When I’m not configuring databases at my day job, or writing/drawing about it on this blog, then I’m trying to excel at other basic human pursuits. There are the big ones, like eating healthy and staying fit, but I’m talking about the small, less interesting stuff – tiny projects and tasks that when tackled, make your personal life feel just a little more organized.
I’ve done a lot of thinking about my career these past few months – where I am, where I’m headed, and where I’d like to be. And as I’ve thought about all the big changes that need to happen to accomplish my goals, I came to terms with the fact that there was one small thing I really needed to re-evaluate.
To be honest, I don’t plan enough trips for myself.
It’s not that I’m short on vacation days. I actually tend to scramble at the last minute every year to use them up before my work anniversary. (*Tip:* never let your vacation days expire. You earned them.) It’s the process of setting a date and destination, and planning an intinerary, that gets lost on me. I’m also not great at finding travel buddies at the last second, and I generally avoid solo travel to keep my worrisome mother a little saner. Continue reading →
I can clearly remember the times in my adult life when I felt stuck and unsure of what to do next. It happened during my senior year of college while on the job hunt, and then again a few years later when I decided to change course in my career. There were even moments in between, where personal and professional concerns overlapped all at once (and yes, I’m still working on those).
I’m going to bet that you’ve felt stuck at some point too – because the feeling is a frustrating but very normal occurrence. Continue reading →