It was quite the year. Here’s a quick-ish run down.
The beginning of the year was pretty typical. I was doing my freelance video editing thang and running my kb gym; which got rather busy in January and February. I was also skiing some and enjoying spending time with my boyfriend. I had a lot of free time. Which soon all changed.
April came in with a bang. My Pepaw passed away. I loved him so much it kind of knocked me over. I accepted a job at a video production company, only to turn it down when I had the ever so random opportunity to interview at Chipotle Mexican Grill. I celebrated my one year anniversary with said boyfriend.
I started the new job at Chipotle in a contract position on April 21 as a Video Developer in the Training Department. To say I was stoked is an understatement. I vehemently believe in the company’s mission statement …”to change the way people think about and eat fast food.” Also, it’s a hard company to get hired with and all the stars just seemed to be in line for me to join this team. So I jumped in!
From then until the middle of September my life was crazy. I was traveling a ton for work. I flew 3 times in my first 4 weeks (2 of which were on the CEO’s private jet). We were making a documentary to show at a conference in September which involved flying to Florida often and getting a TON of footage for me to then go through and piece together, which required a lot of time. My video partner got fired a month after I joined. I was alone for a while, but then we hired a new guy who basically saved me in terms of making it here. I felt less overwhelmed with someone to go into the trenches with, and who’s attitude was nothing but positive. I also had to learn how to be on set; my whole video career has been in post production and now suddenly I was expected to know how to do production too.
It was a new world. It was hard. It was a lot of pressure and a lot of stress. I didn’t get along with everyone on my team. Which bummed me out. My saving grace during this time was my gym. Which was hard to manage working there 8 hours a week, or getting someone to cover when I was gone. But I loved the people there. Going was never a drag. Even if I showed up in a bad mood, I left feeling happy. And all my clients were so understanding about my sometimes intense work/travel schedule.
The conference happened in September after several weeks of crazy overtime that included weekends. But I made it through. And the project was a hit. And that felt good. After some much needed time off, I got back in the swing of things by working in a real life Chipotle for 2 weeks. It was really a fun experience and made me appreciate the people we are making training videos for. And it made me realize this is a place I really want to be aligned with permanently.
I got offered a full time job and started October 20th. In November, I closed the gym. It was bittersweet. But having divided my attention for 6 months, I didn’t feel it was fair to my clients to only be halfway there most of the time. Again, they were very understanding. Because they’re the best. This is the first time I haven’t taught kettlebells since 2010. And that feels weird.
Life is full of changes. Ups and downs. Highs and lows. I experienced a lot of all that this year. My health suffered from it too. The stress, the lack of sleep, the travel schedule all took a toll on my body and my mind. I didn’t have the energy a lot of days to care about what I was eating or if I worked out. But that’s what new years are for. Right?
It’s the last day of the year and looking back has been fun. I’ve learned a lot this year. It was hard, but I’ve gotten through it and I feel stronger. I’m happy with the way it’s turned out. And me and the boyfriend are happier than ever, thank you very much.
I am planning to get back to blogging. I miss it. Happy 2015! Let’s DO THIS!