Bruiser Woods

I figured it was about time I give my little traveling companion a proper debut 💕

This little burst of energy is a 4lb chihuahua that joined my team right before I left SC and headed to NC for work 😊

He’s only 3(ish) months old, travels like a champ, and is still perfecting the potty pad training.

Be very prepared for lots of pictures 💕😊

I think he makes a great comfort pup for those uncomfortable meetings on performance and punch list items 💁🏻‍♀️

Our little “comfort pup” 😉

-Jen

Taking the Reins…part 2

I’m going to start this one out by saying… UGHHHHHH!…..

Ok, I feel better now lol

Recap of the last few weeks…

I’ve packed and officially moved from SC to NC!   There’s still a few things work wise to get packed up and moved over here, but for the most part, I am settled.  I’ve set myself up in a cute (I’m quit taken by it) one bedroom apartment, and I’ve already roamed around one of the local libraries and made myself  home 🙂

My mind is significantly full and my apartment… is not.  Currently my furniture consists of a bed, inversion table, one book shelf, and a stool.  Luckily, the place came with a fridge, microwave and a dish washer otherwise I would be completely lost and probably a bit stressed. They also have laundry service area on site, which buys me time to get adjusted and purchase a washer and dryer for myself. (Thank you Lord for these blessings)

My counter top has been dubbed my desk top, it’s not the most comfortable, but it’s the most convenient for me right now.  My head has been working over time since mid January, and honestly I’m eating more in the way of soul food than real food right now anyway 🙂  (Don’t worry, I’m not starving) So it makes more sense to take over my kitchen as my work space, so I’m not stuck sitting on my bed all the time. lol

I started to think my inner Carrie Bradshaw was coming out. But instead of devouring Vogue and living for fashion, I’m working my way down my list of Authors and Writers I’m determined to learn something from, And running wild with idea’s and story lines for my own work.  Hashtag #Inspired 😀 

I think I’m more of a Gilmore Girl than a Carrie Bradshaw anyway 😉   Fashion and I don’t know each other very well, and I live in steal toe boots and hoodies most of the day. So I think Carrie would cry at the site of me lol

Speaking of which, the new job site is huge. A lot bigger than the last few I’ve been on. And I’m really looking forward to watching it slowly build from the ground up.  I’m trying to keep a better photo file on this job than I did on the last one too, It was well underway before I had my Ipad set up and was able to store photos properly. This site one on the other hand, I’m well prepared for. Despite the few snags that have been intentionally tossed in my path… Good thing I played hopscotch as a kid, who knew those skills would come in handy own the road 😉

 

~Jen

Taking the Reins

 

The Holiday season can bring out the best and worst in our fellow man.

Personally, I try my hardest to seek out the best in people. I understand we all have moments where we could stand to be a little more understanding and we all have our fair share of regrets, but our actions do speak volumes and we must do our best to keep that in mind as we live our lives.

Ever notice when you first meet someone, you get this gut feeling about the type of person they are? Then the more you spend time around them, you figure out the source of your discomfort whether it be them personally or something they’re into?

I always find it disheartening when I’ve taken the time to get to know someone and find them to be utter snakes.

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Anyway, I’ve taken a bit of time these past few weeks and done a little reflecting on my life and what I’ve done with it this past year.

I’ve had some disappointment’s and some highly encouraging times.

I’ve met some interesting characters this past year, some I’m happy to have become acquainted with and others… well, let’s just say I’ll be glad to cut ties with.   I’ve taken on some challenging endeavors with my new career as well.

I’ve always believed I can do anything, Not in a self-righteous way of course, but more of a determined and confident in my ability sort of way.   I’ve taken on most of my jobs without having much in the way of experience, just a good work ethic and strong willingness to learn.

Last year I left my 3 yr career as a Vet Tech and took a 360 turn towards something more business like and A little more mentally challenging for me.  

I still miss my old hospital, the unique cases we handled, the long hours, the educational meetings and conferences. And of course, the exotic animals I was able to tend to.  My new career choice hasn’t left me in want of a good challenge though.

“Site Administrator for an Industrial Electrical company”

A mouthful to say any time someone asks me what I do now for a living. Lol

To break it down:

I work on site (steel toe boots, neon jackets and hard hats) with a team of electricians, electrical apprentice’s and superintendents. Of course, we’re only one of a few different groups of talent that goes into the construction of a new building.

Since starting with this company I’ve learned a lot about the business and what all goes into the construction of a new building. The stress, the talent, and the knowledge needed to work through any unexpected problems that may arise.

Watching a building go from dirt (literally) to finished product is so interesting to me.  I can see the passion that goes into these projects.

So, besides signing papers, figuring out shipments and trying my best to keep the stress level to a minimum for my superintendents, I also took on the role of Safety Technician for our site.

So now it’s, Site administrator and Site safety technician for an Industrial electrical company.

A challenging new endeavor for me. But a fun one at that 🙂

The basics of safety on a job site are rather obvious and come easy to anyone with common sense. But there’s more involved than just hard hats and safety boots, as I’m learning daily.

Honestly, I’m taking it all in strides.

I’ve been learning a lot and picking up pointers from those who have been doing this way longer than I and from other contractors willing to give me advice and guidance. I’ve worked with some rather helpful people, a few piggish men and (of course) 1 or 2 guys that feel a woman doesn’t belong in this field.

For me, the more I’m looked at as incompetent and like I don’t belong, the more strength I feel towards proving them wrong.

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Jen

 

 

Fitness and the New year

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‘Tis the season for New Year resolutions!

And the top, most requested goal/wish for the new year is becoming a healthier version of yourself.

I love-making plans for the new year, mine usually start on my birthday (which is in November). I make a few small goals to finish out the year and then save my bigger plans for January 1st 🙂

What kind of goals do you usual make for yourself?

How do you set yourself up to crush them?

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Writing them down is always great step towards making them stick and helping them come one step closer to reality. 

Some people also suggest sharing the news with close friends or family as a way to help keep yourself accountable. But I’ve also heard about the “working in silence” strategy too-  Keeping the main goal (and reasoning why) to yourself to avoid negative remarks and unwanted comments. Understandable.

Today is seems even those wanting to be fit and healthy are getting shamed and treated like complete outsiders.

I love fitness and I’m in the process of making it more than just a hobby. I’ve been into fitness since way back when I first watched  The Biggest Loser  as a preteen and fell in love with Jillian Michaels  way of training 🙂   Around that same time I became a life long fan of Zuzka Light ( at that time she only had Youtube videos. Easy, but effective, at home High Intensity Interval Training- AKA “HIIT”. )   Since then she has grown immensely evenly in her training and business.

I could talk for hours about who I derive motivation from, but those two bombshell women will always be at the top of my list and my most inspiring idols.

So back to the fit shamming …. Do you have Instagram? If so, simply looking up “Fit” in the hashtags will show you a huge assortment of fitness loving individuals and their amazing journey while they become healthier and grow in the fitness field.  Then if you go as far as reading their captions (which most people fail to do now in this quick paced world) and further by reading the comments …. You’ll not just find motivated and loving comments meant to inspire the individual who made the post, but you’ll also find those lovely trolls who feel like everyone needs to feel miserable and unhappy no matter what they’re doing.

Personally, If you appreciate your sanity and like to believe that people cannot be so nasty towards other people trying to turn their health around or working their bums off to reach a goal… I wouldn’t dive to deep into the comment sections.

But that’s just my opinion. 

Today it seems we have to work even harder to keep our mental health in check while trying to grow and live our lives.

And no, I don’t believe – “If people stop putting their lives on Social media, they wouldn’t have to deal with trolls and hate…”.  Because this kind of hate is everywhere right now.   It’s at work, in our homes and schools. Heck, you can get heckled just walking down the street.

No. I believe this is all the more reason we must talk about what we love and learn to grow confident in what we have to share and say.

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Either way, Stand for who you are and what you believe in.  And don’t shut others out just because they think differently than you do.  Stay open-minded, and willing to learn why others love what they do and who they are.

I feel like I have jumped ship a little here, but when I get talking you never know which way I’ll end up going. lol

Long story short-  You do you boo, You do you!

 

Jen

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope every is having a great holiday and getting some well needed rest before the new year starts.

I’m excited to start this new year off running.

I’ve been working on some new projects ( like usual) an taking on a few courses over the next year as well. Needless to say, I’m setting myself up for a very busy 2019 🙂

One thing I plan on rolling out this coming year is a better series of blogs. I’d like to start putting my writing out there more frequently and provide more informative posts for you guys. Something worth reading and taking up your time, whether it be educational posts or simply entertaining.

So what are your goals for this coming year?

I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions myself, but I know for some people, that’s just the thing they need to help motivate them into taking action with their life goals and making their dreams a reality.

I hope you work hard this year and turn those dreams into something more.

~

Jen

We’re only here for a short time…

So why not make the most of it?

It’s definitely time to stop living in someone else’s shadow, or in fear of being judged harshly and treated poorly.

Seriously, life is about rejections and growth.

Life is about learning from your mistakes and coming out stronger in the end.

It’s time to take a stand in your own life and do the things you’re afraid of.

Really! We only have a short time on this earth and honestly, even that isn’t promised to us. Heck, I could fall asleep in the next five minutes and never wake back up.

We’re not promised a damn thing in this world. Or owed anything either.

If you want something badly enough, go out and make it happen.

You want to be a writer?

Then write!

You want to be published??

Then get out there and set yourself up for a couple dozen rejections and don’t stop there!

Or better yet, research the self publishing world and try that on for size 🤷🏻‍♀️

A lot is changing for me over the next two months and I’m both excited and nervous as hell for it. And I’ll be sharing every moment with all of you 💕

Jen

Traveling, life and writing

I’ve actually been writing a blog post everyday this past month and saving them in my drafts file until I’ve had the time to properly edit them.  I’m aiming to post something each day during November, some will be life related and or course, writing through NaNoWriMo . 

We’re so close to Nanowrimo that I’m getting all the feels as October comes closer to an end.  

Have you decided if you’re tackling the challenge yet?

If so, have you declared your novel already?

The first year that I joined the 50,000 word mark, I did it all “offline” vs really getting involved with the site. I wasn’t sure If I’d enjoy it, or if I’d fit in… or if I’d even be able to manage it. I honestly didn’t want to commit to it and look like an idiot if I failed.

But failing is a part of the process. 

And you never know if you’ll fail or succeed if you don’t put yourself out there and try.

Taking time to write bad crap and making plans

“One must first write badly in order to write good”

I’ve been taking that to heart this month as I prep for  NaNoWriMo in the upcoming weeks.

I’ve also been sitting aside a reasonable amount of funds to help network myself as a writer and novelist. Granted, the most important thing needed to be a successful writer is plenty of “material” for people to want to read and to purchase.  So me sitting here with only one published novel so far isn’t really helping my cause any… But things are in the works (shh).

But along with building my personal shelf of written works, I’m also taking the initiative to find a few writing classes and plan on getting a little more serious about all that is involved in the writing business. Besides making up interesting stories of course 😉

And I’m working on getting a few short stories completed and ready to start submitting to magazines 🙂

Yes, your girl has taken to promising herself one short story submission a month to a magazine or newspaper. Something little and simple, for when my novel is getting to cluttered and confusing, and I’m in need of a mental break from that world.

The tale end of this year is starting to shape up rather nicely for me, I’m both eager and excited for what the next few months has to bring.

Jen

Making muggle life decisions?…

How’s that for a thought-provoking title? 

But in all seriousness here… Is your Job enjoyable?  It is necessary to your life?

While I was browsing through my social media accounts and catching up on some blog reading, I came across a couple posts (from fellow writers) basically bashing their jobs and talking about how creatively draining it was to go to work each day.

WOW…

I understand this, to a point.  Some day’s it is physically (and emotionally) hard to pull myself away from a good book, a research project or my current WIP, to dress accordingly and drag my butt out into the muggle world.  I’m an introvert… We don’t like people! lol  But it’s not always a chore to go to work, and the few jobs I had that did feel like that, I left after a short while.

But to hate your job that much?… Why keep it?   I mean, what is the best (or better) option for someone who feeds off of freedom and yet, still needs a decent amount of funds to live off of?

Some people give up everything and focus their lives solely on their art and creative side. But most in that situation end up relying on someone else or someone”‘s” to help support them. 

Others, give up on their creativity and push it off until “the right time” comes around. Which doesn’t always happen.

And a few (myself included) try their best to balance both the creative side of their lives and the deemed “required to live” side Aka The muggle job.

            And just like that, I forgot where I was going with this….. LOL Just kidding

The question all this reading made me keep asking myself is “What do you deem worth it?” When do you stop and say NO, this job or life isn’t what I want and isn’t helping get to where I want to be?

And if you decide it’s not right for you, what do you do? What is your next step?

I’ve spent so much time struggling with what I want out of life and how to make things work for the best or at least, for the better for me and those close to me. For the most part, I tend to look at those closest to me and try to make a choice that keeps them in mind and benefits the both of us.

Or, taking the advice of a good friend – If I’m unsure of what to do or what needs to change, I change nothing until I’m sure of it. 

But how do you decide what is the best way? How do you decide what is worth it and what is not? When do you make the call to finally move on?

How do you make it all work?