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Things are a-Changing.


Monday, May 06, 2013

Last March, I took on fitness as my full-time job. I had been unemployed since moving 9 months before that, I had gone through a terrible bout of depression, and I had gained a lot of weight. In March, I decided to turn things around. Sure, maybe I couldn't do much about my employment [I moved to the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country], but I could at least take advantage of it. I had every single hour of the day at my disposal. I could spend those hours watching tv and eating junk, or I could turn those hours into a positive experience. And that's what I did. Fitness became my job, and I worked at it.

In October, I started volunteering at my local library. It had been shut down by the city the previous year, due to the city declaring bankruptcy, but was reopened as a private nonprofit and run by volunteers. At the time I started, they finally had enough in the budget for *two* paid employees, but that was it. Everyone else was a volunteer and, as unconventional as that is for libraries, it worked. I loved what I was doing and my one day a week quickly went to two, and eventually three. Like with the fitness regime earlier in the year, I approached my volunteer work like a real job. And in the doldrums of winter, fitness was put on hold to focus on my new job.

Well, it's paid off. While my fitness [and weight] has remained pretty stagnant, my library work has not. I'm excited to announce that today is my first PAID day of employment there! My hours and days will be increasing, and I'm worried about how it'll interfere with my running but... I'm excited. An actual, steady paycheck after almost two years without. And it's a job I already know I love, with people I love to work with. I feel extremely lucky.

I'm just worried about what it'll mean to my fitness. This isn't a full time job, just 25 hours/week, but I haven't even worked that much in years. How do people with full time jobs handle it? How will I handle it? [Plus, this week specifically is highly irregular because we've got a week-long museum going on, and a science carnival on Wednesday, so I have to miss my running club and go in for super early hours that I'm not used to.]

Anyway, that's all. Yay, employment! Maybe now I'll be able to buy a new bike. emoticon
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KELLY122581 5/6/2013 1:13PM

    WOOHOO! Congrats!!!!!!!! That is awesome that people started paying you for something you are willing to do for free! That should be the case for everyone's job, but it usually isn't. You'll make it work :-) And like you said, with some income, now you can start to save up for the fitness equipment you've been dreaming of, and can maybe infuse some excitment into your routine.

Remember to keep up good eating habits - that is 80% of the battle :-)

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CHICKPEA23 5/6/2013 10:12AM

    Congratulations on your job! When I first started working full-time, it was a process to get used to it, but it definitely gets easier. That's wonderful that you already like your coworkers and the work you'll be doing.
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