Judging a Job as Fulfilling or Not

Sorcerer Mickey

I love working for this guy!

A few days ago, someone watched me for a few moments greeting people at my job. “Wow, you sure have a fulfilling job,” he intoned sarcastically. “Telling people to go this way and then that way.”

Surprised and rather annoyed, I looked him right in the eye. “I actually love my job.”

“Sure, for now.” He laughed. Heat rushed to my face as I struggled not to cry. It”s not a big deal, I tried to think. But his words still stung.

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Back to Work

Meeting Mickey

Who wouldn’t want to go back to this boss?

Going back to anything can be hard. Some people see it as a failure, as moving backward in life. I see it as returning to something that you enjoy, that you left but are happily (if nervously) returning to, that you both love and are drained from at times.

I am nervous but excited to return today. Hopefully nothing crazy happened while I was gone. Too many changes would be hard to manage.

However, going back is a new adventure no matter what has changed or stayed the same. It is one that I am ready for facing.

So, what is a time that you went back? How did you face it? I would love to hear from you!

Coping Skills: #85. Take a Break from Work

Me sleeping

We all need a break.

Many times, work has been a helpful coping skill for me and others I know. You are distracted, busy, and hopefully doing something you are passionate about or helping others while meeting a goal. There are many benefits to working besides earning money.

However, sometimes we need to take a break from work as a coping skill. Perhaps you are burned out, physically sick, mentally exhausted, or emotionally drained. Maybe it is time for this coping skill then.

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A Frozen Ride Is Coming to Disney World

This is why the Norway ride is closed now. 🙂 Today was not very long at work but filled with ups and downs. Having a bit of Elsa’s chill might be nice now because I am feeling sick. Maybe it is the weather…

TIME

The smash-hit animated musical Frozen, which is already getting a sequel and a Broadway show, will also be transformed into an amusement park ride, opening in 2016 at Disney World’s Epcot.

“Frozen Ever After” will replace the 27-year-old Maelstrom water ride at the Norway pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, Disney announced on Tuesday. Visitors will be shuttled in logs through a festival in the fictional land of Arendelle from the film. Riders will watch citizens celebrate winter in the middle of summer thanks to Elsa’s magical ice-creating powers. And riders will eventually reach Elsa’s Ice Palace, where the princess will be singing—what else?—”Let It Go.”

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Animatronic versions of Anna, Kristof and Olaf will also appear. Disney’s designers and engineers, known as Imagineers at Disney World, have even recruited the film’s composers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez, to write new lyrics for the chart-topping songs.

Disney…

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Monday Meeting — 92 Year Old Finishes San Diego Marathon

Towers in Fantasyland

The view near where I work

Here is one awesome link for the week. I worked 12 hours today and am so very tired. Next week, all my shifts are 14 hours. I am excited to be working more but also tired. Plus, I just want to figure out all of the broken things in my life.

Soul Gatherings

SAN DIEGO – Harriette Thompson became the oldest woman to complete a marathon in today’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, at 92 years, 93 days old.

Thompson, of Charlotte, North Carolina, completed the 26-mile, 385-yard course in seven hours, 24 minutes, 36 seconds.

The previous record was set by Gladys Burill, who was 92 years, 19 days old when she completed the Honolulu Marathon in 2010.

Prior to the race, Thompson said of the attention she has been receiving: “I’m going to be disappointed if it stops. I’m enjoying it! I love being pampered.”

Thompson began running when she was 76. Today’s marathon was her 16th. She is a two-time cancer survivor who entered the race to raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her husband died of cancer in January and her son just began his own round of chemotherapy.

She has raised more than $90,000 for…

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First Day Done!

Disney name tag

My official name tag

Sorry about the late post! I just finished my first day on the job officially. I am no longer in training but a full employee at Fantasyland! Yahoo!

More updates will come tomorrow. I just wanted to let you know. 🙂 Plus, you should know that this job is both so difficult and amazing. I think I’m going to love it here!

One Thousand Thanks: 1077 – 1087. Disney College Program Week One

Palm trees

Palm trees near my room

Starting again with Thankfulness Thursday, I am excited to go over my last week and the wonderful moments of being at Disney. Although there have been difficult moments, most of the program has been wonderful. Plus, I am in the happiest place on earth which is certainly something to celebrate.

1077. Awesome roommates – The five girls that I am with are so lovely, kind, funny, and helpful. They are all such blessings to have as roommates and friends.

1078. Warm weather – Being in the 90’s and 80’s is strange but lovely. Sure, it is a bit much at time, but I love it for the most part. Continue reading

One Thousand Thanks: 998 – 1008. Employee Shout-Outs Part One

Coping Skill 9. Working

Work can add additional stress or give you a needed distraction.

“When will I be in your blog?” “Will you write about me?” “So, Anna Rose, how is blogging going?”

Many of my coworkers have been curious about my strange way of expressing myself. Thus, I promised to mention them. Doing a shout-out to each person on Thankfulness Thursday only seemed appropriate. By the way, you might have noticed that I am now over 1,000 thanks. I think that I will keep going at least through Lent. The practice of being grateful is important for me to continue cultivating.

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Tipping Fast Food Workers $100

Many times, we go through life oblivious to those around us. Many people work in thankless jobs that are wearying emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. These include servers, cleaners, fast food workers, garbage collectors, nannies and many more people.

As a child, I began to notice these people who seemed as forgotten as me. Thus, they deserved my thanks and attention. People look at me strange when I thank them for mopping the floor or buckling me into the roller coaster. However, I hope that my short words touch them.

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Cutting Something Out of Our Lives

Stairs at a college in Oxford

Stairs at a college in Oxford where I found some peace and quiet

Everyone has been harping on me to eliminate something from my schedule. Work, school, extra curricular activities – they are all great, claim my parents and medical caregivers, but even too much of a good thing can lead to disaster.

However, I feel stuck. Already, so much has been given up from my list of things to do. I have not gone to Toastmasters the past two meetings and never joined choir or speech team. The amount of work that I have done has cut down for two of my jobs to very few hours. Yet, my life still feels chaotic.

Society puts so much pressure on us to be busy. Working is a virtue as is pushing yourself to accomplish as much as possible. Taking time to rest and simply be is almost unheard of, at least where I am from in Midwestern America. You should always be moving forward and completing some task. That makes a successful person.

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