I can’t believe its been almost 3 weeks since I’ve shared here. So much is happening these days I have just lost track of time. First, I’m happy to report that I have been hiking a few other times since my last post and I’m loving it! I plan to go again Tuesday to a new location – thought I would give our local botanical gardens a try. The gardens itself of course are lovely, but there is also a pretty extensive moderate difficulty trail system that surrounds it. So that should be fun!
Second, I unfortunately never completed another fast (yet). At this point, with my crazy work schedule and the holidays just around the corner, I guess this will be a New Year’s fast. I have definitely fallen behind in the eating healthy aspect of my life. I haven’t juiced in almost a week and I have included things like chips and salsa, cereal, and cream cheese back into my diet. I know, not the end of the world, but definitely a set back for me. I plan to make a yummy fresh cranberry and orange juice as soon as I finish this post!
Oh, and that third goal… the art commissions… well, that deadline has been extended as well. At least one of them is on schedule to be completed by the end of the week.
Its been so difficult finding time the last few weeks. Have I mentioned before what I do for a living? I’m a social worker – well, not by degree, but by position. I work with families who are involved with DFCS, DJJ, or that have mental illness or substance abuse issues. I am not a therapist. I teach skills for children and adults – coping skills, parenting skills, life skills, etc. I also do a tremendous amount of case management, administrative duties for our agency, and other miscellaneous things. For example, this weekend I have/will spend multiple hours observing and caring for a preemie newborn at the hospital because the child’s custody has been removed from their biological parents and needs a caregiver 24/7 until it can be released to go home with a foster parent. As a result of all of this, there are times where I have physical time, but emotionally/mentally I am drained and it’s been difficult for me to stay focused on the things I want and need when I’m not working.
So, this leads to a fourth goal (yes, as if there’s not enough on my plate!) – to find balance in my life to ensure that work does not continue to overtake me. I owe it to myself and hubby to get back to a place where I’m engaged and interactive and can focus on things that have nothing to do with work. This is going to be difficult while that little one is still in the hospital. However, even though this is goal #4, it is my priority at this time. If you have any suggestions, feel free to share!