5 tips for surviving a job

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We’ve all been there- working somewhere that just isn’t making you happy for one reason or another. 
It may be the work that you do, your fellow coworkers, or your boss that is making the situation difficult for you. It may also be your own restlessness to move on to the next phase of your life that makes staying where you are difficult. 
In any case, it can really suck the life out of you and if you’re not careful, the sourness from your job can carry over in to your personal life.
But if you’re not quite ready to pull the plug for one reason or another, here are five ideas for surviving until you are ready to move on.
1. List the positive. Think clear back to when you applied for the job and remind yourself what made it appealing in the beginning. Also remind yourself what you loved about it when you first started. Make a list of the things about the job that you like: good pay or benefits, stimulating work, great view from your office window, etc. Then try to focus on those positive things.
2. Challenge yourself.  Often when people get tired of their job, they tend to ‘check out.’ I try really hard to do the opposite. I really step up my game. You never know, this may get you noticed and lead to a new, more exciting project or a promotion to a better position.  Sometimes it’s just boredom that makes me tired of my job. Challenge yourself in some way at work. Maybe ask to be involved with a new assignment or take it upon yourself to do something that you see needs to be done. New things will help break up your day.
3. Find a friend. For me it helps to have someone in the office that I can talk to. We like to talk about things that interest us, funny things that happened to us, and our families. Those short conversations throughout the day help to take my mind off my job for a minute and get me smiling or laughing. Sometimes we commiserate about work but I always try to keep those conversations to a minimum- you never know when they could come back to bite you in the butt.
4. Consider your goals. Maybe you’re already doing this, but while you’re stuck in your current job, think about how you can get to where you really want to be. Maybe this job is an important rung on the ladder to your ultimate career goal. Your current job will almost always be important as a reference, so don’t burn bridges. Even if you’re unhappy, you can still be a good employee and eventually exit with a great reference and come out on top.Remind yourself what it is about this job that is preparing your and training you for the job you really want.
5. Take a break. If your boss allows breaks, take them. More importantly, get away from your work area a couple of times a day if possible. Even taking a short walk around the parking lot, while listening to my IPod is sometimes enough to recharge me and help me power through the rest of the day. When you’re back in the office also try changing up your normal schedule, just to break out of that boring routine. On a side note, make sure that you stay active in your personal life. Take a bike ride or go on a hike after work. Those ‘happy’ endorphins are powerful things!
Do you do any of these things? What helps you tough out a not so great working situation?
 
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I can finally stop obsessing…

…grades have been posted and I did indeed, graduate.

It just feels so great to end on such a positive note and I’m trying hard not to beat myself up about not getting all A’s. It’s not that I have to have all A’s but I probably could have done it with just one or two more late nights. I’ll admit it, I got lazy toward the end. But I’m still happy with how it all came out and now I can stop obsessively checking my student account to make sure that I actually passed all my classes. It’s over! Fini!!!

xoxo-Kimberly

yesterday was pretty cool

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Yep, I finally got my bachelors degree. Everyone kept asking me if I was excited and to be honest I wasn’t. But not because I didn’t think it was freaking awesome that I was graduating. It was because I wasn’t allowing myself to get excited. My college years have been riddled with bump after bump after bump in the road, all threatening to throw me off course- and at times succeeding. Call me superstitious but I was really afraid that if I got too excited about graduating that I would jinx it. I even imagined that right before walking out someone would come take my tassel away and say, “yeah, you’re not actually graduating,” due to some clerical error or some crap like that. So I didn’t dare get all hyped up until they’d actually called my name. When I walked up and shook the Dean’s hand and took my diploma- that was the first moment that I got all jittery inside.

So now the day after it actually feels real….and really good!!

xoxo-Kimberly

PS- My family, Andy’s parents, and Andy were incredibly supportive and encouraging to me. They are a huge reason why I was finally able to make this happen and I really love them for that.

This place is a zoo

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Andy snapped this picture the other day. Henry really likes my ergonomic pillow. It just fits his body so snug! I always come in the bedroom and find him snoozing on it. Well, some time in the middle of the night the other day, he decided that he wanted it. So he wriggled his way up there. Then all morning long he kept pushing my head with his feet trying to get me to give up the pillow entirely. I persevered but in the end I had relented over half of my pillow space to that furry little pillow snatcher. He knows he’s too cute to get in trouble.

xoxo-Kimberly

P.S.= WordPress informs me that this is my 600th blog post!! Woah!!

30 Days Hath November: Day 23

Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me

1. I don’t care for chocolate. I’ll eat it but it’s not my favorite.
2. I prefer having a few very close friends to having a ton of acquaintances.
3. My husband and I met online and later found out we went to the same high school and even knew some of the same people.
4. I’m scared to drive in the dark because other people’s headlights throw my depth perception off.
5. I prefer my pancakes to be covered in butter and sugar, not syrup.
6. Almost every day I wish that I was expecting a baby/had a baby.
7. I didn’t eat red M&M’s until after I married Andy and he convinced me that they weren’t poison.
8. I don’t like watching pair’s ice skating because I’m deathly afraid that someone’s going to get their ear sliced off by a skate, yet I’d like to put my little boy (if I had one) in hockey because I think it’s super cute.

What’s something I don’t know about you?

xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.

Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

I’m ready!

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The pumpkin and banana cream pies will get some finishing touches just before we serve them. The triple berry pie is filled with strawberries, blackberries and raspberries and we’ll be serving it al a mode. Yum! I’ve got one more pumpkin pie that still needs to go in the oven but then I think we’ll be set. I wanted to make a chocolate cream and possible try my hand at a pecan pie but it just would have been too much food for us! Maybe next year.

I love Thanksgiving and I’m so excited to get my sister’s house and see everyone.

First though, I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you! You bloggers know what I mean. This community means so much to me and so I want you to know how thankful I am for all the friendships I’ve made out there. Happy Thanksgiving!!

xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November: Day 22

Day 22: Some Place I’ve Traveled

Alaska 2011!!

We went on an Alaskan cruise for our honeymoon this summer. It was the perfect trip for us. We loved it!

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xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.
Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.

Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.

30 Days Hath November: Day 21

Day 21: Something I Could Never Tire Of

This guy:

Cheesy, I know. But it’s the truth. I could say pumpkin lattes or my books or shopping or whatever, but in the end, he’s everything. Even on days when I need my space, I love that he’s never far.

xoxo-Kimberly

30 Days Hath November via So Fawned

The list:
Day 01: A self-portrait.
Day 02: Three inspirational quotes.
Day 03: Something I never leave the house without.
Day 04: A friend I adore.
Day 05: Three years ago today.
Day 06: A book I’m reading.
Day 07: A song for the day.
Day 08: The last item I purchased.
Day 09: A close-up of my day.
Day 10: What I love about my job.
Day 11: Something I’ve been craving.
Day 12: Three blogs I can’t get enough of.
Day 13: Something I’m proud of.
Day 14: A favorite movie.
Day 15: Some style inspiration for the season.
Day 16: Someone who inspires me.
Day 17: My family.
Day 18: What I wore today.
Day 19: A silly self-portrait.
Day 20: A childhood anecdote.
Day 21: Something I could never tire of.

Day 22: Some place I’ve traveled.
Day 23: Eight things you didn’t know about me.
Day 24: Something that means a lot to me.
Day 25: The contents of my purse.
Day 26: Something I’m looking forward to.
Day 27: Myself, one year ago.
Day 28: A skill I’d like to learn.
Day 29: Some place I’d like to visit.
Day 30: Three wonderful things that happened this month.