SLEEP: Day 25-27 of 30 – Too Excited to Sleep

Too Excited to Sleep

Since I started the 30 Day Sleep Challenge I’ve been shocked at how I’ve been able to fall asleep so quickly by simply putting my tempting phone far away from me.  I notoriously had trouble falling asleep, and my solution before used to be sleeping in the opposite direction (head where my feet are) or in a different place altogether (usually the basement because it’s pitch dark).

On Days 4-6 I spoke about being stressed and using the emotional exhaustion to fall asleep. On Day 25, 26 and 27 these stress factors still exist, but the reason I couldn’t fall asleep is because I was excited. After a year on the journey to get myself back on the career track, I got the phone call I’ve been waiting for.  The interview was scheduled rather quickly, which is probably better because I had less days to ponder what to say and how to say it, what to ask and how not too seem too excited.  This is not a bad reason not to be able to fall asleep.

30 Day Challenge Accepted Sleep

Day 25
12:30am – 7:15am (6 hours, 45 minutes), Snooze: 0x

Got into bed at 12:00am but didn’t fall asleep right away.

Day 26
12:30am – 7:15am (6 hours, 45 minutes), Snooze: 0x

Got into bed at 12:00am but didn’t fall asleep right away, again.

Day 27
1:00am – 8:30am (7 hours, 30 minutes), Snooze: 1x

Knocked out and only snoozed because I forgot to turn off my 7:15am alarm

I didn’t completely bomb the interview, by the way. There’s still a long road ahead for me, but it was a proud moment because I felt like the chances I have been taking with my career lead me to this.  It was the first time I mentioned the creation of this blog to an interviewer, taking it back my initial purpose of starting this project and one of my goals – to be able to put this on my resume.  It was a great feeling.

 

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BLOGGING 26/30: Making a List…

BLOGGING Challenge: Day 26 of 30

Making a List…

One of the great things having worked at a small advertising agency was working with small businesses.  One that I had the pleasure to work with during their infancy was a small batch vodka producer out of Austin, Texas. You may have heard of the pioneer in micro-distilling: Tito’s Handemade Vodka. Managing their media meant getting to share Tito’s story.  This was my favorite part:

 I had worked in the oil, gas and mortgage industries around the same time I’d been infusing vodkas for my friends as Christmas presents. When rates went up, it killed my business and left me at a point of wondering what to do next. I saw this guy on television who said that if you’re trying to figure out what to do in life you need to take a sheet of paper, draw a line down the middle, and on one side list things you like to do and on the other side list what you’re good at. And then you basically build a job where you’re able to incorporate as many things from those lists as possible. I realized I’d been working all these other jobs so I could basically go out and eat and drink well. I was trying to make money so that I could enjoy the hospitality industry. So I thought it’d be genius if I got in the hospitality industry. After looking at my sheet I said, “I’m going to get into the liquor business.”

(source: http://imbibemagazine.com/q-a-with-tito-beveridge/)

When I came out of my blogging closet and shared my new blogging hobby with an author friend, Alecia Whitaker, she made a comment on my first post  “Maybe you suffer at being good at too many things. One of those things is probably your path, but when you can succeed at so much, the white noise can drown out your true gift.” It reminded me of my client’s story.

So here’s my list:

Things I Like To Do Things I’m Good At
excursions with my family coordinating/organizing
reading a good book working in a team
learning learning
plan vacations following instructions/recipes
dinners with friends reading maps
quiet/alone time analyzing/comparing

In high school I remember taking a career aptitude test, but don’t remember my results.  But who I was then (busy being lazy) is different from who I am now.  I’ve tried “free” versions online.  I’m actually considering to pay for a legit one (any suggestions??).  Having been job searching the past year, I know the position I’m searching for within the industry I’ve been in. I know what I can do successfully to get a paycheck. But I want more than just a j-o-b.

What career do you think encompasses my list?

When can I put blogging on that list?

 

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