Charnell Lucich

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I often see Friday love lists and I used to do them myself. But today I’ve decided to create a Monday love list because well..Mondays generally suck. After an enjoyable weekend, Monday is always that dreaded day when you have to wake up early to go to work or school or try to get back in the swing of things. It’s just not a pleasant day. So to make my Monday a little more digestable, I’m going to think about the things I love. :)

Coffee. (you knew this was going to be here!)

My Granddaughter. This little girl is a very important part of my life. Very.

Family. Granted, there are days when they drive me absolutely mad – but I love them with all my heart.

Fall. There is something about the turning colors of leaves and the cooler weather that is just refreshing.

Blue jeans and my favorite worn out t-shirt.

ME time.

Hearing the laughter of a child.

Tattoos.

Cooking a meal for my Family. There is something incredibly satisfying about seeing my Family with full bellies and hearing them complain about how good it was and how they ate way too much.

Yard work. It’s just…relaxing. After it’s done of course.

Pasta!

While you’re diving into your Monday, think about some of the things that you love and let the thoughts bring a smile to your face. :)

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So much has taken place in such a short period of time. Within the last 5 weeks I have:

  • Lost my job
  • Started School
  • Moved to a new City

It’s only a list of 3 things, but when you think about everything that’s involved, it’s a lot! Especially in 5 weeks time. Included in this 5 week period, I’ve had time to do some reflecting and pondering over who I am. Who I want to be. And who I want and do not want in my life, in between all of the madness in the above mentioned list.

Who am I? I’m a pretty simple person. I’m intelligent, witty, happy. More often than not, I live in the moment. This means different things to different people, but to me it simply means that I do what I need to do, when I need to do it. Tomorrow – I tackle that when it comes. Of course I think about the future, but my future consists of nothing longer than /maybe/ a week or two at the most. I’m sure some of you read this and think, “Wow..what about your future? Do you plan for that?” The answer is yes. I do. But I do necessity planning: what bill am I going to pay off in the next 12 months? What do I need to do to get from point A to point B in my life in the next 5 years (for me or for my Family)? That’s pretty much it. You see, there is a very real chance that I may not be here tomorrow. Or next week. Or next year. Because of this reality, I choose to live each day as it comes. These days may include a day of school, a day of cooking in my kitchen, a day of spending it with a Family member, or simply a day of doing absolutely nothing but reading on the Internet. Before my Family freaks out reading this, I’d just like to clarify that there is nothing wrong with me or my health. I simply mean that I could walk outside and get ran over by a bus, or in a local case – a big jacked up 4×4 monster truck driven by a careless 16 year old kid doing 60mph in a 25mph neighborhood.

Who do I want to be? I think this is the easiest question of them all to answer. I want to be the very best Mother, GrandMother, and Significant other that I can be for my Family. That’s it. Do I aspire to be more? Nope. Because these three things are the single most important aspects of my life. In the end, they’re all that matters to me. Again, pretty simple.

A part of my life. Many people have come and gone in my life over the years and a lot of lessons have been learned. Hooooey a lot let me tell ya! These people, good and bad, have really helped shape who I am today. Thank goodness I’m one to learn from my mistakes! These people, along with many people I come across today really help me focus on the type of people I want in my life. Got drama? Keep it. Got 10 suitcases full of skeletons that you like to open and share freely? Oh baby, keep them! Got baby Momma/Daddy problems? Get a lawyer. Feel better when you’re bringing someone else down or talking bad about people? Yeah..keep that mess to yourself. I have very few people outside of my Family in my life. I’ve never been one to have friends. I’m happy shopping alone. I’m happy running errands, alone. I’m happy at home on my off days while everyone is at work, alone. And the few people that I do enjoy being around, I’m happy when I have a chance to meet them for lunch or coffee. And even happier when I return home. I can count on one hand the people that I consider a friend. Re-reading this paragraph, I just thought “what does this day about me?” “What type of person am I?” An introvert? Nah. I just choose to live my daily life doing me, keeping it simple, and more importantly, keeping it real. And these are the type of people I enjoy having in my life. The type of person who is nothing more than simple and real.

I’m not sure where I was even going with this post. I was sitting here at home this morning enjoying the peace and quiet and just started thinking about all the negative things that I stumbled upon on the Internet this morning. Drama. Negativity. Relationship issues. Political rants (these piss me off the most; especially when someone shares information from some random no-name, no credibility news site and taking it as truth). And all I could think was, “man…these people can’t be happy if this is all they have to say, think, or feel.” I mean, getting all worked up over something someone has said (whether it’s about you or not), getting your blood pressure up because LOOKATMYBIGFLAG.com (used for expression only) created a blog post about ‘Murica and the right to own guns, having a different opinion than you. What does it solve? Absolutely nothing. And the only one it hurts…is you. You’re now upset. You’re blood pressure is going up. You’re spewing profanities. You let someone else affect you, your attitude, and possibly your health.

I may lead a boring life and I may miss out on a lot of things. That’s okay. Because I’m happy in my life, where I am, who I am, and who I have in it. I like being me and I like “me”. And the reality of it is…this is all that matters.

Change.

 

A lot has happened in my personal and professional life these last couple of months and a lot has weighed on my mind these past couple of years. The weight of my professional career has been a heavy one to carry. I’ve been in the IT industry since the late 90’s. Specifically, the hosting industry for the last 11 years. I’ve held a wide range of positions throughout these years, all of which I enjoyed. Yet there was always this nagging thought I carried with me – “What would I do if I lost my job?”

Since 2010 I have held key roles for the companies I’ve worked for. These roles kept me managing the online face and voice of one company via Social Media, constantly traveling to conferences and representing the business, and the other had me managing online engagement and so much more.

“Sounds like awesome roles! What’s the problem here?!”

The problem – no…MY problem is that I’ve struggled trying to answer one question over and over: “What is my career path?” There isn’t one. Plain and simple. And if I lost my job, well..it’s a saturated market, the pay isn’t great, and again, there just isn’t a real career path for me. There is an even bigger problem with this and my questions became reality recently. I did in fact lose my job and my struggle became even bigger. Not financially, mentally. Because I was forced to answer one question that I’ve never been able to answer: “What do you WANT to do?” My response to that question every time? “I don’t know.”

I finally figured it out. Finally. I was asking myself the wrong question all this time. Instead of setting my brain on fire, getting hot flashes thinking about it, and wrecking my nervous system (okay, maybe it wasn’t THAT bad..but pretty darn close!), I changed the question and asked myself what is it that I’m good at. All of a sudden, the clouds went away and a lot of things became much clearer.

I’m good at helping people. Fixing broken things whether it be technology, animals, people (especially people), and so on. I see your eyebrow raised over there looking at me like that. I know…I know. There are many fields that I can go in to that covers that. A lot. I’m good at it. I enjoy it. But I don’t want to be paid for it. These are things that make me happy. Does that even make sense?

It’s been really nice being able to stay home recently. To relax, cook, bake, do whatever I want. It has given me time to think about my next career and really dedicate the time needed to figure it out. The skills that I have are not skills that I can take to any company and many companies aren’t even hiring for it or have those type of positions. Not to mention, honestly…I’m tired.

So I’ve decided to focus on a career track that is transferable anywhere. In any State. I’m going back to school. It’s scary and exciting at the same time. I’m completely changing the industry that I know like the back of my hand and moving on to the health field and pursuing a degree in Health Information Technology. I can help people. I can hold a regular 9-5 job and truly have a work-life balance. It’s so easy for those two to become one.

Next week I will be taking my first step outside of my comfort zone. My new life begins…

 

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I have been an iPhone user since the first iPhone came out. Until a few months ago. I made the leap over to Android and picked up a Nexus 5. I tried to use Android a few years ago, was pretty miserable with it, and quickly ran back to cuddle with my longtime buddy – Apple.

Over the last 10+ years my cell phones get heavy use for work related things and I’m accustomed to using my phone and not carrying around a laptop or a tablet. It’s convenient. Since I made the switch to Android this go-round, my work life has been much easier. Much. My e-mail client Nine is my new best friend, Google docs is my savior, and other apps I use for work along withvthese two are just simple and work flawlessly together. Android has come a long way over the years and I’m loving it.

So what’s the dilemma?

I keep up with tech. I’m a gadget girl. I stalk technology 24/7/365. I dream technology. Okay..maybe I don’t go that far. Maybe. I sold my iPad (that I’ve also used continuously since the beginning, upgrading to the latest and greatest year after year), and purchased a Nexus 7. Love it. I use an Apple laptop for work. I use Android for personal everything.
I love both, but I feel like I get so much more with Android. Then here comes the iPhone 6 and now I find myself struggling. Being a techi-gadget-geek-girl, an Apple and Android lover, what is a girl to do? #firstworldproblems (yes, I did it.)

Now let me say that I am _not_ the techie who has to show off all my latest and greatest gadgets. I’m not the “ooooh…look at me! Look at the new coolness I have!” I research and buy my gadgets wisely based off of what will work best for me then keep them to myself and enjoy them. I mean, there have been times that I’ve researched for over a year and end up purchasing something that’s a little dated – and that’s okay because the latest model wasn’t a good choice.

I’m keeping up with all the rumors and speculations of what’s to come with the iPhone 6 and I’m drooling. I’m seeing the pictures of its beauty. I’m glancing over at my not-so-fancy/kind-of-plain Nexus 5 and understanding that while it’s not sleek, nor fancy, it’s done everything I’ve wanted it to do, easily. But I’m a gadget girl! I want to play with everything new and cool! Everything! What if the iPhone 6 with the new iOS 8 can do everything that I need it to do with ease and grace?

I’m pretty sure I won’t go out and buy an iPhone 6 when it’s released. I’ll watch it. Read the reviews from real world users. And wear a bib…

I would love to hear others opinions on both Android and iOS, what you primarily use it for (work or personal), and why you’ve chosen it. You may offer reasoning that I haven’t thought of (for either) that will help make decisions easier in the future.

Life's Choices. It's up to you.

Haven’t done one of these in ages. Then again, I haven’t really been here in a while either. I’m trying to change that. Really.

With the Holiday’s fast approaching *groan*, I’ve recently realized how different they’ll be this year. There aren’t any kids at home to help cook and bake, there won’t be any having to sneak around the house late at night while the kids are sleeping to wrap presents and put them under the Christmas tree, there won’t be much of anything now that the kids are grown and on their own now. And since they’ve been on their own, it’s given me the time to slow down and really think about the things that I love and appreciate today. Because you know, I had that whole Mom-thing going on and when that goes on all that you think, live, breathe, is well…anything to do with the Mom-thing.

So, on to the 10 things I love…

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  1. Me time.
  2. Standing on my patio early in the morning, coffee in hand and watching the sun come up.
  3. My Keurig Platinum.
  4. Spending time with my Granddaughter.
  5. Bundling up like a snow bunny and having these Texans laugh at me (because to them, it’s not cold here yet). This seems to take place every year.
  6. Long drives to places unknown.
  7. Apple products. Don’t judge.
  8. New shoes and bags.
  9. Cooking and baking.
  10. Helping people grow and succeed in life (work or personal).

Please comment and share what you love or start your own love list and share a link to it.

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