Profession vs. personality

Photo credit to Hyperbole and a Half, one of my favorite blogs.

Photo credit to Hyperbole and a Half, one of my favorite blogs.

Professionally, my life is split between two extremes. As a freelance writer, I sit on my couch and translate my thoughts into words that are published on websites, blogs and print. These jobs challenge the boundaries of what I think I can write and continuously expand my horizons. I’m alone when I write, but I’m seldom lonely.

Most days, I leave my apartment only to run or to go to work. In the past months, running has become an exercise in pacing both my strides and my life. It’s not always something I do well, but I keep trying. I have more energy when I run, and am more able to tackle all of the challenges thrown my way.

When I’m behind the bar, I step it up. I drink more tea and if I’m really tired, some espresso to keep my energy levels high. I joke, banter, tell stories, talk to customers/friends and keep moving. If I’m in motion, I’m awake and can keep the momentum going. It’s fast-paced, hospitality-oriented and way different from anything else I’ve done.

I’ve found recently that I’m having more trouble recharging after my shifts. Whether it’s exhaustion, an inconsistent sleep schedule, lack of exercise or overstimulation, I can’t seem to get rested. Though I’ve put a plan into effect to get back to regular exercise and have started blocking off time to read. After deleting Candy Crush, this plan seems to be working. My energy levels are slightly higher, and I have finally worked through my to do list.

Next week, I’m looking forward to more time to myself. I’ll also be putting together a Halloween costume and getting ready to start the November #bloglikecrazy challenge. Though it’ll add daily blogging to my to do list, I’m looking forward to getting back in the habit of writing and taking time out for my blog each day. As well, sitting down with my writing every day will give me the chance to evaluate my priorities as a freelancer. I may not like what I find, but it’ll make me more honest.

Until then, I’m going to keep on working towards balancing my work obligations and personal needs. Right now, it’s time to read.

Have any advice for balancing your personality type with job expectations? Leave them in the comments!

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2 responses to “Profession vs. personality

  1. Feeling crashed after a bartending shift is totally normal. The physical toll of standing up (and essentially pacing all night) aside, being “on” is exhausting. I was a barista for years, and what was funny is that working the register (aka talking to folks all day/night) was way more tiring than working the espresso machine and running back and forth to get supplies. When you’re interacting with people, you can’t drop into a zone of robotic productivity, so you have to stay fully aware.

    As a bartender, you have the toughest balance, because you’re interacting with lots of people of various emotional states while you’re also making pretty complicated drinks from memory. No surprise that would be taxing.

    • I too used to work as a barista! Bartending is more fun (and more work), but the post-shift exhaustion was lasting for days at a time. It’s a fun and challenging job, but it also takes up almost my entire capacity for dealing with silly people. That can be problematic.

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