2018 Didn’t Kill Me, It Made Me Wiser

Freaking out, I applied to a dozen open positions for writing and in retail. Here’s why and here’s what happened after. I also applied to a couple of internship programs during my days off OSH.

Finally, I got an interview with The 7th Magazine during one of my shifts at the hardware store. I left with nothing but encouragement from the store manager and returned an hour later as an intern for the magazine.

As I came back to the register, people kept asking whether I had found a job or not. “I just got an internship writing for a magazine,” I said. Here’s how it started out.

This experience built character for sure. I started out by learning how to design newsletters while managing my time at OSH.

Just when I was getting into the swing of things, I lost access to the Internet for a month. My laptop, currently on life support as my boyfriend likes to say, has to stay plugged into an outlet with an exterior hard drive. You get the picture.

There was one instance when I submitted content via smartphone at a parking lot just to meet deadline.

I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage a job -under liquidation, mind you- and an internship at the same time, but I didn’t quit. I even got published in an interview with Brendan McGetrick for the Global Grad Show in Dubai in September.

I’ll have to admit that I was starting to feel pretty darn good about myself! Stay tuned for 2018 Didn’t Kill Me, It Made Me Smarter! You’ll find out why.

A Busy Person’s Starter Guide To Self-care

Just as the day draws to an end, you realize it’s been at least six hours since your last meal. Your stomach growls in response as you tell yourself that maybe you’ll be able to squeeze an actual meal into your schedule.

It’s 9 p.m. all of a sudden and you’re still attached to your desk, typing away on your laptop computer, when you start rummaging through your stuff to see what kind of snacks you’ve brought along as back-up. Drumroll…there’s not much to eat left. All this work and never enough food. Why do you always do this to yourself?

You grab the one bag of chips you’ve brought along and resume typing until the night melts onto the next day. You head home, stressing because you weren’t able to get much work done and nod off until daytime swiftly approaches. You wake up after a few hours of sleep to find yourself looking all disheveled and withered up like a raisin. Your life hasn’t been going as smoothly as you would’ve liked, but that can change starting now.

You don’t have to eat the healthiest meal right now, but you can start with consuming as much food as you can for breakfast. Real food, not the bag of chips you have leftover, a candy or a granola bar. If that means microwaving leftovers from last night’s dinner, eating instant pre-packaged food or a banana for now, so be it! You need as much fuel as you can possibly get to tackle today’s tasks, especially since you didn’t get a full night’s worth of rest.

As you start your workday, remind yourself to take a 10-20 minute break every couple of hours. Go out and grab some lunch, drink more water, let your mind relax and resist getting back to work right away because you’ll need the energy to produce better results at work. You’ll be thankful much later.

By the time you clock back in, you’ll feel less stressed knowing that you won’t starve, dehydrate or stare at a screen in confusion with redder, itchier eyes. Now you can get back to work with less to think about until your next break. Just repeat and you’ll naturally de-stress.

All that’s left is to set a curfew for yourself. You know, a time you’ll actually stop working on that new assignment? Set a reminder for that. Convince yourself that you have to go home by all means because you’re going to want enough time for dinner and sleep. This will take some getting used to, but resist the urge to give up and keep trying. After all, you’re the only one who’s capable of taking care of yourself!

Cheers to a new you, but with water this time.