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Work is a great place to culminate ideas. It’s also a great place to realize what moments are the most gratifying and satisfying. Here are my top four:

1. Drinking an iced cold drink after a long time of your throat feeling dry.
There are many moments when this can happen: when you first wake up, after a long workout at the gym, etc. There are also many moments at work where you are just dumb and you don’t even realized how parched you are until you see a long line in front of the drink station at work. That feeling when you finally quench your thrist? Ahhhhh.

2. Going pee when you’ve been holding it for hours
It happens. Back-to-back client meetings, phone calls, emails, you name it. You just can’t catch a break. Your face starts to show a high level of discomfort because you’ve stopped thinking about work and started thinking about the consequences of peeing in your pants in front of your colleagues. Finally, when your meeting is over, you run to the bathroom, knocking down everyone in your way and it is the single best feeling in the world.

3. Proving your colleagues wrong.
My team always has some sort of contest going on: what we think the client looks like, what we think the client will say, will the client catch you when you throw in a “That’s what she said” into the conversation, etc. To date, I have been wrong every single time for the last 150 or so calls that have happened in the past few months. My co-worker called it when he predicted the client would take our joke lightly and send us beer (he did). My boss has used “That’s what she said” in almost every client call we’ve had ever since I started and the client hasn’t caught on. I, on the other hand, have lost every single prediction I’ve made. Actually, this is a satisfying moment that hasn’t been fulfilled yet but I imagine that it will be most fulfilling.

4. Meeting and finishing a deadline
I should probably have a serious one in here. Every time I start the week, I look at all the meetings we have for the week and anticipate every single one of them. That feeling right after you leave a meeting is amazing. It’s a huge sigh of relief because, even if it’s only for a day, you’ve accomplished that day’s task. The feeling is even better after an entire day of meetings because it just pushes you one step closer to completing the project and for a moment, you can sit and relax and not stress over that phone call from the client.

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Client fail

I work at a design company and I’ve had my fair share of “Clients from Hell” moments.

But so far, this has got to be my favorite so far.

On the phone with a client; looking at a particular slide in a presentation.

Client: Could we possibly have a line going underneath every title on each slide?

Me: So you want all the titles underlined?

Client: No, not underlined but a thin line going right below each title. That would be great!


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Winding down

(via Millnm)

My office is 1.5 miles away from my home. Needless to say, this has been the best commute of my working life. However, there is a downside. I miss that winding down time between work and home. I miss getting into the car, zoning out and listening to some good music to help me transition from work life to home life. I know that’s something petty to complain about especially when I have such a great commute but the thing is, I always mentally bring work home with me. There isn’t enough time in the drive to mentally check out of one focus and check in to another. Both work life and home life have started to merge so much that I can’t even tell the difference anymore. Everywhere that I go for lunch during work are the same places I venture to during the weekend. Sometimes, during the weekend, I’ll forget that I’m not at work because of that mental checkout.

I definitely don’t miss traffic jams but I do miss being able to mentally switch gears. The two minute drive just doesn’t give me enough time to do that.

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The first step to recovery is admitting that I have a problem.

I’m finishing my third week at my new job and it’s been crazy, to say the least, but in a good way. I feel like I’ve woken up in the middle of nowhere and I’m trying to orient myself with where I am, who I’m with, and what I’m suppose to be doing. In a sense, that’s how this job has been. It’s been exciting, crazy, overwhelming and I’m still trying to navigate my way through it and find my place in it.

This past week, I took two personality tests: Myer’s Brigg and the DISC personality test. Long story short, I jokingly got labeled the “no feelings” one in my team. This is funny because I feel like my personality test results only reflect who I am at work and not who I am with my friends (although I’m sure some of them might think this is pretty accurate too haha).

Here’s what stood out to me. One of my results said that although I was focused on details, my potential weak spot was not being able to trust others. My distrust would lead me to doing it all on my own so I could make sure it was done correctly.

This made me sound cold. And mean. And I disregarded it was “just a results test, it’s not that accurate.”

I was wrong.

This entire week was stressful because I wouldn’t allow myself to trust my team. I would re-adjust billable hours to make it fit with our budget and I’d constantly be stressing if they came in early and left late because I’d have to monitor their stuff. I wasn’t allowing myself to trust them to get their stuff done on time and within budget. Sure, I can use the excuse that it’s my first project here and I want to make a good impression. But I also need to be a team player and look out for my team. It’s still that awkward beginning stage where you’re trying to engage everyone and figure out each other’s dynamics but this is something I need to have us do together, not just on my own.

Anyway, I found this funny because this whole problem turned out to be exactly what my results test told me was my potential weak spot and I chose to ignore it until I couldn’t ignore it anymore. What struck me more is that I started thinking about all the times I was stressed out, at work or at home. So much of it was unnecessary. It ended up boiling down to the fact that I didn’t trust others as much as I thought I did because I would stress over thoughts like “I hope they showed up like they said they would.” I need to change my mindset. I need to learn how to trust others better. Here’s to hoping I can change my mindset and actually be a team player instead of trying to play the game all by myself.

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Company bonding

Apparently the best way to bond with co-workers is to show them your drunken side. It makes for good conversation for the first half hour at work the next morning.

On the bright side, I can now handle one full shot (of hypnotiq) without barfing or passing out!

I wish I had the tolerance of a 23-year old instead of a 4-year old.

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Boss fail.

Every now and then, I wonder if my boss can find this blog and see the occasional rant that I write about her. Then I remind myself that her web surfing abilities are limited and I breathe a sigh of relief.

Unlike this girl.

When I saw that, I cringed for her.

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Work. Stress.

I have never smoked a cigarette in my entire life. I detest the thing. I don’t see the purpose of it except that it wastes your money and your health.

Most, if not all, my friends would consider me the last person on earth to ever smoke one.

However, thanks to recent work conditions in the office, I find myself thinking about one every free moment I have.

“Damn I could really go for a smoke break”
“I could really use a cigarette right now, even though I don’t know how to even smoke it”
“Should I go buy a pack and teach myself myself how to smoke one?? How do you even properly light the damn thing?”
“I really wanna make a cigarette burn into my boss’ arm”

Looking at the picture below, I don’t know who I rather do it to more, my boss or myself.

On the brighter side, I have grown to really love my students. Although it’s been stressful planning and preparing for each one, talking with them has been more rewarding than ever. I’ve had intellectual conversations with my students (ranging from 5th graders to 8th graders) regarding religion, economy, friendships, morals and values. It’s been entertaining and it’s been refreshing to hear such a point of a view from someone I just consider a child. Maybe they are more adult than I realize.

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