Friday, January 23, 2015

Catching Up {& A Nordstrom #Giveaway}

It's crazy what two weeks offline and without a computer can do to you! I have so much I still need to catch up on (and I knew it would be frustrating)

Plus, I've started some other work-related activities this month (outside the comfort of home) that are making me realize I need to work on my time management skills while adjusting to the new change. After being a stay-and-work-at-home-mom for nearly 10 years, I have to re-teach myself the skills to really multi-task all over again. It's difficult, but I'm managing all right so far - with the exception of still being a little bit behind schedule with a few things.



A little background, I completely dived in with a job search at the end of last month and started applying at random places with job postings that I thought I could handle while still doing work at home. After being out of the paid job workforce for so long, I had no expectations that I would ever in a million years get a call back so quickly, but it happened. Crazy, right? Yeah, I thought so too. Although I did not get the job (yet, maybe, I don't know), I'm actively searching. By the way, job search is a job in itself - unpaid, yes, but it is still work. It really is. I had forgotten what the whole process involves, and I seriously need to brush up on some skills (Oh hey, resume, where have you been? Interview readiness? Uhhh...I think not!). Things that I had been fairly confident about years ago are now terrifying me.

My little baby girl started daycare/preschool (you can see some of that on instagram). She LOVES it. I'm pretty sure that her favorite part is all of the art activities. She's such a little creative girl! She experienced painting with an easel and thinks the world of it. I think it's pretty safe to say that an art easel is now on her wishlist. Yet while she's so eager and willing to go to preschool, I'm the one with the attachment issues. This is a first, because with all my other kids the willingness was not there.

With all the hustle and bustle of being busy trying to catch up with the blog, the shop, the job search and starting new adventures like preschool, it was a pretty chaotic week. Throw in a sick kid mid-week, and call it even crazier. So many doubts about my capabilities started to surface. 

As Thursday winded down, I came to a realization, and I shared it with a tweet. I'm sharing it here today too, because if any of you are in the same mindset as me this week - the one where you have so much to do and you're stressed because your To-Do list is so long it's completely off the notepad and the days don't seem long enough - maybe it will help you out. 

Just breathe. Tackle that list one line at a time. You can do it. I can do it. Believe in yourself.



TGIF! To celebrate the end of a very long week, here's an awesome giveaway for you to enter. Who likes shopping at Nordstrom? How does a $500 gift card for a shopping spree sound? I know you're excited, so go ahead and enter!


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Prize: $500 Nordstrom Gift Card
Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!
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So, how was your week? Was it crazy-busy like mine? Are you glad it's Friday? Looking forward to the weekend? 
Make my Friyay even better and leave me a comment below. =0)




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17 comments :

Catherine Ray said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Memories for Life said...

I hope you settle into your new routine soon. Congrats on the new job! And have a great weekend :)

Sandy Klocinski said...

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!Congratulations on your new job.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting going back to work. It is wonderful that your little girl is enjoying pre-school. Awesome giveaway!

Lisa Queen said...

Congratulations on getting a job so quick! You will do fine. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Ashley Perez said...

very nice!!!!

Elephant's Child said...

Awesome giveaway. Which wont let me enter.
Crazy busy here too. Not productive, but crazy busy. I am taking time out to breathe...
Good luck on the job search front. Scary and exciting.

Natalia Khon said...

Good luck with your job search!
Awesome giveaway too!

Kelly OMalley said...

Job searching is a total job! One that does leave the applicant very stressed, and self-doubting. I wish you the best of luck, and strength in holding up your confidence.

Ashley Perez said...

very nice!!!!

Ashley Perez said...

I have entered. Thank you!

LanasArtStudio said...

Kim!!! My best wishes for you on the job search. ... I hope you will find what are you looking for! and please don't underestimate yourself - you have a tons of skills and if you need a reference for your new employer just ask us :) The things you do with a social media and organizing many giveaway - believe me a very valuable skill!!! emphasize your knowledge and go forward!!! and those tips you shared here with us... will be a big benefit for any place who choose you!!!!
Looking forward to see your new chapter of your life :) hugs)))), Lana

Ashley Perez said...

would love to win!

Melissa at bubbyandbean.com said...

Wow, you have been so busy! Sending lots of good vibes your way for your job search! xoxo

Camille said...

Hope you get the job. :) I'm going through a similar hectic schedule, so I kind of understand what you're going through. Thank you for the inspirational words. Will definitely keep that in mind. So happy to hear that your little girl loves preschool, at least that's one thing less to worry about. Great post, and I super agree that 2 weeks without internet can make a person crazy. I so feel the same way. lol.

mail4rosey said...

It really is a job to catch up when we've been away. Lots of us were nodding in empathy with you on that one. ;)

anita chen said...

Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!