Stress

girl-prayingmore_pictures_1044I confess to spending a good part (actually MOST) of my weekend being depressed over the overwhelming busy-ness of my job.  What was 2 half days per week for ten years, went quickly into three full days and now five full days.   And actually I take a LOT of work home with me especially on the weekends.   I retired fully ten years ago, was called back to work “just a little” and wonder how I got to be where I am today.   I agreed to a special project last Fall…which is now finished, but five other projects have taken its place.!!   I thought with the economy I’d just ride it out….but this weekend I began to wonder.

Today I had a LONG talk with my “boss” and while I still have a LOT of work, we came to a “somewhat” agreement.   I will see how much the other party holds up their part of the agreement.   It feels pretty good to say a lot and get things off my mind and heart and into words through our “talk.”    I feel pretty good about it.  But I wonder how long it will last.   Time will tell.

Just when I think I am completely fed up….they talk me out of quitting.    I am not sure if I am a glutton for punishment or if I actually like my job and don’t want to leave it.    Perhaps it is a bit of both.   I have come to LOVE tutoring my young man twice a week and enjoy it fully, so I will not give that up. But somehow there is a balance out there somewhere. Work is far too consuming, and while I enjoy the work, I must find what works for me and the office both. They allow me a pretty wide latitude as long as my work is completed.

Anyhow, I have nothing new to show, nothing new to share in my needlearts work….simply because there is NOTHING right now.    I considered closing my blog for a while…but I LOVE the blogging world and all of you…my friends.   So…..I will just be sad for only today and move on.    Maybe a few stitches on SOMETHING will help.             Amities, Averyclaire

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jane
    Apr 07, 2009 @ 01:26:07

    Hope you find a balance that works for you soon. I am sure if you manage a few stitches somewhere it will help to relieve the stress

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  2. Lelia
    Apr 07, 2009 @ 07:59:14

    Sorry you are working so many hours; however, delighted you are not shutting down your blog!

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  3. Marjorie
    Apr 07, 2009 @ 09:40:35

    I’m glad you had a talk with them. That’s hard to do. The other difficult thing is to use that very first word we all learn: NO. Practice with me now: “No.” You can vary it with, “I’m sorry, but no” or “No, that is not in accordance with our agreement.” Seriously, I do hope you find some balance. I think you’ve taken some good first steps in deciding what is important, your tutoring, and what needs to give. Good luck!

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  4. Thomas
    Apr 08, 2009 @ 09:42:40

    Avery : I hope the guys who employ you are paying you well to do what you are doing. Even then its isn’t worth it. You have to keep a balance in life.

    And if you take my suggestion, don’t even think about closing your blog. Its something good you have started and in these testing time you should persist with it as a stress buster.

    Take care of yourself.

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