Welcome to Day 5 of 7- A Day In The Life Of…..
Today’s post is by the lovely Jessica, a wife, mother and a writer. Jess lives in America and is currently studying for her Bachelors in Marketing Management.
My name is Jessica Lasa and I’m a writer. This is a brand new profession, for me, but I’ve been writing as a hobby since I was nine years old.
Previously, I was in the healthcare business. I was a CNA at the local hospital for seven years but when I failed to get accepted to nursing school my plans had to change. Last November, I got a job in a clinic answering phones and scheduling appointments. I am not young anymore and being in my late thirties, I was tired. I had been studying nursing for years and applied three years in a row. I was starting at the bottom of the barrel in a new rat race and I began a degree program for my Bachelor’s in Marketing Management.
When the pandemic hit America, I was regretting my decision to work as an Office Assistant and I was actively searching for something more fulfilling. I did have a very promising job shadowing day scheduled with the marketing department. When the pandemic hit America, that day was cancelled, we closed our clinic and I was put on furlough for about two months. After the initial anger of having no choice in how I got to spend my days, I began to appreciate what I had. I began to look at it as an opportunity to reconnect with my kids and do what I truly enjoy, which is writing.
It has been hard to find a routine again. The pandemic and the social issues being raised in America every day feed into my anxiety. My Generalised Anxiety Disorder is an umbrella over all my days. Since my main reason for quitting work was to be available to the children, I sometimes feel guilty if I spend a lot of time on writing. My kids are 17, 16 and 12. They will be leaving the nest soon and I want to make sure they are ready. Feelings aside, my family is my number one priority and I work to be useful and hopefully bring in extra cash, but my husband bears the brunt of the financial weight on his shoulders. I am so grateful every day that I have this choice now.
I start my day at 7:00a.m. Water, pills, coffee: in that order. For the next hour I check my email, browse news and social media while savoring my cup of coffee. I look over my calendar and decide what I’m going to do that day. I have my day scheduled about the same every day. I just kind of wander my inboxes and find something for breakfast until 9:00a.m. My favorite breakfast is a Clif bar because usually I’m not that hungry in the morning but I feel like crap if I don’t eat anything. If I’m hungry, I’ll have two over-easy eggs or toast with peanut butter and blueberries. 9:00-11:00 is meditation and workout. I only work out three days a week and the other days I do shower and lunch early so I can get to work. I usually have a sandwich and chips for lunch or sometimes leftovers from dinner the night before. 1:00-4:00 is scheduled for working every day. Sometimes I start early and sometimes I don’t start at all. Currently, I don’t have a lot of business obligations but the time is scheduled there if necessary. I have a website, jessicalasa.org, where I advertise writing services and keep a blog. Dinner is at 6:00pm. For my family of five, basically four adults and a teenager, I have to make quite a bit of food. My favorites only take thirty minutes to make like tacos and spaghetti but I also love the crock pot or roasted meat and potatoes only take an hour and I really don’t have to do anything.
Also, in between all of these things, I am vacuuming, scrubbing toilets, doing laundry and all the odds and ends that, in my dreams, I would pay a housekeeper to do. In the evenings and early mornings I usually squeeze in some school work. Its very important to me that I take some time every morning and evening to pray.
I try to spend quality time with the children and, of course, the dogs need walks too. Some days, when I’m fed up with cleaning and don’t have any work to do I enjoy my hobbies reading, cooking, bubble baths, doing my nails and the great outdoors. Sometimes I force myself to step outside of the house or have a lounge day because working at home can be overwhelming.
Here’s a secret about me, I don’t like silence much. I can stand it if I’m writing but any other time I have music or the TV playing. When I’m cleaning, showering, driving or working out, I must have music. I listen to all genres of music: classical, rock, punk, hip-hop, pop. But I only know old-school country music, nothing new.
In the evening, we watch movies or TV shows and play games on our phones. We tend to tune out the real world and it feels safe. I usually go to bed around 10:30. There is always too much to be done. I am just grateful that my life is so full today and that I am so blessed.
Five years ago this October, I almost lost my family because of my addiction to alcohol and the kind of person that I had become. My greatest accomplishment is finally getting help for a disease passed on to me by both of my parents. I completed an eight-month outpatient rehab program and was active in Alcoholics Anonymous for over a year. I still want to drink, but I never will because nothing has ever made me feel so powerless and miserable.
My spirit animal is a dolphin because I love the ocean. I’m intelligent and playful. My biggest strength has always been empathy. I learned at a young age to love people regardless of their actions. I put myself in their place and I understand them. This really made me an excellent nurse aide and I do miss it. My biggest weakness is keeping my boundaries. I have really been working on this one since I stopped drinking but I have a tendency to do whatever anyone wants me to do, not what I need to do. Saying “no” used to be really hard for me but I am getting better.
My number one goal right now is to get my Bachelor’s degree. There is literally no one, in mine or my husband’s family, who has a degree and I know I can do it. I’m excited to be writing now, something I have always enjoyed. I’m living each day in the moment, being grateful for the second chances I have been given and remembering that it is never too late to achieve your goals.
Hope you had fun reading, to see more of Jessica you can connect with her on twitter or follow her blog.
We wish Jessica the best of luck with her marketing degree, lots of happiness and look forward to watching her achieve her life goals.
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