I don’t normally talk about work in this space but this time, definitely going to go there! I haven’t really written much about who I work for out of respect for the boundaries that exist between work and home. However, for the second time I headed out to Anaheim, California for the Natural Products Expo West and Engredea and it was an amazing blur of a week.
Once I got home, I realized that I had next to know pictures of anything that happened! I was able to attend a few educational sessions and meet a lot of incredible people through networking events but I was there to support the show itself, not a company exhibiting there (even though I had a lot of booth duty!). But booth duty isn’t so bad when you can start your morning getting a tour started with a mimosa!
I was able to hit the show floor for about an hour and I saw some incredible new products! One of my favorites was the new line from The Republic of Tea. While I am a Celestial Fan through and through, some extra flavors every once and a while is not a bad thing. I will definitely be hitting up the store to grab some new tea for my desk! I also stopped by the Flapjacked booth and saw these two lovely ladies! Always nice to see a friendly face in a crowd of 65000 people!
The weather and the views were also incredible! I was afraid that it was going to be rainy and cold based on the weather reports the weeks leading up to the show but alas, 70’s and sunny every day! Had to step outside to warm up every once in a while! Luckily I snagged a good shot!
And the views from my hotel room were pretty great too!
Overall, an incredible work trip! Next time, I promise I will take more pictures!
How is it Thursday already? This week has flown by! Today isn’t about beer or my favorite things. It’s actually about one of my least favorite things, drama and stress!
I have always been told that I thrive under stress, I do my best work with a deadline. The problem with that mentality is that I am always stressed. I take work stress home and it bubbles into my relationships. It’s too hard to come home and be exhausted from sitting at a desk all day. And I’m sure the Husband isn’t too happy to hear about the woes of my job.
My major problem lately is that I let everyone else’s problems be my problem. I am always the shoulder to cry on and the person to vent to. What this means is that when my office is having a bad day, it tends to rub off. I have always been a social person and I can’t help but eavesdrop sometimes (I can’t help it if you are going to yell your problems across the office) and this gets in the way. I am also not going to problem solve for you. Research your problem or ask an expert, not your neighbor. As I read this back to myself, it seems a little harsh but true.
This week I am putting my foot down! I need to take a big breath and remember that work is work and it should stay at work. And work gets hard, I just need to take a walk and work through it. I have had jobs that have required hourly attention and thankfully, this isn’t a job like that. And when things get stressful for my neighbors, I need to grab my headphones and stay focused. I still want to be the compassionate person I have always been but I can’t let my empathy get in the way of me having successful days. It’s time to focus on me and my work load and not everybody else’s!
Do you worry about work? How do you keep stress from coming home with you?
Do you know what’s worse than traveling for work? Settling back into normal life after a work trip… I’m always so tired, too lazy to cook, and my normal schedule is haywire.
Wish I could order room service every morning!
This was a strange benedict… more eggs under the ham and no muffin
Tasty cocktail at Tavernitas! thanks, Lindsey!
I did get to go out a little bit and I got some great shots of one of my favorite cities!
Our train stop for Wrigley!
And now that my suitcase is unpacked, we are starting to look at quick summer trips around Colorado. We are looking at finally spending a weekend in Colorado Springs (any tips?), down to Durango, and possibly another trip to Palisade and Grand Junction! We live in such a diverse state, it would be a shame to spend any more time at home.
Tell me about your favorite trip! Or tell me where to go!