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December, 2014

  1. My Five Work and Career Goals for 2015

    December 30, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    2015 is around the corner and that means all of us are lining up our resolutions and goals to inspire us into the new year. For me, for the first time since I’ve had this blog (I think), I want to put together a list of career related goals for myself. I’m hoping this will keep me on track and help build better habits too.

    1) Stop eating out of my boss’ candy jar.

    Okay there are only so many mini-snickers you can eat before you realize how crappy they are for your body. So my number one goal is to completely eliminate this habit. And no more left-over-sprinkle-kitchen-hunting either. If I have yogurt for breakfast, I just have yogurt. I don’t need to toss in crap to an otherwise healthy start of my day.

    2) Transfer Departments.

    I’ve been in the same department for over two years now, and due to my big mouth, I’ve stayed STUCK in this entry-level position for this whole year. One year longer than I wanted. I expressed to my boss I wanted projects from the creative department and she honored that by giving me time in my day for it. She also honored that by not giving me additional responsibility in the department I AM in right now. As a result, my job duties haven’t changed too much and the amount of work I get from the creative department doesn’t come by as often as I would like.

    I have taken a step in the right direction, though, because I spotted an opening in the creative department and I told my boss I wanted to try for it. She approved. I told the manager of the creative department, but I really don’t think anything will happen anytime soon, because of their recent layoffs. Overall, I’m very proud I spoke up.

    3) Take more time off.

    I found out recently I have approximately 80 hours of paid time off accumulated. This is a result of feeling guilty for taking days off and my boss making the whole requesting process a total pain. But my goal for this year is to take a lot more time off and actually USE my PTO rather than letting it sit there.

    4) If I don’t get a transfer, find a new job.

    I officially got the okay to get projects from the creative department back in May. It’s been over 6 months since then and I’ve been patient. My promise to myself if I don’t get transfered into that department is to find a new job. I want to be careful about where I go, though, and I won’t start looking around until about March. I’ve been at this job two years and, as you can tell by my blog, it has been tough. I have made it work though and for that I am proud.

    5) Learn new software.

    I recently won a new tablet that allowed me to download Office Suite (that includes acccess and publisher) to the tablet AS WELL AS a separate computer. I plan on downloading those two programs to my laptop and getting a book from the library (or maybe just tutorials online) to learn those programs. If I can put those on my resume (and really mean it when I say I know it), I will feel so proud of myself. It will also help me if I decide to look around for a new job.

    So that’s my list for 2015! Do you have any career goals for the new year?

  2. 10 Things That Cross My Mind If I’m Awake at 4 am

    December 25, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    bird-40910_1280On Christmas Day, I woke up at 4 am, very alert, and after having just gone to bed at around 1 am, I thought it would be a good idea to put the coffee on and just go with it. Will this be a terrible idea around 6 pm today? Well, we’ll see!

    And I made a list of a few of the things that crossed my mind –

    1) “It’s 3 am and I must be lonely.” 

    I always think of this song if I’m up early at an ungodly hour. Every time. So if you’re awake right now too, here’s the song for you –

    2) “Why does my scalp itch so badly?”

    For some odd reason, this is definitely a question and a reality for me if I’m up really late or very early. Scalp itch.

    3) “I really should’ve written down that dream.”

    Sometimes if I have a really good dream and I wake up from it, I try to tell myself to remember it. Then I forget. And then I’m too awake to go back to sleep.

    4) “Is there a Starbucks open right now?”

    Ideally a drive through, because no chance will I change out of pajamas at this time of morning.

    5) “It’s Christmas. Will I see Santa?”

    Not that I believe in Santa anymore. Or that I expect to see his sleigh. That would be ridiculous.

    6) “If this was a horror movie, I would totally see a ghost right now.”

    7) “Why do I have such bad gas?”

    I’m sure it was the casserole from the night before. Damn peas. But a girl does have to wonder.

    8) “If I went for a walk around the block, which one of my weird neighbors would be awake too?”

    9) “There’s nothing on television right now at all.”

    Plus they have terrible commercials at this time of morning. Who do they think is awake right now? And how necessary is it to have so many phone sex commercials?

    10) “I’m getting tired, it’s now 8 am, and my whole day is screwed.”

    Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night, my early birds and night owls! 

  3. How This Grinch Got Back Christmas (And My Goals for 2015)

    December 21, 2014 by Lady Unemployed

    8139519263_b4db9cfd18_zThe last time my family and I celebrated Christmas was back in 2006, my second December after high school. This year I didn’t expect to celebrate Christmas at all actually. In fact, most years I would sneer at Christmas movies and snark at all the junk that happens around this time of year. Not that I was bitter, but in reality, I couldn’t stand the idea that this one time of year everyone SUDDENLY got really nice and generous.

    Well, this year something changed. First it changed with my family in terms of birthdays. For the lack of a better way to say this, we were too broke to do all that much for birthdays. This year none of us had the money for gifts. In prior years, though, even when we did have money, we felt miserable about the day. We were usually the most miserable on our own birthday. That huge expectation to be happy on our birthday collides into the fact that we’ve been through a lot and it’s hard to meet that expectation of happy.

    This year since we were too broke to expect much, we were pleased with the modest celebration we did have. Cards, a nice homemade dinner, and a sweet treat. It was probably the nicest feeling birthday year that I’ve experienced in a very long time.

    As Christmas drew closer, I knew we did want to get a tree (our most festive urge in a while) but the whole purchasing of that tree was a problem. By some sheer luck I found a small little giveaway online to win a tree. I entered, put it out of my mind, and didn’t think much else of the holiday. Really, I’m not Tiny Tim here and none of us feel sorry for ourselves. We didn’t celebrate Christmas before for many personal and shared reasons, and I don’t think any of us expected this year to be any different.

    And guess what? I won. The tree came last week and it’s now nearly decorated (we unraveled Christmas lights that’s been in a box for about 8 years).

    I would say that somehow my inner Grinch is gone, and the bitterness that may have stewed in the past isn’t there at all. I still don’t enjoy most Christmas movies and we really can’t afford much for this year either. But somehow, I’m happy about the upcoming holiday. Like we experienced with birthdays, I am pleased with and enjoy the modest amount we do have.

    In some weird way, my family has gotten back holidays on the most financially struggling period of time we’ve had in a very long time. If there was anything gained from this period of time, I think getting back holidays was a huge win.

    As for 2015, I want to personalize my blog more. Along the way this year, I got focused on building traffic, pumping up social media, and reaching others in a way that felt more like marketing than true sharing. I started this blog as a way to share my thoughts on unemployment, on working, and other life experiences. I want to go back to that. So I may be less on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. I’ll just be here more.