Day 7 – 30 Days of ME!

Hello Readers!

Welcome to Day 7 of the 30 Days of ME! challenge.  After some rather sour news earlier, I’m happy to be writing about something much more cheery.  Before I go into today’s topic though, I just want to share a couple other bits of good news.  First, I have a phone interview on Friday with a place called National Heritage Academy.  This is one of the positions I applied for!  So, say a prayer and send some positive thoughts that it goes well. I have no idea what it pays or really what the position entails.  The other bit of good news is I found out I got a 100% on my Interviewing Strengths reflection paper I did in Unit 2 of my class! I was so excited! Finding out I got such a great grade on this paper really boosted my spirits!  For this particular paper, I had to interview or play the part of a counselor and then reflect on it and write about it.  My subject was a friend of mine who is currently serving time in prison.  I still can’t believe I did so well!!  I’m so excited because writing papers is really not my favorite even though I do enjoy writing.  Writing on a blog and writing papers are two very different things.

Okay, onto Day 7. Today’s topic is A picture of someone or something that has the biggest impact on you.  I’m going with someone or in my case, there are two someone’s.  Now, unfortunately, these two are now deceased. However, they still still have a great impact on my life.  They have for a very long time.

Let me introduce you to….my mentors and also great-grandparents, Forrest and Dorothy Laug.  From the time I was a young teenager, I have always wanted to have a life like theirs. They had the privilege of traveling the world!  For as long as I can remember they lived summers in Michigan and winters in Florida or Mexico.  Apparently, there is a street in Mexico named after him?  Although I did some searching and couldn’t find it so I really don’t know for certain.  I would always write them letters to let them know how I was doing in school, etc.  He always had such great, positive words of advice for me.  He started a business here in Michigan called Michigan Bulb Company.  He also owned a golf club called Highlands Country Club.  He was an avid golfer.  His company did very well and was passed on to his son, Ron when he retired.  Unfortunately, my uncle Ron’s son had no interest in taking over the business so the company was sold.  I was so sad to see the company leave the family.

I remember when I landed my first job just before I got out of high school, my grandfather was so proud of me.  He told me that the Meijer family was a great family to work for.  Work hard every day and you will get what you want in life.  I took those words to heart.  I’ve always had a strong work ethic.  My great-grandparents were married until death did they part.  So when my marriage dissolved, I was quite sad.  I took my vows so seriously and I wanted that life-long marriage like my great-grandparents had.  I’ve overcome that now.  I’d love to know what my great-grandfather would have to say to me about my divorce.  What advice he might have for me at this point in my life.  I’m sure he would be proud of my schooling.  I miss my great-grandparents so much!  I still have some of the letters he wrote to me and I love to look back at them on occasion.  I usually cry when reading them, but they’re healing tears.  I’m so grateful to God for such amazing great-grandparents and wonderful memories.

ForrestAndDorothyLaug

Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen.  These are are the ones who have a great impact on me!  Who has a great impact on you? I’d love to know.

Wherever you are in this beautiful world, I wish you peace, love and smiles!

❤ Dottie

 

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Bad News

Hello Readers!

Today you have the pleasure of seeing two posts.  Later I will post my Day 7 of the 30 Days of ME! Right now, however, I have some bad news that I need to share.  Writing is therapeutic so I have come here to not only share, but to unload and hopefully feel a little better.  I don’t know if it’ll help though.

Today at work, my boss called me into her office and proceeded to tell me that they lost one of their large clients and as a result she could no longer afford to keep me. My last day would be today.  So once again, I’m without employment.  I couldn’t stay the remainder of the day because I was just too emotional; so I left.  I couldn’t even bring myself to say goodbye to everyone.  I just cleaned off the computer files and cleared out my email, packed up my desk and walked out.

From there, I went to a local park that had a small pond and some ducks and just sat there.  I posted my news to Facebook asking for some prayers.  I did some more crying and chatted online with some friends, sharing the news with them as well.  I’m so grateful for my friends and family.  I was already in the process of trying to find a different job; one that pays better. However, I was hoping to keep the one I had until I had found something different.

As you may or may not be aware, I’m quite behind in my bills so I have NO idea what I’m going to do right now.  All I can do is pray that something comes up.  In addition to finding another job, I’m also looking into finding paid gigs for writing.  I enjoy writing and I don’t think I do too bad at it so why not try to get paid for it?  Perhaps it could eventually turn into a decent career even; one I could do from home! That would be quite fantastic to be honest.  I would love it!

I’m going to look around the house for things I no longer need and sell them.  I’ve contemplated selling my old wedding ring even. I’m not sure how much I could get for it.  What would I ever do with it anyway?  It’s just sitting collecting dust right now.

Part of me has thought about starting a GoFundMe, but I just can’t bring myself to ask for money from others.

If you’re the praying type, please join me in praying that I find something soon.  If you’re not the praying type, please send me some positive thoughts and energy.  I need to find something soon!

Wherever you are in this beautiful world, I wish you peace, love and smiles!

❤ Dottie

 

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Day 6 – 30 Days of ME!

Hello Readers!

Welcome to Day 6 of the 30 Days of ME challenge! Today is going to be a fun one. At least I think so.  I apologize for it being such a late update again.  It’s already 11:21 p.m. here in good ole Michigan.  My reason for being late with the update though is because I was busy working on school work. Yes, I was actually working on school stuff the day before it was due!  Everything is done prior to the due date! Go me!!!

Today’s topic is favorite superhero and why?  Those of you that are reading this and know me – do you have any guesses?  Well, I’m about to tell you who it is now, but first I’m going to tell you who my favorites were when I was a kid.

My favorites as a kid were Wonder Twins! I absolutely loved that show! Form of… Shape of….  Here’s a cute little YouTube video I ran across that someone did of the Wonder Twins Wonder Twins Video.  

WonderTwins

Okay, so now on to my favorite super hero of today! Drumroll please….It’s none other than the God of Thunder himself – Thor!!  Oh my gosh! Just look at him. What’s not to love? He’s a natural superhero.  And he cares about doing the right thing and serving as many people as he can. He’s definitely charming. He’s hot too! And, superhero-ism aside, I simply adore Chris Hemsworth! Although I know I’m a little too old for him. He’s 35 and he’s married anyway. Lucky lady!

Thor

So here’s another photo for your enjoyment.  This was taken at a charity walk for Lori’s Voice that took place back in June of this year. It was raining and I was hot from walking around the track so that’s the reason for my red face and wet shirt.  But hey – here I am with my favorite superhero! Too bad it wasn’t Chris Hemsworth huh? Oh my gosh! If it would’ve been, I’m not sure I would’ve been able to stand there for a photo. I would’ve been weak at the knees!  It was a great event none the less. The event took place at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI.  They have it every year. So if you’re in the area, please consider participating next year.

ThorAndI

Well, there you have it. That concludes Day 6. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Please, tell me your favorite superhero in the comment box.

Wherever you are in this beautiful world of ours, I wish you peace, love and smiles.

❤ Dottie

 

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Day 5 – 30 Days of ME!

Hello Readers!

Welcome to Day 5!  It’s Saturday already and I’ve enjoyed this quiet day at home.  I haven’t gone anywhere.  Although, I meant to go to see my niece cheer at the first football game of the season at 4 p.m. and I totally lost track of time and missed it! By the time I looked at the clock, it was 10 minutes to 4.  There was no way I would have made it to the game on time.  If it were a home game, I may have had a chance, but it was an away game.  Perhaps next weekend I’ll be able to go.  Our team won the game though 22-6!  Way to go Spartans!!

Today’s topic is A picture of somewhere you’ve been to.  I had a hard time deciding which place I’ve been to.  Not that I’ve traveled the world, or even the country for that matter. But, I have been to a few places.  My favorite is the U.P. right here in Michigan.  However, I’m posting a few pictures from the last vacation I took with my ex-husband.  Not because it was my last vacation with him though, but because I really enjoyed the place we visited.  I’d even go again…with someone else of course…or even alone.  So below are a some pictures I hope you’ll enjoy from Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.

 

Can you tell from the pictures of me that I’ve lost some weight since then?  This vacation was in late July of 2017.  Not much before my ex wanted to tell me he no longer wanted to be married.  Yeah, that’s when he really wanted to tell me, but felt he couldn’t because my employer was starting to do layoffs.  I really wish he would’ve just told me then.  I had a job then.  I feel I could’ve gotten by better then.  Oh well, that’s a whole different subject and not part of this 30 Days of ME, at least not for today’s post.

Day 6 is going to be a fun one!!

Wherever you are in this beautiful world, I wish you peace, love and smiles!

❤ Dottie

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Day 4 – 30 Days of ME!

Hello Readers!

Welcome to Day 4 of 30 Days of ME!  I’m so glad to have you here and following along with this challenge.  We aren’t very far along, but so far it’s been fun!  And, I’ve noticed a few more followers which is what I was hoping for!  Welcome!!

Today’s topic is:  A habit that you wish you didn’t have.  Hold on while I ponder this one for a few……..

Okay, I’m not sure that it qualifies as a habit per se, but I’m going with procrastination when it comes to my homework.  My assignments are due each Monday by 11:59 p.m. For those that are not aware, I’m attending Cornerstone University online and am studying Psychology.  Each week starts on Tuesday and ends on the following Monday.  Initial forum post responses are due by the 4th day, which is Friday so that classmates have a few days to respond.  All other assignments are due by Monday night.  Well, I am so good at waiting until the last minute to write that paper!  I usually get everything else done prior to Monday, but for some reason, I procrastinate the hell out of writing my papers.  Then I’m cramming on Monday evening to get it done.  So far, my paper requirements have been 2-4 pages.  But as the classes get tougher, the requirements will get tougher and leaving it until the last minute just will not do.  I really need to break this bad habit!  My time management skills are obviously lacking.  I will be working on those!  Does anyone else procrastinate?  I certainly can’t be alone in this. Can I?

Wherever you are in this beautiful world, I wish you peace, love and smiles!

❤ Dottie

 

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Day 3 – 30 Days of ME!

Hello Readers!

Welcome to day 3 of the 30 Days of Me! challenge.  Sorry I’m so late in posting today! Today’s topic is A picture of your animals. This will be fun as I (or shall I say we – my daughter and I) have a combined total of five dogs).  Their pictures are below.  I think if you hover over their pictures, you’ll see their names.  I’m still getting used to how inserting images work.  I apologize for my clumsiness.

Teddy is a Pomeranian, Aspen and Oaklee are Pitbull Terrier sisters, Kaya is a long haired Husky and Xena is a German Shepherd.

Wherever you are in this beautiful world, I wish you peace, love and smiles!

❤ Dottie

 

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Day 2 – 30 Days of Me!

Hello Readers!

Today is day 2 of the 30 Days of ME challenge.  I’m happy to report that my internet is turned back on!! It’s so much easier updating my blog from my laptop.  Today’s topic is “The meaning behind your Blog Name”.

My blog name is Dottie’s Journey.  It’s not very creative; that’s for sure.  That’s because I’m not creative.  And as you can imagine, the blog is exactly that…my journey.  Dottie is my nickname.  My real name is Dorothy.  I grew up not really liking my name.  To be honest, I didn’t like any of my names.  Dorothy, Dottie or Dodie.  But I can’t think of another name that I’d rather be called.  I actually grew up being called Dodie.  I didn’t like the idea of calling my blog Dorothy’s journey and my daughter’s best friend’s mother’s name was Dodie so I didn’t want to use that name so I went with Dottie.  And journey because that’s what this blog is…a journey to find my health and happiness.  It started as a weight loss blog, but has evolved into one of more than that.  I now struggle not only with my weight, but also with mental illness and now I’m approaching mid-life crisis, etc.  I think journey is a good word to cover it all.

I lost my long time job and also my marriage.  I’m learning who I am now.  I’m finding that I’m a very different person than I was when I was married.  I’m so much stronger now.  You’ve heard that quote by Bob Marley before? “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”  It’s true.

Well, that’s pretty much it.  No fancy name and no fancy story behind it.

Wherever you are in this beautiful world, I wish you peace, love and smiles!

❤ Dottie

 

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