Rosy Outlook

Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Mom bought roses for me and put them in my room!  They are fragrant and dark pink in color.

This year my brother, mother and father are celebrating my birthday with me.  Last year I turned 30 and this year I'm 29.  Strange how that happens.  First, let me thank you for your readership.  I've been blogging now for almost four years and it has been a wonderful outlet.  Also, thanks for your encouragment and support this year as I searched for a new job, moved cross-country, bought a house and shared my Visa woes in many posts.

Kingsley and I have good news.  A wonderful representative (Rhonda) from Senator Bob Corker's office gained permission for us to apply for a visa waiver.  This is wonderful since we were previously staring down a 3 year ban from Kingsley entering the US.  We will begin the application process next week and we are very hopeful that Kingsley will be granted a waiver for our K-1 visa.  So I'm smiling from ear to ear on the good piece of fortune.  (If you would like to help us by writing a letter in support of a waiver, please post a comment and I'll email you directly. Thank you.)

This year has been fast and furious.  I feel like I blinked and suddenly I'm another year older.  Looking back though, I must say I am the happiest I've ever been. 

My job is challenging and rewarding and I work with an amazing group of professionals.  I've covered big stories this year already including the Nashville flooding and Gulf Coast oil spill. 

I feel content and confident being married to Kingsley.  We've enjoyed wonderful trips together this year and every time we see each other we become better friends and more in love.  I'm clinging to the hope that we'll soon be together. 

My house makes me so happy.  I love my neighborhood, my neighbors and my space.  If I want to plant a garden, I can and I did.  I've used recycled materials to build raised beds.  I even painted my mailbox.  Every night I love to walk around my property and watch for birds and squirrels.  To me, it is very peaceful. 

This year, I've become even more interested in classical music, jazz and reggae.  I also love memoirs and non-fiction books on cooking, gardening and history.  I feel I waste less time being a couch potato and shopping.  Maybe being a homeowner does that to you.  I just don't have much time for those things now while working a full time job (plus I have to learn how to mow my lawn).

My goals for this year are lofty.  I want to finish my book proposal and I want to get even closer to resolving all debt.  This is also my year to get in shape.  I can do more than just curb eating.  I should be using my muscles to accomplish something (any advice on how to work out/exercise and be productive at the same time?).  

Here's to the moon and my star sign, Cancerian.  What are your goals?  Let's go after them together. 

4 comments

Teri's Blog said...

Yippee!!! Hope you did a happy dance when you called Kingsley! Should I just tell the Senator you are awesome and deserve to be with your husband?

Chris F. said...

My main goals are long-term. I am aiming to finish up college within the next year or so with a bachelor's in Physical Education.
I also want to take several tests that are needed to obtain a teaching license. From there, hopefully find a coaching and/or teaching job. I've been in need of a new career for several years now and finally I'm aiming in a direction that suits me.

Maybe further out the road, purchasing a house once my job and finances are in a relatively stable situation and just go from there.

Chris F. said...

As for exercises that could be done while working, breathing exercises are good.

A pair of exercise grips are great for building muscle tone for the arms.

Another exercise to do especially if you are sitting for an extended period of time, plant your heels on the ground with your toes in an upward position. Then rotate up and down. This builds up the calf muscles.

Denae said...

Yes, please Teri! Thanks for the tips, Chris.