Welcome to My Mid Work-Life Crisis?

Happy Friday Everyone!

I am super excited for today, mostly because it’s FRIDAY and I really really need a break. I’m also excited because my daughter has her second Cross Country meet tomorrow and I can’t wait to watch her run! She’s in junior high and giving XC a try mostly because we asked her to, but she has amazing (untapped) talent. She’s a natural and just doesn’t know it yet.

On the subject of untapped talent…

I think I’m going through a just-before-mid- life crisis. Does that even exist? Maybe I should call it a mid-worklife crisis.  I’m still in my 30s, so I don’t think it qualifies as mid-life, and it’s specifically about my career life, but either way, it feels like a crisis.Maybe it's not a midlife crisis

Just to give you the back story:

I’m in a job that I like…sort of. I have a great boss, the best boss, actually. I’m pretty sure if it wasn’t for my boss, I would be looking for another job. Not to get into the details, but I come home frustrated Every. Single. Day. It’s like when you can see where you need to get and you can see the path to get there. But then others (that should be on your team) throw up obstacles and now I have to be an American Ninja Warrior to even see the goal. That is my day — every day. So, I’m grumpy a lot and I don’t like that.

I took some time to do self-reflection and to think about what I truly wanted out of life. I’m at a place where my kids are getting involved in sports and activities. I love to be able to go to all of their events and really hate to miss out on nightly family time. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not leaving my current job. I’ve worked really hard to get into this type of position. I’m on several statewide boards that I love, and I have several projects that I could never walk away from. But I need something more, something fun and something that is about ME. My relfection points me to my passions: fitness, helping people feel better about themselves, wellness, etc.

Which brings me to two major (what I feel are major) steps to change the course of my work life…

The first: I had a phone consultation with a NASM professional about signing up to become a Certified Personal Trainer. What?! you say. How is simply having a phone consultation a big, life-altering plunge? This was a big step for me. I have contemplated becoming a CPT for years and have never told anyone! So a big step was talking to my husband and admitting that it is really something that I want and then to take it a step further and talk to a rep seems like a big step to me. Stay tuned to see if I actually sign up for the course!NASM

The second life-altering decision: I became a RODAN + FIELDS consultant! I know, you’re thinking, “network marketing”? I thought that too, but I’m doing this, you guys. I’m ALL IN. I actually started in early July. It has already been a great opportunity for personal growth. Besides making some extra money and getting a discount on really good skincare, it has opened me up to a whole world of networking. You might not know this about me, but I’m an extroverted introvert or an introverted extrovert (I’m not sure which it is). I like people, but I like people that I know. I am not good at meeting people and I’m uncomfortable in a room full of strangers. This network marketing gig forces you to be friendlier, meet more people, be more open… and… it’s been… AWESOME. I already feel like I’m actually making friends (with people that I kind of knew already). I’m not talking other consultants, but my neighbors, my kid’s friend’s moms. It’s already been a fun journey and I’m still figuring things out. In fact, it’s not about sales at all (thank goodness, because I’m not exactly rolling in the dough), it’s about relationships. I might actually make some friends doing this! (That’s a blog post for another day).

I’d be remiss (and a really bad consultant if I didn’t give you a quick rundown of what Rodan and Fields is: Drs Rodan and Fields are the same two women doctors that created the Proactiv formula and yes, they are also the dermatologists that formulated Lash Boost, the amazing lash serum that makes your lashes appear thicker, darker, longer (100% yours and 100% real).

Rodan + Fields Changing Skin Changing Lives

Sorry, I digress! Now, they are doing for anti-aging what they did for acne. As you know from reading my blog, I struggled with acne nearly my entire life, including most of my adult years. Not only is it tricky to find acne products that work, it’s even harder to find products that will clear up acne while at the same time help my skin age well. RODAN + FIELDS does that. I promise I won’t get pitch-y on you, but check out my website and feel free to contact me anytime with questions!

So, there you have it. My work-life seemed in shambles and this is what I chose to do about it. I’m working on me – – just me. How can I become a better version of myself? Because as a better version of myself, I will be able to do everything better. Plus, I won’t be grumpy anymore.

Whew, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders! I’m pretty private about things (I know, why do I have a blog??) but it feels so good to let you all know what’s going on in my life!

What’s going on with you? Have you ever tried a network marketing biz? Have you ever felt like you’re having a mid-life crisis?

Until Next Time,
Meg

A Raw Post

Because of the topics that I typically write about, I am sure you are expecting a post about a new raw diet or something health related. I hate to disappoint readers, but today’s post is about me. It is open and honest – in the raw.

If you’ve been reading my posts this past year, you are aware that we made a major life change early this summer by relocating due to my husband’s career opportunity. I left my job (a very good job) and was blessed to stay at home with my girls all summer long. The goal was to have a job secured by the time they went back to school. Well, here I am writing this blog post… in the middle of the day…in sweatpants. I, my friends, am unemployed. While I truly had the best summer of my life being able to stay at home with my kids, I am sinking fast into feeling like a royal loser. I am very employable. I have a Master’s degree for crying out loud. I have 10 years experience in executive management roles — yet, no one is knocking down the door to hire me. Oh wait, no one is even near the door. It isn’t that I’m getting passed by all the opportunities, in fact that is part of the problem, there haven’t been many opportunities.

I am a realist and know that in this day and age it is who you know. Knowing that, I reached out to people that I knew in this area long before we moved here. Each of them assuring me there would be plenty of opportunities and they couldn’t wait for me to get here. Ahem…still here…still in sweats. I hit a bit of a low yesterday. I’m calling it my “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” In fact, I cried about 6 different times. I’m a confident and positive person, I don’t get down on myself often. I actually refer to myself as “half-full” because I always see the bright side, the silver lining. Yesterday, it was cloudy (figuratively and literally).

I’m sharing this with you all because I need to get it out and then move on. We all have our moments in the dark and what is important is finding the strength to pull ourselves out of those moments. I started today with a smile on my face and a positive attitude and I’m not going to look back. I will get a job and it will be a great job. Thanks for listening!

Have you ever had one of those days (or series of days)? How do you pull yourself out of it? Are you hiring? ?

Until Next Time,
Meg

Thursdays Are For Thinking Out Loud

Thinking-Out-Loud2Have I mentioned how much I love the Thinking Out Loud linkup hosted by Amanda at runningwithspoons.com?! Some days, randomness is the only way it’s going to get done!

So, without further adieu….

1. The Job Search
As you all know, I am moving soon (it seemed to be so far into the future, but now it is looming closer and closer!). I have not gone on a major job search, but I have been keeping tabs on LinkedIn and other employment sites for opportunities. I also have reached out to a few key people in the community to which we’re moving to. Last week, I had my first interview in over 10 years. It was a little nerve-racking going in, but when it was over, I felt GREAT!  The interview was 2.5 hours of conversation, sharing experiences, and information gathering in a low stress format. I felt like I totally got the job…. With that being said, it has now been over a week and I have not heard one word from the company. (Sigh)

2. The Headhunters
Speaking of job searches, have you ever had someone reach out to you to try and recruit you? Has it ever been for a position/company that you just didn’t want to work for? I am having a little of that going on as well. On one hand, it feels really nice to be wanted and recognized for my skill set. But on the other hand, it is kind of a dicey situation. I don’t want to make anyone angry as they are community leaders in the town that we are moving to, but by the same token, I just don’t think I’m interested in the type of position they have. I have been working for 2 days to draft a response email that I think will finally go out today. I have delayed sending it in hopes that I would get a job offer from the other company…

3. Running
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I set a goal to run 100 miles in March. I ran 100 in January and then kind of fell off in February, running only about 65. Today, I am at 87 miles with 5 days left, so I know I’ll make it. I have really had to push it this last 2 weeks because of too many days off earlier in the month. I desperately want a rest day, but I just can’t handle being this close and not making it! I think this happened in January as well, which might explain my February lack of mileage. Eventually, I will find a happy medium! I signed up with Run This Year to run 1,000 miles in 2015. I think I’m on track to do so. That is if I don’t burnout first.

4. Chocolate

Cadbury Mini EggsWhy is it that they only break out the Cadbury Mini Eggs at Easter?  If you haven’t tried them, they are seriously the best chocolate ever! Deliciously melting in your mouth – the rich chocolate and the hard candy shell. I love M & Ms, but they don’t hold a candle to these babies. I am absolutely addicted. I guess it’s good that they only sell them at Easter!

5. Recent Purchases
I’ve recently purchased a couple of items that I cannot wait to arrive! Both are from online boutiques that feature gently used designer items. One is from ThredUp and is a Kate Spade Wristlet and the other is from The Fashion Project and is a J Crew structured handbag. I guess I should mention that I’m also obsessed with purses, bags, totes, clutches, etc.

Anyway, that’s all the rambling that I have in me today. Have a great day! Oh, and feel free to tell me about your job hunting experiences, candy addictions, and recent purchases!

Until Next Time,
Meg