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August Changes

Yes, I said August changes. It has been a month since I wrote, although it feels like longer. When I left off in August, I was recapping our June trip to Vegas and Yosemite. But that story can wait, because there have been some big changes in the Jacobs’ household.

The first change was a very sad one. We lost our Thea  🙁  Those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram may already know this. After we found out about Thea’s tumor, her health declined very quickly. The point came when we knew it was time to say goodbye.


I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – Thea was my once-in-a-lifetime dog. She was such a special soul, and she was an incredibly important member of our family. We were devastated (including Bailey), but it brings me comfort to know she is with my dad. I will see her again one day…

The other change has been a very happy one, and it actually had its start the day before we put Thea down. That day, I interviewed for a new job. Not even a week later, I got and accepted the job. I have a new job!!

I left the higher education world for the business world. I took a marketing communications job with a local marketing company. I manage social media and write for a living now. This was a change I had been contemplating for some time, and the time finally came to make the move.

My home for the last five and a half years, all empty on my last day.

The move was definitely scary. I had been with the university for seven years. I had been working in higher education para-professionally/professionally for 10 years. Heck, my master’s degree is in higher education counseling. But over the last five years, I had been dabbling in social media and ultimately made it a large portion of my work. I found another area of passion, and I’m so excited to finally be pursuing it full time.

I will say that I deeply miss the students I worked with. And I was sad to leave so many of the things I built at the university. But I am now in a happier, healthier place. I’ve been in my new job for a month, and it’s going great!

So yeah, a lot has changed in the Jacobs’ household in a short period of time. Oh, and I can’t forget a third big change that will impact our family for years to come…

Golf, Fish, and Lots of Spirit

Friday was a great day, start to finish.

First, it was UW Spirit Day. It’s a day for UW-Madison alumni to wear their Badger best and raise awareness of the value grads contribute to communities around the world. As I have the last two years, I broke out the Badger gear to show off my pride at work.

Spirit Day 2012

Spirit Day always puts me in a good mood, and the workday went by nice and fast. Score!

After work, I went golfing for the first time this year. Jason is now a member of the Whitewater Country Club, and I think he’s really happy to be back to regular golfing. Jason used to golf every Monday with a few friends, but a different work schedule and a family shifted his routine. I know he has missed golfing all the time, so I’m glad he has the opportunity to go whenever he likes.

As we were loading my golf bag on a pull cart, we were greeted by the local rooster. What the…

Country Club Rooster

I was not expecting that.

Spirit Day was still in full effect – My bag is decked out Bucky style.

Bucky Towel

Bucky Power

It wound up getting rather chilly out and we were basically alone on the course (although Jason tells me that’s the norm). I didn’t do well at all, so I was grateful for the lack of fellow golfers. I definitely got frustrated, but Jason kept me in check (as best he could). I haven’t golfed that much, so I’m not bad from that perspective.

Quiet on the Course

My husband is a beast on the golf course, so I guess I’ll trust his opinion   🙂

My Golf Beast

After golf, we headed to our regular fish fry joint. All in all, it was the perfect Wisconsin Friday.

Welcome 2012!

In keeping with the spirit of the new year, I am thinking about what I hope to achieve in 2012. I see the beginning of a new year  as the perfect time to set some new goals and maybe a resolution or two (there’s a difference).

This time last year, I set four goals for 2011. I didn’t achieve a darn one of them.

  • Write at least three posts a week –> Some weeks I did awesome, most weeks I completely failed.
  • Lose 20 pounds by June 1 –> Considering that, as of right now, I’m only 8 pounds down from my January 2011 starting weight, I’d say I pretty much blew my timeframe.
  • Complete at least two 5K races (all running, no walking) –> Ok, I’ll give myself a break on this one. I did complete one 5K last year and ran the whole thing. I intended to run The North Face Endurance Challenge 5K again this fall, knowing I would/could run the whole thing, but had to pass on it after a minor medical procedure. So close.
  • Complete a backpacking trip –> Ouch! I completely forgot that this was one of the goals on my list. What seemed like a sure thing back in January came to a swift end in May. Probably out of everything I wanted to accomplish in 2011, this was the thing I wanted the most. No Yosemite High Sierra Camp lottery for us this year. To make quicker progress on our dream home, we plan on sticking close to Wisconsin for our summer trips the next few years. We’ll definitely try for the camps again, though. And in the meantime, we’re weighing our backpacking options closer to home. This goal hasn’t gone away…

I’m disappointed that 2011 was such a bust, both in terms of my goals and as an all-around year. To be honest, I don’t know if 2011 ever stood a chance. It kicked off with the 5th anniversary of my dad’s death. The cancellation of our Yosemite High Sierra trip was a huge punch in the gut – I was SO excited for it – and the disappointment definitely carried into our revamped vacation.

Making matters worse, I found that I started to care too much about my day job. Let me explain, because that statement just sounds bad.

I care about my job. I’m very fortunate to have the job I have, and I enjoy the work I do. I get to work with some amazing students and some amazing co-workers. But nothing is perfect, and there are plenty of things that severely bother me on a daily basis. Hence my problem – I have cared so much that I have allowed the little (well, and some big) problems to dominate my days. It has brought me to a bad place, one that I want to leave behind in 2012.

So, it’s a new year. And it’s going to be a good year. Because I say so. So there.

Instead of setting goals for the entire year at this time, I have decided to cut the year into thirds-of-sorts. So, my goals for January through May are…

  • Run a 5K
  • Complete my Yosemite 2010 scrapbook 😐

In addition to the goals I will set three times this year, I’ve decided on one over-arching resolution. Given it’s nature, it also fits nicely with the One Little Word I’ve learned about from Kam of Campfire Chic.

Be Present

Being present is another thing I have failed at lately. Where do I even begin… Technology consumes too much of my time. I live too much of my life ruminating about the past. I spend too much time worrying about what I don’t have instead of appreciating what I do have. I want to take steps to be present, to live in the here and now. 2012 seems like a good year for it.

So there you go. Two goals and a resolution to kick off the new year.

What do you hope to accomplish this year?

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