Monday, April 15, 2013

April Celebrations Challenge #2: Stress Awareness Day

This week is Oklahoma Women Bloggers Inaugural April Celebrations Blogging Challenge. It has some pretty good topics for each day so I thought I'd give it a go. Today is the 2nd day and it's topic is:

April 16–Stress Awareness Day: Blog about what stresses you out and what you do to bust up that stress

It's Monday night. Everyone in my house is asleep ...except me. I tried. I went to bed with everyone else. I laid with my eyes closed, trying not to think, to worry, to stress. I tossed and turned. I tried to think of something non-stressful. Then it hit me...I hadn't done Tuesday's blog post for the April Celebrations Blogging Challenge. Perfect.

Too perfect. I'd posted all of the topics on my Monday post, but hadn't really paid attention past the first one.

You see, my hub and I own a trophy company and we happen to be smack dab in the middle of our busiest season...end of school awards. We have over 32 schools as clients who each have hundreds of students. And in today's culture, every child that puts in the effort to participate in something gets a trophy. And these schools only represent a percentage of our client base. The non-school clients don't care that its end of school time, they want their orders as quickly as possible.

I don't have time for mistakes. I don't have time for do-overs, dyslexic moments, or typos.

And isn't that just when something catastrophic is bound to happen? Of course! And that's just what happened today!! I have an order due Thursday. I finished it up today, several days early as is my usual routine. Thank goodness! I made a huge mistake on it. I don't make mistakes often, but boy when I do...

So there I was laying in bed thinking: Did she mean her event is Thursday or that she wants them Thursday for the event the next day? If I order them tomorrow, I'll get them Wednesday late afternoon, engrave them Wednesday night, and I could deliver them early Thursday morning. But I told her I had them ready before I realized my mistake. Will she be okay with waiting until Thursday? I wish I didn't have to tell her. *I rack my brain for a good excuse or alternative solution* I have to come clean. *groan* I hate having to admit a mistake to a customer.

This is my stress. How do I deal with it? I lose sleep, I toss and turn in bed, I try to think of solutions for my stress...then, I remember to give it to God in prayer before getting up to come vent to you, my bloggy friends. Thanks for listening. I really am feeling better and my brain is feeling nice and tired. I think I'll go lay back down. It'll all work out, it always does.


Melanie Schulz said...

It will. God is good.

Samantha May said...

Oh my! Take a deep breath. Everything is going to be okay!! On a side note, I demonstrated how to build a trophy for a 4-H project when I was in 4th grade. Totally won first place :)

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Christine Jarmola said...

Just an FYI - I'm 50 and in my entire life I have never gotten a trophy. At this time I'm holding out for the Pulitzer. (They do get a trophy, right?)

Heather Davis said...

Great post. I completely feel ya, my friend! :)

Elise Fallson said...

Oh I could totally feel your stress on the page. You're a hard worker and a perfectionist which is why this is difficult. But hang in there and I'm sure by Friday you'll be able to breath easier. Chocolate always helps me when I get stressed. (;