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Hello rebels!

 

It's been a very, very long time.

 

I left off being this super cool badass that ran a Spartan race and accidentally did cross-country-runs through landmine-infested forests. I'm a long, long way away from that.

 

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Currently I work 60-100 hours a week. I had 4 weeks of forced vacation in April, and even though I couldn't leave my apartment due to COVID-19, I felt the best I have in a long time. My vacation was due to the fact that I got fired for wanting to work from home, and I can't even describe the weight that was lifted off of me. To make a very long story short, my termination was revoked, I'm back at work leading a team of very unhappy people. So on top of the crazy workload, there's a whole lot of emotional stress. I went from enjoying every minute of every day to basically just working and sleeping. Having this very stark contrast now, things need to change.

 

Because there's a lot of things in my life that prevent me from working on my fitness and diet, I'm going to split the challenge into 2 fitness/diet goals and 2 life goals, just to get me started. And I will use the time leading up to it to properly prepare. So! Let's get started.

 

Long-term goal:

Be comfortable in myself and my environment

 

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I am not super happy with my body. Not super happy with my mental state. Not super happy with my work environment. Not super happy with my home environment. But I really want to be happy, and I know I can be, with a few changes.

 

Fitness goal:

Do something for my body - every day.

 

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I'm gonna start with a very, very forgiving goal just to lower my chance of falling off the wagon. I am very open to suggestions for short fun things. Currently on my list (I will edit and expand this as I go along):
Forward Space workout

Yoga with Adrienne

Going for a walk/run

Meditation on needle-mat

Dance-off

Work on burlesque act

 

Diet goal:

Less sugar

 

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I have a new coworker who constantly puts candy on my desk, and always has a literal pile of it on her own. I was never much of a candy-eater, but now I'm craving the stuff. I'm gonna try and buy some fruit to keep in the office so I can snack on that instead it. I'm also gonna try and make a pot of tea in the morning, to drink instead of coke at work. I only drink tap water at home, and never buy candy myself, so the diet goal is solely work-based at the moment.

 

Life Goal I:

Unfuck my habitat

 

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I moved almost half a year ago now. My place is a total mess. There's a couple things on the list here, I don't have to do all of them, but I'm hoping to do at least one per week. (I will edit and expand this as I go along):

De-trash, including the moving boxes and other shit I don't need

De-clutter

Finish setting up my shelves

Get rid of the furniture I don't need (tv stand, clothes hanger thing)

Set up my desk

Deep-clean the whole apartment (in sections)

 

Life Goal II:

Something fun and something important

 

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I have found tons of ways to have fun. The biggest one being drawing. But I don't have time to have fun at the moment because I only work and sleep. So - I want to prioritize having fun, while also working on creating more space for having fun.

Something fun: DRAW. At least once a week, make the time to draw something. I would be super happy with little drawing challenges/inspiration by fellow rebels, although I can't promise the drawings will be great, I'm still learning.

Something important: Apply for a job, at least one per week. Even if I can't find one I'm super happy with, just to get practice.

 

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3 hours ago, Mudd said:

Same. I love this.

60-100 hours seems like so much work. Is that long-term or is this just a busy season or something?

Awesome goals. Best of luck!

 

That's a bit of a long story. We're a very small company. I started off as assistant to the CEO, got promoted to team lead (not instead of, but in addition). Back then I was averaging 60 hours. And I just kept getting more responsibility because 1. I suck at saying no and 2. we've got nobody else to do this work. So nowadays I also do some accounting, project managament and CEO stuff. On top of this, one of my guys is on vacation and might quit at the end of the month, so I've taken over his duties (hopefully only for one more week, hopefully he'll come back from vacation) and we're moving to a new office, which we're renovating, so someone has to have an overview and organize it all. I got an assistant 2 weeks ago, who helps with some of my workload, but she's a general office assistant, so 90% of her time is spent helping others. I've worked 80-100 hours all year. So TL;DR: some of it is temporary, but experience shows that as soon as these temporary things are over, something new will pop up that's "only temporary" and I don't see my workload dropping probably ever.

 

There are also perks to my job. They just currently don't outweigh the negatives. That might change - the next week will show at least some of it - but I feel like I need to keep my options open. I have a phone interview on Wednesday morning that I'm looking forward to, and even if it's just practice/getting a feel for what's out there, I figure it can't hurt to send some applications.

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Throughout college (and a couple years after), I had a summer job that lasted about 5 weeks. One of those weeks would be a 100 hour work week. The rest would be 70. It was fine because the end was always in sight. I can't imagine working that many hours year-round (unless it's really a labor of love). The fact that you're doing a fitness challenge on top of that‽ Mucho respect.

Best of luck with the interview!

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On 6/14/2020 at 2:33 PM, ApfelStrudi said:

I have found tons of ways to have fun. The biggest one being drawing. But I don't have time to have fun at the moment because I only work and sleep. So - I want to prioritize having fun, while also working on creating more space for having fun.

Something fun: DRAW. At least once a week, make the time to draw something. I would be super happy with little drawing challenges/inspiration by fellow rebels, although I can't promise the drawings will be great, I'm still learning.

 

47 minutes ago, Xena said:

@Harriet is a fellow artist, so she may have some inspiration and thoughts.

 

Yep yep, I've been thinking a lot about how to 'programme' my art learning recently, and I've been finding some great resources online. So let me know if you're looking for something specific, or somewhere to start. I post some of my stuff, too. 

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Waving hello! Glad to see you back. Any chance at getting a new job that is not so stressful? 

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Hi, welcome back! We didn't interact much when you were here before but I definitely recognise your username. I love how you set this challenge up and I'm keeping my fingers crossed you end it generally happier with everything than you started. 

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19 hours ago, Xena said:

Great to see you back!!

 

Phone interview sounds very promising. Whether this specific opportunity works out or not, it's great that you are taking steps to try to change your situation

 

@Harriet is a fellow artist, so she may have some inspiration and thoughts.

 

 

I have this really really cool job I applied for that I would love - it's not the one with the interview, I haven't heard back from that, but I do have a strategy so I'm hopeful :)

 

18 hours ago, Harriet said:

 

 

 

Yep yep, I've been thinking a lot about how to 'programme' my art learning recently, and I've been finding some great resources online. So let me know if you're looking for something specific, or somewhere to start. I post some of my stuff, too. 

 

Ooooh once I've got a bit more time over the weekend I'm gonna have a look at your stuff! I've been doing some classes through brooklyn brainery, youtube and skillshare. I'm also working on the sketchbook project from the brooklyn library (mine is in the mailbox, finally, I'm very excited but haven't unpacked it yet). The best and most amazing thing I did was daily Dino 101 zoom sessions where at the start, you got a dino of the day and then you spent 60 minutes drawing it while learning cool things. That ended last month though. :(

 

18 hours ago, Elastigirl said:

Waving hello! Glad to see you back. Any chance at getting a new job that is not so stressful? 

 

Thank you! I'm working on that, and on saying no. Although I'm not gonna lie, it's 9.45pm and I only just got home.

 

11 hours ago, deftona said:

Hi, welcome back! We didn't interact much when you were here before but I definitely recognise your username. I love how you set this challenge up and I'm keeping my fingers crossed you end it generally happier with everything than you started. 

 

Thank you so much! :)

 

5 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Welcome back :) 

 

Thank you!

 

 

YOU GUYS. I missed you all so much. Isn't it amazing how you can go through life and not really miss anything, but then the second you get a taste of it again, you notice how much better your life is with it in it? That's what this is like for me. Your hellos and encouragement mean a lot to me. :)

 

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On 6/15/2020 at 3:27 PM, ApfelStrudi said:

I started off as assistant to the CEO, got promoted to team lead (not instead of, but in addition). Back then I was averaging 60 hours. And I just kept getting more responsibility

That sounds very similar to Ghostess's career path when she was just getting started out.  She started out as CEO executive asst. in a small company and just kept getting more and more shoved onto her plate (IT, finance, HR, operations, etc.).  By the time they went ahead and gave her a title to match her job description she was working 90-120 hours/week. 

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