One more class left for the Recovery Specialist Certification. Then we have a study group, then the certification test in about a month from now. It's been quite a wonderful experience. My eyes have been opened so much more to addiction. I mean, a lot of it is stuff we already know on some level (we, as in those who have struggled with it). But this actually puts a structured way to look at it, and it also helps with a deeper awareness to so much more regarding addiction.
Another door that has opened is a Coaching Course. How it came about, is definitely divine, in my eyes. I won't go into detail, but I do feel this is what I'm to be doing. The course is 6 months long and is structured. We will need 18 hours of coaching that is required, so I'll be looking for victims (oops!) I mean people to coach, very soon. There is a certification test for this, as well. It is covering 3 approaches: Christian Coaching, Spiri
tual Coaching, and Life Coaching. I've been taking it for a month now, and I am really loving it. It helps to put some structure on approaches, questions to ask and how to ask them, how to handle certain things, etc. I'm so looking forward to this next step in my life.
I have no idea how I'll make it through the next few months (financially, of course), but I'm so sick of even thinking about it. Sometimes these kind of situations helps us put into perspective what is important, needs vs. wants, etc. I just have to try to ride this out and make the best decisions I am able, just as I try to do so every day.
I do believe between the photography and the coaching, it'll be ok. They will even complement and supplement each other. And I am willing to bet that this could open other doors, too. Because God is like that. 😉
Anyway, Bella still has her better days, vs. her more down times. I also believe she is experiencing Sundown Syndrome on some level. For months now- since just after her surgery, around December/January- around the same time each evening , she seems to get anxious. Her eyes get really wide, her panting is very quick and heavy, and she paces so much. It starts around 5/5:30, and lasts until around 8, when I try to get her settled. I've even started to give her calming treats to help ease her. I had no idea there even was such a thing, until someone mentioned it a few weeks back, then two more people did, so I did some research and it seems to fit with her symptoms, overall. Other than that, she seems to be doing ok, overall. I am cherishing her and our time together more than I ever have, because we just never know....
I'm headed to bed. Beyond tired, and beyond grateful.
This photo was taken from Lighthouse Beach in Chatham, MA. I happen to love the more minimal feel and the wide sky here.
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