TDP: Never Gonna Give You Up–“Vices”

Vices. Bad habits. Imperfections. Fault. Weaknesses.

You. We know *you* are vice-free, dear Daily Post reader. But, or perhaps we should say, “butt,” others around you and in your life are riddled with vices: they smoke; they eat too much celery; they hog the covers; they can’t keep their hands out of the office candy bowl. Which vice or bad habit can you simply not abide in others?

An interesting prompt today from The Daily Post, and if you guys would indulge me, I’m sure I could rattle off a few things that are just the biggest pet peeves of mine. In others, I JUST simply canNOT abide by:

– smoking, especially when I’m subjected to one’s second-hand smoke (I’m the one coughing out loud to make that obnoxious and inconsiderate smoker feel uncomfortable!!!)

– whining without action (I canNOT stand complainers who do nothing to actually change their situation)

– quitting without trying (I find it so disappointing to see potential go to waste! Yikes, I sound like my mother!)

– Medicaid patients with an iPhone or driving an Escalade (I’ll stop right there because this is supposed to be a fun blog–not a political one!)

– being taken advantage of (Oh, hell no! **insert back and forth finger snapping/pointing and head shaking**)

– watching someone take advantage of someone else (Uh-uh! I will call you out!)

And on and on and on, I could go. But you know what, TDP, I ain’t gonna lie.

I have been driving my poor husband nuts this past week (and the past year and a half) because I am yet again on the “low” of my high-low, emotional roller coaster ride with my job, and man!!! Man, oh man! I can NOT stand what I’m putting my husband and myself through right now!

In a nutshell, I’m a Type-A, super ambitious, driven, and motivated person. I’ve never (at least I’m pretty sure I’ve never) given up on anything I have ever started–I may procrastinate (as you can see from me falling behind with my weekly posts) but I’ll still eventually get things done and meet my end goals! With that said, if I am on a positive run at work–I go hard, give it my ALL, 110%, every inch of my being I devote to caring for my patients, inspiring my team, and aim to drive business results. This is a fantastic 2 to 2.5 weeks a month of purposeful and empowered days at work. My husband actually gets to spend time that I have off from work with a pleasant wife!

But once a month, I get a scorecard, if you will—my business metrics accompanied by a supervisor visit. I know they are just doing their jobs too and they are having difficult conversations with my colleagues and me due to the pressures of the corporate mindset, but man oh, man! When I’m in one of these ruts…one of these lows, I’m so ridiculously on a rampage about all the corporate-bull$&*+ and I’m gone.

Then my husband has to feed me comfort Chinese food, ensure a fully stocked fridge and pantry for any craving-bingeing I may have and get into, and worse: he has to just take my whining, complaining, and arguing like a champ.

I. Am. Intolerable.

The sad thing is I know this. I know this vicious cycle. I know what it takes to break it so I can get back to the other side and be myself again and love my job again. I know I need to just get over it.. It’s a job.

JOB. It doesn’t make me who I am. It doesn’t define me. It just is my job that I need to do day in and day out…then move on.

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So easy right? Bah!

Goofin’ off….seriously, I’m going to goof off now and give my husband a big hug and kiss after hitting ‘publish.’ Thanks TDP for this prompt and letting me vent and for getting me out of the rut this time.. My husband thanks you!

Here’s to hoping I skip this cycle at least next month…that or I’ll just have to remind myself to read this entry again! Lol!

Goofin’ off, KW

Inspired by:
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/daily-prompt-rick-roll/

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MPM #4: Challenging the challenge…

‘Twas another 14-hour day back to the grind filled with “no stupid” questions and other several fires to put away, but nothing that my new and improve, more positive me couldn’t handle…hello Monday!.

I’d say, “Can you sense the sarcasm?”, but to be honest, there is only a slight lingering hint of sarcasm in there now and not as much than per usual. At every point in my day today where it could have easily gone south, I just told myself that it wasn’t worth it and tried to focus on one of my past weekly challenges…and just like that, it seemed to work and the day got better—that, and the day kept going on regardless! There really was no time to dwell on anything anyway…C’est la vie!

And coming to that realization was really just refreshing…to realize that making these small steps every week are really actually helping me accomplish something one step at a time. Whoduthunkit?

Well, since I’m on a roll…I suppose we should just keep it going, and hopefully y’all saw my long post last night that was inspired by The Daily Post. Lemme tell you that coming up with 26 meaningful and realistic goals to accomplish in 9 months required a lot of thinking. Interestingly, as my husband helped me come up with the list we realized that after Googling for other blogs to see what other people have challenged themselves, it only made me appreciate (and thank The Lord, God even more) how blessed I really am that I have hit a lot of high points in my life already and have had some pretty darn great experiences…I would read a blog out loud to the hubs and many of the things that people were wanting to accomplish by 30, I could actually check off, like:

– 9yo: got a passport
-10yo: traveled to a different country (moved from the Philippines to Guam…then South Carolina)
-15yo: bungee jumped
-16yo: learned to play the guitar
-23yo: zip lined the Philippines
-24yo: explored Road to Hana in Hawaii, married the man of dreams, adventured in Costa Rica and Nicaragua
-25yo: bought a house, relaxed in the Dominican Republic, and splurged $$$ on something just because I deserve it

And so on and so forth…I’m going to stop before I start to sound too braggy-braggy. Gross! Lol!

So back to trying to tie in my 26 things before my 26th year ends and this week’s MPM…might as well knock some things off that list while I’m on a roll with the MPMs

1) Pick up photography again…and in the process, explore the Queen City and really enjoy being a Charlotte-ian: I challenge myself to one photo blog entry this week highlighting something about the QC.

2) Get caught up with current events (I’ll start with at least a weekly goal of perusing the local on-line newspaper!): I challenge myself to read the Charlotte Observer as many days as possible this week.

3) Randomly write thank you notes via the good ol’ snail mail to at least five people in my past and try to reconnect again: I challenge myself this week to at least send one handmade “just because” card!

Here’s to feeling accomplished and to accomplishing even more! VICTORY!!!! Lol!

Goofin’ off, KW

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TDP: Your Days Are Numbered ’26’

As an October baby, I am three months into my 26th year. This means that I only have nine more months left as 26 years old, and I am that much closer to being in my late twenties.

I don’t really know how I should feel about all of that…and then thinking about the number reminded me of this article that was all over my Facebook feed last month: 23 things to do before getting engaged at 23.

Now, as I’ve blogged before, I am married and now I’ve shared my age…so the list above will no longer apply to me (plus I strongly disagree with the blogger, but oh well, she is entitled to her own thoughts!!!) But just for fun and for today’s TDP challenge, check out my list…

26 things to do before my 26th year ends (in no particular order, of course!)

1) Start volunteering again like back in my college days!

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~ Cleaning up a transitional home for MLK Day of Service 2009 ~

2) Pick up photography again…and in the process, explore the Queen City and really enjoy being a Charlotte-ian (two birds with one stone!)

3) Get caught up with current events (I’ll start with at least a weekly goal of perusing the local on-line newspaper!)

4) Continue to blog regularly and figure out what I really want to achieve with this blog.

5) Learn basic medical Spanish for my patients.

6) Give up Facebook for at least one week.

7) Finish at least five Pinterest projects waiting to be started on my boards.

8) Take a spontaneous trip (I’m a bit of a planner, so this will be very interesting but a lot of fun, I think!!!).

9) Attend a road SEC game with the Gamecocks.

10) Update my resume and stay relevant, promoteable, and competitive.

11) Read at least 5 inspirational books and really dig deep to get motivated, rejuvenated, and engaged!

12) Go on another family camping trip since the hubs, the pup, and I had such a blast on our first one together back in October!

13) Cut my 12-minute mile down to 10 minutes (my husband says he will help me with this one!!!).

14) Get to the lower end of my
BMI range (hopefully before our trips to Hawaii and our annual Caribbean anniversary trip!!!).

15) Continuing on the topic of health, finally find a local primary care physician in Charlotte and get a full physical! (I still rely on my family doctor about an hour and a half away or go to the Minute Clinic, so I haven’t really had a full proper annual in almost two years!

16) Thoroughly clean out my closet and purge clothes (so my husband can have some decent closet space for once!!! ).

17) Speaking of cleaning up, declutter even more and get rid of at least 26 things I don’t need/use and donate to Goodwill.

18) Pay it forward once in a while.

19) Randomly write thank you notes via the good ol’ snail mail to at least five people in my past and try to reconnect again!

20) Give up Facebook for at least two more weeks.

21) Really attempt to give up Facebook for another three weeks.

22) Watch (and stay awake) through an entire classic 007 Bond movie–which is my husband’s favorite collection!

23) Create a budget for non-essential spending and especially limit my weekly trips to Marshall’s and Target (I’m such a sucker for deals!!!)

24) Speaking of budgets and as the hubs and I are also striving for being healthier, keep track of grocery shopping/spending and prevent waste as much as possible!!!

25) Find ways to better manage, deal, and/or cope with stress–whether it be by learning a new way of meditation or by letting go and delegating more (just not by shopping, of course!)

26) Attempt 26 shots to ring in my 27th year…just kidding, I’d probably end up in the hospital!!! Start a list of 27 things to do before my 27th year ends!

So, that’s a lot. Coming up with the list was a bit much for a Sunday night…but it was actually a pretty fun and interesting exercise for my husband and I come up with together, and he even asked me to help him come up with one for himself, too!

Between this and my MPM/FUF personal challenge…this blog should stay fairly active, don’t you say? Have any other suggestions to add to my list??? Well, I’m excited to get started right away…nine months and counting!!!

Goofin’ off, KW

TDP: BRUnch post

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Joining in on The Daily Post’s weekly writing lunch…lunch posts!

It’s 10:17am. Having brunch today with eggs and my absolute fave Harris Teeter cranberry bread to go along with watching my recorded Hart of Dixie. Great way to start off my day before I headed into an 8-hr day at work with two tech interviews….not going to complain today but will power through! Not going to worry…not today, not this week!

Good in’ off, KW