Since getting the job offer and giving notice, my disposition has improved exponentially. I want to be better, I want to do better – in everything.
First, there’s a little matter of my health and physical condition. In the year and a half I’ve been at my current job, my exercise time has decreased. The introvert in me needed quiet and alone time. Dummy me, I should’ve included exercise to help me handle the nuclear level stress, but it was easier to go home and hide than risk more human interaction. My diet was atrocious and this wicked cocktail added up to an extra 20 pounds. Before you gasp in horror, everyone in the department has put on weight since working there, mostly from stress eating.
I’ve been starting off slow with some cardio and am working up to lifting more weights. I can’t do my old weight levels quite yet, but I’m clearly doing too much too soon. For example, I tried to do pull ups a week and a half ago and I torqued my shoulder somethin’ good. I had hurt my shoulder several years before and went to physical therapy, so I’m using the exercises the PT gave me to get my shoulder strong again. Better to move a little slower than completely stop.
Second, I’ve been looking at martial arts classes; those probably won’t be until next month, after I’ve had a few weeks to acclimate to regular physical exercise. I have a feeling I’m going to love it, but I will take advantage of the free class before committing.
I’ve been so fortunate to have good health and a strong body, I can’t waste it.
Thirdly, I want to learn to make foam armor. Now that Wizard World decided to bring its con back to our fair city, I need to step up my cosplay game. I’ve watched a few videos and I think I can learn to work with it; it’ll just take a little practice. My future goal is to create a Vampire Hunter D cosplay. It would be a smidge ambitious to try to get it done before next year, but you never know.
Yes, professional development and joining professional organizations are on the list as well.
Since I gave my notice two weeks ago, it’s been psychotically busy here. Today it’s as though the brakes were slammed and it’s just slooooooooooow. I’m not complaining, trust me. The person I need to train on payroll has been in meetings all morning so I’ve been trying to pretend to look busy. Okay, not really, whatever I needed to get done is done.
For the first 10 months of this year life was stagnant. Now it’s November and life’s in hyperdrive. I’ve got my helmet, I’m strapped in and I’m ready to enjoy the ride.
I’ve dressed as a vampire the last several years, but this year, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series airing, I’m going as a Starfleet captain. My uniform will be from the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
I ordered a pattern and got it just last week, with every intention of buying fabric to start work on it right away, but, alas, I hit a snag.
In the last year and a half, I’ve purchased almost all fabric from Hancock Fabrics. They had a great selection of fabric, and some pretty sweet coupons as well. Earlier this year, several HF stores closed here in the metro (the company filed for bankruptcy), but three remained open.
I drove to one of the stores last week and when I got there, the window displays were gone, the store was empty. I pulled up their website and it says “coming soon” on the home page. How soon is coming soon? Will it be an online store? While I have in the past, I don’t like buying fabric online.
We do have two other fabric stores: Jo-Ann Fabrics and SR Harris Fabric Outlet. Jo-Ann’s has a nice selection of fabric, but it’s more of a craft store. SR Harris is an outlet with floor to ceiling bolts of fabric, and it can be overwhelming.
In my opinion, two options isn’t a lot of choice.
I do hope is Hancock Fabrics comes back in some incarnation, but, if not, I’ll be shopping for an online store.
I’m not thinking of squirrels even though I’m very squirrely right now. I’m having a hard time sitting still, and focusing – pffft, yeah, that’s not happening. There’s just too much on the brain right now.
I’m thinking of my career change and networking and my resume – I have revisions I need to make to my resume and while I do have it in my backpack (yes, I bring a backpack to work, have to carry my lunch and sweater in something), I don’t feel very comfortable bringing the resume out should the wrong person see it. There’d be some explainin’ to do.
I’ve looked at new jobs and I’m so antsy to apply, but I’m not quite there yet. Once the resume and LinkedIn profile are done, I’ll be ready to go. Soon. Very soon. Plus, I have another book to read called 60 Seconds and You're Hired! It’s a guide to any and all kinds of questions I could be asked during an interview.
I’ve also had my head wrapped around the idea of writing a book. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it though; I have to put the pieces together and right now I’m looking at about a 100,000 piece puzzle and each piece is less than an inch high. I keep finding microscopic story bits, but the pieces aren’t connecting yet.
I’m also squirrely to exercise – I came in to work yesterday, July 4, to process and sign off on timecards. I’d also wanted to take a fitness class yesterday, but since it took longer than I expected, I missed the class. I did get in a nap in the afternoon though. Score! I’d forgotten how good naps feel. Why employers don’t allow naps during the workday is beyond me. Think of the increased productivity!
I’ve also been browser window shopping … okay, nothing that I need, just stuff I want, like this uber cool Voltron T-shirt, or how about this Dr. Strange T-shirt.
Lunch is almost done; I should try to at least look productive. Wish me luck.
In 2013, I left a different admin job to take a break from it, and ultimately move away from it, but in 2015, I accepted another admin job mostly because of the man who’d be my boss. We clicked; we could talk easily, freely and honestly.
Unfortunately, upper management didn’t think he was the right one to lead the hospital account. Less than three months later, he was moved to another location. I’ve never clicked with his replacement and the entire office vibe changed, but not for the better.
I can’t lie, I’ve been somewhat pissed off about what happened with the old boss, but I’m starting to think it was a good thing. If he’d stayed, there’s a very good chance I would’ve too and I would’ve stayed in a limited role. Him being gone is finally forcing me to light a fire under my own ass to do something I’m passionate about.
At the recommendation of a recent networking connection, I’ve been reading Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together by Pamela Slim. This is how it’s described: The author “shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand.”
It’s an easy read, but very dense with material. I have a diverse background including public relations and computer networking and it’s a nice feeling to know I can take my existing body of work and create a new one.
I’ve never had a great family support system – they’re of the mindset that you find a well-paying job, whether you like it or not, and do it until you retire. Yikes, that sounds miserable with a capital M. Whatever I’ve wanted to do, I don’t share with them, as they’ve not supported my endeavors. I’ve wrestled with not having a lot of faith in myself and in combination with negative self-talk, challenges ensued.
But things are changing for the positive and at this juncture, my attitude is fuck it, I’m going to pursue what makes me happy, not what others expect.
It’s about damn time.