Hey there! Today I wanted to give a little update on my work situation. If we’re friends on Instagram (@kristinarunning) and you watch my Stories then you probably have noticed that I’m at home a lot during the day. That’s because I’m now a stay-at-home-cat-mom. JUST KIDDING :).
In September of last year, after working for the same company for five years, I changed jobs. Unfortunately I ended up loathing my new job, and in October I put in my two weeks notice. I didn’t have a concrete backup plan at the time, but I knew I had no future at the new company. Every night I would come home and tell Adam what my job was like and he would urge me to quit immediately.
I am grateful that we are in a position where that was a possibility so I quit after only a month. Luckily things worked out for me right away and I’m happier with my career now than I’ve ever been. With my new situation comes the ability to work from home which makes me SO happy.
Cecil is now my full time
assistant manager. He keeps an eye on me all day (except for when he has to take his nap breaks) and makes sure I’m getting all my work done.
Honestly after five+ years of driving down into Miami I couldn’t be more grateful to be working from home. Previously, I would sit in the car and re-calculate how much time in my life was wasted in rush hour traffic:
– 2.5 hours a day on average
– 12.5 hours a week
– 50 hours a month
– 600 hours a year
– 3000 hours over five years
Three thousand hours equals 125 days. Over the course of five years I wasted the equivalent of 125 days sitting in traffic. Ouch.
There are all kinds of studies being done about how commuting is bad for our physical and mental health, so getting myself out of that situation was important.
The only downside to this new arrangement is that Cecil sometimes decides he needs attention when I’m in the middle of something important. When he wants attention he demands it by sitting down on my keyboard. He gives zero F’s and will get a head rub when he wants it :).
I tell him he has to move, but I don’t think there’s any conviction in my voice.
Another benefit of working from home is that I can use my lunch hour to do any number of things. Usually I use it to eat lunch like you would expect, but yesterday I dipped out to Sephora to pick up a new bottle of moisturizer because I ran out the other day.
Before I would have had to wait for the weekend to hit the mall because I would be too tired or it would be too late, especially on the nights that I would need to go running.
Speaking of which being able to go running early in the evening instead of starting my run at 7:15 or 7:30pm is going to be a game changer. I used to make dinner at like 9:30pm which is too late to be eating if you go to bed at 10 or 11pm. Now I’ll be able to go running and still make and eat dinner at a decent hour.
Literally my whole life is changing and I am a new person, haha!
Adam also works from home two days a week so the whole fam is together on those days. Except he works downstairs and my office is upstairs so we don’t really see each other except for lunch time. It is nice that we can have lunch together on those days though!
So the point of this post was just to update you guys on my work situation because the most common DM I get is the polite version of, “don’t you have a job anymore?” And the answer is yes, I’m just doing the work from home thing this year :). It’s not all cats and coffee, I do still spend most of the day managing marketing and advertising campaigns.
I have to work hard to give my cat the life he deserves!
Are you able to work from home some days/all the time at your job?
How long is your commute into work?
Do you ever get errands/shopping done during your lunch break?