Funny that, 11 months ago, I just finished writing about how I was completely absent from blogging for a majority of 2013. As it turns out, my track record in 2014 wasn’t much better. A solid two posts? Winning.
As we’re approaching the end of 2014, and considering how I am now almost two years behind in summarizing my thoughts and ideas, why don’t I start with what I am looking forward to seeing for 2015? That sounds like a good place to start, for me…
What I am looking forward to most in 2015 are new opportunities, as 2014 was a difficult year for a number of reasons. For the sake of not writing a novel, I’ll isolate this post to summarizing, arguably, my two biggest challenges of 2014: my car and my job. For most, getting around and making a living are two crucial concerns to have. For me, neither should have been huge challenges in 2014, seeing as how they were both new in 2013 and still fresh as 2014 kicked-off. As 2014 went on, things went, let’s just say, not as wonderfully as expected.
My car, a 2013 Ford Focus Titanium (top line) package, which I purchased brand new in September 2013, turned out to be a total piece of trash after less than a year of ownership. For a while, I thought I was the crazy one, arguing with various Ford representatives about how what I was hearing — a loud, metal-on-metal grinding noise coming from underneath my hood as my car shifted from 1st to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd gears, accompanied by jerking and lagging — was not a “normal” noise for that, or any other, properly operating vehicle to make. The saga started in July, after I was fed up of dealing with this noise for eight-plus months and after researching that this model has had some serious transmission issues. The better part of my transmission was replaced with no-to-little improvement before my family and I were able to have the entire transmission replaced — after only 19,000 miles of owning the vehicle and a lot of intense discussions, mind you. I’ll refrain from sharing the gory details and just tell you that if you happen to be in the market for a new car, buyer beware. I certainly would not put any more confidence in Ford, and even that is an understatement.
While dealing with that drama, I was continuing to work full time and attend school part time, with seven classes (about a year) left to complete my MBA. I could discuss the nice travel and development opportunities that I had in continuing working at my job as a Marketing Specialist — including participating in a CRM transition project that allowed me to learn more about the highly-regarded Salesforce.com CRM platform and even act as co-administrator of the system for a period of time — but that, too, was full of pros and cons. As fate would have it, one huge con was presented to me right after Thanksgiving; two days into December and after coming back from our break, to be exact. You can guess what a job-related “huge con” might entail, but to give you a hint, I’ll suggest that my opportunities ended rather abruptly, to no fault or incompetence of my own. I’m presently a free agent, for anyone looking for any kick-ass marketing talent. ;)
Each day is going to be different, but challenges are ultimately learning opportunities, and I’ve done my best in recent weeks to take these things in stride. Any moment that I spend feeling down about these situations is one that I could spend doing something productive — reading one of the many books that I have been meaning to read, getting back into some of my hobbies like web design and crafting, researching and making myself more marketable for new opportunities, etc. So, that’s my plan, and I’m sticking to it.