Day 1: Stroke of Midnight

januaryHappy New Year, friends!

As you know, one of my goals has been to write more. One of the tools I play to use is the 365 Writing Prompts from The Daily Post.

Even if I don’t use the prompt, I will still make my attempt to write something.  We will see how I do with this project.

Jan. 1. Stroke of Midnight Where were you last night when 2013 turned into 2014? Is that where you’d wanted to be?

I was absolutely no where near where I wanted to be!

At this point in my life, I was well on the struggle bus. It was real.

A couple of years earlier, I lost my job in the one industry that was exactly what I wanted. I was at a very small town newspaper. I knew that it wasn’t where I wanted to be long term, so I was in graduate school. I had spread my self way too thin and something gave. But it honestly wasn’t how I would have had it. I was let go from the newspaper for some very petty reasons. They should have just said, we don’t want you here anymore and I would have been more fine with it than what I was given. And you could tell they knew it as they were walking the reasons back. Either way, I was glad to be away from that job.

I thought at the time, it would give me time to find some little job and then I could finish up my degree.

Well. That was 2011 and the economy was still very gross.

My parents generously took their baby in and helped her while she finished her masters degree. They both have health issues and needed the extra hands. So, honestly, it worked out very well.

I finished up the masters degree in public administration in 2012. I was working for experience and gas money as a social media coordinator for a candidate for a state representative. She was very successful and I was pleased to have had a small hand in helping her. But my state’s budget is very small and she couldn’t afford to take on a social media coordinator full time. So, the job hunt began.

From 2012 to 2014, I had been on so many interviews, done so much freelance work that was actually my job. This time was also when my anxiety became a full blown issue as I felt at a point that I may never actually have a full time job ever again. And that was unbelievably frustrating. I would never say I hit depression over it. I was anxious and frustrated. I know I am talented, have lots of abilities and a very hard worker. I was employable.

So yeah, when they clock struck midnight on 2014, I was no where near where I wanted to be.

Patience paid off that year as that fall I finally found a job. It’s been a wild ride… as I was even laid off for a month at the firm due to business stuff but I am now in a position with the company where I am doing well. I worked my way up to a supervisory position for a client at the customer service firm. I worked hard to get to that position this year. I knew I wanted to do the position I am in now from the moment I began working with this client. And now, my goals have changed work wise, I want to get better at this job and see where I can go from there.

If you had told me before 2011 that this is what I would be doing, I would have just looked at you. When the clock struck midnight in 2014, I would have said, bring it!

Now, I am pleased and looking ahead to what’s in the future for me.

5 thoughts on “Day 1: Stroke of Midnight

  1. 365 days? I was happy with my 30 day success. For the month of Dec I worked out for 30 days. That wasn’t too big of challenge ad I do like to workout but never have I ever did it everyday so yes it really was a workout too. I’m sure that I would bomb on 365 it would just be a matter of time. I do however plan to organize myself better in order to post more consistently then I have in the past and of course engage when I can. Good luck to you in your future year long goals. I look forward to following you and I bet you will do great because you are focused.


  2. I was laid off in 2014 and thought it was the worst thing that could have happened, but it wound up working out just fine! Glad to hear you’re on a good path now. I also have a goal to write more. I am not sure I could publish something daily though. I didn’t make it through NaBloPoMo, but I did make it through lent on year, posting every day! Best wishes!


    • Thank you, Caroline! I’m glad things worked out for you, as well! Best of luck on your goals! Look forward to following along with you on the writing goals! … Honestly, I’ve had a hard time making it through a NaBloPoMo too. I blame the prompts I was looking at! Ha! 🙂


  3. Hi again! I did not use the prompts for NaBloPoMo. My challenge was that it was a busy month with my day job and I was paralyzed by trying to find pictures and optimize each of my posts and then I just got behind. I think realistically for me, posting 2-3 times a week would be good…or whatever schedule I decide on, just be more intentional and less random!


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