything with them).  Sorry it was only several days.

What I learned is that next time Steve is coming home I better get everything done before he gets here.  I also learned that if you tell someone they are doing a good job it can get this sort of reaction and I quote “you just made my heart smile”.

Day 201-202. July 22-23, 2013-Studying like a crazy person

The last 2 days have flown.  Besides actually being busy at work I have been cranking through my online course.  I can’t stop myself from moving to the next section.  I really should slow down and let everything sink in but I am having too much fun.

The best part of all is how my family and friends are now sending me articles or workshops that could help me.  I feel supported with my future.  That helps when you are in the middle of transforming your life.  Taking that first step is difficult but I am blessed to have such supportive family and friends to help me along the way.

My sister sent me this inspirational quote on Monday.

“Our feelings are pathways: if you are feeling happy with yourself, you are traveling the right path; sad and it is time to change directions”. ~ Grahak Cunningham

As part of the email I also found this and thought it was a great message to enforce Grahak Cunningham’s quote

“Taking up a challenge is a good opportunity and example of when you are going to have to go to battle. If you take up a challenge in life, people will often throw cold water on your inspiration and you will also have your own doubts. “I will start tomorrow” or “maybe next year” are common thoughts. There’s no point listening to this kind of distraction from others or yourself, so why bother with it?

If you are inspired to do something, run with it. If you want to do anything great or different or positive, you can’t sit around waiting for other people’s approval. The heart’s motto is always ‘here and now’ and making positive changes to yourself with ultimately benefit the world at large.”

What I learned today is that it is hard to take the first step but the second and the third are easier.

Day 200. July 21, 2013-Emotions all over the place

I was so excited that I reached day 200 but today was a difficult day. I basically avoided the day by doing my course which I loved. But there were things that I needed to accomplish today. As I write this I am very agitated and stressed out. Basically it’s because I skipped what I was really supposed to do today. My stomach is in knots and I feel bad.

What I have learned today is eat the frog first and enjoy the rest of the day.

Day 198 and 199. July 19 and 20, 2013-Started class and some more soul searching

First I want to say OMG tomorrow is day 200.  I can not believe I stuck to this for this many days.  I am very proud of myself.  I do not normally pat myself on the back but what the heck right.

So the last 2 days have been about starting my online class.  There was some printing to do and that took forever but I got it done and organized in a binder.  I also went online and finally figured out how to get to the videos and lectures.  I’ll have to say for a social media course the website for the course is not that user friendly.  Hmm I just had a thought.  Maybe that is part of the lesson.  I am going with that.  I also started reading the material.  It is like Chinese to me.  There are a lot of acronyms.  I do not like acronyms.  You have no idea how long it took me to catch on to OMG and LOL.  I am thinking this is going to take a little longer than I once thought.  

Besides starting the class I seriously started looking at what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, some soul searching.  I love my job as a Landscape Architect but things haven’t been that great for several years and this year has really been tough.  I am consulting and woking on an hourly basis, when needed, with the company that I have basically been with for 18 years.  It was a good solution to not completely losing my job.  There is work out there but I am just not motivated to go anywhere else.  Recently I have beed disillusioned with my profession in South Florida.  It seems to me that there are so many opportunities to do something great but we always get knocked down.  Between the public officials, the codes or the people interpreting the codes it is almost impossible to do anything outside of the box.  When I visit other cities that are progressive in their thinking it just makes me feel worse.  So it has got me thinking about what I want to do.

So today I started looking for job opportunities.  My friends keep telling me I would be so good at philanthropy.  At  first I thought about it in the fundraising side because I enjoy that.  But after many hours of researching I came up with what might be better is assisting a philanthropist.  Really what I like is helping people.  If I won the lottery I would do that. I would start some type of organization to help people.

So I started looking at all sorts of jobs.  There are plenty out there and they pay well.  What I realized is that I need to add some skills to go after some of these jobs.  Now given everything that I have been up to this month is perfect because those are the kind of skills that are required.  One of the jobs was for a couple who were authors and philanthropists.  Really a job possibility with authors after declaring that I want to get into writing.  Freaky.  Another job was requiring social media skills.  Again freaky.  But here is the best part.  These jobs are in NYC.  I just told my cousin I wanted to move there and I was going to start looking for a job.

What I learned today is that when you think outside the box there are wonderful things waiting for you.  I also reconfirmed that when you declare something it will show up.  Those jobs and there were a lot of them are there for my taking.  I just need to let go of my doubts and go for it.  Seriously some of the descriptions almost had my name on it. One of the jobs was for the Conservatory at Central Park.  Really, I could use all my skills including Landscape Architecture.

Day 197. July 18, 2013-Registered

So today was about getting back to normal after being sick and going to NYC.  My big task today besides stocking my fridge with nice healthy food was registering for my Social Media Management course.  It is an online course offered by University of Miami.  Online registration is new to me.  Actually online course is also new to me.  When I was in college we didn’t even have home computers or internet.  I can’t wait to start this course.

So after the registration process I got an email with instructions for logging in.  I logged in and and printed the syllabus and the study guides.  That is as far as I got.  I suppose I need to read all this stuff to figure out how to get to the lectures and so forth.

What I learned today is that I really can not believe how excited I am about taking classes.  I really hated school when I was in school.  I always remembered thinking when I saw an older person in my classes that they were nuts.  How naive I was.  I suppose now that I am older  I can now appreciate how learning is such a luxury and they were not nuts.  Taking classes will also keep me focused.  Since January with reduced work and hours I have been unorganized and very forgetful. I need structure.  I am learning that more and more every day.

Day 184-196. July 5-17, 2013-Damn how did this get away from me

Well as you can see I have been missing in action.  From July 5th to July 11th I was sick so I slept a lot.  Obviously getting nothing done.  The fact that I was sleeping so much should have should have been a red flag telling me that I need to get to a doctor.  I do not normally sleep so much.  But each day I kept thinking tomorrow I will be ok.  Not what happened at all.  I finally went to the doctor and it was strep throat.  This forced me to defer my NYC Triathlon until next year (which was a really good thing).

So during the week I was sick I actually did get a few things done like I learned to pull a part, pack up and re build my bike.  That was huge since I would have been traveling by myself to the race.

From July 12th to the 17th I was in NY.  I decided to go ahead and go since it would cost so much to change the flight.  On the way there I actually started reading through my new writing book and I did some of the exercises and actually wrote my first assignment.  It was pretty cool.

I did a lot while I was in NY.  It was a great trip and I was able to hang out with some friends but most importantly I got to spend 2 full days with my cousins Loli (my twin cousin) and Raquelita, Loli’s sister.

What I learned these past 2 weeks is the following:

  1. If I find myself sleeping a lot I better get to the doctor sooner than later.
  2. I can actually be ok with my flights being delayed for 4 hours.  That is only because a post that I had read on Facebook about a conversation between God and a person who thought everything had gone wrong that day. In this conversation God told the person about why everything had gone wrong.  Basically it was because every incident that the person thought was bad really happened because God was saving them form something way worse.  I decided that I needed to remember that when things appeared to be going wrong.  Well I decided to just chill and wait for whatever God had planned for me.  As it turns out it was a chance to see some friends.  One was at the gate in NY waiting for the flight back to Miami and two were in NYC staying 2 doors down from me.  I would have missed all that had my flight been on time.
  3. I think I will enjoy going back to school even if it ends up being just taking a few classes.
  4. I love NYC.
  5. I love to walk (walked for 6 straight hours on Saturday and I had an absolute blast).
  6. Hampton Jitney is a very nice way to travel (Loli and I took this bus to Northfork to see Raquel).
  7. I love Northfork.  It is so peaceful.
  8. I  love NYC (their bike lanes are as wide as a car lane).
  9. All taxis (well most of them) in the city are now all hybrids.  Love that.
  10. I love NYC (they close certain streets down on the weekends for cyclist, roller bladders, runners and everything but cars).
  11. It is really hot in NYC in the summer (1st time I have gone in the summer).
  12. I love NYC.
  13. I love community gardens (I saw one in Northfork and it was beautiful).
  14. Did I mention that I love NYC.

Day 183. July 4, 2013-Found some courses

Today I was going to get up, swim, then weight train then do bridge repeats and get all my workouts out of the way so I could pig out and watch some fireworks.  I instead woke up with a sore throat and completely achey.  Not a good way to start the 4th of July celebrations.

I am not one to take over the counter drugs because I think masking the symptoms keeps you from resting which is what you need to do when you are sick.  That is why you are sick.  Your body is telling you to rest.  But today I chose to take some liquid tylenol because I wanted to feel well enough to get out of bed.

Feeling  no pain I got up and hit the internet looking for fine arts degree as my friend Mary suggested.  I found out that University of Miami (UM) and Florida International University (FIU) both have programs.  I looked up the requirements and the costs.  As much as I love the idea of going to UM it is expensive and the program looks intense and more advanced.  I think I need some undergraduate courses first which the FIU program has.  So I looked through the courses and sent an email to the program director to see what I needed to do to get started.   When looking at the actual class description it listed the required books so I went ahead an ordered some of them.  I’ll have them on Tuesday.  I also found out that FIU is putting on a writer’s conference at the Biltmore Hotel.  I have sent a request for more information.  I think that would be a good conference to go to.

In addition, to the writing courses, I also found a  Social Media Management Education Program offered at UM.  I was all over that.  I mean I am a Facebook addict.  So I started reading all about it and I got a pop up window for an online chat so I said hi and Tiffany responded.  After a few back and forth messaging she called me to explain the program in more depth.  It was good to talk to someone to fully understand how this program could help me with all of the things that I am doing.  The next class starts July 25th which is right around the corner.  I like that because I have a good momentum going now and I don’t want to stop.

After all that searching I was hungry so Steve and I went to grab some lunch.  We had a great time discussing all my new found information and how I can use the knowledge I will be gaining by taking these courses.

What I learned today is wine works better than Tylenol to mask the pain of a sore throat.  I also learned that I could actually make money from my facebook addiction.  Enough said.

Day 182. July 3, 2013

I am always amazed how certain things pop-up or happen once you speak an intent.  Talking about getting out of my comfort zone and I find this article on Lifehacker.  I haven’t been to this website in at least 2 months.  Pretty cool article.  Here is the link.  Enjoy and try some of the suggestions.  It can not hurt.

I just wanted to share the article but today’s task was getting together with an old friend from high school Mary Carrigan Barbuto.  She comes to Miami about 5-6 times a year but we never get to see each other.  Once again it was  a perfect time to meet because I mentioned how I want to take some writing courses and she was full of information.  I was struggling on the internet today trying to find a course.  She is already writing and knows what I need to know.  So I am super excited to get started.  On the flip side she was talking about starting to scan old photographs.  I was like I just sent 2000 photos to India to get scanned.  They should be on the way back soon.  Anthony was like that is what you should do so I gave her the information.  I swear I ended up getting an email that said my stuff was shipped.  I could not believe as I was just telling her how great they were about letting you know what was happening with the order.  By the way the place is called

We met her and Anthony for dinner and its the first time we met each other husbands.  So funny they (the husbands) are so much alike.  It was awesome.

What I learned today is that you will meet with the people you need to at the exact time they can help you especially if you express to the universe what you are up to.  Today was an incredible day of surprises all because I expressed I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and I want to learn to write.  Day 2 of the 2nd part of the year was so awesome.

Day 181. July 2, 2013-Making plans

So when Steve got home we went on our usual one beer walk with Mo and then came home and sat on the front porch.  We love doing that for many reasons but that’s how we catch up with neighbors, solve the worlds problems and make plans.

So after a bottle and half of wine and who knows how many rum and cokes we decided our futures were set.  The only problem with this scenario is that we skipped dinner.  I actually went to the grocery store and everything to get us some nice steaks.  I guess we will have those on the 4th.

One of the big topics was what am I going to do with the rest of my life.  Well funny that Steve brought that up because I had just written in my blog that I would use the 2nd part of the year to figure it out.  I told him that I really like writing my blog but since he has been home I haven’t been that good about it.  He suggested I find a writing course to take.  I thought it was a good idea.

We also decided that I need to make a schedule and stick to it so I don’t waste so much time.  So tomorrow I am making a list of everything I want to accomplish and schedule it.  This should be fun.  I hate making plans.  I am more of the fly by the seat of your pants kind of girl.  I suppose this will be part of my transformation.

We also discussed what Steve will do after his boating career comes to an end.  We have this conversation a lot.  We never come up with an answer.  All I know is that he needs to figure it out on his own.  I have enough to do for myself.

What I learned today is that watching the world go by is a good way to end the day even if you do skip dinner.  Had we gone in for dinner the TV would have been turned on and our conversation would have been over.