It’s been months but I am back and have missed you! I have missed reaching out and sharing news, sharing thoughts, sharing inspiration, and just plain sharing me! πŸ™‚


Since the Spring there have been a few changes in my world…most notably, John received a not so glowing, late review in August just weeks before the new school year was to start. So he decided he should take his compassion, kindness, and skills elsewhere. Perhaps a place where he would be better appreciated. πŸ™‚


This was a huge change in plan, and in turn, put a rather large damper on the last few weeks of our summer, not to mention the stress and angst we were both feeling about him finding a new job. But, he drew that line in the sand and he was not turning back. And none of me wanted him to, not for a second. I believed that there was going to be a better situation for him somewhere else…I felt it strongly. But I did my best not to push and to give John his space to process and move forward in his own way and on his own timeline. That wasn’t so easy either. πŸ˜‰


Once John fully committed to this change, it was balls to the wall! He reached out to friends and colleagues old and new…they were right there in his corner every step of the way (so much gratitude for ALL of them)!! Within hours of resumes going out he received a call and within minutes he was standing in front of me half astonished… “I have an interview at 9am tomorrow!” He was VERY lucky…one interview…one offer…one new job! πŸ™‚


So why am I sharing all of this with you? Well, John and his happiness and well-being are so vitally important to me. John left his job of 9 years…the only teaching position that he had ever known to venture into the ‘unknown’ and ‘uncertain’. That at best is probably angst filled and at worst just downright scary!Β  But pushing himself out of his comfort zone, working hard, and taking risks paid off. πŸ™‚


He now has a job in our town…his commute went from over an hour each way to 20 minutes in total!!! So that means he (we) will save on gas, time, wear and tear on his car and body, energy that can be put towards other positive things, and more!!! He is now feeling both appreciated and supported by his fellow colleagues and the administration. His students are less difficult and easier to work with, and he received a pay raise on top of all that. So while so much has changed…so much seems to be for the better! πŸ™‚


So I have to make sure that you all know that I am really happy that John left his last job! I am so very proud of him for risking and taking and making the hard choice to start all over again! πŸ™‚


So I guess my message is risk…take a chance…be brave!!! We ONLY fail if we don’t try. And while I am saying all of this to you…I am also quietly (or not so quietly lol) saying it to myself as well! Some of you know that I’ve had a project sitting on the back burner for some time now. So, what am I waiting for?!? The answer is that I don’t have an answer. But I also know that it feels important to me, and none of us know what tomorrow will bring. πŸ™‚


PS. I have set up a schedule for myself that I am “trying on for size” this month. If it’s indeed a good fit I will continue it. You can see it in “Mandy’s September Schedule”. And for those of you who may not be aware of this, I absolutely love making appointments!!!


Joy & Love,

Goddess Mandy πŸ™‚ XO