Life, Lately

by Emily Steers on 08/13/2013

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That’s it in a nutshell, really. Sitting at the kitchen table with a computer and a cup of coffee.

I think I let it slip last week on Facebook that the past year has been … well, pretty much the worst year of my life. In hindsight, that means that I’ve led a really great life, but that doesn’t mean the past 365 have been that cakewalk-y.

Almost exactly a year ago, I put in my two weeks’ notice at the job I’d held for three years, as a writer and producer for a wine critic. When I put in my notice, he screamed and yelled at me, called me a selfish bitch and various other terms I don’t like repeating, and I left the office that day sobbing. Kind of tells you how the next 364 days went.

I went to go work at a social media firm, which then proceeded to 1) change my actual job duties, title, and responsibilities within a few weeks of me starting 2) also abuse my skills and sanity. I quit that job on Memorial Day, after my client called me directly at 4:45am and I couldn’t contact any of my supervisors to figure out how I was going to handle the emergency that the client dumped on my plate. Bear in mind that I’d also worked on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and almost every single weekend since I’d started the job. I’d had enough.

Also, sometime in October of last year, I’d broken up with my fiance. That was kind of the straw for this-here blog camel. I couldn’t handle all the stress, and fell into some nicely destructive habits of a lot of nights out, a lot of avoiding people, a lot of “I’m not leaving my bed unless I’m going to walk the dog,” and a lot of, like, making out with near-strangers in bars. It’s like I was 27 going on 19– fun, but ultimately exhausting and annoying.

Since Memorial Day, I’ve been scraping together odds-n-ends social media work. Oh, and my fiance and I are back together, though not living together or technically engaged right now. It’s all good, and I’m hoping I can make ends meet through freelance work through the beginning of next year.

So, that’s that for now. I keep trying to make this blog start again, and I hope you’ll stick with me. It– and you– bring a lot of happiness.

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Sarah August 16, 2013 at 3:20 PM

It has been a rough year for you. I’ve had a couple of those myself. You have to take care of you first. We all love you and want you to be happy!

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