December, Already?

Who can believe it? I can’t believe it’s the last month of 2009, and that at no point during this year was I ever in Hong Kong. I was talking to my manager at Thanksgiving and I mentioned how it’s crazy how quickly this year’s flown by, and how this year has been totally crazy. I said, and I quote myself, “I’ve done more this year than I’ve ever done in my life.” He paused and then said, “That is so freaking cool. How many people do you think could really say the same? Think about how cool it is that you can say that!” And then he repeated what I said, and it was only after he said that that I even really thought about it.

Most of the time I just think about how crazy my year’s been, what with working at least 2 jobs for just about half the year, running around like a chicken with my head cut off! But when I think about it, it’s true – it’s pretty freaking cool that I can say I’ve done more than I’ve ever done in my life this year, all at the same time. And sure, it was also definitely pretty stressful at times (and still is at times), but I also feel like I’ve gained so much experience this year in all aspects of life – from applying to jobs, to figuring out and finding a career, to actually moving and apartment hunting and finding roommates and making new friends and all of that…it’s been nuts!

Anyway. That’s all I wanted to say.

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Balance

So work has definitely turned around for me. I confess I had a mini-breakdown a week and a half ago, simply because I’d been taking on a lot more than I was used to, but then I adjusted. I’ve been training people every day for the last two weeks, but my results are good because I now have a little team! (Go Ninjas!) This probably doesn’t make much sense to anyone, but basically for me to get promoted again I have to build a team and train them and teach them how to train other people.

And like I mentioned in my last post, my sister is here! It’s been awesome to have her here – she was really helpful in helping me put furniture together and unpack and all that, and we’re still getting my apartment together even though the housewarming was last week (so fun!). Today we went to the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, and I picked up two things to hang on my bedroom wall and a small silver-plated tray. Pretty! I love flea markets! I’ll have to keep going back until I find enough to hang everything together, but I’m working on it. 🙂

I realized yesterday that having a nice apartment makes such a huge difference. I’m just as tired after a day of work as I was when I was living in my last apartment, but my mood is considerably more relaxed when I come home now than when I went back to my old apartment. I think it’s partly because the apartment is so much roomier (my bedroom now is bigger than the kitchen/living room I had at the old apartment), and also because I’m not as stressed about cleaning as I used to be.

Still, all the flea market stuff this weekend plus browsing books on amazon and spending time with my sister and my friends has made me realize I need to work out a balance more than I had been doing. Work is so time consuming (I love it, but it takes up a TON of time – I’m in the office at 730 and leave around 7pm every day) and I get so tired at the end of the day that I’ve barely had time to read anymore (when books used to be my life!), or even to draw or do other things that I used to enjoy.

So, I’m going to work on balancing my life for the next month, so that I have time and energy to work as well as use my spare time to read or draw or write, and I hope that it works…any tips?? 🙂