Breath of Fresh Air

983687_10151944185943508_1118236942_nWell, well, well, I bet you didn’t know I’ve been on vacation all week. Oh wait, correction, my boss has been on vacation all week and the office is closed, so I’ve been home. Not quite the same, but still not at work.

I must say in all my years I have never been so excited about not going to work for a week. This is not a good thing for me. 

Our office has always been a pleasant, humorous environment, one that I actually enjoyed going to every day. Now, well, not so much. The climate has changed and something tells me global warming can’t be blamed for this one. Unpredictable, unstable & unhappy.

These changes have a huge effect on me, especially my wellbeing. You see, I am what is considered a highly sensitive person. No, not someone who walks around crying on a whim, but one that becomes physically responsive to their surrounding. All this negative bull shit has been taking a toll on my mind & body.

Toxic energy has a way of sucking the good right out of us…not to mention it’s highly contagious. I’ve been sluggish, over weight, unmotivated and unhappy for well over a year now and too think it actually took being home for a week for me c45a70964e8c0e0762b9cee7a5f5fd92to see this clearly, is both remarkable and a tad bit sad. It’s amazing what breathing a little fresh air can do … umm hmm.

My week has been spent being me. No keeping my P’s & Q’s in check! No walking on egg shells! No hiding my true self! Whoot! 

Oh sure I could have sat around catching up on my reading while relaxing on my deck, but a big fat heat wave axed that idea real quick. Philadelphia went from OMG on Monday to WTF  by Friday, which didn’t leave much room for R&R outdoors. Soggy & Sweaty where the only things happening outside! 

Things really do happen for a reason though, this heat wave kept me grounded. It provided me with a week that was nothing short of refreshing and rejuvenating to my body, mind and soul. The week kicked off by visiting some family that we haven’t seen in way too long, which really got my rejuvenation juices flowing. After that burst of goodness, I just poured myself into my home, family and myself all week. Slaying toxins one negative vibe at a time with my loving self.

3a11655590da9bb3f421a4fb2c70def0My house is clean, organized, covered in love…and Lysol. My daughter had a healthy lunch waiting for her every day when she came home from job number one, so she could go off to job number two nourished with food and a big ole dash of momma love. My son, who was working outside all week in the fires of hell, welcomed his frozen water bottles and dinner on the table every night and my hubby, well, his statement summed it up “Hon, I think you should quit your job.” I knocked the pearls right off of June freaking Cleaver yo! 

The vacation or good ole days are coming to a close and it’s back to reality tomorrow, but not before a BBQ with my hubby’s siblings to welcome his sister who is visiting us from Maine.  So far it’s been great catching up with all that is new in our lives, reminiscing on the younger years and talking about the future. Live…Laugh…Love. 

So as I head back to the salt mines office tomorrow, I will be bringing something very special with me … myself. Let’s hope she makes it through the day! 

Go get your happy on and Enjoy the Ride! 

43 responses

  1. I always hated when something knocked out the good side of work. Sometimes it was a negative person and sometimes it was change. Most of the time I loved my jobs and on Sunday night would look forward to another week of challenges. BUT I always appreciated a staycation where I could have a perfect house and the right food in the fridge. June Cleaver is so proud!

    1. Thanks Kate! My fridge actually let out a sigh of relief when I cleaned it out.

  2. vastlycurious.com | Reply

    I didn’t realize you lived in Philadelphia too 🙂 I was had a job that was sooo taxing of my spirit that I dreaded arriving and couldn’t wait for it to be over. It was so busy in between that I hardly noticed but when I got home I would constantly lament the horrible negative atmosphere. Finally, I left. I felt so uplifted. Maybe it’s time for you to look as well. ~hugs~

    1. Thank so much fellow Philadelphian!! I’m always looking…lol

      1. vastlycurious.com

        Yes …It’s a great city!

  3. Samantha Kaveski | Reply

    Love love love reading these! I would have to say I am your #1 fan. You should have started this years ago, so much fun stuff I am learning.

  4. Up here in CT, WTF was replaced by hinges of Hell. I was unmotivated, bored and despite the heat had the need to move. I’ve been retired from a job that I was good at and really liked but deteriorated toward the end for fifteen years. In the interim, I completed my degree in Food Service Mgt. and discovered that I had a talent for writing. You’ll make the right choice.

    1. Hahahaha…Hinges on Hell is now part of my vocabulary…lol

  5. Hopefully you can block out the negativity once you get back to work.

    1. I put my negativity shield on and so far so good.

      1. Yay!

  6. how do you spell relief?? So thrilled you rediscovered yourself this week. So important. I hope the atmosphere in the salt mines will have changed back to what is more normal for you. So sorry to hear about your work environs. Been there, done that and it is not fun. Will be praying for you to have a great week. DAF

    1. Thanks so much DAF…always appreciated.

  7. Sometimes you just need a break to escape the negative vibes. I enjoy my job but there are a few that always whine and complain and make it unbearable at times. You need to do a job you love, and sometimes a change might be whats needed. Life is too short to be miserable at the place you spend most of your time at. Work to live, don’t live to work.

    1. Oh I’m always looking. Thank goodness for this blog, it helps to read, write & be creative.

  8. I hate thinking of you unhappy even for a second, you’re the sweetest person. Love you being the June Cleaver of Philly content in domestic bliss. Maybe things will improve at work because your goodness is more powerful than you know so step on those eggs. As my late great pal Jackie used to say, to make an omelet you need to break a few eggs. Should have been her epitaph.

    1. Jackie was a wise woman. I actually wrote down her quote and put it on my desk…hint hint.

      1. Got it…hear me scribbling 🙂

  9. I’m sorry your workplace has become so damaging to your spirit. It seems I hear this more and more all the time. Now that you have recharged your positive vibes hopefully you can figure out a way to keep it up.

  10. Tops, I do hope that your renewed spirit is contagious!

  11. I know exactly how you felt–

    1. Ugh…it was awful. I hate that anyone has this feeling.

  12. I love your sign about responsibility over the energy you bring. Very cool. You reminded me of a demanding senior consultant (and dear friend and mentor) who said we should take our vacations together so that our clients would only have to worry about one week off together. A peer and I reminded him that his vacation was our vacation, too, so we opted not to do that. He did not like that answer, but we took our own weeks off. Have a great week back. Laugh lots, cry only a little. Take care, BTG

  13. Let’s just remember that June Cleaver would stand in awe of you…Sounds like you had a great week, and hopefully managed to renew your flagging spirit a little bit. When work gets toxic, I think it’s best to go a little internal and find your joys where you can. And you did. Which just supports my firm belief that you rock!

    1. Thank you so much. I’ve decided to do my best to rise above the BS (it’s not easy).

  14. It is so hard to go to work when your job is sucking the life right out of you every day. I had this experience with my last couple of jobs & I know it’s not easy to get motivated. I wish you luck keeping your spirits up!

    1. It’s been a busy week, but so far my spirits are still high.

  15. Good luck to you, my friend.

  16. One of the reasons I now work part time for a regular paycheck. Good luck and best wishes!

  17. I’ve heard that highly sensitive person term once before and because of the context it was written in, I thought it was a joke. I must be one of those folk but I always thought I concentrated on the wrong thing and was therefore, unfit to work in some places I’ve been. Well, now I have a name for what I am. Though, I still believe thoughts in a workplace is about balance. Some folk thrive on not being sensitive at all.

    1. There is a great book “The Highly Sensitive Person” that was recommended to me 2 years ago, it was enlightening to say the least. I believe in balance, which we had at one time in our office, not it seems negativity is over powering that balance. Thanks for stopping by.

  18. I know the feeling. I’m quite sensitive to my surroundings too, so I hope things have picked up for you a bit lately. Best wishes!

  19. I hope you have returned to a joyful workplace. It’s o.k. to dream. And thank goodness you had a real-life break from all that negativity.

  20. Oh This is so Great ! A Love read 🙂

  21. ciao! great post and take the pauses to just be happy…
    thebestdressup

  22. loved the quotes on the photos you shared 🙂

    1. Thank you and I appreciate you stopping by.

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