Wednesday, December 13, 2017

2018 Goals

I’m back from my trip and it was exactly how I thought it would be.  No surprises.  The trip home was exhausting due to weather and the unpredictability of air travel. 

I’m focused on the new year.  2017 was eventful, exciting and crazy at times and I’m looking forward to 2018.  I think I’m leaving 2017 on a high note and I’m very clear on where I want to go in 2018.  I want to be better. Do better. Live better.  To that end, here are my goals for 2018:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Tis the Season (aka - The Introvert's Nightmare)

I’m getting on a plane soon.  I’m traveling with all my co-workers up to our Corporate Headquarters for company-wide training followed by the annual holiday party.  What does this mean for me?

  • Time with my family in my hometown
  • A nice stay in a beautiful hotel
  • A possible visit to the church I grew up in

  • Pretending that I like socializing with my co-workers
  • 5 days of forced smiles and small talk
  • Time away from my kitty
  • Time away from my man
I have mixed emotions about this trip as you can see.  It’s nice to be able to visit home on the company’s dime.  Well, almost on their dime.  See, they arranged for us to share rental vehicles but I am not about that life so I have arranged to rent my own car so I can come and go freely.  Also, it is not certain that we will be receiving per diem … I just checked the hotel website and unlike other hotels this one does not provide free breakfast.  The company is paying for our lunches and dinner is on our own – except for the Christmas party.  So that’s 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners -- meals that I would not have to pay for if I weren't traveling.  We've been told to keep our receipts so maybe, just maybe we'll be reimbursed.  Who does that?

Ever since I started working in the Corporate world I usually skip these types of functions.   However, since I’m fairly new I can’t appear to be anti-social (yet) and I got the impression that it wasn’t optional.  I don’t know.

I’m going to stay positive.  There is nothing wrong with a change of scenery every now and then and who knows, I may even get a Christmas bonus -- and that just might make it all worth while or it'll pay for the 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners.


Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Message

I will always stand up for myself.  Even if it means I have to stand alone.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Let's Wrap it Up

It’s finally Friday and I’m finishing the week strong. 

I worked out every day this week either in the gym or running outside in preparation for the half marathon in March.  I still have to register for the race by the end of the month which will (hopefully) cement my commitment to do this.

I have finalized the menu for Thanksgiving and I’ve made the grocery list.  I’ll probably start the shopping for the turkey, dry goods and dairy products this weekend.  I’ll wait until closer to Thursday to get the produce and the seafood.  I’m expecting between 7-10 people

It’s almost time to move into my new office space.  I’ve worked for this company since mid-May and this final move will be the fourth time I’ve moved.  It’s been a long time coming.  I’ve been given the responsibility of outfitting the gym in our office.  I collaborated with some of my co-workers to choose the perfect equipment for an office gym.  My co-workers will definitely be using the gym more than I will but it’s nice to know that there is a backup available.

My office Christmas party is going to take place up north at the corporate office.  This is my first year and apparently, they fly everyone up to CT for 3 days of training and the party.  I’m also told that bonuses will be distributed at that time.  So, there’s that.  The highlight for me is that I have family members there that I can spend some time with.

I had a doctor’s appointment this week and everything appears to be in working order.  My annual mammogram is scheduled for next month and I need to schedule a colonoscopy. Ugh.  I also picked up my new glasses from the ophthalmologist.  I may as well be blind.  Just kidding.

My heart breaks every time I see yet another woman coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct/harassment/assault.  Our society is so messed up.  Why are women so systematically disrespected and abused?  Men suck.  Just kidding.  No, I’m not.  I need to stay off the internet today because it’s depressing the hell outta me.

On a lighter note, I watched the season finale of Queen Sugar yesterday.  I can’t say enough about this show and how refreshing it is to see Black people portrayed as real people, with real feelings and real issues.

Alright, that’s it for me.  Hope you all have a good weekend. 



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Very Good Year

Thanksgiving is next week.  Geez.  My favorite holiday which means that the rest of the year is going to be a blur.  I no longer say, “Can you believe how fast the year has gone by?” because yeah, I can believe it.  As we get older time seems to get shorter.  Not sure why, but it does.  Anyway, I’m planning my Thanksgiving menu and as usual I cannot wait for all of us to be together on this day.  

2017 has been a pretty good year.  A very good year in fact.  Here are some of the highlights:

January -   I accepted the fact that full-time fitness jobs were not going to pay my mortgage or allow me to vacation to exotic places so I started interviewing for corporate gigs.

February -   I got a job in corporate America and learned to juggle 1 full-time job, 2 part-time jobs, a health coaching business and a reluctant boyfriend.

March – Settling in to all that I had going on at the time.  I did pick up a volunteer opportunity to teach an exercise class and I also started doing consulting work.

April – I interviewed for a different corporate job and was offered the position (the one I currently hold).  I gave up my job at the YMCA.  I also gave up on the guy that I had been dating since October.

May – I started my new job with 2 weeks in Connecticut and spent time with family and friends while there.  I met a few men online but nothing stuck. 

June – Met #newbae on line

July – Went on a first date with #newbae.  Purchased a new gym membership.

August – Went on vacation with the Princess to Myrtle Beach and the best time ever!  Marked the year anniversary of re-entering the world of dating. Happy I did that.

September – Started the process for my bathroom renovation.  Accompanied #newbae to his outpatient surgery.

October – Birthday month.  Started writing more consistently.  Worked my way through the Total Wine Top 20 list and discovered some amazing wines.

Present  - Bathroom renovation is complete.  Me and #newbae are still together.   Work is good.  Kids are good.  Life is ... good.
It’s been an eventful year and it’s not over yet.  I expect 2018 to be even more so.  I will be running my first half-marathon – as long as I don’t chicken out and quit again. I’ll be renewing my Fitness Trainer Certification.  I need the certification for my PT job but I haven’t decided how active I will be as a trainer on my own.  We’ll see.  I still have the feeling that God wants me to be doing something but I still haven’t been able to determine exactly what that is. 

Okay, back to menu planning.