Hello and thanks for reading. Kind of some rough stuff in this months blog just FYI. I started this blog last year as weight loss accountability and healthy lifestyle changes and it has turned into so much more. I know in November, I left you with great things happening, but it took a ugly turn. In Late November I was laid off 7 years to the day I lost my 30 career in radio broadcasting. My position was eliminated due to restructuring. I was devastated. I loved my job. My boss and I cried. I chose to work the month of December and look for another job somewhere else in the company and I still had the part time warehouse job and a good severance pay, but quite frankly the holidays sucked. I could not find anything in another department in the company and so I hugged everyone I could and turned in my badge and went home. I kept the warehouse job through the Holidays and then OMG they eliminated my shift and I had to make a decision of what shift to go to. I was starting to feel like my name was elimination. LOL. Well, I had part time unemployment and I needed to get another job so I took a night gig at a different warehouse. I was sad to leave my friends but I had bills to pay. My former company hooked me up with a consulting firm to find a job, tweak your resume and help. I did the webinars and started looking. The warehouse job was really hurting my legs because my role had changed and I was standing and scanning and pushing carts, so I was struggling with that five nights a week, dragging my injured body in there, and man they want 5000 packages in 4 hours. Our little team did our best every night, but there was only 5-7 of us depending on the night. Anyway, I got an interview with a staffing agency and they got me a data entry job in La Jolla for a year working for a company that manufacturers drugs that help people with long time illnesses. The drug team I am on is a drug that helps people with osteoporosis. I think that is perfect for me. Last week I worked both jobs and it killed me. I wasn’t getting enough sleep and my legs were just so done. At my new job there is a staircase. It is not a long stair case it is one floor! One floor! It is a beautiful half circle staircase that I cannot climb and quite honestly it made me mad, sad and pathetic every time I had to get in the elevator. Man this blog is spiraling fast, right? So as I sit here, iced up, with ointment that for the life of me why can’t they fix the scent of that stuff, its 2018,people! I made a decision, I have to leave the warehouse job, even though it will hurt me financially because the new job doesn’t pay enough, I need to be alert and pain free so I can do a good job and get permanent status at the new job. I found two other jobs I can do on the weekends and evenings, so I think I will be okay, but the most important thing is my health. As I listened to some of the calls the new company gets and I sat with a nurse who was helping a patient with some questions and another gal that helps them find insurance to cover the cost of the drug, I thought to myself, thank God I have my health. Sure my legs right now feel like tree trunks and just walking Walter takes forever, but that will pass and I will get stronger. I think this new company is a good fit for me. They help people and they care and they made me feel welcome right away. I miss everybody so much at my old job and I will miss everybody at my warehouse job but we are friends on Facebook, so we are still in each other’s lives.
I have learned so much about myself in this past year and though I thought I would be at my old job until retirement and never in my life would I have thought I would work in a warehouse to make ends meet, I think I am learning to not be so anxious all the time. Things will work out. I was terrified I would be out of work forever like last time, because I am older and who wants that working for them, but my first interview, I got the job! And you know what? My new goal this week , besides doing my food prep is climb that Staircase on Thursday!!!! One step at a time too, not step then another foot, then step. Step, step, step!!!! Like a Warrior! I will be the staircase gladiator!!! Have a good month! Food prepping will be the next blog. I have a great system. 60 pounds to go! Lets do this ! Show me your war face! Whoo! Rah!