Work fills a large portion of our lives, not just our everyday existence but our lives as a whole, and though I've been a part of the workforce since I was 16 I only just came to realize how important it is to feel appreciated, and respected for the work I do.
Several months ago I read an article on LinkedIn, "people quit bosses not jobs," and I couldn't agree more. I liked my job, and I adored my coworkers, but I reached my breaking point after four years. I just couldn't justify continuing to work for an employer that didn't appreciate their employees or provide a positive work environment. The lack of respect and the mounting stress not only affected my mental state at work, but it began to encroach on my home life, and that's not ok.
Once I made my mind up, I started applying for jobs via any job sourcing app that I could think of. LinkedIn, Facebook, Craigslist, Zip Recruiter, Indeed, etc. I sent my resume out on Thursday, received a call for an interview on Friday, and by the following Wednesday, I was starting a new chapter with a new employer. The monkey had slid off my back, and the elephant that had taken up residence on my chest was gone. I could finally breathe again.
The point of this post is to encourage anyone who is thinking of making a change, whether it personal or professional, to just take the dive and chase that change! I wasn't sure how things would stack up once I started my new position, but I couldn't be happier and I am SO thankful I finally convinced myself to take a chance and make a change. I'm a happier person not only for myself but for my family as well. I'm sleeping better, I smile more, and my stress level has reduced from maxed out to manageable. I'm sure there will be things I don't like about my new position, but I know how bad things can be and I won't let myself stay in that kind of situation again.
The past has also taught me to appreciate the small things, like the homemade card and envelope with personalized handwritten message, my new employer and his wife gave me this Christmas. It may not seem like a grand gesture, but the card was beautiful and the fact that they took the time out of their personal schedules to make it meant more than you can imagine. Especially when you came from a company that barely took the time to celebrate the holidays with their associates. I definitely made the right decision.
So, I have the worst case of writer's block in the history of writer's block. I have so many ideas swimming around in my head, but when
it comes to getting words onto paper, nothing. Crickets.
When I'm trying to write I'm thinking about everything else, when I'm doing something else, like washing the dishes or working, I'm thinking about writing. I need to figure out a way to rewire my brain otherwise this train isn't going very far anytime soon.
I've even tried reverting back to an old fashion notebook and pen to avoid the inevitable distractions of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Instead of staring at a blank word document, I stare at an empty notebook page that I eventually end up doodling on. At this point, I would settle for word vomit, at least it would be words on paper.
Point-in-case, at this very moment I am trying to focus on writing this blog post, but instead I find myself thinking about how much my bra is aggravating the skin under my armpit *insert super annoyed emoji face.*
Onward and upward! Hopefully, I will find a way to weasel my way out of this writers hump soon! If anyone has any suggestions, toss them my way!