In reading Today Matters, I’m on chapter 4: Today’s Priorities Give Me Focus.
Other than my Dailies, I’m pretty open on my priorities outside of work. No clear goals in the short term, and dreams in long term. I know where I want to be in the long term, but not necessarily how to set the plan up on how to get there.
When I decided I was going to school, I spent several years researching schools. Slow at first than steadily faster. I narrowed it down to 3 primary, which were the The East West Healing Arts Institute of Madison Wisconsin, Windemere in Madison, Wisconsin, and St. Croix Center for the Healing Arts. After viewing those three, I had to re-evaluate what I was looking for. I was accepted to the East West Healing Art’s Institute, but they didn’t have federal funding, Windemere didn’t leave a good first impression for me, and St. Croix was a little small for me, and also ineligible for federal funding.
So I started looking for schools closer to home. I looked at Minnesota Globe, followed by Rasmussen College. I was going to look at Center Point, but every time I was set to do it, something got in the way. Of the three, I decided on Rasmussen. it was closer to home, it offered free mentoring, I loved the impressions I got from the campus, I enjoyed meeting the head of the program for Massage Therapy, and it was a good fit for me.
Then came the planning, setting up the loans, getting the time and money set aside to go. I went to school in Spring of 2008, and graduated in Spring of 2010. I went to school year round, passed all my classes with a B or higher, graduating with a 3.62 GPA, a highest achievement in Deep Tissue, and an all around happy experience. I’m not going to lie, I had my doubts, usually at the beginning of the quarter going OMGOMGOMGOMG, what have I gotten myself into? Those usually calmed down to this dull to mute murmur in the back of my mind. But I had a goal, I had my priorities, and I did it. Along the way I made sure to BALANCE, but it got done.
I took time off after graduation, didn’t do anything with my chosen profession while I rested, because going to school Full time and working Full time, can be a bit exhausting. Then found a position at MRS, and worked there for 1 yr 9 months. But I wasn’t thriving there. Things were changing in the direction I didn’t feel comfortable with, a person I work with is never about the $, though it’s a perk, it isn’t the reason for doing so.
Now I’m trying to find the focus and priority that I need to set on my new journey. While I still wish to do Massage as my vocation, I working to balance it with an at home business so I don’t have to depend on massage for it.
Setting priorities now isn’t so much as putting it on paper, though I’ve started doing that. Read 1 to 2 chapters, do 1-2 learn and burns, do a chapter here, dailies, learn and develop. I am determined not to do the same to Melaleuca or Arbonne that I did with Herbalife. Which means I must develop myself and strive to be a bit more outgoing, and a bit more challenging of myself, and throwing myself outside my safety net.
It can be as easy or as hard as saying hello, to a perfect or odd stranger.