Saturday, August 20, 2022

Manifest & You Shall Receive

I wrote a while ago about what I'm trying to harvest: inner peace, education, and a career transition. You would not believe how powerful it is to put your ideas out into the universe and manifest what you truly want. I've never been good at that, you see. But, I'm starting to see how valuable it is and how valuable I can be, if I believe in myself and share my intentions with the universe. I cannot believe it's taken me 44 years to start believing in myself. 

I've been taking a certification program to learn to be an instructional designer. This last week, I started a new job as an instructional designer at a local tech college (I'll also still be teaching English as an adjunct at a community college). I've rarely been so excited for a job and, so far, this one seems like it'll be a great challenge and stretch me. I've already learned so much, in just one week, I know I'm going to love this job. My supervisors are both experienced instructional designers with some much to teach and share. 

This means that I've managed to manifest two of the three things I said I was striving toward. Now if I could only get that inner peace thing down, I'd be set.

Monday, August 1, 2022

What Am I Harvesting?

It's August and I'm counting the weeks until fall (just about 7 1/2 to go)!! In many pagan religions August 1st is the celebration of Lammas (Lughnasadh), a holiday celebrating the beginning of harvest. I think this is lovely because one of the central themes of Lammas is a reminder to focus on what we're harvesting in our lives, both now and in the future. With that in mind, I found some fun journal prompts to celebrate the coming of fall and I thought I'd do them here over the next few weeks. 

Prompt #1: What are you harvesting in your life now and in the near future?

Honestly... inner peace of some kind. I know that sounds a little bit like a cop out, but it's so much the truth. And honestly, who isn't looking for inner peace these days? I would love to feel still and quite on the inside. That would be a dream and I'm working hard to harvest that feeling.

But, I suppose a less existential answer to the question would be a career transition to a new aspect of the academic field. Earlier this year, I began taking a master's level eLearning Instructional Design certification program through UC Irvine - Division of Continuing Education. The program has been so interesting and fulfilling, I'm learning so much and by mid-year next year I should be done with the program. I love being in college, so this has been a fun and educational way to recapture that feeling while taking meaningful steps toward in a new direction. The goal is to transition from teaching to full-time instructional design, or rather to become an instructional designer while teaching part-time (adjunct) because I love to teach.

So, at this moment and into the near future, I'm harvesting education and success, for myself and others. I'm filling my heart and mind with intention, and I'm taking the necessary steps to manifest this change in my life. I'm thrilled for a new adventure in a field I'm passionate about! 

A fall path in Logan Canyon, my favorite place to spend a fall afternoon!!

Friday, July 29, 2022

My 44th Birthday

The 23rd was my birthday and, honestly, it wasn't great. I don't mind getting older, I turned 44, and I'm okay with that. There are a lot of people who don't have the good fortune to make it this far. I'm blessed. But, emotionally, it was the hardest birthday I've had in years. I didn't have enough sleep (3 hours) and I felt completely emotionally raw because I've had a really trying summer. I cried, I talked with Matt for a while because he always makes me feel less awful, and after he went to work I slept most of the rest of the day away, only waking up long enough to see the fireworks at 10pm. It was over as quickly as it begun and I was fine with that. 

The fireworks were definitely a highlight, but you know I'll be really impressed when Apple makes an iPhone that can easily capture fireworks... I digress... Since then, I've gotten to thinking that I have plenty to feel great about, too. So I'm going to try to focus on that right now. 

This year, Matt got me the best gift!!! He wrote me a sonnet, then had it engraved on a pretty acrylic block. I won't lie, when he gave it to me (a week early), I bawled like a baby for like an hour. It was pretty emotional for me and even though he looked a little scared, he absolutely knew I loved it and those were happy tears. 

Trying to photograph this thing was rough and I know most people won't understand the references, but that's okay. I understand and love them. Particularly the reference to my fur-babies. Matt is an absolute King and I adore him! I may have even hugged this thing for like 6 hours after the bawling stopped. 😆

My sweet little sister got me a Jane Austen word games book, which is so much fun. That girl absolutely knows me and knows what I'd love. She's the best. And I cannot get over that book mark... it's so delicate and beautiful, I don't think I'll be able to put it in a book for fear I'll hurt it. 

My folks sent me a gift card for Amazon and I got myself a honeycomb pull apart cake pan which is so lovely!!! And the picture below is a honey cake I made and not the pan because the pan is dirty from, well, baking the cake! 

There were also my yearly birthday cupcakes from Temptation cupcake, which are so amazing. It took me a week to eat them and I shared them with Matt. Not only are they beautiful, they're delicious. And, there was my birthday Starbucks, of course. I also got some amazing birthday cards from a friend (thanks, Shayla!!) and my in-laws.

At the end of the day, I was happy it was over, but also very grateful for my blessings. I have a roof over my head, food in my mouth, and a family and friends who love me. What more could I ask for?

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Family Visit

So much weirdness and mess lately, let's talk about something good. My parents and little sister came to visit us the second week of June and we had such a great time! They were here from June 6th - 10th and, since Matt smokes in the house and my parents and sister all have asthma, they stayed in a local hotel. Which really worked out because it was hot in my house because my AC was still out for the first few days they were here. So, that was nice because we got to spend a lot of time hanging out in their hotel room with the air conditioner.

We mostly spent the week chillin... ha, yeah, I didn't set out to make an air conditioner pun when I typed that, but it happened. *shrug* We enjoyed the days together, went to Center Street Market, went out to Logan Canyon and had a picnic. Overall, it was just so much fun to see them twice in one year (we went to see them earlier this year). Matt, Candi, and I went swimming in the hotel pool, which was fun and a nice reprieve from the heat we'd been having in our dang house.

The last day before they left mom, Candi, and I went antiquing at a local antique store where she got this amazing bowl for their coffee table. Then, my folks slept a bit while me and Candi went around to see a few of the local sites, like the visitors center in the old court house, the Pepperidge Farm factory shop, and the pajamas outlet (nothing in my size, boooo!!!), and we ended up in Idaho. I mean, it's only like a half an hour north of us, but yeah, we spent a little time cruising around just over the Utah/Idaho boarder, got a little bit lost, and had some fresh french fries in Idaho. They were so good and we're planning to take a trip to Boise together in the spring after I visit them in Arizona. 

It was a great week and I was sad, as always, to see them go. But, I'll see them again in the spring and we regularly Facetime. It was a super chill week that I think we all needed. I certainly did! 

Sunday, June 26, 2022

All the things...

It's been rough around here, y'all. Things haven't been going according to plan (loooooooong story) and I'm a little frazzled lately, to say the least. I mentioned before that our AC was dead. Well, we got that fixed. Only to have it run for one week and die again, along with two surge bars inside the house. All my lights started to flicker and the "brand new meter" the city just installed without notifying me was making a buzzing, crackling racket. Let me tell you, that is NOT what you want to hear coming out of your meter.

So, since the AC wouldn't work... again, I called them back out here. Then I called for an electrician. Turns out the electricity overloaded the AC, which they fixed. The electricity problem turned out to be a loose ground wire in the meter base. The electrician our home warranty sent us told the home warranty that the problem was code upgrades, so they won't  pay for it to be replaced. Since it's $1,800 we won't be paying to replace it either, but since they were out here and tightened up those wires, everything is working fine again. Seems the city workers knocked the dang wire loose and caused us a bunch of problems. Seems like the city might be able to compel us to do it, but they haven't yet. Fingers crossed they don't. 

The other stuff is job application related and, well, I don't really want to talk about it. Oh, and my folks came to visit us earlier this month, which was awesome (more on that later), and I'm now on a diet that's supposed to fix my digestive issues (TMI, sorry). The one bit of good news is that I was able to go out and walk, alone, for the first time since my broken leg. I was only able to walk like 1.7 miles, but that feels like progress. So, life's just dandy.