- My new Japanese student, Ayaka, is an absolute darling. But having a new student in the house means I can't operate on auto-pilot: I must remember to ask her about her day, does she like this food, does she need help with anything. I have to play my A game when some days I'd just like to sit on the bleechers!
- I've added daily hours to my regular job so I could take on another day at my second job = an earlier start in the morning, added focus on the work at hand (as opposed to 1/2 hour breaks as I check my blog), shorter lunch hour.
- I've found an exercise program that doesn't hurt and which is, thankfully, helping my shoulder. But guess when I go to that exercise program? My shortened lunch hour!
- I'm trying really hard to change my eating habits and "Put down the sweetie, Sandy!" I have good days and bad days.
- And I've joined a new TOPS chapter in town to help me stay motivated. But, of course, I couldn't just sit on the sidelines; I'm the secretary for the group. Did I need another job!
- that I'll gain some extra energy
- that as long as I keep trying to eat right, I'm benefiting.
- that once she's been here a little longer, Ayaka will take less work, so to speak
- and that spring will come and the sun will shine more and I'll walk again and be cheered by birdies chirping & little green shoots coming up out of the ground and my polka dot rain boots for those wet days.
So, as we age, let's keep learning and striving to improve ourselves. But let's remember to be gentle as well. After all: Life is a journey not a destination.