Friday, July 19, 2013
I finally thought I had gotten myself a bit of a work-life balance. After my last entry I decided to make working out more of a priority. It looked like my schedule was actually clearing up a bit for the next couple of months and I thought that once I got into a routine of some kind everything would work out.
That lasted about a week. I had a great week where I worked out most days and of course I was enjoying all the benefits - a slight benefit on the scale, sleeping better, less desire to strangle my co-workers, etc. Then, as always, something happened.
I pretty much got put in charge of planning an entire fundraiser - with a budget of $0 (or as close to $0 as possible). A member of my team left on Wednesday for two weeks (she is actually the president of the organization), which gave me even more responsibility. One of the other organizations I volunteer with is having another event and I'm part of the planning committee with that. I now have meetings every Thursday night until the end of August, my regular meetings (third and last Tuesday of the month), and a whole slew of new articles to write (and since I record my interviews to avoid mis-quoting people - I spend lots of hours going through/transcribing audio). This week I had a second interview at a job that will require an hour each way commute and on Monday I have an interview with a place a little bit closer - an amazing opportunity that I'm totally underqualified for and shocked I was chosen for an interview.
Additionally after the meeting tonight for the fundraiser, I just got slammed with a side project of the foundation - one that, if I do everything right - could lead to major (and awesome) changes within the city. My stress levels just went from high to off the charts. So, what am I doing? Bingeing on french fries - the one comfort food I have. I'm also going through constant anxiety because of the pressure.
It's now after 11pm and I feel like I'm going to pass out but have been completely unable to wind down.
Luckily, I'm traveling halfway down the coast and seeing my parents for the weekend tomorrow - taking a (unpaid - a whole other stress issue) day off work and spending three days out of town. I will probably be relaxed for 20 minutes and then my mom will stress me out. I love her to death and am extremely excited about seeing her, but it is inevitable that I will be frustrated.
One of these days I'm going to figure everything out - I'm going to get on a legit schedule and I'm going to stick to it. I don't know when that day will be, but I'm looking forward to whenever I can make it happen. =)