It's amazing how a few changes can make life so much better.
Focusing my energy toward the gifts that life has given me has engaged my heart again. Sometimes I lie in bed and smile when I think about how good I have it. I don't know how I lost sight of that. It doesn't matter... I'm just glad I have restored it.
Getting steroid injections and changing the pain medication for the disc extrusions in my back has lightened the burden of pain I've been living with. I can walk and actively exercise again! I have lost 10 lbs - without trying - because I'm no longer sitting in a chair all day with my heating pad in just the right position! I'm back at the gym. I'm walking around my neighborhood in the evenings. I'm taking the stairs at work. I feel so much better! Thank you, Dr. D and team at the pain & spine clinic! My back will never be healed, but the pain is manageable for the time being, and for that I am truly grateful. >> Big smile! <<
I have a new job. No more 12 hour days! No more screaming CEOs and their little barking dogs! No more stressful relationships with co-workers! No more am I constantly on call with the most annoying BlackBerry in the world! It's so nice to go to a job where people like being at work every day. The building I work in is beautiful. It is about half a mile from Ryan's company and we go to lunch frequently - just like when we were dating. My new team is tightly knit and works well under pressure. They shoot nerf guns at each other and play ping pong on breaks. The company has free pop dispensers, coffee, and popcorn. They actually want us to be happy at work... what a novel idea! I'm learning so much new and fun stuff - I'm specializing now in storage area networks (SAN) and I've given myself a crash course in Linux. I've upped my nerd level exponentially and I love it!
Slowly my hobbies have returned. I've started cooking again. I went crafting with Yvonne and Michelle last Friday night. I eat at Salsa Leedos with J&S. I'm reading tons of novels. I've even been painting my nails.
Who says change is scary? These changes have been the best thing to happen to me in 2015!