Monday, January 9, 2012

Self-Esteem, Anyone?


What makes you feel good about yourself? Is it when you've worked out hard, and have that satisfied feeling of sore-but-well-used muscles? Is it when you finish a project at work? When your house is un-cluttered and clean? When you finally lost those last ten pounds? For me, it can be any of the above. Though I'm just recovering enough orthopedically to do stairs, that by itself is not really a workout. I lost my job a while back. My house, though less cluttered than before, is still cluttered, and I can't lose weight because I destroyed my metabolism in college (see Careless Words if you're curious).   I have to look elsewhere for that feeling. I found it today.

The Engineer's mother and I do share some common traits, though we are very, very different people. Right now she's recovering from a devastating injury (and is a very private person so that's all I'll say about it). This event has her limited in mobility and stamina. I'm taking care of her in a way that I'm probably the only family member with the time (and experience) to do so.

As catch up for new followers, (Hi!! I tried to make it around to all of you! What an exciting weekend!) I worked as an office manager at a very small manufacturing firm where there were eleven employees, and I was the only female. It was heaven. However, all good things (at least this is what I've found in my life) soon come to an end and they kicked me out the door. (If you'd like that story, see  Abrupt U-Turn)  After three years there, I'd learned some serious accounting skills, how to multi-task even further than what's required for being a mom, and the pleasure of all the ducks in a row, everything accounted for, and no mistakes. Ha. But at least some of those skills are now showing themselves to quite helpful.

The Boss has done the books for The Advocate's law firm for 26 years. Right now it's not just month end, and quarter end, it's also year-end. Lots of paperwork, lots of accounting to catch up on. She needs help. My help. I'm finally using what I learned, and for something so satisfying. So it's grinning ear to ear that I push publish and head off to accounting land again.

I'll repeat my original question: What makes you feel good about yourself?


13 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ooo fun...maybe...ha, reconciling can not be much fun at times...smiles.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So you're working again? That's good!
I feel best when I've done something for someone else.

jnana said...

That sounds interesting! I'm an accounting student and I can't wait till I get some proper experience out there.

What makes me feel good about myself? Lots of things, but mostly when I've made a difference in someone's life, or when I've made my mother proud.

KarenG said...

Your post pretty much captures it-- being able to use my talents in a productive way, helping someone in need, strengthening those family ties. Nice to meet you, Tara! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment.

New follower! KarenG

J. Kwiatkowski-Schuler said...

Finishing a painting!

Jen Daiker said...

Taking the time to think of all I've done thus far in life and what I'm about to do.

Right now it's preparing for adoption that keeps me elated.

Fabulous meeting you! I see your up for the challenge for the A to Z business! BEST OF LUCK! I was a host last yera and wish I had time again this year!

Tina said...

Testing a link
Co-hosting the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Arlee Bird said...

I feel best about myself when I'm carrying my share of the bourbon--er, I mean burden.


Lee
Tossing It Out

Tina said...

And...another test.
Tina @ Life is Good Co-hosting the Blogging from A to Z Challenge April 2012

Melissa Bradley said...

Hello!! I love the design of your site. It's beautiful. :)

I get a good feeling when I finish a story. I go through so much stress getting it out of my head that I feel like I've won a battle when I can type The End. I'm trying to get that same feeling from working out, but right now my body is like "what are you doing?"

Ella said...

Completing projects on time and doing something for others seems to give me that successful feel! Nice to meet you!

Jenny said...

I feel really good about myself when, as you mentioned, all my ducks are in a row...

I also love being able to bring a smile to someone's face...

Well, I'm off to work on my To-Do list so I can get my self-esteem up for the day...(((winkwink))))

Thanks for sharing this...

Damyanti said...

Very few things. But successfully completing a writing project is one of them.