Just Because…

Life has been really, really good so far. I don’t know about you guys, but for me 2012 has rocked. So many good things have been going on and I am getting blessed in so many ways; it is just amazing. Life still has its up and downs, but the good far outweighs the bad.  I  noticed that I am the kind of person who when good things happen, I start looking for the bad. It’s a dumb mindset to have really, and it honestly keeps you from enjoying the good in your life. So, I’ve decided to squash that type of thinking and just enjoy all the good that is going on in my life. Life is good, I am happy, and I am going to focus on that.

So glad I started living like this...

I figured it’s time for an update. There’s a lot I want to write here, but I am tired and I need to attempt to get more than 5 hours of sleep this weekend:

1. I spent last weekend visiting with my California family. I had a blast catching up with my friends. I didn’t sleep, I got to eat tri tip (I MISS TRI TIP!!!!), and I learned more about roller coasters than I thought was humanly possible.

Did you know there's a site that tells you when a roller coaster has been modified? No? Neither did I.

I also got an answer to something I have been praying for (I’ll save that for another blog post), I got see two of my favorite people wonderfully happy (YAY) and I got to see my church family. It was a great trip. It was hard to return to Arizona because I had so much fun with my friends, but I am glad to know that when I need them, I always have them.

2) I ran 10 miles this week. Go me! I did six miles on Wednesday and four miles on Friday. I planned on running 4 to 6 miles today, but mother nature intervened and said I needed a break.

Thank you Mother Nature!!

I was really sore, I cried, and for a few days I really questioned my sanity when it comes to training for this half marathon. But, to know that I ran 10 miles within three days was awesome! To think that when I started this year, I could barely get through 1 mile a week without wanting to die…and I just knocked out 10 miles. It’s amazing the things you can accomplish when you set your mind to it.

I can't wait 🙂

3) I finally bonded with my active military group. This is something I have been struggling with at work for the past three weeks. It’s been rough. No matter what we tried to do, we could not get these guys to engage. We could not get them to come to group. It was very frustrating. My coworkers and I were at a loss as to what to do, and of course, when something isn’t working, you just start to blame the group. That thinking did not sit well with me at all and I wanted this group to see the benefit of recreation therapy.

And parachutes are awesome...

Finally, I decided to go down to their unit and just hold a group there. I am so glad that I did and wish I would have done so sooner. I learned more about these guys just sitting and talking with them in their comfort zone than I did when they showed up to our group room. We had pegged this group as unwilling and unmotivated when all we needed to do was to meet them where they felt safe. Duh! When I return to work on Wednesday, I am going to tell my boss what happened and discuss holding groups down there.

4. I finally got my letter stating that I am elligible to take my recreation therapy certification exam! I have been secretly freaking out about this for the past three months. I never mentioned this, but my job is contingent on taking and passing this exam. I had several scenarios playing through my head; most of them ending with me failing the test, losing everything and taking up residence on Van Buren to survive.

I may be a bit overdramatic...just a little bit.

The application process was very long, expensive and if anything was done incorrectly I would have to wait til October to take the test. Now that the application process is complete, I can now focus on studying for my exam. I am scheduled to take the test May 7th so I have plenty of time to study.

5. I learned that I have amazingly supportive friends here in Arizona. Often I talk about how awesome and wonderful my California friends are, but I forget what great people I have here.  I don’t say this enough, but I am super grateful for them.

Love you guys...seriously 🙂

I’ve known these guys for over ten years, and I can still be myself around them. I was going through something difficult this weekend and they were there to back me up, offer support and talk me through my issue. It’s humbling to see how much you are cared for and loved.

Well, that’s all for me. Later y’all.

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