Some “Me” Time

Oooooh doggy, I’ve been stressed up in here. At work I’m the head of a 2-person marketing department and my fantastic social media specialist put in her notice in early March. This is a super bummer because she was wonderful at her job and also a really nice person who I very much enjoyed working with.

On top of losing a fantastic employee and friend, this also sucks because I had to handle offboarding her, working with recruiters and various websites to find her replacement AND after she left cover both of our jobs until the new person started.

As of today, I’ve been covering two jobs for 5 weeks.

This is NOT sustainable. On top of my normal work + her work, I also reviewed over 80 resumes, had over a dozen Zoom interviews, two in-person interviews, a million conversations, one offer suddenly rejected, started over and another offer accepted. This week I’ll start onboarding the new person while still covering all the extra work until she gets up to speed.

So yeah, my shoulders have been living by my ears.

I very much feel burnout creeping in and I really need a weekend away. Preferably with sand between my toes and a fruity drink in my hand. And no responsibilities.

Since that’s not on the schedule right now, instead I decided to take Friday off for a “me” day. It was basically my last chance for a day off until I have my new person onboarded, so I jumped on it!

After dropping Jack at school:

  • I had a facial appointment where my face, shoulders, neck, head, feet and hands were massaged for an hour and it was transcendent.
  • I did a little thrift store shopping.
  • I met up with my husband for a yummy lunch.
  • I did a little more thrift store shopping

And then, suddenly the day was over and it was time to take Jack to Tae Kwan Do.

Honestly, I feel like taking a day off was like putting a Band-Aid on a gaping wound. I’m still exhausted and need a real break. Anyone want to plan a beach getaway for me…?

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I’m a 2022 Leaders in Law Honoree!

I usually keep my work life out of my blog life, but I’m so thrilled to share that I WON AN AWARD! You have to understand, I am not one of those people who brought home trophies when I was a kid. I’m Gen X, so I didn’t get any participation trophies. And I certainly wasn’t good enough at any sport to win one. So, if I ever am lucky enough to win something it’s a pretty huge deal to me.

With that being said, as a grown adult I have been honored a few times over the years.

Back in 2015, I was a Bloggie award winner. The Weblog Awards were the largest blog awards in the world and in 2015 Pocketful of Joules won for the category of Best-Kept Secret Weblog. As it turns out, 2015 was the last year of the Weblog awards (after running fifteen years)… so I guess I also have the honor of being the last winner of that category.

There was no trophy though. Just saying.

In 2016, I was honored again and was absolutely flabbergasted that a piece of my writing was honored at the Voices of the Year awards. My piece of writing that won is really special to me, because it is about some of the simple pleasures of being a mom. You can read it here: I Want You.

The awards were presented at the BlogHer conference in 2016 and I received an actual trophy, which I proudly display in my home office:

Well, consider this my trifecta of awards because last week I was an honoree at the 2022 Daily Record Leaders in Law awards. I won in the category of Law Firm Support Staff for my work as Marketing Director at my law firm. The criteria used in selecting the awards included: demonstrating excellence and achievement in the legal profession, maintaining a leadership role, and demonstrating a commitment to mentoring.

This award is so special to me, because I’ve been working in marketing for over 20 years and I really do love what I do. I enjoy being able to market the firm, work with attorneys to help them better market themselves, and also serve as a mentor to other marketing colleagues. I didn’t have a mentor to work with early in my career, and I try very hard to be that person I needed to others.

There was an award reception last week and I dressed a little extra sassy to attend:

My firm had four winners that evening, including myself, and additional attorneys attended to show their support. They called each winner up to the stage while a 30-second video played talking about how awesome they are. Thankfully I did not trip. They also included profiles of each winner in a special supplemental issue of the Daily Record, which was also handed out at the event.

And check out this bling:

Now THAT is a trophy!

And yes, it feels awkward and braggy for me to share this news because as a woman we are all so trained to minimize our accomplishments. However, I work hard at juggling my work life and my blog, as well as being a mom and a wife and a sister and daughter and friend… And if I were mentoring someone who just won this award, I would tell them to ENJOY it and celebrate. I earned this award, I feel worthy of being honored and I’m so very proud to share it with you all.

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Date Night Fun: Glass Blowing

Back in December, Travis got sucked into a glass blowing competition show on Netflix called Blown Away. I know, super random. Since he was nerding out over the amazing designs, I told him that there is actually a local glass blowing studio where you can go and make your own projects. And he was ALL IN on trying it.

We initially wanted to go in December to make Christmas ornaments, but they were totally booked up. So, when I saw that they had a special pint glass session for St. Patrick’s Day, I signed us up.

Let’s start with the important information. First off, the studio is McFadden Art Glass in Baltimore, Maryland and you can find their website here: McFadden Art Glass The St. Patrick’s Day workshop cost $75 per person and ran from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm on a Saturday. The have lots of other events too — everything from making your own bunny for Easter to creating a stemless wine glass, flower or ring holder for Mother’s Day.

Here’s Travis going through the process to make his orange and white pint glass with a handle (you can click on each photo to make it bigger):

And here I am making my dark blue/light blue ombre pint glass with no handle:

The people/artists/glass magicians who guided us through every stage of the glass making process were incredible. They were patient and great communicators and made sure we not only ended up with a gorgeous piece of art… but we didn’t get burned while working with the lava-hot molten glass.

After we made our masterpieces, we left them there for a couple days so they can safely come down to room temperature. Travis brought them home one day after work and we are both flabbergasted that we actually MADE these glasses!

It was so much fun and the glasses turned out so well. I highly recommend it as a super out-of-the-box date night!

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