I truly thought that I gained a little weight over the past 2 weeks, but oh my gosh! I actually lost a little! That has me super excited because in another 1.8 pounds, I will be halfway to my 100 pound weight loss goal! I can't believe I'm so close to the 50 pound mark! I'm about 3 months behind my original goal of one year, but I'm not beating myself up over it. It's not totally my fault...I mean, the emotional turmoil over the winter not caused by me (but deeply affecting me) really threw me into a tailspin and a depression. In past times, an upset like that would have been a 10 pound weight gain for me. Now, since I have become much more educated about essential oils for emotions, the big gain didn't happen, and my emotional trauma was helped by some wonderful oil blends
I now have 2 nursing jobs. The first one I started back in January doesn't have as much available work as I need nearby. I'm just not willing to drive more than an hour to a job site. The second job is going to keep me pretty busy starting in July. It looks like I will have more options than nursing home work with the new employer. They have a lot more in home care opportunities.
Road trip week was a week of over indulgence in the food and beverage department! I didn't weigh myself because I didn't want to know! Haha. Tomorrow morning I will "woman up" and step on the scale! I don't think it will be completely horrible, as my work uniforms I recently was able to fit into are still fitting well. One thing I noticed recently is that I need to buy new underwear. Maybe not info that interests you, but I'm excited that the undies I have are too big!
I'm taking a few days to spend with my daughter later this month. It has been way too long since she and I had some focused time together. I can't wait to hang out with her!
I've been very blessed this past 6 months by dear friends and family helping me through some emotionally rough times. All the little jaunts I've been able to take have been such a gift! With work being sporadic, there's no way I would have been able to go all the places I've gone. I'm going to take a little space here to give a shout out to those who made it all possible with their generosity!
Susan, Patti and Ed blessed me with Orlando. Susan gifted me the concert ticket, and I was able to stay at her house part of the time, and Patti and Ed's the rest of the time. They fed me and loved on me well! Fort Myers was a gift from Tracy, Bob, Connie and Gary. They invited me to be the 5th wheel of their group, gave me a bed to sleep in (a friend of Connie's owns the house we stayed in), and showed me a real good time! Tracy paid for my flight and is allowing me to pay her back when work picks up. Love you girl! The road trip recently was brought to me by Deb and Ed. They are so sweet and give me a gorgeous room to stay in when I visit! Many other folks have been kind and made me smile when feeling blue. Life is getting shorter all the time, and I am going to enjoy it as much as possible! To quote a Grateful Dead lyric, "Ain't no time to hate, barely time to wait".
Live with love and joy, people!
This week has been wonderful! Finishing up the journey with a Dead and Company show tonight, and head home tomorrow.
My youngest (Kyle-age 18) and I started our road trip on 5/31. We first went to Jackson, Michigan, where we lived from 2011-2015. I posted on my Facebook page that day, "Part of my heart will always live here." That is so very true. I made some lifelong friends there, and an amazing church family. My church there has grown a lot since I moved back to IL. I saw bunches of new faces! That is a wonderful thing! More people following the teachings of Jesus and living in community with one another; sharing the peace and love that comes with knowing God on a very personal level. I feel that love every single day. I want everyone to know that love!
Kyle had many amazing male role models during our years at Jaxnaz Church (First Church of the Nazarene, Jackson, MI). His two youth pastors during that time especially took a great interest in Kyle. They spent much quality time with him over the years! The time finally came that Kyle made the decision to be baptized, but he wanted his former youth pastors to do it. So, these wonderful men agreed to come to my dear friend's house and baptize Kyle Sunday afternoon. It was such a precious time! I am so thankful that God gave my family this wonderful Michigan family. We will always have a second home there! I'm actually thinking about expanding my travel nursing in a few years...spend some spring or summer months in Jackson!!
We left Jackson 6/4 and drove to Cincinnati for a Dead and Company concert. This was Kyle's first. He's not as into the music of the Grateful Dead as I am, but he looked like he had a fun time anyway. You just can't have a bad time with this crowd. There is always someone making me smile and laugh! Witty, quippy people, man. Lol. I think the boy looks pretty good in some tie dye...yes?? :-D
I would say that this must be one of the most unique vacations ever. Who else do you know that gets baptized into Christ's church one day, and introduced into the Grateful Dead family the next? Haha! Hippie Christians....it's a real genre!!!
I must talk essential oils for a bit! I brought one of my diffusers, so the hotel room smells of Joy right now. One of my favorite blends! It contains the single oils Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose. Love, love, love this blend! If you want to check it out, let me know and I'll send you a few drops! This one is a definite love it or hate it kind of blend. I personally love it, my bestie Tracy hates it. So try it, and see if you love it!
Peace to y'all, and we will see you back in Illinois soon!