So I’ve begun clearing out the clothes in my closet that don’t fit me right now. I sorted them by size and realized I have enough clothes to outfit three people. There are three categories; small-, medium- and large-me. I am hoping that I don’t end up with an “extra-large-me” category in there.
This project is taking longer than I’d like. Part of the problem is that I am trapped for about 9 hours a day at work sitting at my desk not really adding any value when I could be home doing much more productive things. The other part of the problem is that I don’t have a lot of energy. I have adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism that I am currently treating (also the cause of the various sizes of me). I can only do a little bit at a time before I need to rest physically and mentally.
I’ve come to realize that I really enjoy jobs/projects where I can take a big mess and make it better. I’m all about seeing the results of my labor. Right now, my “real” job; you know, the one that pays me a good salary along with benefits, is really unsatisfying. I’m stuck with a manager who won’t let me have any decision-making power and doesn’t know how to delegate. The whole department is undergoing a 5-month long reorganization. Where I work, a “reorganization” is defined as getting a new executive over your area who has the strong need to “mark” his territory by dismantling everything his predecessor put in place and putting everyone in the department into new groups and creating new work flows between them. This generally creates a great deal of worry, disatisfaction and upheaval amongst his associates. But, he gets to show his management what a great job he’s done in the first year on the job with charts and data that shows how unproductive we were before and how productive we will be in the future. In the meantime, all of the funding for our projects has been cut so that we can make sure our CEO gets his millions in compensation at the end of the year. So, in addition to not knowing what job you are going to be doing in the next month, you have nothing to work on before then or aren’t too motivated to get into something new because you might not be even working on it later. This is a fantastic strategy for boosting morale if you ask me.
My mom and my sister both own their own businesses. I’ve thought about it, but I’m not sure what I’d want to do. I really like organizing and I have a background in interior design so I’ve thought about starting a home organization/decorating business. That’s good for a “hobby” job – you know, one where your husband makes a bunch of money and you work for spending money. Feminists of the blogosphere are breaking out in a sweat right now over that comment. But really, it is a good gig if you can get it. 🙂 I don’t want to do just a hobby job so I need to figure out how I could grow it. I was thinking I could employ a couple of women who want “hobby” jobs and I would be the head organizer.
I’ll start researching this so watch for updates on my plans…