Things I’m Grateful for – 10/20/18

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Welcome to another one of my posts 🙂

I really wanted to write a second one this week, focusing on gratitude, which will become a regular practice for me on this blog. Along with working on my self-esteem, another area of emotional health I’ve needed to address for a long time is gratitude: being thankful for the things/experiences/people you have. I have the habit of internalizing mistakes or things that upset me, and letting them bother me for a good portion of the day, when in reality it isn’t the end of the world. Over the last week or so I haven’t necessarily written down anything I’m grateful for, but have practiced being more mentally conscious of the things I have to be thankful for, and it’s made a big difference in my mood throughout the day. I’ve known for a long time that I should make a practice of writing down the things I’m thankful for, and through my blog I’m actually looking forward to doing this now (I’ve literally been waiting to write this for three days because I wanted to post my intro/why I’m doing this blog post first haha). For now, rather than committing myself to daily or weekly posts, I’m just planning to write gratitude entries as I feel like it. So, without further adieu, below are three things I’ve been thankful for this week!

Being a project manager!

This sounds odd because I am a project manager for my job (have been for just over two and a half years now, but truthfully I never truly valued myself as such until recently. I work for a data collection company and manage online healthcare marketing research projects: essentially I send emails back and forth to make sure we get enough physicians to complete surveys about medications and patients. I’ve always called myself a project manager, but since all of my projects are online and all I really do is send emails back and forth all day, I discounted my value in this role. It wasn’t until Thursday of this past week that I realized I am a project manager. I was in the middle of relaying instructions to our programming team for one of my jobs, when it hit me that I’m not a project manager because of project specifications or whether it’s online or in person, but because of all the resources I manage in order to get the job done. Depending on the project, I’m managing client expectations, costs, timeline, my tech who sets up the job, anywhere between one and four partner companies helping me get enough completes, any internal resources we use, and a programmer (should a job need programming), all while ensuring we come out making a profit. And I’m still learning of several other aspects that I haven’t yet had exposure to! It’s a lot, and not anyone could handle being a project manager.

The next experience I’m thankful for is also work-related. Due to my years of schooling, and my dad forcing me to practice typing while growing up, I’m a very good note-taker, and my supervisor took advantage of this earlier this week. We’re hiring another person to do bidding on our team, and my supervisor wanted me to take notes during both scheduled interviews. I’ve only ever been an interviewee, and having a chance to listen in on an interview and even be involved at various points was a great experience to have. On another note, one of the interviewees, when asked how much money he was expecting if hired, admitted that he had previously made six figures, but was more interested in the work than the money and would be willing to accept $35-$40k. I was surprised, but happy to have been there to hear this, because although I want a position that pays more, I also really don’t want to get caught up in the rat race of simply chasing money. I ]want to live comfortably and travel, but would prefer to do something I enjoy everyday, rather than hating my life and having lots of money.

The last item on my list I am thankful for is the ability to freeze food! It’s a very trivial thing, but is absolutely essential to my daily life. Back in March I changed my diet and now eat mostly paleo. In order to maintain this, I marathon cook every other weekend, freeze everything, and take out meals as I need them throughout the week. As a result of the switch, I’ve lost weight, am down a size in clothing, sleep better, have more stable energy levels throughout the day, no longer get “hangry,” have a healthier digestive system, and am just healthier overall. Without the ability to freeze food, I wouldn’t be able to maintain this type of diet and would probably still be unhealthy and unhappy with my body.

Thanks for reading!

~ Jessie

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