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This week has been so busy! I can’t believe March is already half over–the days have been flying by. Today, I have a group meeting to discuss certain tasks that are unique to our jobs and how long those tasks take us to complete. This is to determine whether some tasks are essential or not, as well as which ones can be standardized across the board or are more unique to a certain publication.

One of the things I really like about the company I work for is the opportunity to get involved in projects (both long- and short-term) that help to make employees’ jobs easier. Several time-saving initiatives have been rolled out just within the past few months that have positively impacted how I do my job. To be able to see concrete results from projects that I’m involved with has been an amazing morale-booster. I know that I’m directly contributing not only to the company, but to my colleagues directly.

There is something to be said about getting involved, whether it’s at your job, school, or in your community. As you long-time readers know, I’m a naturally shy person that doesn’t like to call too much attention to myself, but these various opportunities to get involved at work have started me down the path of confidence. I may not be ready to give a presentation to a room full of people at a moment’s notice, but I’m certainly feeling much better in terms of how I handle myself in front of a crowd.

There’s something exciting about where I am in my life today–I feel like the best parts are yet to come and that I’m on exactly the path I need to be to make those things happen. I’m just feeling optimistic these days :).



I wanted to take the opportunity in this post to recognize that things are going well for me right now and to express gratitude for them. I read a blog post recently about the importance of gratitude in your every day life and how keeping it in the forefront of your mind at all times will inspire a greater sense of positivity. I’ve been trying to do that these days by writing down what I’m most grateful for, either right when I wake up in the morning or before I fall asleep at night. It’s done wonders for me recently.

Before and during the holidays, I was really slacking on my exercise and as much as I didn’t want to admit it, it was really affecting me. Recently, I’ve made it more of a priority and, just as a small example, I make myself walk on the treadmill desk at work every day. It may seem like a small thing but I feel amazing when I’m finished–I just walked a mile at work without having to leave the building! Although I was wary of the open office plan at first, this is definitely one of the perks. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to exercise at work even just a little bit.

I’m very grateful for kind, helpful public transit employees. If you know me in real life, you know that I complain about the train a lot, even though I have to take it every day. It’s expensive, not always reliable, and sometimes the employees are not very nice; however, one employee that has been a regular on my morning train has changed my outlook. She is extremely friendly (always greeting us all with a smile and a “Good morning!”),  helpful (she communicates exactly what is going on if there is a delay, even if we are stopped for just one minute waiting for another train to pass. I can’t express how helpful that is. A lot of the time, other employees won’t say a word and will outright ignore you if you ask what’s going on), and she genuinely cares that she does a good job at work. I wrote a commendation to the company yesterday because I wanted them to know how much I appreciate her.

My youngest sister and I took my grandmother out for dinner and drinks last Friday and had a sleepover at my grandmother’s. I’m so grateful that, at almost 30 years old, I still have my grandmother around. I had 2 sets of grandparents, 1 set of great-grandparents, and 1 great-grandmother around until pretty recently and they all played a major role in my life and my upbringing. So, spending time with my grandmother now is pretty special.

These are just a few things I’m grateful for recently, how about you? Also, do you keep a gratitude journal or something similar that you write in every day? Does it help you?


I have been swamped at work lately! It’s been going well, though; I’d much rather be busy than bored. My new assignment is working out and everything is starting to come together. I’m getting myself organized and I’m starting to feel like I’m swimming instead of slipping underwater! The longer I work in the academic publishing field, the more I realize how important organization is to me, not only in my career but in my personal life.

One of the things I started doing almost every weeknight for the past year or so is laying out my clothes the night before work. I can’t tell you how much of a difference this makes in my morning–I’m less stressed because I already know what I’m wearing that day. Because it makes my life so much easier, I’ve been forcing myself to do this every weeknight so that I can save time getting ready in the morning and face my day with little to no pre-stress!

I also do the same thing with food, though this is less strict for me. I try to plan my meals ahead of time when I go food shopping, and then figure out my week based on my meals once I get home. I don’t know about you, but I’m at my most cranky at the end of the day when I walk in the door after work. I’m tired, I’m trying to de-stress, and I’m thinking about everything I still need to do before the day is over. Oh, and I’m usually starving. The last thing I want to think about is preparing an elaborate meal for myself, so I make sure that I’ve prepared the night before or that morning. I’ve either defrosted something, food is waiting for me in the crock pot, or I have some sort of plan for dinner. This also prevents me from overeating and staying healthy.

I remove clutter from surfaces I use all the time, such as my coffee table and bedroom dresser (and floor…). I hate clutter–it puts me in a frame of mind that I don’t like, so I’ve been trying to be more minimalist with my things recently. I don’t know if the open floor plan at work is seeping into my home life, but the lack of stuff is one of the things I like the most about our office. It’s much harder for someone to keep too much with them all day since they have to lug it around and put it away at the end of the day.

I’ve found that the more I organize things to suit my needs, the happier, calmer, and more productive I am. What I outlined above doesn’t work for everyone (I know–one of my closest friends swears she actually thinks more clearly when she’s surrounded by her work), but work out a system for your life. It helps!


I’m receiving a new assignment at work tomorrow and I’m both nervous and excited. My nervousness stems from the anticipation of having to change my day to day workflow to accommodate a new journal, but my excitement comes from the fact that I’m ready to handle this challenge. I now feel like I’m officially entrenched in this company and that I can handle most situations that come to me without having to ask for help (not that asking for help is a bad thing!).

A few months ago, a colleague of mine told me that when you work at this company, it takes about 2 years to feel like you know your job well. I believe that wholeheartedly! Experiencing 2 full years of work has really helped me see a little bit of everything: how things should go and, of course, what could go wrong! I’m feeling more confident in myself and my abilities with each passing day. My manager is wonderful and encouraging and I never feel as though he’s disappointed in me or thinks that I could  be doing a better job. His response, if I come to him with a question or a problem, is always “What can we do to fix this?” There is no judgment. That attitude, coupled with my awesome coworkers, makes for a wonderful workplace.

Last week, me and a few coworkers went out to lunch with our manager to celebrate my friend’s 15 year anniversary at the company. It was such a nice time and my friend said that her coworkers and the friends she’s made at this company over the years contributed in a large way to her desire to remain here. That’s so nice to know and she is not the first person I’ve heard that from here. I feel so positive about my future at this company and I’m so glad I was able to find this positive work environment. I can see myself working here for years to come!


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