Help Me! I Hate My Job!

Man asleep on keyboard in office cubicle Aside from the obvious way to get out of working in a cubicle, like finding a new job, let’s talk about ways to stop working for someone else – FOREVER.

First, you must think about what activities bring you joy.  It might seem natural to look at what areas you excel in, but we don’t always love to do what we’re good at.  I, for instance, am very good at jobs that require me to sort through heavy piles of paper in a gray cubicle.  But let me tell you – Paper and I have a very tumultuous relationship.  Don’t tell Paper – but I’ve been looking for a way to break up with it for some time now. Continue reading

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Itty Bitty Stupid Little Baby Steps

It’s one thing to get this blog up and going, and another to actually start a regular routine of writing.  I’m sure the same thing applies to any goal you or I might have.  You can plan and plan, dream all day long and still, you actually have to DO THE WORK.  And sometimes, it’s not pretty.

This is usually the point where my motivation stamina fizzles out.  Yep, right at the very beginning.  A tiny confession here: it doesn’t feel like the beginning because I’ve spent umpteen months planning and thinking about doing it.  And right about now I feel like – whew I’m tired – time for a break!

I think taking baby steps can be very frustrating and, frankly, annoying.  I mean, we all want instant gratification, don’t we?  When I stare at a long-term goal it looks insurmountable.  Some of us give up just looking at our creative to-do lists before we ever start.  As much as I hate to admit it, baby steps is the only way to achieve your goals.  The hard truth is: DEAL WITH IT.  Accept it.  Taking baby steps now may feel like you’re not getting anywhere, but you’re always inching your way toward your goal. Continue reading

photo by: Cirrus Sky

The Truth Is Ugly

You are witnessing, at this very moment, a veteran procrastinator in her natural habitat. I don’t feel like writing.  Instead, I am looking online for a new job.  Now, one might think “no, she’s not procrastinating, she doesn’t like her job so she’s taking ACTION to find a new one.”  WRONG.  See – this is genius procrastinating.  Procrastinating at its best, surely hidden behind a good cause.

You know what?  Why shouldn’t I be looking for a new job right now?  I hate my job.  I hate saying that I hate my job.  I hate thinking about the fact that I hate my job.  My own brain is sick of hearing it.  Job searching is, technically, trying to get out of this particular cubicle, right? Continue reading

A Blog Is Born

So, this is my first blog post…ever.  (Pause for the sound of faint applause and angels harmonizing in the background)  You see – I have been trying to sit down and start a blog for – um – well it depends on how far you want me to go back – truthfully, I’ve wanted to do this for years.  I procrastinated for a long list of reasons.  The main one being I have a full-time, life-sucking day job.  You, too?  Great!  We’ve already got something in common.

Why I am writing this blog:

This blog is about me finally, for real, no I’m serious this time, no this time I really mean it – getting. the shit. done.  And not just in regards to writing this blog, but in doing ALL of the things I want to do, talk about doing, think about doing, and dream about doing.  It’s about escaping my jail term in the cubicle, once and for all.  I’m 43.  I think I’m eligible for parole.

Why now:

Due to a recent mysterious injury involving my hand, I had time off the dreadful day job to contemplate what I’m doing with my life.  And here are the results of said contemplation:   I’m stuck in a rut, stuck in my job, and stuck in a town I don’t like.  I guess you could say more simply: I’m stuck.  I feel like this time off work is a do or die moment.  Like I said, I’m 43 and dying is not on my bucket list.

Who I am:

I am a grounded dreamer who believes in herself and periodically feels insecure.   I have a PhD in procrastination.  I live in central PA.  I’m a legal secretary by day and a wife, cook, Director of Our Home, creative-wanna-be by night.  While I am sleeping, I dream about being a jewelry designer, writer, photographer, creative Martha-Stewart-worthy genius, and interior designer.  I analyze things too much.  I’m a perfectionist.  I will do just about anything to eat a piece of chocolate cake.

Why I need You:

I welcome and appreciate your comments.  I would love to hear your stories, struggles, and successes with similar issues.  I want this blog to be a conversation for all of us to support each other on the things that get in all of our ways to creating the life we want.  Thank you for your support!