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First Week Back

My first week back to work was more than I thought it would be in areas I hadn’t anticipated beginning with I thought I would get sleepy throughout the day. To my surprise I worked through with no problems pertaining to staying awake. I don’t know if it was the atomsphere of the workplace or just being more active. Whatever the reason….

Ok, so Monday I sit at my desk to clock in and start my day, only to find out I can’t. Apparently I wasn’t put back into the system until Monday which meant I wouldn’t be able work at my station until Tuesday. Fortunately there was a pc that would allow me get work done. I felt out of place without my bookmarks and shortcuts but I managed.

So I get through Monday and Tuesday I’m back at my familiar place. I was feeling more at home and felt as if I was getting things done. The one thing that was cumbersome for me the first few days was dealing with the pain. It was more than I thought it would be but as each day passed, the pain decreased. I believe getting back to work was the best thing that could have happened to me physically speaking. Right now I feel like I could do anything, although I know that’s not the case. Driving more I’m sure has something to do with it as well.

Now getting back to sleep for a moment. For some reason, I’m not sleeping through the night since going back to work. First couple of nights I was up at 3 a.m. to drain the fluid and I could not get back to sleep until it was close to the alarm going off at 5. The past few nights have been different but just as bad. I don’t know what this is about but I’m hoping it doesn’t last.

Overall I’m feeling good and should be riding my bike pretty soon. I’ll be glad when I’m able to start my workouts again, but will settle for riding my bike.

Each new day is a blessing to me and I’m not taking them for granted.

My Day Off

My day off from work this week and unlike so many other days like these, I have chosen to actually follow through physically, what my mind has been wanting me to do. I’m writing. I believe this is the longest spell of silence I’ve had since my blogging experience began. So many times since my last post, I opened my dashboard, looked at the stats and clicked the add a post button. Only to close the page and walk away. I just couldn’t follow through with the swing, or make it across the goal line. I do have things I could have written that might be of interest to you, but right now you may be more interested as to why I have been so silent.

Am I feeling sorry for myself? Just the opposite. I’m really pissed off at myself for allowing this to get to this point. I love writing, whether it’s a quick post, poetry, something about my life or life in general. Posting some of my artwork that I still want to improve on and to promote as my own brand, and of course that can’t happen if I’m sitting on my hands.

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See that face in the frame? That is how perplexed I feel as to why this is happening. I do have answers and at the same time, I have no clue. I do know I need to break away from this duldrum (not sure if I’m using the correct word) that has gripped me like Charlie Brown’s dark cloud.

I know exercising and eating healthier can influence how we feel physically and emotionally. Saying that, I haven’t been able to workout like I had been because of a health issue that has come to light. I’m not ready to bring it to the forefront on this blog at the moment. I will say that surgery is planned after the first of the year. If your thinking this is the reason for my silence….it ain’t so because it was during the middle of the silence I became aware of my condition. I do plan to document the before and after, maybe for my own benefit.

So because I haven’t been able to workout, I have gained some extra pounds that I can’t wait to shed. I have indulged in some foods (more like snacking) that I could really do without, but I am getting back on track. My mid-section has taken on the bulge. I want to lose at least 5 pounds before the surgery, a goal I believe is realistic without exercise.

I’ve had some tests done over the past couple of months to determine the extent of my condition and what will be needed to get my health to a healthier state. The doctors tell me I am really in good health aside from the fact I need surgery….that is good news.

We’ve come to our slow period at work which means they are keeping a close eye on the hours. Even with insurance, I’m looking at medical bills already but I’m not letting that get me depressed…down a little but not depressed.

Christmas is right around the corner and as an adult, I know what Christmas is really about. Personally, I could care less if I get a single gift. My gift right now is my daily gift from God with every breath I take. But I do have 3 grandchildren who view this time of year differently and understandably so. We will make sure they have a children’s Christmas.

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#My3Grands (photo courtesy of themahoganyway.com)

They grow so fast. There was a time when I could reach out and touch them and hear their laughter, the questions that only a child can ask with a straight face and the cries of pain or disappointment, but now we are states apart. I won’t lie….at my age, it’s nice to have peace and quiet, but I do miss them.

I don’t know if I answered any of the questions you may have as to why I haven’t been posting. There are some elements in my life I’m not totally happy about. Finances, or the lack thereof can bring anybody down. The world’s events that tops the newscasts on a daily basis….and the list goes on….but, even you know these aren’t the main reasons.

I’m generally upbeat and easy going. Laughing (at myself a lot) and making others around me laugh as well. When I do get down, I don’t stay down for long periods. I don’t know why I have allowed myself to stay away from this spot for so long.

I’m anxious to get back into the mix. I don’t want to be this silent anymore. I hope it lasts, but we all know that it’s up to me.

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Loose Ends

While I was away from posting and moving, I found that my blog here was offline due to a domain issue (not with WordPress). I was sure my domain was good well into 2014 but for some reason I was shut down. I am now back up and running but I still have to look into what happened because now, even though very minimal, money is involved and I don’t think I should be out any at this time. But it’s not a big issue for me and I will find out what happened.

For now I am focused on returning to the task at hand, and that is posting and designing. Right now I am making sure my social media are all up to date before I dive into posting. With moving, and Christmas approaching, working a few more hours than I was a year ago this time I haven’t managed my time the way I would like. The extra hours at work are a blessing, especially this time of year. A year ago I was barely getting 20 hours a week.

My art software has been quiet but my mind has been going at full speed. I’m not sure what to do with my Etsy store. With my website Mind-ful Things, I don’t see the need to keep my Etsy store especially when I sell everything at my Mind-ful Things site. I thought about dropping some things from my site and keeping them on Etsy but that means maintaining three sites which would include MindfulThings2, which I have integrated with the main site. I would also have to pay to list on Etsy (not linking to Etsy because my listings have expired). I’ll be working on these issues and will come to a decision soon.

Well that’s all I have for now. I was looking for a photo to drop into this post and came across this one….

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Taken in 2011

Do I still look like this?

It’s Me

How many times does it take before realization sinks in to find that it’s me. I am the reason that even though my website has been up for some time now and I’m not talking about it. I’m trying to do so much at one time now that it’s up, I’m getting nothing done.

I’ve also realized I have undefined myself somewhat as I strive to reach goals. I have gotten away from the main focus of my blog, or has it evolved into what it should become.

Bottom line is in the opening paragraph. It’s me. I feel as if I’m all over the place, again getting nothing done as I want to move on, as I need to move on. If I’m not careful I’ll find myself trying to right a ship that’s leaning heavily to one side. This would cause me to use resources in adverse ways instead of sailing this ship through the waters, avoiding the rocks or other obstacles in the way.

Speaking of moving on, did I mention anything about moving. That takes place in about three weeks. I believe this will help in getting back to where I would like to be.

Well I started this post last night and fell asleep on it and finishing this morning before work. So I better get out of here.

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Making Progress

I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without posting. But I have been busy and working more hours at work. The heat of the day and work has taken its toll. I do have an update on my progress and I do have to say that it is taking longer than I had anticipated but much of that is due to my perfectionist attitude. I know I’m  spending too much time trying to get things right so I am pushing myself to get this done so that I can work on more artwork for more products.

I did do some editing of current artwork and spent a lot of time on that. I have some items on hand already but I am holding off on showing them until the site is ready but I would like to show some photos of my grandchildren modeling t-shirts because the pics I had to take before getting one that I could use was too good not to show.

So here is what I went through to get  a good shot.

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I had fun taking these and there is more to come.

It’s All Good…Still

Summer days are fastly (not a word, but should be) approaching and people are out and about ready to knock off winter’s dull-drums, if winter does that to you. The warmth of the sun and heat of the days have come to bring activities that have been baking on the inside of one and all.  I have been busy indoors #workinon my Facebook Page, artwork for my online store, trying to involve myself more into my social network, and preparing to open my online store. 

If I were able to, I would produce my own products from home not just to save money, but because I like doing things myself…although I know doing that would also be so much more time consuming. So I have looked into where and who would best suit my needs in producing some of my items. I’ve bookmarked several sites to look into and will do more research as I move along.

I stated before on several occasions that I am a one man show. I know I am at a disadvantage in may ways when it comes to what I am trying to accomplish, but in no way am I going to let that be a deterrent. I’m aware there are many people in the same situation as myself, doing it all on their own that may feel the same as I do. At times it’s overwhelming, but I am thankful for the opportunity to wish upon the stars and to see dreams come true.      

So I’ve been busy designing some items for my van to advertise my business and I settled on Vistaprint for now to get me started in that area and also for window decals for the back windows on automobiles to sell. If you haven’t noticed, I changed my Facebook Page to Mind-ful Things which is the domain I purchased for my website. I think it is a better fit for me because of my poetry and clocks I design along with other writings I come up with. I ordered my ad items and also ordered some decals to see what they will look like. I’m also #workinon my website to get it ready to open. I went ahead and designed business cards and ordered them through Vistaprint also. I could have printed them myself but decided not to. 

When my store does open, it will not be completely full of items, but a nice selection will be on hand. You won’t see much if you were to visit Mind-ful Things right now, as I said…it’s a work in progress. This is the header I designed for it…

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I also have it as a cover on my Facebook page which I would love if you were to like my page and be sure to follow me on Twitter @whatruworkinon. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop in….I gotta get back to work.

Please Don’t Leave

I had mentioned recently that I am in the process of making changes and moving forward in a direction that I feel will work for me. I find it necessary to limit my blog posts to allow more time for what I need to concentrate on. During this time, I’m asking that you please don’t leave and think that I have abandoned my blog. I do appreciate the likes and comments that shows your interest in what I have to say or design.

The steps ahead will have twists and turns, pulling me here and there.

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There may be moments when the unknown will strike an element of fear.

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But it will all lead me to where I would like to be.

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Then I can breathe a sigh of relief.

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I’m sure I will have a post here and there and some updates on my progress without giving away too much info. I will also keep an eye on what all of you are up to. With that said…I gotta go…lots of work ahead.

Love y’all

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