Growth and balance

It’s been a busy couple of days.

Yesterday, I ended up covering the store for Lynn as well as covering the election and participating in writing group. Today, I was up and out the door early, covering the county council meeting, then meeting a friend for lunch.

After lunch Lynn’s mom and I drove up to Alliance to pick up some pet food for the dogs and cat. The drive up there was uneventful, though it was easy to let my mind wander and think about the last couple weeks. Suffice it to say, I’m glad I had Lynn’s mom with me for the quick trip.

After I got back from Alliance, I went into the office for a couple hours to get some writing done, and then started working on some modules for the rural mental health initiative I’ve been invited to participate in. I have a few modules to do before I go for the classroom training in the beginning of November.

Tomorrow is going to be a rest and recovery day, spending time doing a workout, some housework, more writing, and school. Even having a quiet day tomorrow I am going to be keeping myself busy.

The next couple months are going to be about personal and professional growth. During my Skype appointment with M yesterday, he helped me identify some things that I need work on both with him and with H. We had a good session yesterday, and he is very much on board with the plan that Dr. M and I have worked out.

Professionally, I have my school to work on, which I need done by the end of February. In addition, I am going to be participating in a photography workshop in Edmonton on November second and third, which is being hosted by one of the members of the Tornado Hunters. The workshop is being given by Greg Johnson, a professional photographer of over 20 years, and I am definitely looking forward to participating.

Then on November 6 & 7 I am back up near Edmonton for training in the Rural Mental Health project, which is something else I am definitely looking forward to.

Before all of that, though, I have some catch up to do from while I was away, and on Thursday I am in Stettler, speaking to student leaders about Mental Health stigma. It’s something else I am also very much looking forward to.

I know I have a lot going on. I know if I let myself dwell on everything it will be very easy to let myself get overwhelmed, but like M pointed out during our session Monday, it’s all positives. Like H said so long ago, it’s about balance. It’s not that I’m doing too much, I’m just not balancing everything well. It’s a work in progress.


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