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Job Satisfaction

Posted Oct 04 2011 2:11pm

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! Today I’ve been full of reflections since today marks my one year anniversary of my position here as an Office Manager. I still can’t believe it’s been a year already and I’m, how should I put it, relieved to say I’m still happy at my job and it really has been a pleasure working here. Completely stress-free (which is ideal for me), my co-workers are genuinely nice and enjoyable to work with, and I only have a 10 minute commute. And it’s a nice commute at that, I get to drive along the bay and there’s barely any traffic, which also enables me to drive home for my lunch break to do laundry and eat lunch…so I’m definitely very lucky with that set up ;)

However, my one year anniversary of employment here got me thinking, is this where I see myself in 5, 10 years? I honestly have no clue, and I wish I could say I have these huge career ambitions and aspirations, but to be honest my true passion in life is to be a mother and to help other people. I don’t aspire to make 6 figures, I don’t want to be the SVP of a multi-million dollar corporation, and I don’t want to be the one who calls the shots for the company. And I’m not discounting any of these things, if you’re that type I fully commend you and give you major props, but that’s just not who I am. I thrive off of a stress free environment, I look for a career and company that promotes a work-life balance, and I simply want to be happy.

To me, being happy is taking care of my family, our future children, and to help other people, that’s what truly fulfills me in life. And I think that’s just what I found here in this lil hobby of mine…this blog. At first I wanted to work in the fashion industry, and when I did for 5+ years, I realized it was too stressful, I wasn’t happy, and I just couldn’t survive in that type of environment. Then I wanted to become a nutritionist to help those with eating disorders, and then I wanted to be a personal trainer (though I was a group instructor!) to help those achieve their fitness goals and reach out to women who may be struggling with overexercising. But after 5+ years of college I just didn’t have the fire in me to go back to school, and at 28 years old I was ready to find a job that paid the bills, was stress free, and gave me a work-life balance, which I’m happy to say I’ve found here.

But one thing is missing in this job, passion. So 6 months ago, I nervously yet excitedly, started this lil blog of mine. And what I did find through this blog, is that I can reach out to those women who currently or have had those particular issues. And though I can’t give certified nutritional or exercise advice, I can at least let women out there know they’re not alone in those struggles. And in sharing my experiences, I could perhaps help but just one person, as bloggers did for me. And when I started my blog I didn’t know at the time I had HA, but a month later when I was diagnosed with it, I realized that this may be something many other women are dealing with and are feeling alone in…I know I have at times. And though frustrating and difficult it has been to deal with, it’s given this blog another meaning in my hopes to help other women know they’re not alone in this and that any type of fertility issue, or eating and exercise struggles, can be overcome.

So though my career may not be my “dream” job, it at least checks off my top priorities in job satisfaction of it having a work-life balance, stress free, and having awesome co-workers, not to mention it pays the bills and provides great health insurance. But to keep that fire in me at the end of the day, I at least have this blog to fulfill my passion of helping others and giving me something that no other job could give, an amazing community of all you inspiring women who I’ve loved meeting and getting to know since the day I started this blog. And though it doesn’t pay me a dime, it at least checks off that one last priority on my list for job satisfaction – passion :)

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This morning as I was eating my first breakfast of Kashi Go Lean Cereal, I had remembered that I wanted to prep overnight oats last night to enjoy for my second breakfast at work…but of course, I forgot! So after the gym I made the next best thing, smoothie! Only this time I added this special lil fall inspired treat to it…

Final product…

1 cup 2% Milk, 2 tbsp. Pumpkin Cream Cheese, 1 frozen banana, 1 tsp. xanthan gum, 1 packet NuNaturals Stevia

And today’s outfit was entirely inspired but the lovely Shanna and I owe my first boot outfit of the season to her. Before I got ready this morning I read her post about her first boot outfit of the season and that inspired me right away to break out my boots and sweater dress, thanks girl!

Sweater dress – French Connection; Boots – Via Spiga…seriously, nothing is more comfortable than that outfit, yay for fall fashion! :)

Questions:
What is your current job right now?
What means job satisfaction for you?
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10 years?


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