Archives for the month of: December, 2016

Recently, I was writing about the year in review as part of a group effort for Damage Control. I remarked in one of my articles that there wasn’t much positivity to be found in 2016. Currently, I don’t have high expectations for 2017. However, following mainstream news and events can skew one’s perspective about a year in general. Personally and professionally, 2016 has been quite a mixed bag, leaning mostly toward the positive.

I’ve had the opportunity to pick up more hours at my night job. As a result, I’ve been able to weather a lot of financial difficulties that came my way, without depending too heavily on credit. For my work with Epic Career Tales, I’ve landed guests I had initially given up on, I’ve been a guest, and now I’ve had the chance to sit in the interviewer’s chair.

When Karen put out the offer to do the interviewing, I initially said “no.” Part of it was out of sheer terror, the other part was because I felt I wasn’t adequate. Like always, she disagreed and I thought about the idea while at my night job. (I’ve found that physical labor can be a great time to reflect on my thoughts.) So I decided to once again get out of my comfort zone and try something new. I put the idea to my friend as well, and I discovered that she liked the idea of being interviewed by a friend. So I told Karen of my reconsideration and with a few words of encouragement from her, I prepped for the interview.

What’s surprising to me is the amount of work that goes on with the interviewer notes. I worked on my notes and the questions I would ask up until the last minute, despite starting my work on them hours in advance. The interview itself went well, in my opinion anyway, and it turned into a fun conversation. It wasn’t perfect, but I’m not nearly as seasoned as Karen. You can check out the Epic Career Tale right here.

 

2016 will definitely go down as the year I tried new things and found some success. How about your 2016?

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Winter Wonderland by Chintermeyer of Flickr

This past week has been crazy! I’ve been busy at work and in my personal life and I have never felt so grateful for my family. Without them, I’m sure I’d go slowly insane.

My family does “first Christmas” with my sister, her boyfriend, and my nephews each year before Christmas itself because it’s a lot for them to visit everyone they want to visit on Christmas day with three kids and a car full of presents. This year it was a blast! We have a different food theme each year and this year we had Polish food (my father’s mother was Polish)–stuffed cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and more. It was as deliciously outrageous as it sounds.

I was able to come home, cook, and eat with my family and allow my nerves to rest. I guess I wasn’t checking in with myself enough to realize that the stress has been building these past couple of weeks. Nothing is better for letting off some steam than playing Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots with your nephew :).

Despite all of the bad things that are happening in the world every day and the rush of the work week, I know that I can always come home. There, they don’t judge me or expect me to be someone that I’m not. They just want me as I am. That, my friends, is the best Christmas gift I could receive this year!

How have you all been coping with holiday stress?

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My parents’ monster, 14 foot tall Christmas tree!

This is my first year consistently working overtime during the overnight hours. In past years, I’ve gone into work in the morning (around 10AM) and generally stayed until 10PM. However, I wasn’t satisfied with how little time I spent working on Epic Careering. Everything had to be done quickly and I wasn’t able to double check my work. Also, if I was needed to do something ASAP, I simply wasn’t available. This year’s compromise with overnight hours has worked out generally well. I have some time during the day to work and to rest.

This has been important because the winter season is a time of year when cold and flu strains are spread quite easily. On Sunday I felt myself falling ill, but I was able to spend the day and a little bit of Monday before work resting. By Monday evening I felt much better. Had I stuck to the schedule of past years, I’m sure I’d be fairly sick right now.

The only downside has been the constant upending of my sleeping schedule. I’m not really a night person so the hours do tend to take their toll on me. Also, I’ve found myself with less time to go shopping, making my goal of getting Christmas shopping done early almost impossible to meet. It’s probably going to be another last minute rush this year. Despite the setbacks, the benefits of working into the early morning have been worth the effort.

 

How are holiday hours affecting you? Do you find yourself with more to do or with more time to enjoy the season?

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Snowflake Macro by Alexey Kljatov of Flickr

This week has been busy, busy, busy! I’ve been keeping a positive attitude about everything, though, and that has made a lot of difference.

I’m still meditating as often as I can (mostly in the morning) and I try to set an intention for the day, even if it’s not fully fleshed out. For example, I woke up sort of groggy on Monday morning and I just set a positive intent for my day. I calmed myself from the inside out and immediately felt more upbeat and ready to take on the day. Sometimes, I have more specific intentions, such as imagining a successful meeting if I have an important one that day or week. The more I meditate, the more I’ve come to realize how much my thoughts affect the trajectory of my day. For the most part, if I stay positive, my experiences remain positive.

I’ve needed this optimism more now than ever with the holidays approaching. I made a promise to myself awhile back that I would begin buying gifts and preparing well in advance this year (since I am a huge procrastinator and leave almost everything until the last minute, thereby guaranteeing my own insanity), and it’s worked! I’m almost done all of my shopping and I feel pretty laid back.

I hope all of you readers are feeling just as laid back about the upcoming holidays! Did you finish all your shopping and decorating yet?

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