This quote: “You don’t have to get a job that makes others feel comfortable about what they perceive as your success. You don’t have to explain what you plan to do with your life. You don’t have to justify your education by demonstrating its financial rewards. You don’t have to maintain an impeccable credit score. Anyone who expects you to do any of those things has no sense of history or economics or science or the arts. – You have to pay your electric bill. You have to be kind. You have to give it all you got. You have to find people who love you truly and love them back with the same truth. But that’s all.” -Cheryl Strayed
Two years ago I took a wonderful course called Adventures in Manifesting. I was unemployed and trying to find my place in life. I am happy to say that, after two years of ups, downs, lefts, rights, sideways, backways, and loops, I’m taking a big leap forward. Today, I am starting a new career – in a field I never would have thought about two years ago. I am working as an Online Content Specialist with the Association of American Medical Colleges.
In essence, I am working with contributors to our site to review and publish content on a daily basis, as well as working with my team to train people on how to use the content management system. Aspects of the job include Web maintenance, outreach and support, and development. There’s a lot to learn, but I’m excited. It’s a challenge, but also an adventure.
I am grateful for everything that’s happened and everything that it’s taken to get here. The more you appreciate what you have, the better the opportunities that come along. When you rid your life of the extraneous, the frivolous, and the unnecessary, you make room for the amazing and unexpected!
This year, I’ve decided once again to pick Themes for Success. Where last year’s words were Create, Celebrate, Simplify, this year’s words are Gratitude, Beauty, and Health. While I have yet to make a comprehensive post about them, I decided to let these words absorb into me and take me where they will. My theme of Health this year has me finishing up dentist appointments which started last year, ordering new glasses from Warby Parker, and eating well.
I recently read the book Wheat Belly and have decided to cut wheat out of my diet. Did you know that two slices of whole wheat bread can spike your blood sugar more than a candy bar? Wheat can be more addictive than high-fructose corn syrup. On average, people who eat no wheat eat about 400 calories less per day than those who do eat wheat.
So, I’ve decided to give eliminating wheat a try. My hope is that, in addition to losing some weight, I will no longer feel as sluggish, will have more energy, and just feel better overall. I’m hopeful, since the first week I eliminated wheat from my diet, I lost two pounds. I am hoping to continue losing weight and feeling more energetic. I am experiencing less need to snack and feeling full, but not stuffed after meals.
Have you ever eliminated wheat from you diet? What effects did you experience? Were you able to keep it up long-term?
One of the hardest and most valuable lessons I have learned in my life is how to absorb positivity and deflect negativity. Before putting positive energy out into the world, it’s important to create it for yourself. In this short, but sweet “Ask Amy”, Amy Poehler explains how to get a start on pumping up positive energy in our lives, accepting compliments, and leaving negative energy behind. Take it from this genius comedy star and implement it into everyday life: