6. One year from now...
This goes along perfectly with the 30 Day Music Challenge post from a couple days ago. In that post I talked about what has happened in the last year. I can honestly say I have NO idea where I will be a year from now, if this past one has been any indication. I do hope this next year is a little more stable, though.
We have just moved into a new house. I have no intention of moving again any time soon, if ever. I HATE moving. So, I can say with some certainty that we will be living in Gilbert, AZ. Then again, I had no idea I would move TWICE this last year, so what do I know?
I will be teaching. Hopefully it will be full time at the school I'm with now. That could change, though. I'm not 1000% sure that I've found the best fit for me. The administration is super neat and fun to work with, but there is an underlying culture that I'm not sure I understand. I will have to work a little harder in that area and find out if this is something I can overcome. I REALLY want to get the full-time pay and benefits, too, so if that is not an option for next year I will have to think long and hard in that area. I do know that I will be returning to teaching for another year and that I am hopeful that I will not be school hopping. But, having a right fit is important. Can you tell I'm on the fence about this issue?
I plan to be more healthy and physically fit in another year. Last year at this time I was down to 161 pounds. I'm back up to 180. I'm not going to beat myself up over this. A lot of the weight gain was caused by medications. Oh, and there were those four months I sat on the couch because we couldn't figure out what was wrong with me and my feet didn't work. I can't forget that. Overall I'm still down by 8 pounds from where I started in April 2010. Not the greatest accomplishment, but certainly not the worst that could have happened.
Speaking of my feet... In another year I HOPE that I am back to normal; walking, running, hiking. I have a feeling that's not going to be true, but this is my fantasy for the next year, so there! Okay, seriously I have ups and downs, and there doesn't seem to be a pattern or any indicators of what works and what doesn't. I got a reflexology treatment yesterday. That definitely didn't work. I had more pain in my feet this morning than I've had in awhile. Strange stuff. Oh well, I'll keep trying and working out when I feel good. No pushing. I have to remember that just being alive and ABLE to move is a step above where I was at one point. Yes, this is THE biggest issue that has ever affected my life. I know I talk about it frequently, but I think I'm still trying to process all that happened.
One year from now Daniel will be in his mid-30s rather than his early 30 self of today. He is starting to notice some differences from when he was younger, but running has kept him going. I hope he is participating in races again at this time next year. I miss that and feel sad that he stopped running because life was put on pause for me. I'm excited that he's started again. I don't say a word when he puts dinner out for the rest of us then goes to get dressed in his running clothes. Daniel really doesn't like landscaping anymore, and he is starting to really feel the heat during the summers. Maybe next year if I have a full time job he will be able to do something he really enjoys to bring in money. That's a long shot, but again, this is a dream since none of us really knows what life will bring us in the next 12 months.
Andrea will be approaching 12 years old in another year (scary), and Amber will be weeks away from being 10. No more babies for us. We are definitely moving into the preparation for two teen girls in the house. Having preteens is hard enough. I heard it gets worse, and better in a lot of ways. Time is moving a little too quickly for me, when it comes to this. I really expected to have the kids around a little more. They are already off and running to friends' houses, the park, and parties. I don't want to hold them back from experiences and fun, though, so off they go. Our weekends already seem a little lonely sometimes.
Outside of my immediate family I really can't guess what will happen. Only time will tell. What I do know is that a year from now I will be another year older. I will be looking at turning 38 in just a couple more days, and to me that just seems impossible. I guess I'll have to enjoy 37 when that comes around next week.
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