Reprioritizing

11 09 2007

And my blogging has fallen by the wayside. Shame on me!

No, really.

I turned 25 — and what did I have to show for it? A huge pile of RESPONSIBILITY staring me in the face. I haven’t decided how much it sucks yet — or if it sucks at all. There’s my personal life to consider, and how it interferes (or compliments!) my blossoming professional life. There’s the demands of a new, yet exciting, job — and how it infringes on my personal and romantic life. There’s the romantic life — juggling the trials of sharing my life with a guy I consider as important as myself and the rest of my family.  The celebrations that come along in any life — whether it’s to celebrate another wonderful summer day — in the middle of September, the celebration of knowing you’ve survived another year, celebrating the win of a favored athlete, or even another month to tuck into your belt.

All that stuff above, was just another way to say that I’ve been busy. My life has moved so fast in such a short period of time (as of today, I’ve been 25 for a whole month)… that I just haven’t had the presence of mind to log it in the blog.

It’s not that blogging isn’t important to me — it is. Blogging even makes its way into my job (what company DOESN’T have a blog anymore? Really.). Sharing my thoughts and musings with what little part of the world cares, is also important to me. My relationship with my boyfriend is important. My family is important. My job is important. My private time is also important. I think the main struggle of being in this quarter life is to know what is important when. During the 9 to 5 (9 to 6 in my case), my job is the most important thing. Secondary would be everything else that doesn’t directly relate to my job. Before and after work, that’s the time for myself, my boyfriend, my family, my friends. Time like now, is meant for myself. To take care of me, so that I have the health to deal with all the aforementioned stuff.

I haven’t been doing a very good job of that lately, either. Just last week, I pulled my calf muscle. Ow. Time to put the gym aside and take care of that. While I have that extra time to myself, I should devote myself to my job. Concentrate on being the best I can be … which, also includes taking my work home with me, which I’ve also done earlier tonight. Also find time to invest in my boyfriend, who is also going through a similar re-prioritization in his life.

Taking the time to explain the intricacies of everything’s relationship to one another, especially in the context of MY life — would take forever. Every day, the priorities change. Every day something happens that will shift the way we decide how much things are worth. They fluctuate more often than the stock exchange.

Part of dealing with the QLC is the ability to be flexible and realize the necessity of being flexible.

Life’s just a game of juggling. If you can’t do it, you just keep trying and practicing till you do. Sure, I’ve managed to figure out this tiny piece, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.

Sleep is becoming a priority like… rightnow. 🙂





To sum up the week thus far

10 05 2007

And how eventful it’s been.

  1. Tuesday – Minor car crunch. No one hurt. Rear bumper needs a fixin — but it’s alright.
  2. Tuesday – Got an offer.
  3. Wednesday – Accepted the offer.
  4. Wednesday – Did a value of blogging orientation meeting at work.
  5. Thursday – My mom’s birthday.
  6. Thursday – Gave notice.
  7. Thursday – Won an iPod.

Any questions?





Gratuity

7 03 2007

My dad and I went to the store last night, right after I got home from work. I didn’t even have a chance to get out of my car before he packed me back in again, so we could get some last minute essentials for dinner. That, and my car was warm — our other ones were not.

The gripe of the night? Newspaper delivery requesting a 20% gratuity in addition to the weekly or monthly subscription we already had for god knows how many years. Sign us up as the latest family to cancel their newspaper subscription. We gave them a pretty hefty holiday something or other. Now they’re asking for a 20% gratuity… IN ADDITION to what they make on the route?

Seriously. We’re generous when the time is right. But if you’re going to BEG for something extra — obviously you are nowhere close to being worth to receive it.

The whole point? I will never be that desperate. In any aspect of my life.





Enjoying your job

19 02 2007

You know what’s awesome? Managing to combine a job you like with a personal hobby you truly love.

I did that today. I WIN. I’m not really allowed to disclose anything more than that.





Value

28 12 2006

Somewhere in the discussion in Psych of Attraction, the subject of value came up. Someone stated survival and replication value (makes it sound so businessy, doesn’t it?). What about the quest to seek value in our lives (post-college age)… whether it be short term or long term?

Is it one’s career? Success? Social value? Biological value (ties into replication)?

Personally, I seek success over anything else in the short term. I do not need a man to complete this. Friends are also of value to me, as is my sanity (ha). Career success, financial success… sure, if/when I get married (which is not something at the forefront of my mind) — financial success of the man does play a part. But it’s not my focus right now.

I go for personal independence first and foremost. Long term is an issue, but not as pressing as the short.





Anatomy of a career

26 12 2006

It’s the end of a year (or at least 5 days from it)… and I suppose I could do one of those typical and expected year in review things. It’s not quite as full of milestones as last year was, since I was still a student at the beginning of 2005 and working at the end of it.

I’ve decided to do a different take on it this year — see my title.

I can’t really do the whole span of 4 odd decades of working because, let’s face it, I’m only 24. I’ve only been alive for 2 odd decades, and for most of that — I was a professional student (and making zero money from it).

Just from what I’ve seen so far this year… there are two ways you can go. Fight your way through the ranks at a large conglomerate or make it big quick in a small up and coming. It’s true, our economy is no longer run by the big men, it’s carried on the backs of small to mid-size businesses.

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Holiday Party Etiquette

23 12 2006

Tis the season. It’s almost Christmas, and we all know what that means (at least for the ones gainfully employed)… it’s Holiday Party time.

You’re going out with the people you work with. Not your friends. Not the people you can shoot the shit with at a bar or in your pajamas in your backyard. Not the people you have sexually suggestive conversations with. No, not those people. Instead, you’re going to a party with people you have professional relationships with.

I’m not saying that you can’t be friends with people you work with; it’s just that somewhere you need to draw a line. A big thick black line, preferably up to shoulder height. With the weight of a few tons. And maybe the width of a football field. Let’s face it. There just seems to be some things you cannot do with work people that you can do with your friends.

I’m not saying that all offices or companies are like this. Certainly not the jobs I’ve worked at, but as a general rule, better to be safe than known as ‘that guy’ or ‘that girl’.

Under the cut are a few tips to help you survive the Holiday Party Experience.

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