HI! I'M ALIVE.
Hi! It’s been over a year since I wrote a worthy post. “Blog” has seriously been on my to-do list this whole time and I haven’t felt compelled to write. I have spent many months questioning the existence of Luscious Judy. What is the purpose of this website? LJ started off as a blog collab amongst friends and our posts mainly consisted off fashion, good looking men, and cats. I “repurposed” the name and website as a beauty blog and Luscious Judy truly has her own identity. As Instagram started to surge, I fell off with writing posts. I took an webinar that said ‘micro-blogging is where its at, nobody is reading blogs anymore’ and I really tried to flourish on IG. I got so caught up in getting followers and hashtags and the algorithm that I lost sight of what Luscious Judy really is….a blog. I am interested in talking about so much more than just product reviews and I’ve been having an identity crisis. Thanks for sticking around while I figure it out.
Let’s do a recap of the last 18 months. Coincidentally, I just hit my one year anniversary at my job, which I feel has contributed to why Luscious Judy has unfortunately been on the back burner. Anyway, 2018 did not start off great. First, there was the Full Moon meltdown, the passing of our sweet Gypsy girl, and I got bad tires put on my car. We adopted our puppy Pebbles in the Spring and life started looking up. At the end of the Summer, I accepted a position with an IT company. At 32 years old, it was the first time in my life that I would be working an office, 8-5 job. I spent the majority of my employed life in the service industry; working in restaurants or salons. I even did a brief stint in the fitness world. I almost always worked nights and weekends, sometimes brunches. I rarely saw my husband, my family or friends. I spent most of my days chilling at home alone, with my pets, wasting time before work. I had been longing for a day job, for many reasons and couldn’t believe I got one by answering a message on LinkedIn.
As if I didn’t already have issues with time management, the past year working ‘regular’ hours has been a struggle for me. I still can’t get to bed any earlier than 11pm and most mornings, I’m running out of the door like a wild child, praying that traffic isn’t bad. My meditation practice is non-existent and I can’t remember the last time I went to the gym. (I do walk on my lunch break everyday but it’s not the same) Driving already gives me anxiety but driving during rush hour has definitely shaved years off of my life. I swear to Garth, if I die on my way to work, I’m gonna be really mad.
The first 3 months at my job were really interesting. I was in a department with a lot of new college graduates, born in the mid-90s AKA people who have never seen Clueless before. I was struggling to find a place to fit in and wasn’t really enjoying my position. However, I was loving the paid time off and not smelling like a fryer when I got off work. We had to put Garth down on December 28th and that was the nail in the coffin in the shittiest year of my life. I was so ready for say goodbye to 2018 and really kick 2019 off right.
There were sudden changes to my team at work and changes to my position. After only 3 months, I was miserable and ready to go back to the restaurant full-time but i just didn’t want to-I finally got out. I was determined to find a new job by the end of the 1st Quarter. In February, we went to Cartagena, Colombia to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary. It was an incredible trip; we learned so much about the history of the country and city plus I got to flex my Spanish. After our trip, I started interviewing for other jobs, desperate to leave my situation. To my surprise, an opportunity opened up in a different department in the company. I interviewed twice, got the offer, and started my new position on the very first day of the Second Quarter. I manifested that shit.
For my birthday this year, we adopted a kitten, his name is Pringles. Is that a dumb name? Either way, he completes our little family and I am obsessed with his majestic ass. Summer 2019 flew on by. There was a lot of family time; graduation and bridal events and a vacay to Key West with my in-laws. While I still like my new position, it’s very repetitive and boring. Plus, I need more money. So I decided to enroll in a Paralegal Studies certificate program. I started in the middle of August, going two nights a week. So in addition to the 50 hours that I am gone commuting and working during the week, I am also in the classroom for 6 hours. Needless to say, I..AM..TIRED. I am 6 weeks into the program and again, I am struggling with time management. Like, instead of writing this blog post, I should be studying for an exam but old habits die hard.
This was a very long winded way of saying, I don’t know how to juggle my time while trying to maintain this blog while also working, going back to school, trying to lose 10 lbs, keeping my marriage sexy, hanging out with friends, and being the best pet mom in the Universe. I’m not giving up just yet though. I have a lot to say and am always thinking about turning my thoughts into words. I want to have real conversations about real shit like social injustices, childhood trauma, trying to conceive, and finances. My goal is get back into posting at least once a week. Thanks for reading this and thank you for always supporting me. I love my Luscious Judy community and I wouldn’t even be writing this if it wasn’t for you all!