Why hello, there

Work work work. Lately that is all I feel like I have been doing. Life has been busy, as crazy as it has been, I love it! It’s been a while since I have had a job I have enjoyed. I like the people I’m surrounded by and the work I’m doing. How great is it, I am being paid to be creative and promote locally owned companies? I didn’t realize what a calling there is for this kind of thing.  Up next, creating posts for the next week for a locally owned grocery store. After that, working out stuff for a security company. Time to get moving on that. I just wanted to be sure I checked in.

-The Purple Hippo

 

Been too long

This is not the way to develop a cult following. Ok, I guess I should be honest, this isn’t to develop a following. I use this to share a bit about me, my life, my kids and my day to day struggles. If people interact with me, that’s awesome, and I’d totally welcome it.

I have been working to find balance in my day to day life. It’s not easy. I feel like I wear too many hats some times. I feel like I must be busy or I’m not doing enough/not enough/slacking and add more adjectives here. With this in mind, well, this is what my life has looked like over the last month or 2.

I love my job. Seriously, I couldn’t ask for a better job. I set my own hours, as long as I get my work finished I can work from home or the office (or wherever, really). The owner of the company is amazing. I gotta tell you, for someone that struggles with feeling like enough, having someone hand pick you for a job at her start up business feels amazing.

I had 2 jobs until last week. I decided that one of them had to go. I was staying because I liked some of the people, but the job wasn’t fulfilling, and neither was the pay check. When I say the job wasn’t fulfilling, well, it was because I couldn’t do my job. I was getting no feedback, nothing to work with, and when I did get the input I needed the managers didn’t hold up their end. I had to walk away, my name and rep are on the line and refuse to let that association bring me down. With that said, they are great people, and I’d like to stay in contact, but I can not work for them.

I have 2 teenagers. One has been sick with Mono. He was diagnosed at the beginning of March and missed the entire month of school. He has also missed other days due to it kinda flaring up, lingering headaches and pain. He has also had ongoing issues with his liver and spleen being enlarged. So, no gym class for him. It’s been a long almost few months between Dr visits and life in general working through the illness for him.

My oldest has a new girl friend. This has been interesting, but good. We like this girl so very much. Everyone in our house does. She is over most days and seems to like us back. I want so much for things to work out well for them, right now my biggest fear is that they won’t and he will stay with her out of an unwillingness to make his family unhappy. He’s just that kind of kid. I hope that he can separate the two. He is genuinely happy right now, and I believe he will stay that way, but I am a Queen of Worst Case Scenarios. So… Wish me luck?

I also have a pre teen daughter. She’s super smart and creative. She is also super emotional. She is so in tuned with her feelings most of the time, too. She and I had a discussion last night. She told me about how she always felt like she knew who she wanted to be. She wanted to be the person that could be counted on by everyone. But, then she also wanted to be the person that didn’t need anyone. She felt she was content to bottle up all things and handle it all herself. She doesn’t want to ask for help. She knows that it’s not healthy. She is also realizing that bottling it all in is creating a cycle (her words btw) that cause drama, which she doesn’t want. We discussed ways to break the cycle. She’s got a journal and I asked her to take to writing the things down that bother her. She doesn’t want to, because she feels like she’s talking bad about her friends then. Ok, how to fix that? Well, I asked her if she calls them names when she is mad. She says no. I had to explain that if you are just stating what happened then it isn’t speaking badly, it is putting to words an event. If she says focused on facts then it’s all good. No name calling, to which she adamantly stated she would never (which I believe) because even though they would never see it she would hate to thing of how it would hurt their feelings. But to sum up this chaotic swirl she feels lost. I tried to explain to her I understood, that I have for years shifted between feeling like I know what I’m doing and who I am to being lost and drowning. I hope she feels better about things today. It’s hard being 10. I know when I was home or out with friends that age was great, but at school it was some circle of Hell. I remind her that she can always come to me, but I hope she truly realizes it.

Along with all of these things and the day to day chaos of living in a family of 5 (feels like 6 with the girl friend there) and taking care of our pets I am constantly being told to relax and take it easy. This loops back to that first paragraph. I don’t know how, and this is a problem. I have been diagnosed (many, many years ago) with fibromyalgia as well as arthritis in my spine, hands and knees. Medically, I’m a mess. Some days because of everything in life I’m also a mess mentally, but I scrape myself back up every day and keep going. What else should I do? I can’t give up or give in, I’ve done that before. It doesn’t work. So, here we are. I’m taking things a day at a time, and doing my best.

If you have any insights I’d love to hear them. Maybe you have the magic words to put it all into perspective. But, I’ll write again. Also, if you’re so inclined I did create a Face Book page for this blog. I don’t update it as often as I should, but I’m getting better. Here’s the link if you want to head over HERE and like it.

Thanks for reading my ramblings today,

-The Purple Hippo

Squirrel!

So, I’m sitting here at work, and you’d think I’d be more productive. I don’t know if it’s just that my mind isn’t here right now, or what. I’d kinda rather be home reading a book. That is exactly why I went into the office. But since I got here I’ve played on face book, read a few (work) emails and now I’m writing. Who knows maybe inspiration will blossom from here. ….. Ok, back, had to go get coffee. I know, I know, you missed me. So, where was I? Right. Looking for inspiration. I need to make up some graphics for both my etsy’s face book page as well as start planning out some graphics in case I land the security company’s account. I’ll also be working closely with a local online news site starting tomorrow in order to try and bring in some sponsors for a wellness event they will be sponsoring. Oh, and I’ll be heading up the bake sale at my daughter’s school in 2 weeks, I want to get some info out about that, too. Oops, got distracted again. Went and bought something online. Jeez. Not that you can see me, but trust me, at least I look like I’m working and I know what I’m doing. Good thing I’m not on company time and it’s a communal office I can just go work.

Ok, clearly I can’t focus on this. Time to get moving. The motivation has happened, I have some ideas. Time to make the graphics!

-The Purple Hippo

My day/weekend.

Today I spend the day with one of my oldest and best friends, she’s also my business partner. We haven’t been able to see each other much, due to work schedules and the  distance we live from each other. We plan to knock out some work, but also just relax and enjoy our time. It will be shorter than planned, though, because Wisconsin weather has returned to normal, and it’s snowing. We both live in cities along Lake Michigan, and travel between the two cities in the snow (and freezing rain) is no joke. I am just thankful I will be able to see her today.

I will also be spending time running the sound system for a middle school basket ball tournament tonight and tomorrow. Sunday I’ll be in charge of something else entirely. So, looks like I’ll be eating a lot of concessions food. Ugh. I always feel a bit sick after that. I know it’s not good for me, and being kinda trapped isn’t good. We are supposed to lead by example as the staff of the tournament and not bring in food. I have a feeling I’ll be breaking that rule at some point tonight or tomorrow. I’m “only” there for 4, or is it 5, games tonight, but tomorrow I’ll be there approximately 14 hours, with an hour or so break around 2:00 pm. Another good friend will be hosting a LuLaRoe party, and her rep has agreed to donate her earnings to the school she works for. Hard to pass up the chance to support a school. So I’ll be spending my break shopping. I hope I find something.

I guess that’s about it for now. Nothing amazing has happened in the last few days. I have some work to complete for the marketing job, then I’ll be cleaning up around the house for a bit. That always needs to be done. At least I’ve got a good sound track to my morning. My son turned on Coheed and Cambria. Love their music, and somehow even the heavier and upbeat songs I find it relaxing. Time to refill the coffee cup and get to work. Have a good one, folks!

 

-The Purple Hippo

Look at me!

Two days in a row. It’s officially a record. I can hardly believe it myself. Today I’ll be working downtown at the office. I love this building. Lots of people that you can chat with, but all are hard working and dedicated to making sure their work gets done. We always have great music playing and lots of relaxing spaces to decompress. It’s sure not a “normal” place by any means. There are a few tables with dividers that work as desk work spaces, but here we have lots of couches and chairs to get comfy in. We all work best when we can be comfortable and relaxed. Today I’ll be focusing on content creation for my etsy business and seeing if I can get a few things emailed out for a new brochure I have secured for the business.

I also hope to get out and speak to a couple of other businesses and see how their pages look. I’d love to help them out, they have so much more potential. We will see. Oh, and it’s almost 70 degrees in February, in Wisconsin. What is happening here? But don’t fret. We will have snow again this weekend. I can only imaging how my fibfomyalgia will react to the changes. Gotta love having an autoimmune disease with limited treatment options. But, I just keep going. No use getting down about it today. Another day, perhaps?

Tonight I’ll be going to an open mic night with my daughter. She was having an “off” morning, down and upset about something. I told her if she wasn’t up to going we didn’t have to go. She responds (as a 10 year old) “Mom, I want to be with my people”. This kid loves her hippie friends. It still amazes how quickly these amazing people have embraced my daughter and how she, who tends to clam up and internalize, comes out of her shell and becomes the girl I know she is. Confident and happy. I think I look forward to those three hours as much as she does.

Ok, enough for now. I have to be responsible and get work done. Have a wonderful Wednesday, folks.

 

-The Purple Hippo

A little bit of rambling.

Ok, I have seriously started this post 3 times now. I have had little to no time to write, let alone do anything else. I’ve attended a business workshop, actually gone to work at the bakery as well as gone into the office to work on other things. Sooner rather than later I need to head back to the bakery and set up all of their social media posts for the week. Then, I’m all set for another week. Honestly, I enjoy it, and I really enjoy working with the people there, however, I’m ready for something more. I’m working on getting clients for the other business, and it’s slow going, but it will happen. I just need to be persistent. I also need to be a bit more… Sure of my self. I second guess things too much. That needs to stop for this to work.

I am also working on my own business, and I need to get new products made up. I am signing up for a craft fair in May. I need to be sure I have enough new products and bulk up the stuff I already have. I need more variety. Depending on how late I’m at the bakery today I may pull some of that stuff out and make new things. I have some ideas and I just need to get them out there.

Yesterday was pretty fabulous, though. My mom came up to the city I live in and we spent the day downtown. She got to see a bunch of things that she didn’t even know existed, and we even got to go for a walk along the lake front. Living 2 miles from Lake Michigan is something I take for granted. We have this gorgeous view so close to home, and I’m within 7 blocks of it on a daily basis and yet… I forget we have it. I need to be sure I’m more mindful of the great natural beauty around me.

For now, though, I’ll be getting ready to head to the bakery. I’d love to be home by lunch time. I’ll be sure to write again. This is a great form of therapy.

-The Purple Hippo