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Day 480 - Milestones

Thursday, March 24, 2016

There were a lot of milestones this week. It was a year ago yesterday that I started my job at Habitat for Humanity, the job that made me an official Lake County resident. That I found my dream job a few months later is the icing on the cake, but i can't regret getting the job at H4H because it got me to move up here, so that i could find that dream job.

Today is also another monthly mark toward my 59th birthday on July 23. I've always been attuned to the 23rd of the month (is that normal to notice the day of the month that matches your birthday?), and many of our friends were born on the 23rd of various months (including Mike on Sept 23 and his boyfriend Larry on Feb 23, as well as Steve's brother Jim on May 23). I always joke that people born on the 23rd of the month are AWESOME!

Except that it's no joke. LOL

I'm also THISCLOSE to reaching my 100,000 SparkPoint level. I found a spot on SP for an easy 100 points that I'd never seen before. Check it out here:


Read an e-book and get 100 points??? Yes, please! I'm now wondering if there are other secret stashes of points that I have yet to discover. You can be sure that I'll be out there looking!

I'm still assembling my application for the next Master's degree. After considerable thought, if I'm accepted, I will have to really cut back on my sparking. I know that I will have to focus on my studies, and with a full-time (more than, really) job, it will be a challenge to spend any time on the computer that isn't directly related to getting that next degree. I will still track my nutrition and fitness, but I doubt that I will have the time to spend on the site as I do now.

It isn't happening yet, but I want to start adapting to that mindset now, so that if I'm accepted (and I'm putting it into the universe that I will be), I need to be ready for the new reality. My experience teaching my class has given me some insight into the work that getting another master's will entail, multiplied by 3!

But life is so good, and I am so confident that now is the time. I may be turning 59 this year, but I have the passion and energy that I did at 35, if not more. I have so much more confidence, and I have all of you to thank in large part for that boost. I sure hope I've been able to repay a small part of the kindness that you have all shown to me.

Milestones are what you make of them. They can be rewards for a job well done, or they can be reminders of the goals you set for yourself that you didn't meet. Do you want to celebrate a small achievement, or would you rather regret what you didn't get done?

Start today. Set a realistic goal for a month from now. Make it achievable. Spend the next 30 days doing what you need to do to achieve that goal. Next month, see that you reached your goal, and then CELEBRATE! I've been Sparking now for over 16 months, and I am in the best place I could be. You will get there - one month at a time.

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    You inspire me.
    1793 days ago
    Great blog, Steve! Glad you have lots of energy to develop your career further over the next few years. I am busy translating an interesting medical text from English to German - my brain is bubbling away.... happy Easter, you guys!
    1799 days ago
    So PROUD of you Steve...for all you have accomplished and all of the accomplishments you still have in front of you. Set your desires, tell the universe, and wait for your dreams to fly back to you! We don't worry about HOW they come to be...we only know that they will come if we step away from fear and self doubt.

    You can keep us up to date on your status when you do your tracking and we will be sure to support you and cheer you on. I do know Sparking can become a full time job if we let it...and as much as we adore our friends they support and know that their are only so many hours in a day.

    I do think that you have a special gift in inspiring and nudging people along and sparking is a huge gift that you give in sharing that.

    We can still connect...if even not so frequently and it will be fine. Inspiration carries across the cosmos and you have certainly inspired me...and BESIDES...you have to be around when I accomplish my weight goals so you can give me a BIG pat on the back...right? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1800 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    So EXTREMELY proud of you!!! Too funny with the birthday thing! My birthday is on Nov. 17th and I always remind me friends on the 17th of ea month how much time they have until my next birthday.
    I earned my Masters a few years ago, and I'm a firm believer in "it's never too late and you're never too old!"
    Glad you're prepping for this new chapter in your life! It's going to be as AMAZING as you are!
    All my love!

    1801 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Steve, how well I remember H4H days! Always remember that you left that office better than you found it. And those you were able to help and the business community recognized that.

    It is a rare and wonderful attribute. You do it for your class, for the college, for this website and for your Spark Friends. You make things better than they were.

    I know that you will continue to do that no matter what. So when the time comes when you have to change your focus and spent less time with us do it without apologies. You will be here when you can and we will wish you success in all your endeavors .

    Oh, before I forget my counting date is the 25th. Tomorrow is the big 70 for me emoticon

    Lot of emoticon

    1801 days ago
    Your career has been most impressive.You have worked so hard to get to where you are. It is amazing to see all that you have accomplished. Steve, I wish you and your hubby a wonderfull Easter full of happiness. Love you my dear friend! emoticon emoticon

    P.S. I understand that when you start your masters degree it will be harder for you to write. First you have to think of is of you!! But honestly I WILL MISS my dear friend... emoticon
    1801 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Floundering around.... So my only word of wisdom ( grain or two of salt here ) focus. And don't worry about blogging here, the less time you have, the more you get done but maybe differently. Good luck with it all.
    1801 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    This is an exciting time for you and I can fairly sense your mood of anticipation. It took me seven years for my MA in English Lit, with a one year break and complete change of concentration. I was not focused and found determination after flounderin
    1801 days ago
    You are amazing. I know you are right, you do need to focus on your long term goals.
    I have questions that I got from another Sparker. I call them my Fab 4. I start my day asking:
    1. What is the one thing I want to achieve today?
    2. What do I want to complete/achieve this week?
    3. What is the one thing that is important to me today
    4.What can I do to remain calm?
    With so many things going on it is important to focus.

    Keep Sparking my friend! The world needs you!! emoticon
    1801 days ago
    SAD HAPPY SAD HAPPY. That is my feelings right now. Happy for you, sad for SP, and ME. I guess there is nothing I can add that has not already been said/written. Except don't forget us and try and blog once every week or two. And most of all congratulations or all the RIGHT decisions you have made for you at this time in your life and ALL your new beginnings.. I wish you GOD speed and all my best wishes, love you,Pat
    1801 days ago
    Love your milestones, and how you are basically counting your blessings. Love the energy and positive attitude. Thanks for the reminder, I do need to set some small attainable goal to push me forward towards a healthy weight.
    1801 days ago
    Congratulations on your milestones and the best to you on your candidacy for another Master's. I appreciate your blogs, and had clear memories of your journey from SF to the Lake, your victories and struggles with Habitat, the new job, et al. thanks you for sharing yourself with us. BTW, when I finish this house, I plan to get another Master's as well.
    1801 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    Good blog Steve, I always make myself and health a priority (or the new me does).
    Concentrate on that Master's application and set up a game plan just like you did here at Spark... I'm certain all your buddies here have your back and understand any changes you need to make. Most like me will encourage them.
    Exciting times for you my friend... Enjoy
    1801 days ago
    I would have never guessed that you are going to be 59. I am going to be 58 on Saturday. I guess there's still hope for me.
    1801 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    That is the way to go: Break things up into smaller increments, making it easier to think about.
    1801 days ago
    I too hope you'll still check in every week or so to let us know what's going on in your life.

    23? I'll just say this - I always notice 413. On the clock, on timers, on the rowing machine display, etc.

    I have a 4 day weekend starting tomorrow. I need to get everything together to renew my DL. They've added a LOT of security requirements. So I have to dig up my birth cert, soc sec card, utility bills showing our home address, ARRRGGGHHHH!
    1802 days ago
    Well, I totally understand you will be rearranging your time for that Masters degree! I hope you can fit Spark in on a weekly or at least 1st of the month weekend blog so we know what's going on with you and we can give you a bit of an update from our end! I hope that that can keep us connected!
    Can't believe it's been a year since H4H! It is what got you to the area and into your awesome job now! Amazing how that happened!
    Have a great Thursday...are you off tomorrow?
    1802 days ago
    Congratulations....... I'm just starting my journey again.... This time I hope to make a life change. I WILL make it a life change. Thanks for your post. It was awesome. Good luck.!!
    1802 days ago
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