Has it really been year already? I feel like we have so much to talk about…
First of all, I’m no longer working in animal welfare. It was one of the most difficult adult decisions I have ever had to make. I had to choose between two amazing things. My job in animal welfare had given me so much confidence and allowed me to grow in so many ways. It changed me for the better.
However, right after my birthday in April, I was asked about an HR Manager position by a friend of mine. I was honest and said, “I know nothing about HR…” They said no problem. Well, almost 9 months later and I have never been happier in a job.
Kids… there is NOTHING better than a healthy work/life balance. Everyone says it and for some reason, if you’re like me and my friends, you just never listen. You just sit there like, “I love being busy,” or “I have to stay late again…” STOP IT. No, seriously, stop it. Life is too short to spend all of it working your life away.
I used to think it was normal or proved something when I was juggling four jobs (yes, I did that last year). I’ve learned that you prove nothing, except that the burnout struggle is very real.
Since we’re talking about balance…
That picture on the left… that was me before this job change. If you’re constantly stressing about how you’re going to pay bills or how you’re going to squeeze more into an already jam-packed day, then you’re probably not doing great at taking care of yourself.
I thought I had to have something wrong with my thyroid because I just couldn’t shake the weight. In my mind, I was eating OK and thought my busy schedule meant I was active enough. No, I was failing at both. As for my thyroid– he’s doing great. Poor little guy was working just as hard as me to keep me alive.
When I started my new job I quit my other three jobs. I took control of my health. I signed up for a gym membership at the Kennebec Valley YMCA, tracked all of my daily food and activity into my Lose It app (p.s. I was eating almost 3,000 calories a day on my so-called ‘healthy’ days), and started forcing myself to get AT LEAST 7 hours or sleep each night.
Since May of 2016, I’ve lost 40 pounds. I eat clean (except for Sundays…because you can’t be perfect all the time). I work out three to four times each week, and I rarely drink alcohol. I thought I’d miss the alcohol, but honestly, it’s been the easiest thing to go without. I like drinking, but I don’t need it. And even better – once you take a breather from alcohol, you become a super cheap drunk. Like, for real. I used to be able to hold my own – now I’m one and done. Hear that boys? Cheap date right here.
I don’t even know why this subtitle is here. We all know I’m going to be single forever. I mean, I might as well start collecting cats now. I should also freeze my eggs so that maybe someday I can have kids.
I was so stoked about Australia last year, but unfortunately, I had to cancel due to changing jobs. Luckily, I got to see my Aussie buddy when he visited NYC this past September, but it was still a bummer. I decided to take the rest of the year to really focus on my new job and kept most of my travel to local adventures.
2017 – Different story.
April – Hello, Ireland, Wales, and England for my birthday
June – Quebec with friends
November – Somewhere on a beach with a book
And in 2018 – I turn 30. Holy Moly. Already planning an Italian adventure with my closest friends and some family for that one… stay tuned.