Sunday, July 21, 2013
yeah, i'm here. just crazy busy for like, you know, the last 4 months. once i started up the new job and finished training, i had all of 1 week before the 2nd job kicked in. add in moving, school, and studying for the personal trainer exam (more on all three of those later), and i've been one busy girl. things haven't necessarily slowed down at all - just have a rare day off today, so here i am.
here's what you've missed:
1) i moved. yep. loved my old apartment and its neat view (22nd floor will do that), but let's be completely honest here. i was living in newark nj (and i'm a white girl). people just weren't nice - in general, and toward me. i lived in an ok neighborhood, but there were still times that i didn't feel safe. so once my lease was up at the end of june, i moved to the suburbs. still about the same distance from work, and the commute isn't bad. i don't think i'll stay here forever (no central air or ceiling fan, among other things), but i'm hoping to stay for at least a year. my lease is month to month and very flexible (renting from a landlord, not a management company like the old place), so at least that gives me some freedom.
2) school. oh yeah. finally officially transferred. i applied back in feb, but it took me until june to get all of my transcripts to admissions, so i think my actual acceptance only came about a month ago. anyway. next month, i'll be starting as a full-time online nutrition student at alabama! very exciting, especially because i got enough in loans to cover about 12 credits/semester plus hopefully a little left over for books. unfortunately, by the time i got accepted, all of the nutrition courses that i was eligible to take were full. so i picked up a business minor, and i'll be taking 4 classes toward that this fall. then i'll start up nutrition classes in the spring. in the meantime, i'll be taking a few courses at my original school (central arizona) that will transfer, as well as a chem person at essex cc (where i took a class last fall... and yes, it means going back to newark 2 nights a week, blah). sooo, not going to be any less busy. hehe. really excited that all of this is working out, though. i barely told anyone that i applied, because i wasn't sure that it was going to happen. but it did! i should graduate either in the fall of 2015 or spring of 2016, depending on how schedules work out. from there, i apply for an internship (very competitive), and once that's done, i'm eligible to sit for the exam to be an RD (registered dietitian). whew. exhausted just thinking about it, but this is what i want to do, and what i've been working toward (with a break in the middle of course) for the last 3 years.
3) i am officially a certified personal trainer. and weight management specialist. and in the next few months, i'll become a certified master fitness trainer (fitness nutrition specialist, endurance training specialist, and resistance training specialist). yeah, i guess this is what happens when i'm only taking 1 summer class, haha. hoping to apply for some training jobs in the fall once the 2nd job ends (mid-sept).
what else? the job is still good. we're approaching some major deadlines, so people are getting a bit touchy. but i still love my job (even if i do want to punch certain people in the face on a daily basis). just not sure where i'll stand after 2014 starts, because there's a big question mark there. just got a raise, though (woohoo! i was going to ask for one in sept), and benefits just kicked in on july 1, so i'm enjoying THAT.
on the weight loss front, things have been all over the place. reached a high weight of 155ish at the end of june, and i've been bouncing between there and 152ish since. trying to get going in the right direction now, though. hopefully that can happen. just joined a gym (in my spare time, right?), and my new 'hood is great for running - so no excuses.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
ummm, i'm alive. apologies for falling off the face of the earth for 2 weeks. so to recap - i got the job (yay!), and spent the last week at corporate HQ in PA for training. then on friday, they're like, oh, stay down here and train for another week. let's see - they're reimbursing my mileage, my lunches (in the yummy company cafeteria), and i'm staying at my mom's and eating all of her food and generally being a mooch. yes? i'll do that for another week. hehe. the job is great, the people are awesome (and not fake!), and the benefits/discounts/etc are insaneeee.
back in NJ for the weekend - i have to go into the city to take a proctored exam for school... and yesterday, i managed to throw out my back doing nothing. ugh. it's a little better today, but i've got a sneaking suspicion that i have a slipped disc or something. its been bothering me every few weeks since november (marathon? maybe), comes and goes, but it's much worse this time than before. basically i can't bend forward at my waist. um, ow. hopefully that gets better in the next few days. i don't really have the money to see a doc right now, and benefits (weee!) don't kick in until july 1.
anyway. busy, and things are great - trying to eat well right now, but honestly it's tough being surrounded by yummy cafeteria food and my mom's cooking. i'll just try not to be an idiot, and try to get my act together when i get back up here for good next weekend.
Sunday, March 03, 2013
so, just like that, i'm back on the job hunt.
in short, i quit my job on friday. the job ended up being NOTHING like it was on paper. basically, it was supposed to be a supervisory position, running the entire operations of a site, hiring people, etc. in reality, i was basically an intern to the creator of the site. no thanks. add in the fact that the managing director (her boss) turned out to be a completely entitled, egotistical jerk... sorry, NOT worth it for a part-time job. and after 2 weeks, i realized that since he hated me for no reason, nothing i did was ever good enough for him, and he was completely unreasonable - that i would NEVER become full-time (since he has the money, he calls all the shots). again, not worth it. so i quit. the end.
2 interviews lined up already, and i have a good shot at both of them. hopefully something works out soon. if not, luckily i just got paid and a tax refund, and 2 smaller tax refunds are coming in next week. plus, the hours for my 2nd (now only) job are coming back again, so there's a bit of money.
i guess what we learned here is, sometimes you don't need to have a job just for the sake of having a job. that one was not worth the stress and bs for a 3-day-a-week job. even after only 2 weeks i could tell it was affecting my self-esteem etc. a good job won't do that to you. and my boss clearly had an eating disorder (orthorexia much?) and that was very triggering to me (i'd barely eat at work, then come home and binge). so the best thing to do in this situation is just to move on and have a clean break.
no pity party here. i'm actually feeling really good about it - it was pretty empowering, like dumping a bad boyfriend!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
survived day 1 and 2 of the new job. the job itself is great and the other people in the office are nice. the commute is kinda wack though. see, i am terribly terribly broke, and a round trip to work like a normal person would cost $11. well i've eliminated the subway ride in the city ($2.25 each way) and i'm walking 25 blocks each way twice a day. apparently that's tiring, because i crashed at 10:00 last night and slept for 9 1/2 hours.
day off today (wednesdays and fridays off, at least for now), so i'm able to get some schoolwork and other things done. sounds like there is a good potential to become full-time once i prove myself, so i'm hoping this all works out for me!
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