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Do the Hustle

There was a time, in a land far, far away, where the economy was booming and jobs opportunities were plentiful.

far far away

I worked a full-time job that paid me (in hindsight) ridiculously well, provided all sorts of perks, all while reporting to a boss who was genuinely concerned with my career development.

Fast forward four years.

The economy is in the shitter.

Average Americans work two or three jobs just to eat and keep a roof over their heads, and most days I feel like a bartender who just gets dressed up during the day to go play “office”.

little girl playing dress up

It’s sad that I dream of another part-time marketing/PR gig so I can feel like a “grown-up” working a “real” job.

It’s even sadder that I will never be able to replicate the income I make slinging drinks with said “real” job.

The irony is I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I “grew up” just in time for the entire economy and workforce landscape to change.

When I had the support, encouragement, and means to explore what made me happy, I squandered my opportunities.

There are days when I feel like a failure.

failure 2

At 30 it’s extremely discouraging to be starting from the bottom all over again.

But then I look at the open job postings in my field and realize, it’s not me.

If there were a full-time opportunity out there, I would rock it like Jimi Hendrix shredding the Star Spangled Banner.

jimi hendrix

But those positions are few and far between these days.

Most companies can’t afford full-time, in-house marketing. They either outsource to an agency or hire someone part-time.

Think about it, as a full-time employee your cost to an organization goes well beyond your paycheck.

paycheck 2

When I was living the life in Corporate America, I was a twenty-something earning an upper-middle class salary, I had health insurance, an employer matched retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.

That’s a hell of a lot of perks. Really expensive perks.

The hustle doesn’t have many perks. My paycheck is what it is and three nights a week I put up with obnoxious drunks while trying to keep a smile on my face.

drunk dude

(Btw if your bartender is not smiling please, please, please do NOT tell her too. In any way, shape, or form. It is super irritating and not at all helpful.)

However, there might be some big moves in the works.

Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed for me 🙂

better things are coming

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Keep on Truckin’

What do you do when your get up and go, has got up and went??

I’ve been feeling pretty uninspired these days.

grumpy cat

Working two jobs is taking a serious toll on my morale.

The never-ending search for a full-time job is starting to feel a lot like repetitively banging my head against a brick wall.

bang head here

And the icing on my bitter cupcake is my less than stellar love life and the poor romantic decisions I feel compelled to repeat.

Rather than mope around and wallow in my “poor me” moment, I’ve decided to grab life by the balls and show that bitch I can be happy AND successful and ain’t nobody gonna stop me!

grab life by the balls

The only problem is, I’m not quite sure what’s going to lift me out of the black hole of doldrums I find myself in.

So I’ve started my own “Happiness Project”.

the happiness project

For those of you not familiar, check out Gretchen Rubin’s best seller here.

Small changes are the most effective.

Since I’ve had enough failure lately, I feel no need to set myself up for more.

I’ll be making 3 changes to my life.

#1) Meditate regularly

meditate 2

I’ve sporadically attempted meditating in the past to little or no effect.

Since meditating can be transformational if practiced regularly, I’ve decided to start a daily practice.

Meditating at the same time of day is said to be best.

So I’ll be setting aside 20 minutes each morning to get my “om” on.

Feel like starting your own practice? Check out some helpful hints here.

#2) Feng Shui – My Way

feng shui my way

When I feel uninspired I tend to rearrange my living space.

If your space feels constricted, so do you, and clutter is the devil.

I’ve spent the majority of my recent downtime ridding my home of clutter.

I started with my bedroom, then moved on to the bathroom, kitchen and finally the living room.

Anything that was a duplicate, no longer useful, almost empty, or that I could not find a home for – got tossed.

Or to be completely honest, put in the basement. Out of sight out of mind, right?

I then dusted, vacuumed, cleaned and scrubbed anything and everything.

It felt exhausting and awesome!

#3) Say No

just say no

My free time is little to non-existent.

I always feel like I’m missing out on something.

I can remember exactly when I last saw each and every one of my friends, only because it happens so rarely these days.

All of the above usually leads me to say “Yes!” to any and all invitations that happen to fall on my days off.

Which just leads me to resenting the plans I’ve made, when all I really want to do is put on some sweats and curl up in bed with a book.

From now on, unless it’s something I really, really, really want to do, I will be saying NO. Sorry guys.

So that’s the game plan.

game plan

Wish me luck kids!

Have any of your tried your own “Happiness Project”?

Any helpful hints??

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