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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Sunday Update 2: Back to Work

First week of work for 2020, all done!  

How was everyone’s first workweek for 2020? As much as I would like to say that the holiday has left me feeling refreshed and ready for work, it really is very far from that. My brain is still on holiday mode and it’s difficult to adjust to being back at the office. It’s, as a friend of mine said, “trying to normalize work after holiday hangovers.” 

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It’s been a struggle to be on work mode after two weeks on leave. Just the fact that it’s a non-stop list of things to do from the minute I wake up is an adjustment. I miss waking up and taking my time with having breakfast. I miss hanging out with my niece and nephews. I miss being able to binge-watch whatever I want on Netflix if I wanted to.  


One of my nephews, who lives a couple of hours away, finally had to go home over the weekend. While this week meant I had to go to work, my nephew had to go home and be back to school last Monday. It was sad to see him go. I was so used to having him around the house. It’ll be a while before I see him again – during the summer vacation, most likely. 

2019 was very stressful for me workwise, so I had my apprehensions about going back to work. It was frustrating to see this week that I had to face similar situations that I experienced last year all over again. I know it was wishful thinking to hope that the new year would result in refreshed co-workers and a better work situation but I guess I was hoping the new year could lead to a better start for all of us. Some things never change, I guess? 

This past week I made a promise to myself to try not to stress too much about things when I really don't have to. I’m the type of person who tends to go above and beyond for the job, and I am usually the one they can count on to fix things when things go wrong. This time around I’ve decided to step back – I'll do my job, but I won’t be bending over backward and give myself unnecessary stress because of other people. People need to take responsibility for their actions and decisions and not take for granted that I will be there to fix things and smooth things out. Tough love for them, self-care for me.  

There’s so much going on in the news: the fires in Australia, the tensions between the US and Iran, the news that the Ukrainian plane crash was actually caused by an Iranian missile that killed many Canadian citizens, and the news of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan stepping back from senior royal duties to live in Canada. With so much change and upheavals going on all over the world, I can only hope that the year won’t be as turbulent as this first month seems to be. 

Speaking of turbulence...I know there’s only been one episode so far (but a 3-hour episode, FYI), but I am obsessed with Peter Weber’s season of The Bachelor. I really liked him during Hannah Brown’s season of The Bachelorette. I thought he was one of those really nice, genuine guys and he deserves to find someone for him. Having Hannah Brown back to talk to him and open up old wounds/feelings was made for such an exciting first episode! I can’t wait to see what happens! 

The highlight of my week -- however -- was not about work or the news or The Bachelor: it was talking to someone who made me smile. A real, honest to goodness, warm-your-heart kind of smile. I think we all deserve days when we can have a smile like that. I’m glad I had it in the first week of the year. I'll take every win that I can get!

I hope that you all had a good first week for 2020. I’m off to enjoy what's left of my weekend – get out there and do the same! 

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