Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Rethinking my priorities

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Rethinking my priorities

Aluminum Crutches

I am not missing my crutches AT ALL!  No sir-ee bob!  ( I have no idea how I ever got stuck with that saying - it must be something I inherited from my wacky father).

After 4 months at home, healing a ruptured achilles tendon, I am so glad to be fully-functional again!  Of course, that means I'm back to work.  Yep.  Back to the good ol' grind that I'd somehow, during breaks from the stare down competition with the dog, had convinced myself that I missed.

Now that I'm back in the full swing, I have a better understanding of what I really miss.

I miss all the time I had for blogging!  I really just started exploring the blog world at the onset of my injury and it's truly a challenge finding the time to keep up.  After two hectic days of work, and a bit of email neglect, I found myself the proud owner of over 1000 unread emails in my inbox.  Aiyee.

Lab Puppy Close Up, Cute Lab Puppy
I miss the stare downs with the dog a bit, but more so the snuggly naptimes.

The best part of my time off was truly the last month, while the kids were out of school.  It was wonderful to have the extra time with them, in such a relaxed schedule.  I'm so grateful to have had that special time with them!

I also miss the baking and cooking.  I usually DON'T do either, but enjoyed both during my healing time.  More on that and my wonderful husband later.

I'm determined that I will somehow manage to keep my career in check and not let it run my life.  A true challenge, as it's so demanding.

I'm also determined to begin the hunt for a new career.  I discovered, during my time off, that I have no love for it and it truly is a contradiction to my basic principals.  Some of my co-workers, who are also dissatisfied, were surprised that I had not searched for a new career over my four month "sabbatical".   I had considered it, but quickly realized that I wasn't at my peak for self-marketing while hauling myself around on those darn crutches and I didn't relish the thought of explaining in an interview setting that I was only temporarily disabled, really, I'm not a liability!

I recently won a blog contest and received a wonderful book that I'm in the midst of reading, Jesus Career Counselor:  How to Find (and Keep) Your Perfect Work, written by Laurie Beth Jones.  Essentially, the premise is based in common sense, but I am finding it inspirational and helpful, at this point in my new career quest.  As a Type A kind of gal, if I'm going to devote the amount of time and energy that I can't help but to do, I want to ensure that I'm am committing my life to a worthwhile and meaningful endeavor.

I surprisingly received two copies of this title, and am willing to pass on the other to copy to a reader who believes they will benefit from it, or knows someone who will.  Leave a comment below letting me know you are interested and why.  Mid-August I'll select a comment personally and ship out the copy.

In the meantime, I'll satisfy myself with the thrill of being done with those miserable crutches!  Anyone know how if there's a way to burn them? (wink)

Even if you're not interested in the book, leave me a comment and let me know if you are satisfied with your career.  Have you ever gone through a major career switch?  Are you working in a field that inspires you?
I'm looking forward to reading your comments!

I received copies of the title above to review for the purposes of creating this feature.  The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Images sourced from freedigitalimages.net.


Misusedinnocence said...

I'm in a bit of a career funk myself and would love to read this book.


Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes the book sounds interesting, but only for careers, at home. I am on disability, so cannot have too much of a career....which is ok

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