You know the weather in Montana is bad when some schools actually cancel classes.
Unfortunately you don’t work at that school.
Lost 5.8 lbs last week.
Crazy what a healthy diet and not eating cheat foods can do. Here’s to another week closer to making it a habit.
I’m gonna be honest. I’m kind of struggling right now. Life isn’t as awesome as I’d like it to be. As much as I’ve always embraced where I was in life, lately it’s been hitting me like a ton of bricks that I’m not where I thought I would be at this point.
But that is beside the point. Today I found out that my aunt is having to sell her small business that she has run for 28 years. My aunt is one of just a handful of female airplane mechanics in the US. Years ago she developed a composite material that they used to repair airplanes and has built her business to the point where she speaks at schools and trains new airplane mechanics how to use her materials.
Her having to give up her business in enraging me for a few reasons.
- Most airlines are outsourcing their repairs and even builds of aircrafts to countries overseas. She’s having a tough time competing with these overseas businesses.
- She is female. Running her own business in a completely male dominated world. When she was in school over 30 years ago she faced so many challenges trying to be female breaking into this male dominated field. And yet she did it. And thrived. And managed to gain the respect of so many of her male colleagues.
- Lately as she’s been trying to keep her business afloat, she’s been getting screwed over by bigger companies. One of them being Boeing. They broken their contract with her as well as screwing her out of some royalties. She’s between a rock and a hard place because no lawyer she talks to is willing to take on Boeing. Another case of big business walking all over the little guy. My aunt who has built her business out of her home with the help of my uncle so that she could also be their to raise my two cousins.
I keep reminding myself that in my life things could always be worse. And today finding out about my aunt made that all to clear. This angers me on so many levels. Not just because it’s my aunt and she’s family, but because even if this were someone else there would be so many things wrong with it. Outsourcing work overseas, keeping women out of male dominated fields, the big businesses walking all over the little guy with no second thought or any repercussions.
It’s just so frustrating to think about right now. And maybe I’ll feel better when I know my aunt will be okay and gets back on her feet. But I can’t help but feel bad that she’s losing something that has been such a big part of her life.
I guess I don’t even know what else to say. I just hurt for her, and for other people who have to go through these same things. It just doesn’t seem right.
So big win for me today.
I’m trying a new eating plan to try to help lose some weight or at least get me jump started in the right direction. Well at work on Fridays we do a thing called Fat Friday, where someone signs up to bring treats like donuts or pastries of some sort.
Well today i sat with my co-workers and enjoyed the awesome Olympic conversation and stared down those 36 donuts and drank my tea. Not one ounce of sugary goodness was consumed.
I just had a student-athlete tell me I really needed to listen to a song.
So as I turned it on Spotify he told me it was a good ‘late night’ song.
Then I got uncomfortable and laughed and told him to leave.
So I’m trying a new eating plan that has worked for my friend in the past. It basically plans all your meals and snacks for you which is kind of nice.
Today with my lunch I’m supposed to drink some vegetable/tomato juice (yes I realize it’s 2:45 and I’m just now eating lunch). So right now I’m pretending that this icky juice is actually a delicious bloody mary.