What I Will Miss…

April 12, 2011

from Glamour Magazine

While I am unexpectedly excited about being downsized recently, I feel like I have to acknowledge how much this job has meant to me.

 First of all, it was my first job after earning my Bachelor’s Degree at 46 years old.  It was a huge boost of confidence to know that I could survive – and thrive – in the workforce after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years.  I loved my cubicle, my co-workers and my work…it was fulfilling and exciting and I will always be grateful for the opportunity.  It gave me a ton of self-esteem I was lacking, and the knowledge that I could care for my children and support us was empowering.

 Secondly, I will miss working in a field I have always loved.  From the first time I could remember, I was set on being a beautician when I grew up.  The desire to do hair was pushed down for many years, but at 23 years of age I decided to go to Cosmetology School.  I didn’t stay in the industry long, but I have a lifelong love of anything to do with hair and beauty, so working within that industry and putting my knowledge to work was pure joy.

 Third, I will miss the freebies.  As a marketing professional in the beauty products industry, I was given a lot of product to try in order to better market them.  I have had a chance to sample so many great products and add many to my daily must-haves.  To me these were like gold, and I loved being the aunt who gave the awesome beauty bags at Christmas and birthdays! I loved being on the cutting edge of new products and introducing them to the salons.

 So as I bid goodbye to this career, I am sad for some of the things I am losing.  But I really am not losing anything – I learned a lot and I will take those lessons with me wherever I go from here. 

The samples will be sadly missed though…

Re-Designing Me…

April 4, 2011

It’s your life. Design it as you like & feel free to re-design at any time. Always remembering to clear out the junkthat isn’t serving you.

from @beingtricia on Twitter

It begins soon. I am finally going to take ownership of my life and design it the way I want it to look. No more limiting myself thinking “nobody else has done that.” Who cares? I can be the first. And how do I know nobody else ever has done it, anyway? I’m just limiting others with my own doubts. There probably are people doing this all over the place but I’ve been too busy doubting to see.

Areas to Re-design:

• Physical surroundings
• Physical Self
• Work – artistic
• Simplification
• Financial

I know that the longest journeys start with a single step, and that’s what I’m going to attempt to do. Every day I will strive to take a single step. Maybe some days I’ll take steps in each area.

 Other days I might take a nap.

That type of structure feels right.

It’s up to me to design it….stay tuned.

Blessings All Around Me…

August 22, 2010

Recently I was lying on a fabulous down comforter on a bed in a Hilton hotel room in Minneapolis, soaking up the cool air conditioning and luxurious surroundings , pondering my life.  A year ago I was hauling cases of beer out to customers’ cars while in college and now I’m staying in great hotels on all-expenses-paid business trips in an industry I’ve always been fascinated with.  I am awed and overwhelmed with my continued blessings.  What changes a year makes!

A year ago I was afraid I wasn’t going to find a job to support myself and the kids.  My worry was off the charts.  Now I go to work every day thankful and happy with my lot in life.  I love to give this job all I have not only because I’m thankful but I truly find it exciting and challenging and downright fun some of the time.  I am so truly blessed to have all that I have.

I am glad that the memories of a year ago are still so fresh in my mind and that I can continue to be so thankful.  The job at the liquor store was essential for us to survive while I went to school, and I am grateful to the owners for their help and understanding.  It was a great people place.  But now I work with people in an industry that has always been a fascination to me, I love the job and I am experiencing so many new things.  I am growing and changing and it’s such a good thing.

Growth hurts.  Change can hurt.  But it can also bring about new experiences that never would have happened without the pain.  I have hurt, but I have grown.

My Cup Runneth Over!

September 30, 2009

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Where to begin?

I haven’t written much lately because there has been SO much going on.  I had written about the Lord providing in one of my last posts…well He’s been actually showing off (a friend’s term I just love!) in my life lately.

I got a full-time job. Not just any full-time job.  A great full-time job.  A career.  A chance to mingle my education with my experience.  A salary!  Benefits!  A great company!  Work, yes, but in Marketing, which is what I have wanted to do!  I start the day after tomorrow.  What this means to my family is unable to be expressed.  I can finally pull my own wagon.  I can provide for my children and myself.  It’s a recession, for goodness sake! My cup runneth over. 

Then, a friend bought me a vehicle.  Yes, you heard that right.  Her and her husband GAVE me a wonderful vehicle in pristine condition and I am still giddy with the blessing.  Just in time for us when I needed to start a new job and wouldn’t have a way to pick my kids up from school.  Now my daughter can help with driving her and her brother to school.  She got a part-time job also, and it was going to be a real issue with only 1 vehicle.

There goes God showing off again…my cup runneth over!

Gratitude

February 26, 2009

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I’ve been watching too much news and I need to kick the habit.  It keeps me in negative thinking much too much of the time.

So I need to think about my blessings.  The economy?  Well, the recession will end and eventually I will find my ideal job.  Until then I have my jewelry business and a part time job that will keep food on the table.  No jobs?  I will have a Bachelor’s Degree in May that will eventually pay off, if not immediately. Weight?  Hmmmm.  Too much to eat – many people in the world will never know what that’s like.  Too busy? I don’t have to worry about sitting around bored or lonely. Old van with 196,000+ miles on it?  It’s paid for!!  I’m trying to learn the art of being more grateful.  My blessings may be different and less visible than others people’s, but they are worthy of gratitude and thanks.

The bracelet above is from my “Fiesta” line and is for sale at my etsy site: www.sweetanniesjewelry.etsy.com.  I make quite a few variations and earrings to match – they work especially great with summer clothes.  Check them out and let me know what you think!

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