I’d like to start this post by apologizing to everyone whose brilliant posts I’ve missed over the last couple of weeks. I’ve had eye issues again, which have caused me to seriously limit my screen time, so although I’ve tried to at least visit and read through posts, I haven’t done much commenting. In addition to that, I’ve put myself into a bit of a bind….
You know that old saying about having “bitten off more than you can chew?” Well, that may be me at the moment, and it’s entirely my own fault. For some reason, these last couple of weeks have been busier than usual anyway, but now, I have a deadline and not much time to reach it.
As some of you know, I used to work as a Personal Trainer and Health Coach, and although I haven’t worked since my fibromyalgia really got bad, I’ve maintained my certifications ‘just in case’. In order to stay current, I have to complete Continuing Education Credits, be current on my CPR certification, and re-certify with the American Council on Exercise every two years. Although I try to stay current with things going on in the wellness field, I didn’t take any courses that would give me the credits I needed because I figured I hadn’t worked for so long that I probably wouldn’t ever go back.
I still don’t think I’ll ever go back full-time, but as the time for my certification to expire, I started thinking about how much I could help others who live with fibromyalgia or other chronic pain conditions. Prior to my diagnosis I had worked with fibromyalgia patients, and although I thought I had a decent understanding of it, I realize now just how ignorant I was. After living with this for almost six years now, I know that unless you’ve experienced it, no matter how empathetic you are and how much you try to understand it, you just can’t. I started dreaming about maybe developing my HOPE construct (you can read more about that here) into some type of program that I could use to help others who are going through the same thing I am.
….And that’s why I’m now paying the price for my indecision….
As of May 1st, I had to complete my CEC’s and take my CPR class before May 31st. That’s two textbooks, seven videos, and two exams plus the CPR class, which is about four hours of videos and then the practical exam.
I’ve always said I work better under pressure, so I guess we’ll see if that’s true. So far I’ve completed one textbook, six videos, and one exam, so I think I can do it. The key is just going to be to stay focused and get rid of any ‘weeds‘ that pop up to distract me.
I’m hoping to continue writing a regular post as well as the What’s Your Favorite post each week while I do this, but if you don’t hear much from me on your blogs, please know I’ll be back as soon as I get this accomplished.
And now here’s my Public Service Announcement — Don’t be like me! If you even think you might want to do something, go ahead and start working on it now rather than waiting until the last minute.