My job is not my life

Ten days ago, I wrote a list of things I wanted to get done, so that I’d feel accomplished and productive in this fresh, new year. And then I was promptly sucked into a black hole of work. Living has been put on hold, as I’ve spent all my useful hours propped up in front of a MacBook, writing, copying, pasting, editing and testing a new version of Philadelphia’s official tourism website.

Thankfully, the site launched today, and while my co-workers and I still have a whole lot of work ahead of us, the extended days (as well as the practice of eating all three meals at my desk) seem to be coming to an end. For this, I am grateful, as I’ve come to the realization that as things stand now, I am one of those people who lives for the moment when she can finally leave work and pick up her “real” life. It’s been hard, not having much time to check in with that side of my existence.

Please understand, I have nothing bad to say about my workplace. It is not a perfect environment, but after five jobs and spectrum of bosses, I’ve learned that every place of employment has its own unique quirks, joys and dysfunctions. You learn how to manage the frustrations, appreciate the good stuff and do the things you truly love during the off-hours. And until I figure out how to make those jars and canning pots generate some revenue (beyond lining them up on the sidewalk and asking for a handout), I’m happy to have a job that typically allows plenty of time for those love projects.

If you’d like to see what my department and I have been working so hard on, please click here. I’m hoping you’ll be impressed. Please do recognize that this site is still a work in progress. Some of the sort/search functions aren’t working as we’d like and there’s more work to be done in bulking up content and photography. But all that aside, we’re quite proud.

4 thoughts on “My job is not my life

  1. Lauren

    Wow – the website looks great! It makes me want to visit Philadelphia, so you and you your co-workers have done well.

    I hear you about people being much more than their jobs. I always think that while I feel my job is very important, and I’m glad I do it, it really just pays for my life. My life is what I do outside of work.

  2. Marisa

    Aha, then our job is done! 😉

    Lauren, it’s nice to hear that you understand. I get bogged down sometimes, as I know so many people espouse the belief that if you don’t love what you’re doing, then you shouldn’t be doing it. However, as it stands, I don’t have that privilege and so I am just happy to have come to to an understanding with my job and its basic utility in my life.


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