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06 May 2003 @ 09:57 am
I've been a baaaad girl...  
Okay yesterday was the first day that I chose not to go to Curves. :( I fear that might start a really bad precedent for me. I've felt like NOT going before, but I always ended up going anyway... I'm afraid that it'll be easier and easier for me to NOT go now. :( And I've promised myself, no matter how much I don't want to go today - I'm just going to have to.

UGH - someone I know is trying to get me involved in his network marketing "plan"... I know that not all of them are bad - but I've been majorly turned off to the idea by an ex-fiancee who was so fanatical about it that it ended up breaking us up... :( My problem is that I'm horrible at telling people "No" (evidenced by the fact that I stayed in Jaycees for so long). :P And he's a client of mine, so I really don't want to "offend" him... I hate this...

I've never done an entry from work before (this is the first time). Things here have slowed only slightly since tax season ended... Sometimes I feel frustrated here - I have a college degree (Okay, so it's not the right one for THIS particular field...which is a whole other story and an entirely different post all its own...) and my securities and insurance licenses, and nearly 10 years of experience at the bank, yet I've become basically a "glorified secretary"... But, hey - it pays my mortgage and bills so guess I really can't complain...

Edited to add: that my job isn't really supposed to be like this - it just sort of morphed itself into me doing all the paperwork and clerical stuff and NOT meeting with clients over the years to help out my boss...And though I love working for him, sometimes I get a little frustrated here...
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
lucylucy000 on May 6th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)
I Undertand
Its hard not to offend people, but there is no reason to sit at something that you to want to be at, unless you are paid or something. You could say that you have a commitment that night, which is what I would do, but that is the weenie route. Perhaps just saying that your funds are tied up or that your commitment are extended or some other ambigous thing...
Sherishutterbug93 on May 6th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: I Undertand
Thanks :) - I'll probably just tell him that I don't think it's for me right now because I already have too many things on my plate... Hopefully he won't take it personally... Again - I really hate this... :( Thanks for your advice though! :)
Claudelleclaudelle on May 6th, 2003 01:09 pm (UTC)
what is "Curves" ?

I always admired how jobs are handled in the USA. Basically you can do every job you want to do, as long a s you can do it. In Germany you need a degree for everything, so in your case, to work in a bank you need a degree related to the banking business. That's ridiculous, because as long as you are good at something you should go for it! But that's how it works here :(
Sherishutterbug93 on May 6th, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
"Curves" is a new line of gyms that have recently opened up here. It's great for working people because the locations are situated close to HUGE office buildings - and the workout is only 30 minutes so it can be done during lunch. :) I've just been lazy lately... :(

That's interesting about jobs in Germany. It makes some sense in the long run, I think - though I have to say, you're extremely fortunate. I know it took a lot of hard work and talent to get where you are and I've always admired people who could make a living in the art field. :) Unfortunately, here in today's economy it just isn't possible for me to even think about leaving my job to pursue what I really love doing... :( I guess that's what frustrates me the most...
irisheyes77 on May 6th, 2003 09:28 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask you what Curves was as well. I meant to when you mentioned it in an earlier post, but forgot to. I figured it was a health club from the name.

Don't worry about saying "no". I'm like that as well (I am always all out there for everyone) but you need to take time for yourself, too.
Sherishutterbug93 on May 6th, 2003 10:23 pm (UTC)
Saying "No" really stinks...I hate disappointing people... :( But you're all right - I can't spend my life trying to please everyone - I don't have that many hours in the day... ;)

Thanks, Amanda - I think I've built up a little more courage to say "No" to this guy now - just hope I don't chicken out (which is a distinct possibility). Hope you're doing well. :)
irisheyes77 on May 7th, 2003 07:10 am (UTC)
Everything's going good here. :) I would like to go to a health club, but all of them are so darn far away from us (at least an hour) that's it not worth it to join. I use to belong to one when I was in college and loved it! Especially the walking trails and the swimming pool. I never really worked on the machines all that much.
Sherishutterbug93 on May 7th, 2003 09:22 am (UTC)
I think that's the problem I had before they opened the Curves across from my office - it was just too far to drive to work out. Curves is great, though and it's all hydraulic machines (I was surprised because I thought it was a full-fledged gym at first.) It's a great atmosphere because it's all women and the staff there is very encouraging. :) It's a shame that you don't have a spa - fitness center near you! It's a great way to relieve stress! :)
Claudelle: catclaudelle on May 7th, 2003 02:46 am (UTC)
cool, a workout during lunch break, that's exactly what I would love to do! But I don't have something like that here :(

It makes sense in some cases and it others it doesn't , because some people are very good at something but they won't get a job in that business without degree. On the other hand, when they give someone a job without degree this person will be paid less than someone doing the same job with a degree. They don't pay people here for what good work they do, but for the degree they have. Silly!! But it's about to change a little bit...

And you are right, I am really very fortunate! I wanted to work in a hospital or museum from the beginning, and those jobs are very rare. And best of all, they are better paid than any other photo job (unless you are a star photographer of course!).
But still photographers are compared to doctors, lawyers, bankers.... very low paid people *sigh* well, it could be worse I guess. In my case it's not sooo bad, because I live in my parents house and because of that I don't pay rent for my wonderful apartment.

I understand you very well, I did a non-art job for three years before my current job was offered to me. The thee worst years of my life!!!!!!
But thing is you should never give up hope, I was lucky to get the job of my dreams because I waited for it a long time
Sherishutterbug93 on May 7th, 2003 09:32 am (UTC)
It makes sense in some cases and it others it doesn't , because some people are very good at something but they won't get a job in that business without degree.

Oh my, that's pretty unfortunate - and in thinking about it a bit more, I guess that you be too prohibitive in a way especially if that means that a talented person without a degree is paid less than a person of the same talent with a degree. In that way, I guess that's pretty unfair - I'm glad to hear it'll be changing soon.

Thanks so much for your encouragement! It means a lot to me to know that you've been through the same thing that I'm going through - and are now doing what you love. :) My job is really okay - sometimes I just feel like I need a creative outlet - I think that's why I spend so much time and energy on my web sites.
Sabine: Lauser1sabine10 on May 6th, 2003 02:04 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, it can be difficult to say "no". I hope things turned out well for you.

Sending good thoughts your way. :)
Sherishutterbug93 on May 6th, 2003 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Sabine! You're too sweet. :)

BTW, I've missed you around here. Hope your week is going well. :)