January 30, 2014

Dipping My Toes ... Who Am I Kidding- Just Jump!

Every time I think about blogging, it's like I just don't know where to start. I'd love to write the follow up on Meeting my Ex's fiance', perhaps it would have been better served writing it as it happened. It was actually a great meeting- you'll just have to be on the look out for that. 

But this past year I was doing other things. It was a really good year. Maybe I'll reflect in another post I've been meaning to follow up on, My 13 for 2013 ... Ground Breaking and share My 13 for 2014. Yet, something else you will need to be on the lookout for. 

Oh the suspense right?

Well, there will be some great posts reflecting on this past year, situations, people I've met and new things I've learned. 

In the meantime, forget about dipping my toes- that's for wusses. I'm just going to jump in. Most likely it will be a belly-flop. I've never learned how to dive. OH! That may end up on my list of things to learn this year. :)

All the Best,
Elizabeth in Kansas City

April 10, 2013

Tips on Meeting Your Ex-Husband's New Fiance

It's that time. Time to meet my ex husband's new fiance'. I've had interactions with her and she seems nice but I won't lie, I'm human and I need some guidance. I like to be prepared. 

So what's a girl to do? Do a Google search. But Google didn't give me anything on this sort of subject matter. So I went to the next best thing to Google ... Sarah Storer, Blogger of The Naked Redhead

Here's what she has to say!  

First, while it might seem like the "adult" thing to do, I don't feel like anyone HAS to be friends or make nice with the ex or the ex's new partner. I'm not saying you have to be rude, but you do have to do YOU, and sometimes doing you means that you can't have the ex in your life, and I get that. Considering that an ex can literally have the same addictive effects on your psyche as cocaine or nicotine addiction, in some cases, it's highly advisable that you stay "cold turkey" on your ex. So, for any of you out there wondering if you "HAVE TO" be friends with the ex and the ex's new squeeze, no, you don't HAVE to, especially if you're unsure if it'll be a truly healthy decision for you.

But let's say you do want to be friends with either the ex or the ex's new partner (or both)...this situation isn't easy, and it's going to require a little extra on your part by way of graciousness and patience, not because your ex's new partner will be particularly difficult to work with, but because these situations are bound to be chock full of emotion and delicate social nuance.

For example, you might WANT to have a bitch-fest about your ex, and the new partner may actually encourage or join in ("Oh my god, he ALWAYS loses his keys! You're right!), but trust me when I say you will lose in this situation, because you'll be the bitter harpy who still can't forget his lack of responsibility while she gets to go home and bone him and his irresponsible ass at the end of the day.

So here's how I've handled it with my ex-husband and his fiance...hopefully it'll work for you!

1. Give up any bitterness about your ex

Like I mentioned before, this situation is going to be fraught with enough emotion already without you still hating on your ex. So you may need to go through a hearty period of emotional reckoning before you can be friends with your ex's new partner. For me, I had to get to the point where, no matter what, I truly wished the best for my ex. I genuinely wanted (and still want) for him to be happy, and I had to be that way before I could even approach an acquaintance-ship with the ex. Remember, they're a team, and you'll not likely be able to hold any bitterness or ill-will up against their united front. So let it go, and get to the point where you can be happy for him, even if it means his happiness is with someone else.

2. Be prepared for awkwardness to start

It's likely that your first meeting with the ex's new partner isn't going to be terribly comfortable. After all, you've both seen his penis at one point or another. You both know exactly how he smells in the morning, what he likes to eat for lunch, and any weird quirks he has...and one of you probably thinks all that is cute and lovable while one of you is all like, "Ewwwww."

So be prepared to have a few moments of, "Oh hey, we both know he cries after sex. Weird," thoughts while you find whatever the common ground is that the two of you uniquely share outside of the relationship with the ex.

In my situation, we both had to figure out that we both enjoyed working out, and we both had some crazily unmanageable curly hair. And yes, that seems a little shallow to base a new friendship/relationship on, but you gotta start somewhere.

3. Don't assume or expect...anything

So let's say you are able to forge a working relationship with the ex. You like each other, even. And maybe she's even more than willing to pull you more deeply into her life and social circles. Awesome...just don't assume that this means you get to really be a part of everything.

For instance, my ex's fiance and I now have what I would call "warm regard" for each other. I like her as a person, she likes me as a person and our like for each other is apart from our common bond with the man we both know. We've hung out at bars, done some yoga together, even hung out with mutual friends with the ex there.

But I expect nothing from our friendship, and I am deferential to her need for territory and space when it comes to their life together. I never assume that I'll be invited out with them, or that she would want me involved in any part of planning or talking about their future together. In fact, I'm even very careful when we're all hanging out together and my ex wants to have a conversation with just me.

Because, again, I genuinely want happiness for both of them, and I may not factor into their personal equation for happiness. I am owed nothing from either of them, regardless of my history with him, and I do not expect her to "just get over it," if she should ever feel uncomfortable or jealous or whatever.

So that's about it! Just take it all one step at a time, and if for any reason during the process you feel like forging ahead with the friendship/relationship is unhealthy for you, then graciously back out. Nothing wrong with guarding your own sanity here, at all. 

Check back for my next post on Something Unexpected Happened ...

March 25, 2013

UnJunk Yourself: The PROCESS

As I have really started this journey of UNjunking, it is a work in progress. Through meditating, this has allowed me to start listening to what my body needs instead of what I think I want. Sometimes the mind can be very tricky. Luckily I grew up with moderate healthy eating habits. 

I won't lie. I've struggled the past few years with the misconception of needing something fast and on the go, i.e. Fast food. Or being too tired to cook. You can insert a strew of excuses here. 

Watch this video posted by David L. Katz on LinkedIn. He says "Please be sure to watch the video, show your kids, and pass it on; let's start a "we're unprocessing ourselves!" movement! Thank you-"

February 27, 2013

Getting Calm Just Got Better ... Calm (dot) com

If you are new to meditation or you are a meditation superstar, you have to see this. I have been using this for the past year to help me meditate. I feel more at peace and connected with the sounds of nature. 

Meditation online programs

Calm (dot) com

They have an entire new facelift with new scenes and sounds and now you can choose 2 minutes, 10 or 20 minutes. I am listening to the sound of rain drops. It's like heaven.

Now go get your calm on with www.calm.com

February 25, 2013

Warning: Carbon Monoxide ... How My Neighbor Saves Our Life

I get a knock at my door. I look and it's almost 8 p.m.; so cautiously I look through the peephole. Who is this? I hesitate because it's dark, I'm a single mom and I have seen too many Dateline and Criminal Mind episodes. 

It appears it's a utility worker. After getting my guard dogs, Bucky and Lucky Brown put away. I quickly open the door. He introduces himself as Jim from Atmos Gas. My neighbor had called him about an odor and as a courtesy he wanted to check out our place. 

Jim has a gadget that reminds me of something from the Ghost Busters, and it's beeping away. He was calm but says, "I'm detecting Carbon Monoxide, were you just cooking?" 

Before my brain had time to register the CARBON MONOXIDE ... I was leading him to the kitchen and he says it was registering higher for Carbon Monoxide, as he's checking a vent that is right above our basement. I am still trying to process this. I must have had a noticeably worried look because my daughter was getting a little upset. I'm now in the "mom on a mission mode" and now we're in the basement where Jim finds the furnace.

[Carbon Monoxide Awareness infographic]

His machine has now increased from a 9 to a 42. Jim advises me in this calm, as a matter of fact tone that he has to turn off my furnace. Now keep in mind we are in the middle of our second blizzard storm in a week! 

I'm STILL trying to process the fact that we have carbon monoxide in our home. I have no idea what 42 means. It doesn't sound good. And Jim is turning off my heat.

I call the emergency maintenance number and the guy comes over, confirms the issue, runs to get us some heavy duty space heaters and says he'll return tomorrow.

Here's what I learn. I've probably have had an issue for the past 3 years I've lived here and while a 42, come to find out isn't the highest; It cannot be a good thing. I've seen the commercials. I've meant to get a detector. But I didn't. 

And I would have never come to find out that this was an issue if my neighbor had not detected a gas smell in her townhome.

I hope that this comes as a wake up call for you as it is for me. As soon as our Blizzard passes, I am going to the local hardware store and picking up my detector. 

[What you need to know about CO Detectors]

Now here is the kicker. And this could be a coincidence but I am not sure. I have had some serious health issues over the past year. Off and on ... many of the symptoms match that of CO poisoning. My doctors could not figure out what was going on with me; spells of dizziness, memory loss, fatigue and headaches that were so bad it effected my job and I had to stop working out for a while. It seemed to fade but I still have some symptoms ...memory being one of them. 

It could be a fluke and it could be the carbon monoxide. Either way, I am very lucky to have a nosey neighbor. Thank you Jamie!