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30% Volunteer Work + 20% Family + 40% Career = 10% Me

Sunday, February 24, 2019



My life is always so very busy... doing volunteer work; spending time with family; having a stressful career; and, taking care of my health. As I was writing, I listed items as they came to mind - funny that 'taking care of my health' was my last thought.

Volunteer work takes up about 30% of my time. I'm a subcommittee chair for a fellowship of men & women and there's always lots of events to organize; projects to complete; emails to send; and, personalities to deal with - humility is the key.

Spending time with family takes up about 20% of my time. Although my son is older, I still spend time with him to let him know that I care. It's important to have a home filled with lots of love; and, that's what we have, "Lots of Love". Spending time with my two (2) granddaughters is always a joy! We do arts & crafts together; bake cakes with their Easy Bake Oven; read books together; watch Disney movies; play with toys; and, just have fun! As the weather changes, we'll start having outdoor adventures and I can't wait!

My career as a city bus operator takes up about 40% of my time. (I work a split shift: 5:15am to 9:15am = 4hours -break- 3:15pm to 7:15pm = 4hours). Although eight (8) hours on paper, working a split shift makes for a very long day of about 14hours; and, most days there's appointments in between without any time to rest before the next shift. Also, dealing with traffic jams & difficult passengers makes for very stressful days.

This leaves 10% of my time being spent on me: wear my Fitbit to keep track of my steps; try to work-out two (2) days a week (Mondays during my break & Wednesdays after work w/ my son); Mondays at 8pm I serve as secretary for a fellowship meeting; Tuesdays at 11am I've a standing appointment with my therapist; Wednesdays at 11am I've a standing telephone call w/ my mentor; Thursdays I visit my granddaughters' school; Saturdays at 10:30am I attend a fellowship meeting.

This is my ideal schedule; however, when I get too busy, the 1st thing I stop doing is going to the gym because I feel too tired - I forget that going to the gym gives me energy; the 2nd thing I stop doing is eating healthy because there's no time for grocery shopping and cooking meals at home - I forget that eating healthy helps me to lose weight and feel good about myself; the 3rd thing I stop doing is making my standing appointments because any 'extra' time is spent resting as much as possible - I forget that my standing appointments help me to live a full and abundant life.

Fortunately, I've served my two (2) year term and my service commitment as subcommittee chair will officially end soon: April is nominations; June is elections; and, August starts the new fiscal year. I am so happy because with my new work schedule this last year has been really tough, and I'm so tired of always having service work to do. Don't get me wrong, I'm GRATEFUL to be of service; and, I'm even more grateful to have served my full term and have completed my service commitment in good standing. (Amen)
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  • KPHEALTHY4LIFE
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  • JANISFREE
    Wow!! You really live a full life and busy to the tune of graciousness!!!! A bus driver to boot!!! How do you handle so much? I’m truly grateful for people like you who give so much of themselves, but seriously, take time for you first so you can...!
    534 days ago
  • JUNETTA2002
    Thanks for sharing.
    534 days ago
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