My bucket list

Things I would really love to be able to do before I die:

  1. At least one push up- if a 100, I would die in peace or one piece, happily.
  2. Free of knee pain
  3. Able to climb up stairs (without panting)instead of taking the elevator and not looking like a sick, cardiac patient by the time I reach floor three.
  4. Able to do proper squats and complete the 100 squat challenge ( Fitness Blender)

 

Reading through them I think most of them are lifestyle related but I have wanted to be able to do these for about 5-6 years now but haven’t been able to, because  of loss of heart after starting to learn.

Oh, and getting rid of my sweet tooth ! Sugar is my enemy- I am addicted to sugar- If I could only get rid of my sugar enemy, it would be the best thing in the world for me, I think.

Do you think I could do any of these in this lifetime.:)

Susie

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Pain letters- had to share

A couple of years ago, I was out of a job ( of my own choice). After having kept a low profile for a time, I started sending job applications to various places, hoping something would click. I must have sent at least 5 applications a day and sometimes even more. About three months into my unemployment, I got called to my first interview. I didn’t get that job.

Today I have a job. ( see old post)

While waiting for the new job, I went through some struggles.

Today I read an article in a Forbes newsletter about how to think out of the box when applying for a job. The concept of ” pain letters” is introduced here. Sometimes we need to attract attention of our prospective job employers through unconventional means. And just sometimes, those means may hit a target.

When I was applying for jobs, one day, in a sheer fit of frustration, I wrote a letter to the Research Dean of an university where I wanted to work and wrote about my aspirations and dreams. This was in June of that year. I got a reply in mid-October. Seems like that letter had touched a chord and sparked a response. From the correspondence that ensued, I was called for an interview and finally I got the job- not a perfect one but a job and one at which I was happy. In about six months, I got a promotion, was made permanent and now I am happy at my workplace with a great bunch of girlfriends and colleagues.

For those of you who are looking for jobs and may be a tad bit frustrated, don’t give up. Something nicer is just around the corner. You need to persist in order to navigate the curve and when the curve is turned, you will find yourself on newer pastures.

Please share your job search stories. Maybe we can work out a formula to help others in the position we have been in previously.

 

New crochet project

The holidays are here and I thought it was a long time since I had done anything remotely crochet. I was going to crochet something.

Girlybunches had just this morning posted her new video on how to crochet the virus shawl as she called it. It looked lovely, from what I could see of it.

So I started crocheting with her watching her on youtube. As usual, I didn’t have enough yarn of one colour, so decided to use as many colours as I could and use up those bits of yarn and those bundles for which I could never find good use for.

A few rows later, I came to find out that Olivia from Girlybunches had only posted the patter for the first 11 or so rows. And she had posted a link to the written pattern which looked like a complicated mathematical design to me.

A net search told me that Joana Martinez had also a pattern for the virus shawl and so I went there and it was a lot clearer there.

So here I am crocheting my shawl, which I hope will add to my collection of warm clothes to protect me against the cold air of the Air Con in my office and also for me take on my trip to Boston next month.IMG_2993.JPGIMG_2995.JPG

Do you like it ? For those of you interested in crochet, it seems to be an easy and beautiful project to do.

 

A writer and her inspiration.

I remind myself constantly that there is a second part to a post I wrote before on “The Silent Treatment”.

I haven’t been able to do it. I am known for my procrastination.

But more importantly, I am in a peculiar situation now. Unless I get inspired, I cannot get to write the post. I guess, it is a type of writer’s block or a means of finding an excuse but its true.

Try as I might, unless I experience the Silent Treatment first hand, I will not be able to write about it. I will not have the drive to write or the push to complete the post or the pull at my heart’s strings to let others know what I have gone through.

Have any of you bloggers felt this way ? Do you need to get personally inspired before you write ?