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florenaw in Springfield is doing 34 things including…

Find balance.

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florenaw has written 7 entries about this goal

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I don’t know if I am doing very well with this one or not. I have been sick last few days, so I have slept most of the day for two days. Now I am up late printing out ereserves and adding to discussion groups for school and here, of course. I am getting to bed earlier.

But I am still not working in exercise or time to clean the bathrooms, etc. I still have some clutter I have not found a home for, although it is much better than before. But the biggest thing is I am not working in time for Bible Study or prayer. I say a two sentence prayer about changes at work that are important to me or for people that are important in my life. Or as I see the hurricane pass over New Orleans. That is a pittance to what I should be doing.

Here is my new goal, although it might take awhile to implement since I tried it this morning, but was very slow and since not feeling well went back to bed anyway. But instead of setting the alarm for 5:00am and hitting the snooze for about an hour. I mean, that hour of sleep if you can call it that surely is not really helping my body. I will get up at 5:30 after only one snooze, have some breakfast, which I was getting in, but then get on the AirWalker and read something spiritual, and pray and maybe get to work 10 minutes faster as well, which would be a help. Implementation is everything and I don’t know how well I will do that. It so helps if you have someone telling you come off it and just get up. I have not had that for some time, someone that is a good example.

But the church is offering several Bible Studys of great length, 30, 32, and 34 weeks long. I can’t take them all although they all interest me, because of my classes. But I need some direction. I have tried to read the Bible on my own and afterwards I end up saying, so? Read that millions of times before and I expect it to speak to me as if Bob were preaching. Well, I am going to get the books, do the readings and I hope that will give me some things to study and think about.


I think I am doing better with this one. Going to bed right after the news. Stuff gets done when it gets done. Am getting a little anxious, no books, no email links to set up blackboard accounts. But I talked to the Bookstore tonight. Looks like at least one mistake on both sides. Software will be blamed. But I got an 800 number that won’t always be busy, they promised. And it will probably get ironed out tomorrow. Just gotta remain calm. Still plenty of time to get it here. I am going to ask Andrea to send the blackboard links. She is bugging instructors for sylabi, so maybe they sent links to her before the rest of us. But if there is a mistake, the link will lead me to some kind of help folk. Oh, this taking classes totally online feels really weird. I don’t know how exactly you are supposed to have a decent discussion. I love all things digital, but this is nervewracking. I will have to pay a visit to JB or go mad missing the real world with real librarians.


Last few days I have been doing lousy with this one. Staying up late decorating. I am so tired at work that coffee quits working. Today I drank yerba mate looking for a new stimulant. Ug.


Well, I don’t really like the book. But I am trying to balance working hard with having fun and relaxing. I have been working hard on this duplex, but July 4th weekend I also took time out to see 2 movies I wanted to see, and laid out in the yard all three days. My life has been pretty fun lately. I turned 50 on 05-05-05. The entire building had a pary/luncheon for me. I was flabbergasted. I thought it was going to be a small tea or something. But I got my favorite gift of all time. Jan and the Alphabet job order writers ate happy meals for two weeks straight and gave me 50 Happy Meal Cats in a tuxedo box. So funny. They will have a shelf of their own in the new armoire.


I am reading with a group of women a book on setting boundaries. This seems related to this goal.


I am making progress on this one. I have walked even more this week, and I feel stronger, completing the three neighborhood streets just a bit faster. Most nights I am getting an hour more of sleep than I have been accustomed to and I have not been as sleepy at work. I read a book on finance, Start Late, Finish Rich and have identified some things to try. Mostly right now though, I only have time to read about some of the ideas he suggested. I will need to move to a larger metropolitan area to actually put them into practice, so this stage of my life will be a research stage. But I am looking at life coaching and consentrating on careers, basically what I do for a living now. I will also look into getting something on the side started with Ebay, while working on plan A, finishing my Masters in Library Science and becoming an academic librarian. I am also looking at consulting and doing some research work on the side as well.

Today the neighborhood had a clean up at JFK stadium and I was able to clean out the garage, so I feel like I am putting some things in place. In a week I will go home to spend some time with the folks in small town life, a respite.


Bob preached on balance Sunday. And talked about how there is a season for everything. I took that to heart and walked 3 nights this week. A beginning. He also talked about taking one day a week and spending time that day in contemplation. I like that idea. I am reading 3 books on my list right now about creativity and it seems there is a connection. So I am getting out into nature and just thinking about stuff, nothing in particular, just what dregs up.

Janie and I talked in our session about loneliness, and looks like that is the theme of Bob’s sermon coming up. She suggested I get involved in a ChristCare group. I had visited the website just the day before to see if Abby had finished a suggestion I made and read the page on the different groups. I think it is a good idea and I am going to continue contemplating that idea.

florenaw has gotten 4 cheers on this goal.

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