As 2008 comes to a close i wonder back on this year and myself as well. I was tired working 2 jobs. Notice I said 2 jobs not a career. So this past Sunday I was told by management at job #2 (Best Buy) that unfortunately my availability would no longer work for them and I needed to open it up some more. Well I had been thinking about making some serious changes for 2009 and working at Best Buy had been on the chopping block for some time.
There were different issues I was having in regards to my decisions.
1. I was tired working 2 jobs and not getting any sense of a vacation. It was working job #1 Monday thru Friday followed by job #2 on the Weekends. This Xmas break is the first vacation I've really had since August. Do you realize how long that is? hell not even Thanxgiving break was a break for me because I had to work Black Friday and that Saturday and Sunday. I put in close to 30 hours in those 3 days and had be back at work that Monday at my main job. It really kicked my ass this year.
2. My health. I've been workin at job #2 for close to 9 years. My weight had seriously ballooned over the years to the point that I really needed to get it under control. When I first started at Best Buy I was wearing XL shirts now that I'm leaving I wear XXXL shirts. My legs would be in pain by the time I would leave work and it would be a trial just to get out of my car and into the house. I would sometimes have to soak in the tub just relax my muscles. So this October I was finally like enough is enough. So that was when I joined The Boxing Gym in CWE (Central West End). I had been with 24 Hour Fitness yet I wasn't happy there because it was just a big ass gym and I was constantly reminded that I was there to try to lose weight. I wasn't having any fun. So I had been lookin at different boxing gyms in the area because I needed something that would help me relieve stress, be fun, and get my competitive spirit going again.
Also in November I had a severe cold that damaged my vocal chords and I went to a throat doctor and he said I needed to get on medication and seriously cut back on talking, singing, pretty much anything to do with my voice. So I took into consideration that I work 7 days a week and there wouldn't be a way to give my voice a break so something was eventually going have to give.
3. Social Life. I don't have one anymore. I used to be able to go out with my best friends and we would relax with dinner and drinks. I'm so tired I go home after work unless I go the gym on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I go to sleep and most time don't wake up until Midnight. that's how exhausted I am. So now that I will be done with Best buy on Jan. 10th I will finally have my weekends back and hope to kick it with my friends like I used to. Not to mention it would be nice to get back into the dating game. I'm so long overdue. lol
4. My education. I have been wanting to really finish up college for quite sometime. I want a career not a job. A former co-worker of mine came in about 3 weeks ago and he told me he had finally quite Best Buy after being with the company for over 10 years. He said he had finished college and was starting a new job more geared to his degree, NOT RETAIL, and with better hours and pay. He just got married and was expecting a baby real soon. He asked me when I was going to get back and finally finish up. He said finish up your degree so when you go to Best Buy in the future you won't need to worry about a store discount. Our conversation really made me think about what I want for myself. I do want something better for myself.
So when I signed my separation papers this past Sunday I was sad because I would be leaving an extended family that I known so well for close to 9 years. Yet I knew it was my time. I needed to move on with my life and finally do something with it. I want my own.
So with the coming of a new year I hope to be more focused, determined, and successful.