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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 :).



It has been a little while since I’ve visited what is technically my third job, being a landlord. Being a landlord and owning even a little bit of property isn’t easy. The process is just like any other business and you make mistakes. You take a chance on someone and your safeguards fail. I won’t get into all the details, but my last tenants didn’t work out. Between a lack of communication and caring on their end, I was left with an unoccupied apartment filled with their possessions. Thanks to a state law, I had to go to court to get rid of said possessions and change the locks for the unit. However, I could not recover lost money because I wasn’t diligent enough in my research and was missing a certificate and a handbook I was supposed to give them while they were tenants.  I got to keep the security deposit. Live and learn.

The bright side was being able to legally remove their possessions from my property after getting a private agreement in court, and beginning the process of cleaning the unit up. The goal was to get it ready to rent out again. My confidence as a landlord was somewhat damaged, but I was heartened by interest in my unit as neighbors noticed me cleaning it out. I received two unsolicited offers from people looking to rent. In the end, I made a deal with a family member who was in need of a place to stay, willing to pay me, and willing to work with me as repairs were made to the unit. The deadline to get the apartment ready to move into was March 1st and the process was involved. Thankfully, a full renovation wasn’t needed—unlike two years ago. This time I simply needed to remove the trash left behind, clean, and treat for pests.

While slightly more work still needs to be done, my new tenants are satisfied. This time I made sure I had all of my certificates, notices, and handbooks ready to go at the lease signing. I also found good sources of information to keep on top of Philadelphia’s changing landlord-tenant laws. Starting over wasn’t easy, but I’m grateful for a second chance after a failed venture.


Have you ever had a project or venture fail? Did you give up or start over?

Paperwork 2 by Isaac Bowen of Flickr

Paperwork 2 by Isaac Bowen of Flickr

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 finally taking my first vacation since August 2017. Unlike August, this vacation isn’t attached to any conventions or traveling plans. I’m just at home relaxing and reinvigorating my mind. For the past two days (Monday and Tuesday) I’ve been using the time off from work to catch up on one of my favorite hobbies, video games.  However, I’ve been using my vacation to leisurely catch up on errands and other tasks. It has been nice completing chores and needed tasks without having to worry about getting everything done before work or jamming said tasks into the weekend.


During the first half of my week I’ve been able to:

  • Finally take my car in for its PA state inspection. My inspection tags expired at the end of October and I had been driving around with expired tags for three months. No need to worry about my tags for another year.
  • Repair and organize a few things around the house.
  • Get laundry done. Including taking larger items to the laundromat.


For the second half of my week I plan to:

  • Finally cleanup email inboxes and unsubscribe from newsletters that no longer interest me.
  • Do my federal, state, and city income taxes. Since I’ve become a landlord the process has become complicated and time-consuming, but not impossible to do on my own.
  • Start the process of revamping my personal fan site. Unfortunately, because a few important tasks have been packed into my week off, I won’t be able to exclusively work on the site. At the very least, I do want to start the process.
  • Update a few of my social media profiles.


I fully plan to achieve most of, if not all of the goals I set for myself during the week. At the same time, I plan to take a few hours here and there to enjoy hobbies without feeling guilt or worrying about work.

How do you spend your time when taking a vacation from work? Do you fill it with chores, errands, and side tasks? Or do you take a break from everything?

The Beach is Calling by Eyesplash of Flickr

The Beach is Calling by Eyesplash of Flickr. Being on the beach is what comes to mind when many people think about vacations.

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