Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Look Back Over The Past Year

I worked at my last job for almost five years. And hated it. I literally can't count how many managers came and went (I can name 14 off the top of my head, but know I am missing some), the inconsistencies in how people were treated was almost laughable, I was told that I had to lighten up and not take things so seriously when my manager called me a dirty Jew (yeah, the regional manager actually said that), and found out only when I got really sick that only management qualified for sick leave. In order to keep getting a paycheck my manager at the time (this one I liked) laid me off so I could qualify for EI. 

But I was lazy and never bothered to look for another job. 14 months ago things reached the boiling point and I left. It was a stressful three weeks as I had to go find a new job, but I applied for about 15 jobs online, got 7 interviews and 5 job offers. I am constantly amazed I made the right decision. My job now is perfect while I am in school.

So yes, I went from a part time job I hated (I was full time until I went back to school in September 12) to a full time job that I can actually manage while going to school........ sort of. I have not been able to handle 5 courses, I dropped one each semester. But 5 classes means 5 labs. Sleep is a necessity at SOME point. 

I am still in disbelief at how much a year has changed my life. So yes, the first big thing was the new job.

In November myself and Shivani (of both got press passes to IMATS and off to Toronto I went with a friend. I had a great time with Puneet, our hotel was great, and we got to hang out with Shivani and other beauty bloggers and just have a great time in Toronto!  

The other big thing about that trip was that I got to hang out with THESE amazing women! Its funny how you can spend SOOOO much time in an online community with people and talk daily about EVERYTHING and never have met in person. We talk about everything and in some ways I think we know each other better than we do our coworkers and friends we see in person, probably because all we CAN do is talk and get to know each other. So to actually be able to all meet up was certainly a highlight!

I did have to run back from Toronto in time to go to the Beauty Gala Leigh and I had tickets to! IMATS one weekend, the Beauty Gala the next! We graduated high school 15 years ago? Its nice to have that friend who you've known for longer than you HAVEN'T known her!

I couldn't post the highlights of the year without mentioning meeting Colin Mochrie. My new job has given me the opportunity to meet quite a few celebrities, but this one was the highlight. I have been a big fan of his for years and years.

So that was November and December, and January brought another IMATS opportunity. So armed with a press pass to IMATS and plans to go with one of my favourite people, I hopped on a plane to Los Angeles! L picked me up at the airport and the entire weekend was just about perfect. L got sick with the flu on the last day though, and I could have done without that happening!

I had to add the picture of me and Nikki!

And here is a pic of L and I at Universal Studios that weekend!

February and March were long and did I mention looooooong? So much school work and projects and lab assignments it was really a big blur. I cant even remember anything from them!

But I also knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel and the beginning of April meant NYC!! And NYC means family and friends and just relaxing! I could add IMATS pictures from the NYC show here, or the pictures or videos of me at the Cosmetic Market (my fav store in the city) or even me making my own lipstick at the Bite Beauty Lab, but a picture of me and some of my favourite cousins seems much better to me.

And after a relaxing ten days in NYC to destress and relax, it was off to Vegas for a week of FUN with A!

Me in the High Roller, I am only about 550 feet up in the air here!

A picture with Siegfried! If only Roy was there!

And here are me and A at the top of the Eiffel Tower. If only it was the one in France......... And if only the wind wasn't blowing my sweater open to make me look pregnant.........

And now its May. A big celebration for my brothers engagement just happened (I dont want to post a bunch of family shots here as my parents would hunt me down and kill me) but that just ended, and the summer is starting!

So much has happened in this past school year, and the summer promises so much more! While I have been at my no-longer-so-new job for 14 months, we officially opened a year ago tomorrow and have a big celebration at work to commemorate the anniversary.  I leave to go back to LA in 6 weeks for L's wedding and then I only have a month back home before heading back to Toronto for my brothers my wedding. Amazing how much has happened, how much is happening and I all I have to say is BRING IT ON!!!!

1 comment:

  1. That's great to hear how things have picked up for you! Changing jobs sounds like the best thing you've done and you seem to be so much happier and enjoying things! :-)



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