Another Winter Weekend

Bored single mom braves an upstate winter

After fighting off the flu last week, I was grateful for some quiet time tonight. This past week was busy at work, so rather than run myself down I wound up turning in early every night. We got some snow this week, but it was too warm for it to stick around long, which I was very relieved about.

Driving in the snow is a high anxiety event for me, so if I can avoid it, I do. It’s just one of the ways I fend off possible panic attacks, which I’m prone to due to the PTSD resulting from a bank robbery (as well as few other life-threatening events within a 2 yr period) that happened many years ago. I’m a lot better now, but only because I’ve altered my lifestyle to accommodate my anxieties. The effect this has had on my personal life has been very costly, but I am thankful that I’ve been able to create a professional life within my comfort zone. I make every effort to resist allowing PTSD to effect my daily life. Some days this requires more effort than others.

Like a lot of people, I tend to bury myself in my work. We all have our own reasons for allowing ourselves to do this, knowing full well that it’s happening. Let’s face it, nobody becomes a workaholic without knowing it’s happening. For now, working full time at the warehouse as the New Media Specialist (which also keeps me busy during the evenings and weekends due to the social media requirements), and continuing to maintain my Design client’s sites keeps me very “occupied”.

I love what I do. Social Media and Web Development require constant attention to detail and monitoring. Tracking trends, and keeping up to date on industry changes are necessary activities that keep my mind busy and out of trouble. A pleasantly unexpected side effect of being a Social Media expert is the resulting expansion of my inter-personal experiences. Networking has become second nature, and is something I’m surprised to enjoy so much.

I’m proud of my accomplishments. I’ve been working my new job for just over three months now, and even I’m amazed at the progress my efforts have made. The three screenshots below are sites that I monitor daily, design, and maintain. I’ve yet to update my professional portfolio, so consider this my first step in doing so. (Basically, I’m proud and want to show off, so indulge me lol.)

Cigar Events site for upstate NY

I built this site a few years ago as an Independent Contractor. I've redesigned it recently as the New Media Specialist.

Tobacco, pipes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and tobacco related legislation information

One of my first assignments as the New Media Specialist was to build this site and nuture it's growing community. A personal blog by cigar smokers for cigar smokers.

The most recent project. Header art was provided by a co-worker. This blog has been fun to customize.

Participating in industry forums and social networks keeps me very busy, and I’m enjoying every minute of it. On cold, lonely weekends, working in social media allows me to stay busy doing something I love. Considering that my kids are away most weekends, this has worked out very well for me.

Learning how to be alone and happy about it seems to be my personal winter project… and I’m OK with that!

New Media Specialist, single mom, biker

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  1. […] is. I remembered something my father said to me after I felt like I was losing the battle against the issues I was dealing with after the bank robberies. He said, “You’re a Douglas. We’re from Scotland. NO ONE can defeat us unless we […]

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