Sunday, January 1, 2012

I'm Back

Happy New Year everyone!

I know it's been a long time since I went on hiatus.  A lot has happened in that time.  Some of it good, some of it bad.  I've done a lot of stress eating, but I also ran my first 5k.  I got a new pair of shoes that made my feet fall asleep.  I considered going on a juice fast but decided against it (at least for now).  I started running one night a week with a good friend of mine.

Most importantly, I got a new job!!!  I start on the 9th of January and I'm super-excited.  I'm going to be a 3rd-8th grade band teacher!  I'm not sure what the job will look like yet but I'm excited to get the ball rolling.

This is a huge boost to my self-esteem.  I took such a big hit when my position was cut and I had no choice but to keep working for the people that laid me off but for lower pay and a job I really didn't want to do.  On top of the financial burden placed upon me, I had to deal with the thought that I wasn't good enough to get hired anywhere as a music educator.  I had to pick up more work in private lessons so I wasn't home most nights.  That's part of why I stopped blogging.  I think things will really turn around now.

The month of December was ridiculously busy.  I'm hoping January will be a little more laid back.  I want to get back to cooking healthier foods instead of eating out as much. I went to the gym for the first time in a few weeks a couple days ago.  It felt amazing.  It was so nice to get moving again.  I need to make exercise a regular part of my day.

I'm back.  Hopefully, I had enough time off to recharge my batteries and really want this.  I'm not going to kick myself for any weight I gained.  What's past is past.  I'm ready to work now.  Two years ago I dedicated myself to losing 100 pounds.  It's time to finish what I started.


  1. Andrew, good to see you're back. Sorry to hear about your job going away, but that's great you're back in a position. Years ago I was an elementary band director. Fun times. Good luck with your weight loss in 2012!

  2. Sounds, fun. A new job can be both rewarding and challenging. I hope you are able to find sucess in all you do this year.

  3. Andrew, I am thrilled to read that you have a new band job! Way to go! Good luck with your goal and with your new students. I couldn't be more excited for you to have your own bands again.

  4. Welcome back Andrew and congrats on the new job! I truly believe that 2012 is going to be an amazing year for so many people ... and I believe it will be for you as well.

    I love your attitude ... you can't change the past ... only work towards a better future.

    Looking forward to reading your future posts :)


  5. Congrats on finding a new job that it sounds like you're going to love! I started a new job a few months ago and can attest to the fact that it definitely brings unique stresses and challenges, but having the finding-a-job stress resolved makes the adapting-to-my-new-job stuff so minimal. Looking forward to seeing all you accomplish in 2012! :)