Done feeling sorry…it’s time for a drink.

I want to lighten things up as the last two blogs have been a bit on the suicidal side of things. So first things first. No more “woe is this economy.” Because one thing I learned from the endless meetings today is that – it’s our industry.  Yeah, the economy sucks – but it’s exponentially bad for our business because we invested 40 years in a media that is becoming extinct. Cutbacks are inevitable. And that’s the last I’m going to comment on this.

So on to what makes my life worthwhile. Happy hours.  Hah. Okay, you may be thinking – You really ARE a Wisconsin girl. Well, I can’t lie. The stereotypes are true. I love to drink. I do it pretty often, and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t drink. I’m not an alcoholic. But I just think happy hours are one of my favorite team-building exercises. It’s like we purposely put ourselves into this elite club. Not many make it into our department (and from what you know about me, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be at times), but if it weren’t for how happy this job and my co-workers make me – I would have left about 2 years ago.

My first out-of-college job was for a position that was misleading.

Them -You’ll be an editor working on law books.

Me – Exciting!

Them – Oh, actually you’re going to be a publishing specialist doing data entry.

Me – oh.

I’m not knocking it. It’s a way to make a living. But I had a specific career goal in mind. And this wasn’t it. So what did I do? I gave it a year and then moved to Milwaukee and took the first job to “get my foot in the door.” Well my foot has been in that door for over 2.5 years now. But you know where they got me? With the morale!!! I can’t quit a job where I love my co-workers, respect my managers/VPs/CEOs (for the most part), and have SOOOO much fun. Talk about a work/life balance. It’s more of a life created from my work balance. And it’s been a great ride.

So I’m hoping that I can use that escape to get me through this rocky year. And for those who haven’t gotten to know your coworkers? Well set up a happy hour and get to it! It’s the best medicine. Besides medicine.

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