So after a year of application processing,sending letters to supervision, getting coworkers to send in competency letters, and the university sending in my transcript, the exam was passed and I have Florida credentials. Not to mention the normal fees every time you turn around in the process, fee for the application, fee to process the application, fee for the exam....ok enough with the FEEEE!! I am feeling great about this though as I spent years putting together professional standards in my chosen field and now I am viewed, in Florida, at this higher standard. Now lets see what else is on the horizon for credentials and license!!
When I started working on Jan 2nd, I had no idea that I'd be a team captain of the biggest loser (Opposite Team Mike!) but was the 2nd place biggest loser. I ended up losing 29.6 pounds!!! It was fun and quite a struggle at times yet started me on some healthy habits. I had an opportunity to work closer at the Palm Bay clinic CFTC but after a few months with this crew, I decided to stay and be with this great crew of people. I don't regret it at all and hope we continue to have these activities together!!
On Sunday Dec 29th Holly saw what looked like fog and got excited when she saw flames also flicking above our screened in patio. Our neighbor was already across the drainage easement when I got out there and I opened up our garden hose and we put the fire out as Holly called 911. Palm Bay Engine 5 responded and we had things under control. What a scary thing to see. It will be interesting to see how the insurance and the pool people handle this one! I am so grateful that Holly saw this when she did and that our neighbor was a real man and just came right to help. The funny thing is this is a man that is usually annoying, curses way too much and quite often in front of my friend's children and my wife. This week he shows us and reminds me to not judge and to try and keep all that unnecessary perceptions to myself and to try and not have these perceptions. I keep learning all the time with this little nugget and hope some day to not be so quick on the draw.
I Got a position as a therapist at a methadone clinic nearby. I am excited about getting back to what it is I do the best in this world. I am happy to be back in this population and back to a full-time position too. I still work part-time and will be able to continue seeing my current people and feel that everything is working out again.
I remember the methadone clinics in PA that were a place that one could cop, or sell their own mouth-full of methadone by spitting it in a cup to a buyer. The clinic there was not much of a "program" but a place that doled out the drug. I am on board over the past few years with medically assisted recovery. It seems the days of total abstinence needs to have an open mind for the people that can take the medication and not abuse this. I believe this is difficult when one has their own medications that happens to be the drug of their choice as in suboxone or methadone. I believe I will find out working here at the clinic how people that are able to graduate through the process can gain some type of rhythm and condition themselves to take the medications as needed.
I am excited to be back to full-time work again and look forward to the daily grind and fast pace of the clinic. I have great hope that this is not just a "highlight" on the resume but another great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of a program.
As I walk through Lowes before Halloween and Christmas lights and artificial trees are being propped up, I can't help but feel like Linus on A Charlie Brown Christmas. I need to have my holidays with the proper amount of sincerity and to me the act of gratitude is far more special now at Thanksgiving than the commercial presence of Christmas. I try not to lose site of what is ultimately important in my life the sense of gratitude and being thankful for all things I experience. In the sense of true life blessings I have an extreme depth and recognition of gratitude that I express to others around me. I love the essence of gratitude, how it is easy to forget that which I have sometimes yet come back to it. Happy Thanksgiving
I haven't been a very good blogger as the last one is from May!!! Much has happened though and it is all moving in the right direction for me, a new home, a fresh new degree (Masters degree none-the-less!) and the list grows on. Now is the time to get focused and keep revisiting this blog to keep my current events current! I am glad to have the time to turn out projects now as the picture below shows a nice fresh work bench that was on my "To Do" list forever! It is nice now having the right tools and the courage to try things I believed were beyond me. OK...I am back and
Its Been since the end of 2012 since I visited this site and need to keep updating here!! So many cool things are going on now and life is perfectly busy for me and for Holly. We had my parents here for a moth and traveled to so many great destinations in Florida. We are really settling in now and are still making travel plans i state to see more! I will be getting back to the blog more often and feel energized again by
Holly and I have been on the move doing local Floridian things like plays, art fairs, checking out real estate in the area, and now we are going to Anna Maria Island for the weekend. In January we have a date reserved in Miami and in February our parents come and we will be looking to explore the Keys possibly. So on to some great places where we can digest the Floridian landscape and enjoy the great Sunshine State!
Getting back to an old habit of eating on the Tim Ferriss 4 hour body has been long time coming for me. I felt the pressure in my clothes as I ate without any concern at weddings, friends and relatives homes during our recent move, so now it is time to get back to things that work.
The diet is a slow-carb diet which is not Atkins but is aware of carb intake, only moderate carbs, and no dairy. Sugar is out, refined carbs are completely out. So we started, Holly and I, back in on the 4 hour body. This is day 6 and we have been biking and losing weight, watching exactly what we eat and planning a sensible cheat-day as prescribed by the guidelines of the diet.
It is good to be clocking miles on the bike and feeling the clothes backing off! It will be fun to check in again and show progress!
So it has been a few weeks since I last posted and much has developed. The move to Melbourne is still a success and I am now working p/t for an outpatient substance abuse facility on Satellite Beach (more like the Indian River side). I am very happy and see that there is some substance abuse work in my area without having to travel to Orlando or south to Ft. Pierce. Holly and I are enjoying discovering Central Florida and have so much more to see. We bike almost every morning and have been eating quite well again. It is good to have healthy connections again in the rooms and the next part will be a home-group! I like NA here in Melbourne yet have found some cool AA spots. Life is great! Our star-fruit tree and banana palm are added delights on our pond out our back window and we always see some type of wildlife like egrets, herons, turtles, Ibis, and a bald eagle even flew over and drank from the pond one night. We are slowly digging in here, the art-work is being hung, out taste in design and decor is slowly creeping into our house as we still look for a permanent place