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    I really liked that thread we had a while back where people could talk about their life and feel like they were getting feedback so I wanted to ask everyone:

     

    How are you doing this week? What's up in your life? What are you personal concerns and what are your plans for the near future?

     

    I've been pretty stressed at work because of a lack of projects. I have to answer each of my hours to a specific project and I literally cannot find anything to do right now which will end up getting me in trouble for sure. I've also been lacking motivation for whatever reason (probably just mild winter depression) and it's starting to cause my anxiety. I'm literally trying to save myself to Thanksgiving week so I can spend PTO time to take off the whole week and not have to worry about it for a week....

     

    I'm really looking forward to the holidays, there's always something during the time that feels like it puts my mind at ease until January 1st and my mood increases rapidly as December approaches.

     

    I was originally supposed to go to Germany for the first team in 7 years this month but I ended up not being able to go and it's really bummed me out. I miss home and it's been part of the reason I've felt so down the last few weeks.

     

    Thanks for listening.

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    Been job hunting. Want to stay in the Raleigh area so I can keep up with my new group of friends plus familiarity. But it's been slow looking. It is helping me get motivated to get my degree. 

    I'm also gonna explore running for office in 2020. Have a bunch of friends who think I'd be good at it. But overall, I'm at like a 8/10. Which is pretty good.

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    I am in my second to last semester of college, drowning in school work, but good.

     

    i went to the LSU game this past weekend which was a blast, and today I found a job that not only am I really interested in, I am also completely qualified for! On top of that, my girlfriend and parents are coming for the Mississippi St game this weekend and are meeting each other for the first time. 

     

    Overall im relatively stressed but I’m also doing alright. I am optimistic about the future but ready to be done with classes.

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    I’m actually doing well. I don’t like my job, I’m over the Navy, but i know there is a time limit on that. I’m more worried about my degree not being a waste of time in the end. I’m getting a Sport Management degree in hopes that the Texans will take my intentions of working for their FO seriously considering I have no working sports background. I’ll still be a year or two away when I’m done with my service, but I’m going to send all of the Houston franchises, and probably U of H, a letter with a resumé hoping for a response. Thankfully, my nuclear/electrical training will always guarantee me fairly lucrative work, but that’s not what I WANT to do. The unknown is scary, but other than that life is great. This community is actually amazing and pleasantly surprising at how the majority seem to be driven individuals with real goals and careers. I’m always around to talk, just be prepared for me to ask how to get stats off the site easier than manual input. Lol

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    Went to the doctor a couple weeks, I hadn't been in about 5 years. I got some blood work done for free through work and wanted to see what they said about my overall health. I knew I weighed too much and didn't have a good diet, but I was not expecting to get told I have Type 2 Diabetes. I'm not even 30 yet. It's still super early on and I could potentially undo the work, but I'd have to lose 70 pounds.

    This is forcing me to change my lifestyle and diet up and I haven't done well so far. Diet wise, I'm ok. We've been eating healthier and I'm doing a better job of limiting my portions. But the 2nd part is proving hard for me to motivate myself to do. I am not exercising at all. We have a treadmill at the house, but I can't get myself up there. I always come up with a dumb excuse, and it's always weak shit. But I still can't get on it. That's the next thing for me, getting motivated to lose weight.

     

    Other than that, I'm doing pretty well. I'm really enjoying doing the podcast and being a commissioner again.

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    Well my daughter turns 5 months old in a couple days. At 2 months old she got sick and was diagnosed with HLH which is a genetic disease that is fatal if not treated. To cure it she needs a stem cell transplant which has a success rate of 85%. She’s been getting chemo and steroids for the last three months until a stem cell match was found. We get admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and she receives her transplant on the 28th. We will be living in the hospital for three months after which I took off of work. It’s going to be the toughest time of our lives so I am glad for things like this community to take my mind of our current situation. Her name is Emma and is the strongest baby I have ever seen! #EmmaStrong

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    My adopted daughter has surgery on Monday (not a major thing physically but major financially) and we are in the process of adopting another child who will also have some therapy needs. So I’m concerned about our financial situation over the next year and a half. 

     

    Professionally speaking I’m a pastor, and I talked about in the last thread like this how being a pastor often brings with it a lot of isolation, which I’ve continued to work through. That has actually improved but I’m in a weird place where my current position is a great job but a very unfulfilling ministry. I thought I found the place that I was supposed to be and didn’t get the job, instead one of my best friends and mentors did and now he wants to talk to me next week about what I presume is me taking over his old job and working with him, which I have mixed feelings about. 

     

    Personally I’ve felt very bored with life and purposeless over the last couple of weeks and finally talked to my wife about it last week and it’s something I’ve been able to start working through. So I feel like I’m on the upswing there with a lot of ambiguity about my future. 

     

    I apprecoate this this community and the ability to hide behind the ambiguity of my gamer tag and talk though. Thanks for listening and if you ever need someone to talk to my inbox and discord is always open!

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    I finally got a job at EA after months apply which has been awesome so far. They may encourage what is essentially children gambling, but the job has been awesome so far and the position I'm in isnt one that ever gets over worked. On top of that, living in Austin has been a lot of fun so far. Even though my wife and I dont really know anyone here, we have had a really great time. 

     

    I also just submitted my paperwork to defend my dissertation earlier this week, so hopefully by noon on December 7th I will have fulfilled all of the requirements for my doctorate.  

     

    Only real downside is LSU trying to charge me $13,000 for resigning my assitantship, but I'm working on getting that all worked out.

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    Currently sitting in PD today instead of teaching today. I’m doing alright I guess. I had my first formal observation this week so I’ve been on that anxiety life. Haven’t found out how my principal thinks it went yet so still a little on edge. My kids actually were engaged and behaving (a rare occasion). So I’m not too worried but still anxiously waiting. 

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    It’s been up and down.  I miss my father and my sister, since my sis is in college in mass and my dad lost his fucking mind and I had to cut contact with him for his good and for my good as well.  I just live up near Lake Ontario with my mom and my aunt, but my mom is looking to buy a house an hour more East so it’s closer to her work which I’m all for.  I’m a super easy going dude so I’ve just told her whatever works that she can find that makes her happy I will adjust accordingly because I want her to be happy.  Of course that doesn’t exactly go over wildly well with her but it’s alright.  I miss my little sister but I get to visit her in a week or so, which is exciting.  

     

    Work is kinda meh, I’m a dishwasher in a kitchen with terrible hours but I don’t have to worry about money, and my mom doesn’t fully mind.  I just got my drivers permit since when I was living near Boston I never needed my license to get around.  Now I walk to work and walk back.  Which since I live right on Lake Ontario the wind chill is killer.  Minor gripes compared to all of y’all but I don’t mean to come across as bitching, I’m living a very simple life I just don’t feel complete anymore.

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    Well for the last 6 months multiple lymph nodes in my neck have been enlarged and none of the specialists I've been to know why which scares the hell out of me in addition to just frequently not feeling well despite working out almost every day and trying to eat well.

     

    Other than that though I'm a pretty happy go lucky guy and have really been enjoying life after graduation. Have a job that's not exactly what I want to do but is a great intro job to stay for a few years before moving on. My GF and I have discussed getting engaged next year, and we have trips booked to Iceland and Greece so I'm thinking about doing it in Santorini or Mykonos while we're there. 

     

    Really I can't complain, life is pretty good. Just have to figure out my health and get a tight budget sorted out since I want to move out soon.

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    Excited to go see my parents for the holidays, going to see my sister over christmas too. Been pretty stressed lately but nothing too insane. Currently single but haven't really done anything to change that lately. Going to a "ball" in Mobile soon, that'll be interesting. Will see some people from highschool for the first time since graduating. Work is interesting, there's always something to do, but I'm pretty much always looking for something new.

     

    Thinking of trying to move abroad more permanently while I'm still single. Have to look into how difficult emigrating is tho.

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    My love for sports and my ridiculous workload are at war with each other atm. I know I won’t be happy doing anything not sports related but at the same time I am super worried how the fact that I’m constantly working is going to affect my relationships. It’s causing a lot of stress as I am dating a girl I’d like to marry but we have started fighting a bit about my free time. Been doing a lot of thinking about how I’m going to move forward from here, but I feel optimistic I can figure it out.

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    16 minutes ago, ZackTyzwyz said:

    My GF and I have discussed getting engaged next year, and we have trips booked to Iceland and Greece so I'm thinking about doing it in Santorini or Mykonos while we're there. 

     

    @Kirby did this recently, he could probably give you tips if you need it.

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    So far so good. Buying a CPA firm here in Vegas which I’m looking forward to as I will be making quadruple what I am now, but I’ll also be getting 2 employees which scares me a bit, as I’ve never had that responsibility before. Before now my success only impacted myself, but it’s now going to impact two other people and their families. Stress has shot through the roof, which has led to some procrastination which isn’t like me at all. I’ll probably work 90-110 hours a week during tax season next year, which both excites and terrifies me. All good things though, I just can’t fuck it up. 

     

    All minor things though compared to the health of yourself/your loved ones. Wishing you all the best. 

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    I've been really stressed lately. I went into school as a comp sci major. Thought I was going to love it and do well and stuff like that and at the beginning I did. But now I hate it so much. It just makes me angry and project after project after project is just making like really stressed out. So I undeclared from my major and now I don't know what I want to do. I have some ideas on what I want to switch into but I really don't know what my academic interests are cause I've had my mindset on comp sci since high school. Plus I'm scared that I am going to chose something and then the same thing will happen where I find out that I don't want to continue in that major. And all my friends know exactly what they want to do and are doing well in their classes but I'm just lost and struggling and it just makes me feel like kinda lesser.  Sorry this is kinda incohesive. 

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    12 minutes ago, TheSam said:

    I've been really stressed lately. I went into school as a comp sci major. Thought I was going to love it and do well and stuff like that and at the beginning I did. But now I hate it so much. It just makes me angry and project after project after project is just making like really stressed out. So I undeclared from my major and now I don't know what I want to do. I have some ideas on what I want to switch into but I really don't know what my academic interests are cause I've had my mindset on comp sci since high school. Plus I'm scared that I am going to chose something and then the same thing will happen where I find out that I don't want to continue in that major. And all my friends know exactly what they want to do and are doing well in their classes but I'm just lost and struggling and it just makes me feel like kinda lesser.  Sorry this is kinda incohesive. 

    I basically did the exact same thing. My second major wasn't right for me either and I didn't change out of it because of how much time I had sunk into college already.

     

    Just know, you could always go back. I did two years later for a semester and got a degree I should have gotten the first go around. You can figure it out. Don't be afraid to take an extra year at school if you need to. And take a few classes that sound interesting to see if that's something you'd like.

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    Recently, I was made the producer of the evening show at our sports radio station. I only got the job because I was able to come bail the show out when the former producer left in the middle of a broadcast. Otherwise, I don't know what management sees in me here. I don't make near the money I should and I mainly sit in an office expected to fill in where necessary instead of doing what I loved in college (host and talk on the air constantly), but I also have a hard time getting myself motivated to leave because a few different factors: the sports radio job market seems to thin out yearly, the most reliable source for job hunting in sports broadcasting requires a $30/month fee plus $70 in the first payment, and I find myself lacking the confidence required to handle a job interview in something outside of the radio business. I'd actually prefer to work doing sports play-by-play or voice acting in cartoons, anime, or video games. My girlfriend believes (like me) that I should have better and seek it out. I suffer from depression which can kill momentum I get at times. I just heard from a friend that he/she was diagnosed with Type 2 Bipolar Disorder which worries me a little bit. Anyway, thanks for letting me rant. Certainly helps. Hope you all have a great day.

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    I applied for a job in Pitt's registrars office, had and interview that went well and hopefully will hear back from the university if I got the job soon enough if I do I can really just calm down for my last semester and worry about graduation and not if I'm going to get a job or not. If I don't get it i'm not sure what I will do, other than not have the money to pay the last 3 months of rent for my apartment.  I panic about it every once in a while but whenever life has shat on me in the past I usually figure out what the hell to do, I probably will here too but right now I'm just trying to be optimistic.

     

    The past few weeks have included one of my best friends getting a frivolous PFA filed against her by her fucking phycho ex (who I have to see daily in band) get dropped when they went to court because he had no evidence against her and was faced with the possibility of having to pay her legal fees if it was found to be complete bullshit, which it was.

     

    Also included finally recovering from pulling something in my knee after about 2 months. The doctors that I could see through the school told me they didn't know exactly what was wrong but I should wrap it when I do anything athletic, band included.

     

    I just got my bass back from my house and I am going to start playing it again for the first time in about 2 years, I'm more than excited about that and I'll probably have a blister to two tomorrow. 

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    Life’s good at the moment.

     

    Feel like I’ve finally got my spending under control.

     

    Me and the mrs (to be) are off to S.E. Asia next year for 3-4 months so we’re saving hard for it. Times flying, in a good way. Can’t wait.

     

    I’m also in the process of starting up a charity for mental health (in particular depression and anxiety). I won’t go into the specifics of it just yet but I’m hoping it turns out to be something special for those who are in need.

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    Obligatory "relatively minor compared to everyone else" (on that note, if I can ever do anything for you, let me know. PMs and Discord are always open)

     

    All things considered, I'm doing a lot better than I expected to be. I've made a lot of new friends at school who really seem to care a lot about me, so it's nice to feel a reciprocity that wasn't there in the past, even from people who I considered myself very close to. My grades have improved as well, which I partly (read: mostly) attribute to finally having meds that make me feel better instead of worse. I had a 2.9 unweighted GPA in the first quarter of school this year, which I realize isn't particularly great, but is a mile ahead of where it used to be. I also stopped doing crew and feel significantly better, and now I can easily see what other people meant about it being a toxic environment. So instead, I got asked if I wanted to play rugby in the spring and I'm very excited to start playing.

     

    The only 'down' things I can think of right now are that I failed my permit test like a F U C K I N G I D I O T and I'm having a hard time trying to figure out what to do vis a vis relationship stuff, because I'm getting very different advice from everyone I know. I'm also scared for what happens when the little bubble I'm on bursts. I've grown a lot from the situations I've been in over the last 5 or so years, but I still have a hard time handling being down, and it's something I need to learn to deal with.

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    I've been better. Money is hard to come by its not that im not available for my job I am just not getting the hours which is weird considering I have 3 jobs on campus but I am barely working 10 hours a week. I have to live month by month and whatever I earn just goes straight out and I havent been able to save up or spend anything thats not bills related. I am excited however that pep band at SD State has started and I am excited to start getting paid to watch basketball games and go on a free trip to the NCAA tournament at the end of the year assuming if SD State wins the summit league this year. 

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    I think I've been okay. Got a month left in the semester and i'm burning myself out to main my grades at As and Bs. Registered for spring semester and it was a pain in the ass. It's crazy that I have about a year and a half left of undergrad and how soon it is to apply to PT school. Time flies. Family is all good, we don't see each other much because we each have busy schedules. My hours got cut at work, but I'm still thankful I have a job. I'm thinking about getting back into journalism again and applying most likely at UNLV's school newspaper, maybe making the jump to SBNation if I really keep going with it. I really haven't done anything journalism related since high school so it's gonna be rough getting back into the swing of things. I still help manage a Church youth group and that takes a good amount of time. Also managing a long-distance relationship with my girlfriend who's studying abroad in Rome at the moment. She's living her best life and I'm happy for her. All that together makes up for a busy schedule everyday, but I think I'll manage. I'm glad I have you guys, always consider you all as friends

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    Started renting a house in May, which is basically twice as expensive as the government-assisted apartment the wife anyd I had been living in before the big fire (one year ago Oct 24) and the subsequent looting and destruction of everything we owned thanks to poor security and most likely the property management leaving all the apartments in the building unlocked for a few weeks.  

    We've been slowly (very slowly) putting the pieces of life back together, but I make less than 1k/month and that doesn't go much further than rent/utilities/food, even with food stamps.  On top of that, my PC died (being disabled, pretty much my only source of entertainment) and we thought it was the power supply, but we replaced that today (not really an expense we could afford to begin with) and turns out that wasn't the issue.   So tomorrow we will be rebuilding my PC from the ground up, on a sheet of cardboard, to test each and every component to see what works and do a process of elimination.  Fortunately, we have an old garbage motherboard to test on.
    We are happy to be out of the apartment though.  It's a LOT quieter out here and we don't have people constantly looking in the windows and testing the knob on the front door to see if it's unlocked.   Got a coyote that keeps whining and howling  in the yard, I think it's been getting into the neighbor's garbage can.   Got a second cat since we have room now, this one's a ragdoll with a grey heart on his chest.  

    So how am I doing?  Good, all things considered.  

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