The month of December was perhaps one of the busiest months I have ever had, hence this delayed blog entry. I was working two jobs while trying to make time for those I love and to say it was difficult would be an understatement. In December, I got a taste of what it was like to be on my feet for 13-15 hours a day only to come home and use the remaining time I had to prep to do it all again the next day. Sounds fun, right? :P
Working all day is something I have never done before. Some days were really hard; so hard that I debated quitting my second job about one week in (even though it was seasonal) simply because I was exhausted! I’d drive 30 minutes to my first job job (which is about 8 hours), leave, drive 30 minutes to my second job (which ranged between 5-7 hours), leave, and then proceed to drive 30 minutes back home while fighting to beat exhaustion. Thankfully, those days did not happen every day but when they did, I felt like I barely had any time to recover. I remember on day in particular that started at 6:30am and did not end until close to 12:30am the next day! I remember that day because I didn’t know that your feet could suddenly forget you needed them to walk!
Though I tried not to allow myself to complain about it, there were days I was just so tired that I could just not picture standing on my feet for 6 or 7 more hours. I fought with myself for a while debating what was the right thing to do. Working all day was giving me very little time for myself and was taking a toll on me physically. Not to mention that I worried about driving that far while trying to stay awake. I ended up reasoning with myself that I would complete my seasonal job since the work experience would be worth it despite the fact that the pay was not great. I rarely turn down an opportunities to learn so I decided I had to stick it out. I just had to manage my time better. Sn the days I had to work both jobs, I would get to my second job 45 minutes early and sleep in the parking lot until my shift started so I would not be as tired afterwards. Those naps saved my life!
I braved my chaotic schedule for six weeks until shortly before Christmas. By that point, my gift to myself was a job well done. I left my job with not only a new level of experience but also a new respect for people particularly the people who don’t have the option to leave a job because they need the money whether it be for their families, education or simply survival.
So what are my plans for the new year? Well first, let me start by saying, I am not the greatest at setting goals particularly not long term. I never want to be so focused on the future that I forsake how important the time I have now is. Buuuuttttttt I will say that I am determined to continue pursuing my writing this year moreso than ever. I do not want to neglect my gift for in it is my calling and I know that God would not give me an ability that he had no intention for me to use.
So in summary, I ended 2013 with a whole new outlook on life. This time last year, I was nowhere near where I am mentally. I was afraid to do certain things and I definitely did not see myself taking any major steps in life. I am excited for this year and all it has to offer. If I experience even half the growth that I experienced last year, there is no telling what I can achieve! I lived isolated from society for 2 months, made friends from all over the world, met my wonderful boyfriend, went to Boston for the first time, quit a job and gained an even better one, started a blog and made the decision to not let fear run my life! All in all, I had an AMAZING year!
So to everyone reading, have a wonderful 2014 and embrace all that is life this year! Take chances and never hesitate to learn new things! I know I won’t :)