Word for the Week: Optimistic

I was really busy this week. I complained last week that I was starting to get bored and this is how the universe responded! Here is how my week unfolded.

I had a slow start to the week on Monday morning. I sat down to reconcile my expenses to my budget and depressed myself for the rest of the day! Then I had firewood delivered for the winter and helped them to carry the sixty bags of wood from the truck to the spot on my patio. I also called the insurance company to claim for a mobile phone that my daughter managed to lose on her birthday!

Tuesday was even busier. I had to drop off my daughter’s car to order a spare key, go to the mobile company to do a SIM card swap and then collect her from school to register the car in her name at the License department. I made a mistake on the forms and somehow managed to register the car back into my mother-in-law’s name. So I landed up paying another fee to change the name to my daughter’s. And then we had to rush to collect my daughter’s car with the spare key on the other side of town and decided to skip yoga that night. There was definitely no time to be bored on Tuesday.

On Wednesday I had a new coaching client. It’s always nice to meet new clients. As familiar as many stories sound, each client’s journey to change is different and I love the challenge that this presents. I spent the afternoon working on the client’s program. And then went for a walk around the dam with my daughter. We noticed that the leaves on some trees have turned brown; a sure sign that Autumn is here. So even though Wednesday was a public holiday, I didn’t get to relax too much.

On Thursday I held my second last power coaching session with my group. We dealt with limiting beliefs, growth mindsets and how these influence how we experience failure. I’m beginning to panic about what will fill my days when the final session is done. I also had a coaching session at the end of the day. By the time I left, I had been at the office for ten hours! I was exhausted when I got home. I’m clearly not used to long days anymore. I went to bed early!

I welcomed Friday with relief! All that I had scheduled was a visit to the bank with my husband. When I got home, I called the insurance company to finalize my claim. And then – nothing. What to do, what to do. I think I am addicted to ‘busy’. Not a great realization. So I spent the afternoon making apple sauce to add to my Herbalife shakes. And then my afternoon was improved with a call from a company who was interested in my CV. They have an opportunity that I may enjoy. So I’m holding thumbs.

Oh yes! My week was not over yet. I had a full day on Saturday. I attended a free one day NLP fundamentals training course. It’s actually the first day of a 9 day training course and the company provides it for free as a ‘try before you buy’ promotion. I have been looking for an NLP training company for a long time now and this one came highly recommended. I liked the idea of giving it a trial run first. Although it was free, it was intense and entertaining, there was no room for nodding off. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have decided to register for the training in July.

And so here we are today. I slept in. I did only three things today. I went back to the mobile company to upgrade my data contract and at the same time decided to cancel the claim with the insurance company as my daughter’s mobile contract is due for an upgrade in three month’s time. And then we all went for lunch at a restaurant that specializes in grilling their meat on the braai (South African barbecue). What I really enjoyed was being able to choose our cuts from the counter. The steak was cooked to perfection, the hand-cut chips were amazing and the service was good. After such a good meal there was only one thing to do – have a nap! When I woke up, I went for a walk with my daughter. It was a lovely time for a walk, not too hot.

And if you have read this far, well done! I have to say that my word for the week can be nothing other than Optimistic. I received a mail today to arrange an interview in next week for the role that I am interested in. Although I have been for other interviews since I was retrenched, this is the first role that I think that I would like to do. And the company is a reputable consulting company and not a financial institution. New ground, so it’s also exciting. I am both nervous and optimistic for a great outcome.

Until next time ☕️

On our walk, we noticed that the leaves on the trees on the far side have turned brown. A sure sign that winter is on it’s way.
Yummy Herbalife with apple sauce and cinnamon
My daughter’s bacon and egg breakfast

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