Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

July plans/goals

HAPPY CANADA DAY!!

Canada Day

It’s been way too long since I set out some monthly goals. I have been flying by the seat of my pants. And while it’s not too detrimental to the budget, I definitely could be doing better. There was WAY too much spent eating out last month. It doesn’t help that the new job has a cafeteria and I can get good, fresh, healthy food for $6. Or that since I changed jobs, I am in a much better place mentally and want to see my friends. 🙂

1. I am going to stick to the budget this month. Really, I am!! LOL

2. I am also going to work out in the morning before work. Every morning. No really I am!! 🤣

3. Blog with some kind of regularity.

This long weekend I am going to start decluttering my place. I have a ton of items that will never be used again; lotions and potions and what not. Last weekend I was looking for sunblock and found 3 bottles all expired. I don’t think they are the only ones. O_o

I will empty the cupboards under both bathroom sinks and only put back what I am sure we will use. I think we have a lot of stuff and I want to inventory it properly so I know for sure. I ran out of body lotion and have been putting off buying more as I think we have more somewhere.

I will attempt to be ruthless and really get rid of things we are not using. I already have a few things set aside to donate. I will be adding to it AND taking it out of my place.

I would also like to rearrange my living room furniture. I do not love the current layout. Having a L-shaped living room/dining room is a small challenge. Plus I might have too much. There may or may not be a couple of dead plants in my home. 😳

Now to execute! 🙂

 

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I’m in a good place

Life is just humming along. I don’t know if it’s old age or I am just having fun but time seems to be flying.

I seem to talk to my old coworkers more now that I did when I worked with them. Their work situation seems to keep getting worse. Last Wednesday, the marketing person gave notice. She has nothing lined up but was feeling overwhelmed and taken advantage of and just reached her breaking point.

On Friday, one of my old team members handed in her letter of resignation. The VP managed to talk her off the ledge by taking her on a guilt trip and promising that things will get better. She has agreed to stay until the end of July.

The manager has been off for over a week on stress leave. To compensate, the VP has promoted the team member that was hired after me. Apparently on Friday, every member of the team went into the VP’s office to express their dismay over the promotion. Especially since the VP would like to change moral and as per my old coworkers, the promoted one was one of the most negative in the place.

Needless to say this did not go over well with the new team leader and I got an earful. Poor girl. To top it off this “promotion” came with no training or additional salary, but a promise to revisit in 3 months. O_o

I feel very fortunate to be out of that environment.

For everyone still working there I really hope that there is a big shake up and improvements are really made.

Week 1 is over

On Friday at 5 pm I left my new workplace and danced in the streets. So far there has been nothing glaring that has happened to make me want to continue job searching.

My coworkers are friendly. The work has been slowly increasing. The expectations are that training will take at least 2 months. And even with that time frame I was told to double it as the business is “tricky”.

Hey they are not expecting me to do “real” work in the first week. That’s a plus in my book. I have worked at 2 places where by the end of the first week I was doing quotes and I had no product knowledge.

Over the past week, I also received many updates from my old coworkers that reconfirmed that I made the right decision. They are beyond miserable and it is not getting better. My heart breaks for them.

I am in a good place right now and I don’ feel like I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. 🙂

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Oh how I wish this was the number on the scale. Instead it is the number of days in a row that I have exercised. While I feel stronger and am becoming more toned, the number on the scale remains relatively unchanged.

Starting Thursday I am going to start watching what I put in my pie hole. I would start today but I have several good-bye lunches to attend. I will go back to tracking every morsel of food in My Fitness Pal.

I am also going to maintain my early morning get up time and work out in the morning since I will be starting 90 minutes later than I currently do. I love getting my workout done first thing so I can truly relax when I get home. Or throw in a second workout if it’s been a particularly calorie heavy day.

Last night we watched The Legend of Tarzan.

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And to get into that crazy shape, the actor who played Tarzan gave up sugar, gluten, wheat, dairy and alcohol … Sounds about right.

For a foodie, this sounds like torture but short term pain for long term gain, right?

Not a secret anymore

Most in my office are now aware of my departure. The feedback has been both happy for me and mad that I’m leaving as I get along with all of my coworkers. There is an underlying feeling of jealousy that I am leaving the mad house.

I was able to tell my friend I have lunch with ever day before the news hit the streets. She is upset that I am going as we spend a lot of time together. I have been more frequently talking her off the ledge as the stress is getting to her. Then it hit her that I have accounts that will need to be transitioned and her face fell.

My manager continues to look stressed and overwhelmed. My heart goes out to her. I have made a bad situation much worse. The VP has scheduled a one on one with my lunch friend next week. I think this is a temperature check and a bid to convince her not to jump ship. I hope my friend can parlay this into some financial gain. It may help ease her pain.

I am glad that everyone now knows. It was interesting to see how fast news travels. My manager had a meeting with our team of 5 to make the announcement. At the end of the meeting she eluded that it was not anyone else’s business but mine to share this news. By the time I got back to my desk, 2 people who were not in the meeting were asking me where I was going. *smh*

8 more work days to go.

A new adventure

I think I might finally get this work/life balance thing worked out.

Guess who got a new job!?!

ETA 19 days. 🙂

I am hopeful that this new company will be less stressful than my current one. I was a little nervous about handing in my resignation today. It’s time for me to move on, but I am leaving behind some really great people and they are getting the short end of the stick. We are all drowning with work and my leaving will create more work for my coworkers.

In the past, people quitting was treated with a cloak of silence and we didn’t find out until the person’s last day. So it will be interesting to see how they will handle mine. Couple that with I have almost 10 days of vacation saved up. Most of the folks that have left were forced to take their vacation instead of being paid out.

These are interesting times.

 

In a rut

Oh gosh, I did not intent to be away from this space for so long.

I was (maybe still am) in a funk. Work is really not very fun. In a fit of madness, I am attempting to find a good life/work balance. Unfortunately it is putting me further behind at work. 😦 I am not an anxious person, but I hate having things hanging over my head. Couple that with a list of 5 things to do at the start of the day and most of those same five things are untouched EVERY day, I have run out of F@#%s to give. Gonna get a t-shirt made with that on it!!

I broke down and went in to work today after leaving mostly on time for the past few weeks. The work never ends and the morale is worse now than before. My manager locked herself in her office crying last week as she was going on vacation and was feeling incredibly guilty. It was very disturbing.

So instead of blogging I have been job searching. Which is not as productive as I would like it to be. No nibbles yet but that is not deterring me.

On a quick catch-up note, I went to DC for a self-made long weekend to celebrate my cousin’s 40th birthday and had a blast. It was really nice to get away (we will not talk about the 330 emails that were in my inbox waiting for me when I returned).

My cousin rubs elbows with the wealthy and wealthier. It was a very interesting trip. We went to the “rich people” spa. I say this because when the charge showed up on my credit card it was more that four times what I hesitantly pay in town for a massage … FOUR TIMES!?! It would have hurt even if we were still on par with the USD. But I don’t do this ever so I just shut my eyes and was grateful that I have the money to pay the bill.

Speaking of the massage … it was the BEST one I have ever had. I was ready to offer the RMT a house in Toronto if she moved here with me and just gave me daily massages. Given the price of homes in the T.O. and the price of the massage, I will really have to do math to see where the break even point would be. Recently a townhouse, in a great neighbourhood but still a townhouse, sold for $1 million over asking. Where the $%#@ do I live???

Ok, I’ve veered off topic. Other than my trip away, I believe it is my daily workouts, which have not gotten any easier, that have been keeping me sane.

Tomorrow I start my Spring cleanse. 12 days of so much not fun eating. I gave up meat and wheat for Lent and it was a challenge some days. I am debating if I could give up gluten and dairy for the month of May. I think it would definitely help with the weight loss.

Speaking of weight loss … I have lost exactly 1 lb since Jan 2 when I started this daily workout routine.

I have no words so I’m going to stop here. I have “cussed” enough in one post.

Have a wonderful day.