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Hoping for a Better Day

Thursday, September 08, 2011

My boss wants me to come in for a few hours to finish the "instruction booklet" on how to do my job. To give her credit, she is at least saying that she wants me to take on more responsibility. But...she still thinks I remember things she showed me once about six weeks ago. That just doesn't happen with me...especially with my ADD. So...I wonder how patient she will be with me this time around. At least I'm grateful I get two days of work this week as opposed to last week's one day.

It was a miserable, cold, rainy day yesterday. I definitely had a sinus thing going and felt like I was ready to hibernate for the winter. I'm a little better today, but the headache still is letting me know that it doesn't completely want to leave yet. (Today's weather is a repeat.) And I really want to accomplish at least a little bit of what I should have done yesterday, and, if I get really ambitious, some of what I should accomplish today. Gotta just play it by ear today and see how it goes.

It's kinda ironic: I can find lots of stuff to do when I don't have to go into work. I've gotten into the habit of having the time to do this stuff. It just doesn't get the bills paid. If only I was rich instead of beautiful.....LOL!

  
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NANCYBOAT 9/8/2011 8:28AM

    Hope today is better!

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KOREENREGIS 9/8/2011 8:05AM

  Too funny.. I wish I was rich too.

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Not A Good Feeling

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I had my day planned all out today. This included going to a job fair at a local company. I got a call about 8:45 last night from my boss wanting me to come in today. She wants me to take my notes and make a booklet on how to do my job. This gives me the feeling that my days are definitely numbered (not that I didn't have that already - this just makes the feeling worse!) Why else would she want what I do written down but to have it for anyone else that would do the job?

Of course, I did not sleep well and had strange dreams all night. I also woke up with the start of a migraine. I seriously thought of calling in. But I so desperately need all the money I can get. I'm doubting seriously if I will have my rent money this month as it is. Not looking good for the home team. Come on new job hunting plan: please work for me!

  
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KKP4673 9/8/2011 1:08AM

    I pray you get a new job soon!! Keep up the great work!!

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KAMAPERRY 9/7/2011 3:26PM

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PASTORJO 9/7/2011 10:30AM

    Being treated w/out respect is difficult to handle. I had a temp job about 8 years ago - when I had to take off from seminary for $ reasons - and a co-admin assistant and I found out we were going to be replaced after discovering ads in the local newspaper!

I'd also showed up one Monday at another temp job - had been there a couple of months- and the management was noticeably uncomfortable. As I opened the front desk and switchboard, I didn't discover for almost 1 1/2 hours that they'd called the agency and asked that I not come it. I ended up greeting and training my replacement. No one would face me or tell me why they wanted me replaced.

My point in sharing is - first, unfortunately you are not alone. Save these experiences if only as reminders of how NOT to treat others. This too will pass...stay focused on your long term goals. emoticon

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INGMARIE 9/7/2011 9:02AM

    emoticonkeeping my fingers crossed. Something will come along. emoticon

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TOPAZROSE 9/7/2011 8:48AM

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ANGIEINTRAINING 9/7/2011 8:02AM

    What a bummer. You would think she would know how to train a new person. I'm sorry that you are going through this. I do hope that you find your perfect job sometime soon! Keep your head up and stay focused on long term.

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Unofficial End of Summer

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

I don't go to school and my children are grown. But there's something about the unofficial end of summer and the start of school that makes me want to take stock of myself. I'm thinking a lot about what I should do with my life and how I will be able to get from here to where I want to be. I've already resolved to re-do my resume and practice skills that should help me get a (better) job with more hours than I get now. I'm thinking about how to go through my condo and decide what I really want and need and what needs to be gotten rid of. I'm hoping that I can find stuff that can be sold. I'm racking my brain on how to bring in any type of money into my budget at this time. Lots to think about. I know it will take me some time, but today is the first day of this process.

  
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SLIMLILA 9/6/2011 10:02PM

    I was so stressed out about quitting that little part time job that was making me feel frozen, but what a relief that I not only did it today, but he was so nice about it and asked how my real job search was going and gave me some more tips.. He even made me sign the yellow paper so I will get the $50 for at least sitting through the meeting the Saturday before last. I hate being a quitter, but I just couldn't do it....

No, it can't be the end of summer, I won't let it...... we seem to have an Indian summer in store for the next 10 to 15 days anyway...

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NELLYCFIT 9/6/2011 8:55AM

  Best wishes Hope you have a good fall!

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A Definite Labor Day

Monday, September 05, 2011

Labor Day is a day to take off work and celebrate the working people of the world. Subconsciously, my mind and body must be aware of this today. My motivation today is not very high yet - I've been very slow to get moving this morning. I've got some of my exercises done, but need to get the rest of them done. I haven't found my ambition to start any of my chores or projects yet. So, I will just listen to my body this morning and get some R & R. Maybe later on I will get ambitious.

  
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SLIMLILA 9/6/2011 1:49AM

    Hey, your body knows best, so slow down and listen to it..
Did I tell you about the metaphysical test my sister does to see if something is right for her body? I tried it and it says my Metformin I've been taking for over 10 years is not good for my body....now what?

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KAMAPERRY 9/5/2011 5:24PM

    I have been moving slow too, but hey, it is our day off! I do plan a workout this evening.

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NPA4LOSS 9/5/2011 12:06PM

    Maybe you r plan for today can be to relax and enjoy the state of just being. We all need days to just lean back and let the stress go somewhere else for awhile. Enjoy a little fun today! emoticon

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Setting New Goals Slowly

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I've been wanting to set some new goals for myself for probably a couple months now. It's now very obvious to me that I haven't set aside a chunk of time to do this. So, I will take a small portion of time every few days or so to come up with some new ones. Maybe this way, I will have time to really incorporate them into my life and have my new list completed by the end of September. I will make a point of writing down these new goals in my Spark Journal and will refer to these at least once a week (I'll set up up tentatively for Sunday afternoon).

My first goal is to start re-doing my approach to finding a new job. I am going to re-write my resume. I am going to grab the dictionary and find new words to describe my accomplishments at my past jobs. Someone gave me the idea of "dumbing down" my resume. My last two jobs in Alabama were as an office manager. She suggested that I change that to "administrative assistant" or "executive administrative assistant". After she said that, it made a lot of sense. I've applied for administrative assistant positions and I know that some companies wonder why I would apply for a position that is "beneath" the ones I had. So it just might work.

I am also going to work more on taking the suggestion of another person. She said to start looking at individual companies' websites in addition to the usual job sites. Everyone goes on the usual job sites like Career Builder, etc. But not everyone thinks to go to individual company sites. I should have a better chance at getting noticed this way.

One thing I know I'm going to do is to keep practicing my typing, Word, and Excel for a short time every day. I knew that I was going to take a typing test for county jobs and started practicing a few weeks beforehand. I got a CD out of the library and it actually let me download it to my computer. I typed an article or two every day. The first article had me typing at about 33-35 wpm. When I took the test, I was already back up to 47 wpm. I also had to take Word and Excel tests for the county and for a lot of the employment agencies that I'm registered with. I took short continuing ed classes in both and they helped, but I know I really need to practice occassionaly to keep up with what I've learned. Use it or lose it is definitely true.

I figure I will start with these goals first. Getting a job with better working conditions, a shorter commute, more hours and a better pay is high on my priority list. I'm anxious to get started on these goals to see if they work.

  
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SLIMLILA 9/5/2011 1:41AM

    I will take these as suggestions for myself as well. They say we have so many jobs here in Alberta and yet, I've applied for at least 50 and only 2 callbacks I got were from the personnel agency. I haven't taken the Excel test, cuz I haven't used it in years. I got 63 wpm in the typing test and she said it showed Basic in Word even though i didnt' even finish the test.... I thought maybe seeing I was a teacher that employers would be leery of hiring me thinking I was going back to teach, so maybe now that school has started I will have a better chance, but then I better get my name on the substitute teacher list to,not really something I want to do....

I don;t think I know anyone who can stay motivated for as long as you.. you're such an encouragement to me..

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KAMAPERRY 9/4/2011 5:57PM

    Awesome goals!

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MISSLISA1973 9/4/2011 3:27PM

    emoticon Congratulations on your renewed outlook. All the best to you!

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