Tis the season!

Wrapping up one year and looking forward to the next. What an interesting process. I remember many years where I couldn’t wait for the fresh start that a new year would bring. Funny how optimistic I always am at this time of year considering I live in Wisconsin and the new year just means 4 more months of cold weather. 

This year however I am just truly thankful and blessed to have experienced all the days in this year so far. I’ve experienced so much growth in so many areas. 

This year marked 5 years of togetherness with my husband and 2 years of marriage. It has seriously flown by.  I’m so thankful for us and hope we continue to share many more trips around the sun together. 

I attended a life and business coaching group for 9 months out of the year that totally changed my perspective on many areas of my life. It’s helped me declutter, repriorotize, rediscover and challenge my thoughts and beliefs. 

I enjoyed my 2nd full year of consulting on my own. It’s been such a rewarding experience and opportunity to work on different projects with different people. Definitely a different kind of education. I’ve really started to appreciate and acknowledge what I can add to a team and project. Being my own cheerleader has been such a blessing. 

My step-son turned 14 and watching him grow and discover himself is something I’m thankful to be a part of every day. He’s such a blessing and gives me perspective and many learning experiences. 

We spent the year focusing on our finances and now find ourselves debt free (except for our home). This is such a freeing accomplishment and it takes so much pressure of our career choices and really allows us to enjoy our 9-5’s more since we don’t feel trapped by them. 

I was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease in August. An inner ear disorder that causes ear ringing, vertigo and nausea. By cutting out caffeine and sodium I’ve managed to control the symptoms (and my anxiety around the sparadic nature of the episodes). So, yay. 

I traveled to Napa (CA), Orlando (FL), Mexico, Lake Placid (NY), Door County (WI), Rockville (MD) and of course Cleveland and Cincinnati for work. I enjoyed every trip and was lucky enough to spend time with great people and make wonderful memories at each location. Not to mention some good food too. 

We took down a wall (thanks HGTV for the words “open concept”, repainted most of the main level, filled a dumpster of crap to declutter the house, and put in new vinyl wood planks instead of the old carpet. 

I started and cancelled a wine club. I started and cancelled a fitness subscription. I gave up giving up Nutella. 

And so many other wonderful things… with wonderful people. 

With only two weeks left in this year, I have nothing but gratitude and love for 2016 and can only imagine what 2017 will bring… and I look forward to finding out. 

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Continuing my Continuing Education

With recent changes at work, I have been contemplating the question of, “What do I want to be when I grow up”.  My new supervisor has been prodding me to come up with ideas and suggestions on ways I can grow, improve, take on new challenges, and move in the right direction.

What is the right direction?

I’ve been at my wit’s end with this question.  The reason I got a Bachelors of Science in Business Management was because I didn’t have anything more specific in mind.  The reason I am still an assistant of some sort is that I like the variety of supporting many different departments. 

The idea of having my very own and very specific work sounds appealing because then the likelihood of me getting other people’s shit work goes down. However, that means there is no variety and the boredom bringer called monotony might sneak in.

During the process of getting my bachelors degree, I filled my elective requirements with Human Resources credits.  I stopped 2 classes short of obtaining a certificate in Human Resources Management because I met my graduation requirements for my Bachelors.  After going to school and working full-time at nights for 6 years… I was done.  I grabbed my diploma, did the hokey pokey down the aisle and went out into the work force.

Now 3 years later, I am ready to finish what I started.  I eyed up a position recently that contained many job responsibilities that resonated with me.  The variety, the kind of people I would get to work with and the opportunity and necessity for continuous education and improvement was a must.  This… was the kind of direction I wanted to go in. 

I shared some of these points and duties with my supervisor who suggested that I finish my HR degree and let that give me some additional freedom and room for growth. 

Being so very “Ingrid”, I immediately called the college and obtained the re-entry forms, contacted my internal HR department about reimbursement, received financial information and class schedules and am on my way to continuing my continuing education.

I have a purpose again!  I feel revitalized and re-energized.  There is nothing like having a new goal to get your gears pumping.  The day I worked all this out, I went home and baked like crazy and crafted.  I was feeling inspired in all areas of my life. 

If you’re in a rut, consider continuing your continuing education.  Start some continuing education.  Take an e-course.  Take a technical school course.  Even an art, photography, or writing course would get your gears moving. 

The process of learning opens doors in your mind and soul you didn’t even know were rusted shut.  It allows you the freedom to be more flexible in your everyday life, gives you the opportunity to practice problem solving skills and allows for the invaluable opportunity to meet new people with unique backgrounds and experiences to share with you.

Do something for yourself!  {yes you}