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  1. It is a combination of intentionally working on it and kind of being forced to learn how to deal because of the work I tend to do. Like I worked in coffee and retail in college, then some retail and sales after college, then marketing at small businesses where I had to present and be in meetings and stuff. And in college I was a vocal performance major and a German minor. So, I somehow constantly find myself in situations that required me to improve, haha. Yeah, I am now a Web and CRM manager, so if something on the website or in our CRM system breaks, naturally it is something my team did, not something that the other people using the system and changing things they shouldn't did. I am gaining a greater appreciation of tighter control over user permissions, lol. I think since February-ish? It was one of those things I commited to during a manic episode that I then found myself too deep into to bail, lol. But, I am glad I did it. I learn things best from getting a more intellectual understanding of how and why everything works, so it helps a lot in my fitness endeavors. Though apparently it has NOT helped in avoiding injury 🤣 I don't even know how I injure myself half the time. Do I just not have viable muscles/joints/tendons/etc? haha. Holidays are so complicated and full of emotional landmines to be avoided...so, they can be a bit distracting and exhausting. But, I do have intentions of maintaining at least SOME semblance of a routine. And, you are welcome, haha. A perfectly valid concern 🤣 I do not last long at jobs where I am not constantly learning. I am pretty much obsessive about learning and I will get bored and move on if I am prevented from doing so. Thankfully, this job will require tons of learning up front, but probably tons of additional and continuing learning as well. AND it is a job at a college which gives me access to free college classes. So maybe for once in my life, I will actually stick around at a job for longer than a year or two.
  2. Me coming back to your thread and finally catching up after being gone for a week or two: Serial killers, blood in the back seat...what? Lol. It sounds like you had a lot of fun with your brother. I never will get to mock my siblings about being old because I am the oldest, haha.
  3. Yeah, I expect to be learning for quite some time. We have systems that are massive, and though I could probably be pretty functional with them in 3-6 months, if I really want to be a master at them and be able to contribute to my company at a much higher level, it is going to take a minute to learn the system and all the code that can help customize the system and the website to our needs and whatnot.
  4. I passed my personal training exam!!!!!! I can finally breathe again. Also, getting back into a regular workout routine has been a #struggle. I have been so busy, and I keep freaking injuring myself, lol. First it was my foot, then my wrist, then my knee. I think everything is all healed up now...so, baring hell or high water, HOPEFULLY now that I have the stress and time-consuming studying of this exam out of the way, I can get back into a regular routine....just in time for the holidays to ruin everything 🤣 Also, sorry I haven't been around to check in with all you awesome people. Things have been insane. But, I will hopefully be on more frequently now that I am starting to adjust to my new job and this exam is over.
  5. http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/42700000/Loki-Thor-The-Dark-World-2013-loki-thor-2011-42788116-540-338.gif Thankfully my social anxiety is a LOT better than it use to be. Because my job is largely fixing people's tech problems that they may or may not blame me for, haha. So, I gotta engage with people somewhat frequently.
  6. So far things are going really well with the job. I like my new coworkers and the environment, I am having fun with the work I am doing, and I love being on a college campus most days of the week again. That being said, the last few weeks have been EXAUSTING, lol. As an introvert with some social anxiety, starting a new job, getting to know a new place, and meeting tons of new people can be quite draining. I am enjoying it, though, and I feel like I am starting to adjust and settle in. I feel like it always takes me a couple months to fully adjust to a new work environment and so many new people.
  7. Lol, this would be me. A diet without chocolate is just....no. Lol.
  8. So, I am letting week zero be an across the board pass, because between adjusting to a new sleep schedule (my night-owl self is struggling) and my first week at a new job, I just don't have time or energy to really think about much else. Everything is going well though!
  9. It isn't my fault that we as a society are obsessed with thinking as time as linear. If we would just be a little less linear, I would be able to get so much more in the same amount of time Thanks! Ahahahaha! I usually like to think of myself as a reasonably wise person...well, for a 27 year old (which isn't a high bar, lol). But yeah, this time was not one of those times 🤣
  10. Hello all, and welcome to my little corner of chaos. As those of you who were following along last challenge know, I a new job, which I am starting tomorrow, and I have just recently returned to working out after a mild back injury (yay!). That being said, I am stripping my usual challenge wayyyyy back, because I am going to be BUSY. I have some busy weekends coming up, a lot of catching up to do with my new job (using a system I have not used before), and I have a personal training certification exam in mid-November. So, those will be where most of my focus goes. Someday I will learn not to overbook things so much, but this round is not that time🤣 The rest will be aimed at slowly working back into my fitness routine and trying to maintain the few threads of sanity I have left. Bladesinger - Martial Arts, Stamina, Bodyweight Training - (STR) Strength and Agility: Bodyweight workouts 2x/week with focus on joint stability and muscle endurance - (DEX) Balance and Coordination: Stretching 2x/week with focus on flexibility and range of motion - (CON) Stamina: 15min+ walks 3x/week with focus on improving cardiorespiratory endurance Bladesinger - Mental, Intellectual, and Career - (INT) Intelligence: study for Nov. Personal Training exam - through Nov 13 - (CHA) Charisma: TBD training for work
  11. There are certainly times when my anxiety is caused by over-thinking, phobias, catastrophizing, bipolar episodes, etc. But, just as often it seems to be triggered by something more physiological. Like I have noticed that I will experience waves of anxiety that seem to be triggered by: a drop in blood sugar or blood pressure, eating foods my body does not like/I am sensitive to, not getting enough sleep, not eating enough, and not eating carbs with breakfast (which I suspect is an energy and/or blood sugar thing), and deyhdration. In those cases, I don't feel anxious about anything in particular going on in my life. Instead they are more like what you describe - random pangs/waves of anxiety. And similarly, before I realized some of the physical underlying causes, I would try and find something in my life to connect it to, assuming that other thing was causing the anxiety.
  12. Yes! All the broccoli cooking tips. My husband has refused to eat vegetables for most his life, but is now starting to try a few. He recently expressed an interest in trying broccoli, but I don't have a steamer (I usually just add broccoli to a stirfry or pasta sauce or eat it raw). I am trying to find a good way to cook it that is picky-eater friendly that also does not require steaming it.
  13. So far my back is still feeling fine the next day, which is very encouraging. Last time I tried to jump back into fitness, it was hurting by this point, so I am taking this as a very good sign that I will be able to begin my slow ascent back into working out again. ...Just in time for the challenge to end 🤣 Not a very successful challenge as far as fitness goes. But, c'est la vie. Better luck next time around.
  14. Ummmm, life? Seaspiracy. I thought I was prepared for it; I mean, I knew that the way we fish and treat our oceans and all was bad. But, I WAS NOT READY 😭 Lol, some days are just like that. You are still able to get your point across effectively, so it works.
  15. Finally ventured into a VERY SHORT (15 min) and VERY SLOW/LIGHT bodyweight workout. But, it was still a workout, nonetheless. Fingers crossed that my back feels fine tonight and tomorrow, which will green light starting to slowly incorporate workouts into my regular schedule again. My attitude towards working out has changed so much in the last year. In years prior I would have just been like, "meh, oh well, guess I have a good excuse not to work out." But now...now it is, "UGHHHHHHH, this injury needs to go away NOW so I can get back to my workouts." In other news, I just finished all of my onboarding paperwork today, so everything is now all official and stuff. So that is exciting...well, filling out onboarding paperwork is probably one of the least exciting things you can do, but having it done is exciting, haha.
  16. Wow, I am just really failing at this whole updating thing in the back half of this challenge. Anyway, I am late to updating this week because I decided to be #dumb and drink multiple nights in a row, which impacted the effectiveness of my medication while also freaking my body out, which triggered a panic attack yesterday....So yesterday was rough. I know, I am a genius (but seriously, let's not do that again). So, the recap is a day late, but here goes. Week 4 Recap? What week is it now? Bladesinger - Martial Arts, Dance, and Bodyweight Training - (STR) Strength and Agility: Bodyweight workouts (0/3) - permitted pass - back is feeling a lot better though, hoping to jump back in this week or next - (DEX) Balance and Coordination: Yoga and/or stretching (2/3) - partial - (CON) Stamina: 20min+ walks/jogs (3/3) - complete Bladesinger - Mental, Intellectual, and Passion Training - (INT) Intelligence: Read 6 books (9/6) - way ahead, I am sure you cannot possibly figure out what I have been doing with my extra free time. - (INT) Intelligence: Complete modules of certification course (5/6) - on track - (CHA) Charisma: Choose one performance-based activity (music, dance, or acting) to practice (1/1) - I am counting the insane amount of Salesforce learning because some of it is design related - (WIS) Generativity and Legacy: Watch a documentary each week (1/1) - complete I start my new job in a week, which lines up with the challenges perfectly. It is kinda like this challenge is wrapping up another chapter, and next challenge is starting a new chapter of my career.
  17. She sounds like a really good friend. I hope it is a good chat and helps both of you move forward and repair things I am glad to hear things are improving again! It is crazy the way that learning is everything but linear.
  18. At least in this case, it is not due to like putting it off. It is the first job I have worked where they actually use Salesforce, but it is going to be like one of the primary parts of my new job, so I kinda need to know it ASAP. They know I don't have any prior experience with it, and I don't think they are expecting that I will learn it in the two weeks before they hire me, but I want to get a running start on it because I hate feeling like I don't know what I am doing. It is more like:
  19. *Me trying to come up with a good excuse to bail on a social commitments this weekend* ^^perils of an introvert feeling stressed and extra introverted. Happy Friday, everyone!!
  20. I think SNAP was the program my family was on, and yeah, when you have ten mouths to feed with very limited funds, it is definitely about quantity over quality.
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