loving what you do

What a difference a year makes.

It amazes me to think that this time last year I was actively looking to leave journalism. I was desperately unhappy with my work situation and having to work insanely long production days  simply because of a lack of planning on my boss’ part. I’m convinced this was, in large part, responsible for the insane flare that eventually saw me back on Enbrel, methotrexate and Plaquenil, a therapy I’m still on to this day.

Now, I’m the boss. I am working more hours than I was at this time last year, but I love every one of them. I have discovered a knack for writing columns—thanks, I’m sure, to this blog, which has helped me develop a more conversational tone than is appropriate in the average news story. Even on the verge of crazy weeks, such as this—a back-to-school section, two weekly papers, a monthly paper, the start of football season and weekend events galore—I’m excited to be up to my elbows in what I do.

And though my psoriatic arthritis is not completely controlled and is not where I’d like it to be—and that pesky tendonitis in my left wrist still bugs me from time to time—I’m living well in spite of it. That’s not my goal; I’d love to be back in the remission I enjoyed after my first, long flare. But even if that’s not in the cards for me right now, I’m surviving, even thriving, where I am. And that’s enough.

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2 thoughts on “loving what you do

  1. Amazing how much difference enjoying your work can make in our lives. Like you, I absolutely loved my journalism job, particularly when I was promoted to managing editor. Odd as it sounds, there’s a lot of creativity in it, and since I love words and syntax, it was perfect for me. I’m so glad you’re enjoying your job now, Nessie. Even with long hours and high stress levels (mainly due to deadlines), the joy is real. Good for you!

  2. Great post. It makes a huge difference whether you like, or better yet, love your job. My psoriasis flared a great deal during what I call my dark years when I was miserable in my corporate job and my city at the time and knew there was something different for me out there. I’m now teaching English in Korea which isn’t my end goal, but I’ve found that I have a lot less stress, more laughing and happiness at work and a better life in general. My spots of psoriasis I developed on my leg and chest have now disappeared, but still working on getting back to a normal scalp. We just need a bit more time, but at least we can be happier and less frustrated in the meantime… 🙂

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