My Franklin Make-over word for the week was Self Control.
I was reflecting on my week last night and going over how many times I intentionally saw acts of self control and then I realized something. I realized I had a week of the most self control I have ever had in my life without even realizing it while it occurred.
If this week would have happened four months ago, I would have been a complete mess and have had a melt down. But this week I had complete mental relaxation and self control despite everything that happened.
Monday morning started with a text message from my dad saying he was air lifted to Mayo having a heart attack and had two stents put in over the night. Monday morning also greeted us with a complete white-out snow storm. This was a problem because my dad had been at Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing when he had the heart attack and therefore his belongings and car were still there (about an hour drive from our home town and then another hour and a half from there to go see him at the hospital). My sister and I headed towards Red Wing in the snow storm. What usually is a one hour trip ended up taking two hours. Our original intention was to get his things and then head over to Rochester to visit our dad at Mayo but because we couldn’t even see where we were driving in the Treasure Island parking lot and just barely made it up the hill to the casino in the first place, we decided to eat lunch and accept the fact that we may end up staying the night there. We ended up getting back to Winona in my dads car since that had All Wheel Drive again taking about two hours for what usually is a one hour drive. We never did get to Mayo on Monday to see him.
Tuesday I worked my regular hours at my job but then had already planned on babysitting my friends daughter so had that responsibility as well. I also started another job so had training for that job as well. All this while patiently waiting to go see my dad for the first time after his heart attack after all my prior commitments for the day were taken care of. That was a long day. About 14 hours straight through with no break but I got to see my dad this day.
Wednesday was another day of my regular hours at work, more babysitting that I had previously committed to, and more training at my new job all while knowing my dad was patiently waiting to be discharged and picked up at Mayo by my sister and I. I should mention that each trip to see my dad was an hour drive each way. We picked him up, got back to Winona, I ran into my new job to do a little more training, went to the grocery store to get my dad HEALTHY food, and went to his house for a couple hours to make sure he was settling in and actually eating healthy (one of my PPN’s is True Health and preventative and holistic healthcare is my passion so you can imagine the conversations that were going on with my dad who has lived a little less than healthy most of his life.)
Thursday I could kind of breath again but then I remembered I was leaving for Miami the following day for a 9 day trip (for some reason all the last minute details that were supposed to be taken care of on Monday were left to be taken care of on Thursday). Well this day I woke up, started getting ready for a full day of work and I think my body was telling me to slow down because I started getting light-heading and as I turned white I would bend down to hang my head upside down, feel a little better, continue getting ready, and repeat the same thing over again. I called into work to tell them I would be late due to the fact I was laying down so I didn’t faint. After a brief nap I ended up getting to work and putting in a six hour day instead of an eight hour day, went home to make dinner, then went to my dads to check on him. Oh yes, I also had more things to take care of before leaving for Miami on Friday so those were accomplished late Thursday night.
Friday I woke up early to finish packing, headed to work for a few hours, completed some online training modules I needed to complete for my new job, and went in to get a little more training done for my new job. By five, I was ready to drive to Minneapolis, called my dad quick before leaving to make sure everything was fine, and took off to my friends house where I would stay overnight to catch my flight early Saturday morning.
Saturday! Well here I am in Miami for our World Conference convention for my company. What a week. And all while remaining calm and not experiencing even one moment of mental break-down, confusion, anxiety, or overwhelm.
Oh yes! I should probably mention that Luke started an Etsy page for his skateboard rings on Sunday (the day before my dad had the heart attack). There had been such a demand from people because of his video that went viral that he decided to try selling the rings. Well, he’s had 13 sales so far (in less than a week) and I have shipped packages of rings to Austria, Switzerland, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, and throughout the United States in between all the hectic-ness that has taken place this week. Our minds are completely blown on how well the rings have been doing but that’s things manifesting in the outward world. My heart is full! Luke so deserves this!
I have absolutely amazed myself and really didn’t even realize how calm and collected I’ve been until reflecting on my week last night. And guess what! All of this and not a sit or read that was missed!
All I can say is I love myself and I am absolutely, fantastically, marvelously, ecstatically super amazed at what I went through this week all while having more self control than I ever have had!