Hey y’all my name is Mandi. the picture above is me at my first radio job! In this picture I was filling in doing mornings while attending Ball State University full time! Anyway, now I’ve been in Burlington for 4 months! Wow time flies. So, I have a personal blog I started a year and a half ago. I encourage you to blog or find a way to sort through your feelings as I did. I discovered myself. It’s amazing what you discover when you’re struggling in life. I found myself in a job that I could see wasn’t a good fit. I started eating to compensate and was miserable! Luckily, (although didn’t seem like it at the time) I was able to part ways with the job. That’s when everything felt like an earthquake. I never had to use my unemployment benefits so that was an eye opener. According to statistics it takes 6 months to find a job in your field. So why do benefits only last 6 months I will never know.
So when the 6 months were up and I was still looking for the RIGHT job. I had to do in between jobs as a substitute teacher and even worked in a factory for the first time. The factory was the best lesson for me to empathize with others punching a time clock. My feet hurt so badly when I got home I’d put my feet on a heating pad. While I am a hard worker as I started in the restaurant business at 15, this was a whole new level of hard work. It was doing the same thing over and over. Blood sweat and tears. literally. I got to know some wonderful people and realized I was lucky to have a passion for what is my livelihood. I hated to see people who hated what they did for a living. I asked if the boss ever brought in lunch. The man next to me said “I don’t know if he brings his lunch” I meant, does he bring the staff lunch and he laughed saying “uh….NO” Some of those employees had worked there for 20 years!
So, every time, something bad happens at work I remind myself of where I’ve been. This is when I started to appreciate what I have. I sold a lot of my jewelry to survive. However, I kept this ring I cherished. One day while struggling I spent $3o to get the ring resized as I wasn’t able to wear it for years. I needed that ring. While you may think it’s superficial, for me it wasn’t. I needed to realize I have a lot to appreciate. The ring gave me strength to realize I was rich once and would be again. When I say rich I’m referring to happiness, friends, money and a contributing member of society. Although I love to buy clothes, I realized clothes in a closet didn’t make me happy. so I sold those too and it felt like a beautiful release. Don’t let material things you aren’t using or wearing weigh you down. Let them go and take the money to fund an adventure or just do something for yourself with the cash!
I encourage you to find a way to appreciate what you have too. I try and write a list of gratitude everyday which usually turns out to be 3 days out of 7! For a year I would stare at my bedroom ceiling wondering if I’d ever “live” again? Would I see the ocean again? Would I be able to travel to see my friends? Could I get enough breathing room in my budget to go out with friends? So here I am living again. I won’t take having a job I love for granted ever again. If you don’t love your job, find a hobby you love! We all deserve to have a passion for something. Having a passion will open your mind and heart.
so please know I’m grateful for you listening and reading my blogs,