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At the beginning of the year, I decided I would have a mantra for the year, rather than goals or resolutions.  For 2017, I decided it would be the year of “Accomplish” – what should I accomplish?  What could I accomplish?  What would I accomplish?

This is my look back and reflection on how I think this structure worked for me.


I accomplished the following things at work:

  • I organized and rearranged the office furniture to make the work environment more efficient and pleasant to be in.
  • I created, organized and implemented several reporting functions to ensure accurate accounting of multiple areas that are tracked in the office’s day-to-day roles.
  • I created and updated processes that were non-existent before I started in the position.
  • I took a reporting requirement that was 7 years out-of-date and worked it until it was current as of November 2017.
  • I coordinated a major scanning project with multiple volunteers to convert 10 filing cabinets worth of paper documentation into electronic format.
  • I was the lead credentialing person for a new facility that opened.
  • I assisted another facility in their processes while an employee was on leave of absence for 3 months.
  • I self-taught myself a major software component that was required by corporate to have in place by 2018; and completed 75% of the project before leaving the office environment for a new position.
  • I took a major certification test and am (still) currently awaiting results.
  • I applied for, was offered and accepted a new job.

I accomplished everything listed above while also doing my required job duties in only 28 hours a week (I was classified as a part-time employee).


I accomplished the following things at home:

  • Hun and I caught up our taxes.
  • We went on a cruise for our vacation.
  • I was able to convince Hun to FINALLY install smoke detectors in our house (they’ve only been absent for about 10 years).
  • We were able to get our roof replaced.
  • We have new a/c ductwork and venting, making our home more energy efficient.
  • I finished my mom’s “flamingo project”
  • I completed an afghan I started 17 years ago.
  • I started and have almost completed LaLa’s graduation quilt that was started 4 years ago.
  • We have started re-painting our house.
  • We bought a car for Monkey to drive.
  • We took LaLa’s old car to the salvage yard – finally! (it was beyond repair).
  • We had a major purge of our unused items and either sold the items or donated them to the Salvation Army.
  • We bought new living room furniture.
  • We have a new tankless water heater (the old tank heater was 21 years old and finally gave up the ghost!).

We accomplished all the above without going further into debt.


I accomplished the following things mentally and personally:

  • I attended a mastermind group (I highly recommend this for anyone!)
  • I learned that if I “see” a finished product in my mind, that doesn’t mean it is actually completed (a huge revelation for my own self growth).
  • I learned to have self-respect and that by doing so, self-discipline will come (this is a work in progress!).
  • I learned that I need a personal “emergency stress protocol” – when everything goes to heck, I need a way to manage my stress (still working through this – thankfully, I haven’t had many stressful situations yet to test my current protocol to see if it works).

In looking back at the year, I accomplished a lot!  This was hugely successful in my mind and I plan to keep the momentum going into 2018.

I’m still looking for my mantra for 2018.  I’ll post about it next once I decide on the final idea that I want to strive for.


Calm Out Of Chaos

There are subtle noises at my work being made that are leaning towards change.  At barely a whisper, it’s hard to tell if the change is merely my imagination or might actually happen.  Usually, I can tell when something is “off” and right now, something is “off”.

One of my coworkers, while very nice and a great person; usually talks or makes some type of noise for the better part of the day.  Random song lyrics out of nowhere, blurting out what she’s thinking regardless of the subject (she once informed us she needed to go #2), and wild statements that you’re positive aren’t true (my mom believe’s you’re the devil).  My assumption is she talks to hear herself talk; but she’s also commented that she takes meds for ADHD, so that probably plays a large role in her personality.

Recently, she had an upcoming day off.  One of the other ladies asked her what her plans for the day were – her response was “I’m going to a job interview”.

No one said a word – positive or negative – we were all silent, like she hadn’t said a thing.  Just like we react to 95% of her statements.

I asked one of the other coworkers (when we were alone) what her thoughts were.  She responded with, “I don’t think she’s going to an interview.  I think she just said that because she wanted someone to say ‘no, don’t leave!  We’d be lost without you!’.”

But, for some reason, I think she was serious.

I don’t know.  I could be wrong – I’ve been wrong before.

This leads me to another, similar, event.

While I did change jobs about 6 months ago, I am still with the same company.  I’ve been with this company for over 22 years now.  Over those years, they’ve done different processes for employee evaluations.  Their current model is that everyone has their evaluation done during the same time-period.  So, even though I’ve only been in the position for 6 months, I just completed my yearly evaluation.

It was a decent evaluation, with my manager praising the changes I have helped with during my short time in the department.  She went so far as to say, “I wish there were 6 of you!”  She also commented that she wished I would go full-time (I’m only part-time at 28 hours a week currently).

I stayed silent on her comments.

In the past, I would have agreed immediately to whatever my manager wanted from me.  Bigger challenges?  I’m on it!  Want me to work myself crazy?  No problem!

But not now.  I reflected on her comments and reviewed the subtle shifts happening in the department.  I see patterns, and can intuit things before others see the same things.  I think we’re going to have a job opening in the department within the next 6 months.

And if my manager stays true to her statement, I’m not going to take the offered full-time job.

This is a huge change for me business wise.  In the past, I would have jumped right on it.  Already thinking about how I could change the position for the better (before I was in the position or even before being offered the position).

Now I know that if I took the position I would eventually be miserable.

Within a year, I would be stressed out and, eventually, willing to throw away my career just like I was before.

With the current job I have, and the personal growth I have experienced over the last several months, I know what I want out of life now.  I know what I want to be when I “grow up”.

I want to create.  Specifically, I love to create calm out of chaos.

That’s what I’m currently doing.

My core job duties are the same as what my coworkers’ job duties are – except I only do those duties about 35% of the time, while they do them around 85-95% of the time.  The other 65% of my time is dedicated to special projects.  The job didn’t start this way, but it has morphed as my manager saw my strengths and utilized them.

The projects I am given are a complete and utter disaster when they are handed to me.

I make sense of the project.  I create processes on how to do the project going forward.  I test out my process and revamp and revise as needed/necessary until it makes sense.

In six months of being in the office, I have tackled 6 major projects.  Most are completed; a couple of projects are still in process.  I’m given a new project every few weeks.  I have more projects “in queue” to be worked on than I currently have time for.

And I am ecstatic!


Will I be willing to help out my manager in a pinch if my coworker does quit?  Yes.

Will I do it without a plan to return to what I’m currently doing?  No.

I finally feel like I’m a grown up.  Funny how things like this work.