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.