Custom Updates: Crunch Time

It is so close to Christmas! What does that mean? Crunch time. There are so many that need to be done:

  • Purchase gifts
  • Find and purchase a Van
  • Juggle jobs and obligations
  • Plan for my trip in January
  • Write/Blog
  • Plan for the New Year

Those are just a few things, but there are more and I know they’re all coming for me in the next few weeks. Christmas is like the final yearly battle in time management. It is what we have been training for all year. However, this year I feel ill-prepared for the magnitude of time management needed.

In light of the craziness of this holiday season, and a need to get a schedule put together so The Custom Life becomes less rambling, I will be holding off on posting until after the New Year. I will make sure that the first few posts cover all those things I have been meaning to speak of (budget run down, NaNoWriMo lessons, etc). I want to The Custom Life to be anecdotal, but also have helpful content. The Custom Life has been lacking the helpful content for a while now. I am taking the rest of December to plan out content, and get everything on schedule and in order. It will be worth it.

This is a learning process and I am adjusting my time management to make sure The Custom Life is a priority. Thank you for enjoying the process with me. I appreciate the support.

Merry Christmas, and see you in the New Year!


Custom Update: Struggles

This is going to be a short one; get excited, or mad, but either way at least I warned you!

I don’t know where the colloquialism “the struggle is real” came from, but I believe in it right now. My struggle is real. I am experiencing a lot of struggles right now, both personal and professional (Can I even say that about my current job status?), and I am working through them to the best of my ability.

This weekend was tough. I am feeling pretty lonely right now. Some details do not need to be blogged about, but, in essence, I am lonely and missing some important people (shout out to me Seester and Bro for being awesome though, they are making this transitional period MUCH easier). Mix that with external frustrations (for one, Toshiba’s customer service is deplorable and they have a stupid ordering system; that is all), and adapting to a new job, and I am not enjoying life as much as I would like.

The first thing to take a hit when I am not happy, because let me be honest, I am not all that happy, currently a 50/50 happiness split, is my productivity. You probably noticed I did not post over the weekend. I said I would, and then I was feeling crummy, so I pretty much did nothing but sit and mull over said crumminess.  A wonderful woman always used a quote from the romantic comedy French Kiss and it pertains to this:

Express, not repress.

Mulling over bad times does not work unless you do the mulling outside of your own mind. Otherwise, in the words of my father, it’s like wiping your ass with a hula-hoop; you get the same shit over and over. Put the mulling out on a table and share it with someone; it helps, trust me. Well, I did not do that. I sat and wallowed for most of the weekend, so I got little to nothing done.

The new job is challenging, and I am glad it is challenging, but I am struggling to enjoy the work and work place. Stepping straight into a supervisory role is difficult, especially when you are like me and not familiar with corporate retail in a big city environment. Add on top of that the fact that there are employees there that I have to direct that know more than me, and it becomes an awkward situation quickly. I am doing my best to find the upside, to learn fast, and earn respect, but it is hard and I don’t leave work with pep in my step. Do not get me wrong, I am thankful for my job. It is just difficult right now. Change is hard. Adapting is a struggle. In the end though, I will be better because of it.

So that is my update: I am struggling. Not all that glamorous, profound, or informative, but it is the truth. And in truth, we are all struggling in our own way. Some more, some less. I am here to share in your struggle, because we should all be able to express, and just like the express lane, it should work both ways. Alright, that was a cheesy metaphor, but if any of you need someone to help you mull over struggles, I would be more than happy to chat.

Custom Update: Death by Commute

December is here! I love December. Why? Because December means two things: cold weather and Christmas. You can wear flannel in cold weather. That is all that needs to be said.  Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love all aspects of Christmas : the cheer, the food, the music, the spirit of giving, the decorations and everything else. It is a magical time.

However, it being December also means NaNoWriMo is over. Let me tell you, this was a tough month.

Final Count Chart
*As of the 11/30/15

16,914. I didn’t even make it half way. I did horribly. I could say I was busy and I had a lot of things going on, but in truth I didn’t give it my all. I tried but I could have tried harder. I could have slept little, milked the words from my fingers, and poured every drop of time I had into this, but I didn’t. I failed. Was the stress of NaNoWriMo worth it? Absolutely. I learned some important things from the experience, and I’ll share my insight over the weekend. For now, I will press on.  For as they say, NaNoWriMo may be over, but I will continue to write like it is November.

On the upside, I have officially started my new job! It is a challenging change in pace and I am excited to learn from my mentors, the company, and the position. It will be a busy month, but I am excited to jump right into the thick of the business. I am also fortunate that I will continue to work occasional shifts at Vertical World. Everyone there has been very supportive of this opportunity and I am thrilled to continue to work as part of the Vertical World family.

Commuting though. Dear lord… it is terrible. I spend three hours a day going between places. I spend 45 minutes driving, 20 minutes walking, and another 30 minutes on the bus. That is one way. In addition to two hours of workouts (Week 4 is almost over and improvements are becoming evident!) and eight hours of work, that is both time consuming and exhausting. I am trying to find ways to capitalize on the intermittent down time though, which is why I am working on this post on the bus via my phone. If you every saw my first attempt at blogging, you’ll know how well blogging from a phone went for me (RIP Enriched in Argentina).

That is part of the reason I bought myself a new laptop.  The fact that my current laptop is not portable, and takes up to 10 minutes to get to a workable state, is unacceptable and is overall hindering my productivity. I hope that the portability and greatly increased boot speed of my new laptop will allow me to do more writing on the go. Hopefully that means that I will get back on schedule…

Budget-wise, I was prepared for a computer purchase. So while my liquid funds took a hit from the purchase, I had the cash to pay for it and my budget unaffected. I am still waiting on my benefits package to arrive from Columbia so I can finalize those details and get the true picture of my budget. Rest assured, once I have those details in place, you will get the budgeting post and weekly updates that you have been looking for (because I know you are so excited for that).

Enjoy your weekend, do something you love, and if at all possible, avoid a commute.