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I suppose the most life altering event is a change in career.....or maybe just an addition. In keeping with our long-term goals, I have obtained a real estate license. What a journey it's been so far! This is how it works: Go to school, either online or in a class for the required hours (it seemed like a million, but, in reality, was only about 753,281), and pass a test. As it turns out, the classes have nothing (or very little) to do with the day-to-day business of real estate. Much like teaching.....
So I sat in the class and passed my test (which, frankly, amazed me. There are three hundred billion terms that make no sense, and you need to have a handle on these in order to pass. In any case, I passed. Hot damn and hallelujah!).
But that was NOTHING compared to the roller coaster of a learning curve I'm on now. I'm taking MORE classes, again with a bazillion new terms (the number dropped because of all the crap I learned for the licensing test). And it seems that many people in real estate like to talk real fast and skip bathroom breaks. So I come home at the end of the day completely exhausted and brain dead. That's pretty much what the rest of my year looks like.
I'm not complaining (much). I'm grateful for the education and the prospect of a lucrative career. I love houses, and I love seeing how other people live. I used to plan my Sundays based on the open house schedule. I've been working toward this career for awhile, and I'm really looking forward to it.....especially when I get my feet on the ground.
In the meantime, I turned 56 (go, Libra!), sandwiched between two trips: one was a spiritual retreat in the NE, and the other was a cruise to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel. The retreat was wonderful......healing, affirming and all in a tranquil, beautiful setting. The connections we made were amazing, and, someday, I'll have to tell you about it. I was home long enough to do laundry, go out to dinner for my birthday, and repack for the cruise. Whew! The cruise was fun too -- we played golf on Roatan, it rained in Cozumel, and we explored a bit in Belize. Life on the ship was wonderfully relaxing and we indulged ourselves with massages. Ahhhhhhh...........
When I returned, there was more laundry to do before I started the real classes that would teach me the real stuff I needed to know about real estate. Oh, and yeah, I'm still working on my second novel. I contemplated signing up for NaNoWriMo but figured it would either lead to suicide or divorce. Neither choice sounded too good, so I'm going to pass this year. But I will keep writing!
And that's what I've been doing.
Other stuff happened too, like a resolution to big communication issues and some spiritual awakenings. Stuff like that. I'll write about that stuff another time. I have to ease back into this blogging thing.
Have you dropped off the planet before?
Have you been there?
P. S. Check out the cool ass bike I got! I traded my 750 for this black Yamaha V-Star 950 with pink lights.....that look purple against the black. Win!
Taking responsibility is important in any human relationship. However, I have to be very careful here, as I am one of those nice and accommodating types, who bends over backwards to excuse and rationalize other people's not-so-nice behavior. My challenge hasn't been in blaming other people, but in keeping those in my life accountable, establishing healthy boundaries, and having confidence in my own perceptions and good judgement. I can avoid the blame game by distinguishing between being a victim and letting people use me as a doormat. Victims blame other people. But I blame myself for letting people treat me as a doormat by not standing up for myself. It is a crucial difference.ReplyDelete