How Working Out Can Make Your Life Enjoyable in Every Aspect

I am one of the most lazy, if not the laziest person alive. I hate working out. It is probably the one thing I would choose work over. Why would anyone want to get up out of bed at 5:30 a.m. and go running? Why would anyone WANT to expel this energy for no reason? But let me tell you something, as much as I didn’t want to do it I HAD to do it. I had to do it for many reasons. The first reason is that I was feeling depressed because I was getting fat. I was constantly eating things that I shouldn’t be eating and doing it right before bed. As many of you know, this is horrible if you don’t want to gain weight. Speaking of gaining weight, since I started working in an office, I’ve gained a ridiculous 25 pounds. To some people, it may not look that bad, but when I look down and see pieces of me that didn’t exist before, I realized that I really needed to so something. The first step was eating right. This was the hardest thing I have ever EVER had to do. It was like a heavy cigarette smoker giving them up on day 1. Everything I loved would be consumed in far smaller quantities or not at all. The diet was only the first part though.

I can’t count how many times I have tried to get into an exercise routine and failed. I feel like this is the same song and dance as so many other people in America. BUT! I recently told myself, NO. YOU HAVE TO WORK OUT OR YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. So, guess what? I started working out. To my own surprise, I started getting up at 5:30 a.m. to go running before work and I also started doing a 9 mile bike ride on the weekends and after work in the afternoon. At first, I wanted to puke it hurt so bad to bike up the hills, but now its getting so much more bearable and I feel like a new person. I love the feel of the wind on my face and the tightness in my legs when I get off the bike and I just want to go again. It’s absolutely invigorating.

I also started disc golfing. This is one of the most fun sports I have ever played in my ENTIRE LIFE. For someone who is extremely lacking in talent this is a fun sport and it is a workout as well. Granted, it isn’t as good of a workout as riding the bike nine miles, mostly up hill, but still! I am getting active and I have never felt better. Pushing myself to be better is only helping me in other aspects of my life too. It’s making me want to be more productive at work and it is making me want to get out on the weekends to do more things with my friends. I don’t even want down time anymore. The other day I went for an awesome hike before it started raining. It was amazing I sat up on the cliffs for about an hour and then came back down.

I wouldn’t be doing all of this if it wasn’t for my amazing boyfriend. He has given me the motivation to the off my ass and get going! He even went out and bought me the bike so that we could go biking together. I could have never asked for a more awesome gift from someone who is already strapped for cash to begin with. This is giving me a positive outlook on life and I can’t wait to get paid on Friday so that I can go out and buy some more workout clothes at Target (Their C9 brand is my favorite). I feel like I have so much more time now and that is amazing too because sometimes I feel like life is passing me by and I haven’t got anything to show for it. woman-running221

Remember a Time When Genuine People Existed?

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I am sitting here at work, thinking about the last time I actually made a real friend. It has been longer than I can even begin to contemplate. There are so many things that turn me off to people these days. People are so engrossed in their electronics that they forget what it is like to have true companionship in life.

I was three years old when I first walked into Stepping Stones Daycare. It was terrifying for me. I had no idea what to expect or who to expect. But then, right off the bat, I met the girl that would quickly become the best friend I would ever have in my life. It was so simple. We were just two little girls going to daycare together. We didn’t have to say much, we just knew that we were undoubtedly friends. Throughout the years, I had friends come and go, but she never left my side. Even in hard times, we were always there for eachother. Once we got out of high school, she went away to college and I stayed for community college. Through the four years that followed, we still remained close. Even today, after she decided that moving to Boston was the best decision for her, we still love each other dearly and remain the best of friends.

This is the one and only example I have of someone remaining my friend for 19 years. Almost 2 decades. I’m not really asking for someone to dedicate that amount of time to me, but what I am asking is for the people who claim to be my friend to shove it. It always turns out the same. When I’m having a good day and want to talk, they might be there. When I have a bad day and need someone to talk to, which is rare, they are NEVER there. This is mind boggling to me. I know I am unique, I know I am different, but why is it so difficult to find  someone these days that actually gives a shit? I put in all my effort to be ignored.

Don’t get me wrong, I have my boyfriend who I love dearly and to the ends of the earth, but that doesn’t count. No. I’m talking about friends.

I’m not trying to be selfish here, but it’s true. The new trend these days is to ignore. Oh, don’t want to talk today? I think I’ll ignore you rather than actually tell you I don’t feel like talking. Where are all the genuine friends out there? Where have they gone.

Let me ask you something, how many genuine friends do you have? Where did you find them?

I would like to try and find myself one other friend to build a true friendship with from scratch. Someone who I am there for in hard times and someone that is there for me in hard times.

So, for those of you out there that have a ton of friends, please give me your expert advise on friendship.

Attempting to Gain Work Experience Without a Degree

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Have you ever wondered how to gain work experience while going to school? I am currently attempting to travel down this road. I have been going to school for my bachelor’s degree in communications, but I kept thinking to myself, how in the world am I going to get the marketing experience I need without the degree? Then it hit me, try to move to a new position in the company I already work for!

When I first started here, I was in the position of “order entry.” This wasn’t exactly the position I was hoping to have while I was going to school for communications. I was in this position for a few months before a position titled “lead generation specialist” opened up in the marketing department. My initial thought was ‘how exciting!’ When the worldwide marketing manager sent me the job description, it was a little intimidating. It was a brand new position within the company and the lucky fella or gal that landed it needed to have a college degree and also, needed to make the position a successful one.

Well, I thought to myself, there can’t be any harm in at least trying to get the job. So, I applied for it. Next thing I knew I was getting interviewed by upper management so that they could test my critical selling skills. After the interview, I was unbelievably nervous. But then by some miracle, I got an email telling me that they were offering me the job. WOW!

So, I have been in this position for about a month and all of a sudden, the marketing communications specialist job opens up. OH MY GOODNESS. This is exactly what I was hoping for. But here’s a dilemma, I’ve only been in my position for a month and now I want to move again. But here is my philosophy. Live day by day, moment by moment. IF an opportunity presents itself, don’t hesitate, just ask. There is no harm in trying. And, if you don’t at least try, then chances are you are going to highly regret the decision to be shy.

So, I pushed all my stress and body shaking anxiety aside and brought my manager in for a one on one to inquire about the job. And guess what? I landed a writing project and an interview for tomorrow. THAT my friends is called ambition and initiative, and THAT is what you need to succeed in your workplace.

The moral of the story is this, if you want to improve yourself, but don’t have the degree to prove your skills to another employer, try moving up in the company you already work for!

Here are some ideas:

1. Keep an eye out for internal openings. Chances are your company will post them internally first before posting them on third party websites.

2. If you are up against multiple external candidates, think about this: you have a distinct advantage over them. Why? Because you probably know the company and its product or service like the back of your hand. Use this to your advantage.

3. If you want to move up in your company and you are going to school for the position you want, management will not only consider you, but chances are they will offer to pay for your part of your degree as well!

Ambition, initiative, and motivation will get you everywhere in life.

Life is short, don’t pass up an opportunity because it is intimidating. At least put in the effort to nail it and if you do, your company will most likely put in a decent effort to train you. They obviously saw something in you that they didn’t see in everyone else.