Friday, 22 May 2020
Team work makes the dream work!
Waiting for me on my return from fun and adventure on the west coast of the states, was nothing short of turbulence.
When I got home to Victoria I was met with tears from my staff. One of the managers was being extremely cruel and bullying our front office team.
It was horrible.
Not only that, but she was not capable of doing the job that was asked of her.
We had a few head management meetings about it, but the owner was too scared to reprimand or fire her because of her abysmal attitude.
The only solution he could come up with at the time was to schedule my shifts around hers, to fix her mistakes and pick up the work she failed to complete, as well as keeping her from working with certain staff members. The end goal, for him, was to push her out.
Her attitude was shocking and in turn, it brought out a horrible side of me. I was curt and snappy to her, as it seemed to be the only thing she responded to.
It was a sad state of affairs, especially considering I had joined the team 2 years earlier and absolutely loved my job.
The entire office became hostile and toward the end, I downright refused to work with her.
Very, very sadly, the owner then passed away. I hung on for a few months more but I just couldn't bear it any longer.
Soon after, that manager gave her notice but it was entirely too late for me.
The environment that had been built had left me jaded, bitchy and sick with anxiety. I was so stressed out, I knew I had to make a change.
I quit my job and started working on side projects, but by then my moods and mental health had taken a big hit.
It was hard to ignore the voices in my head, it was even harder to ignore the signs from the universe.
One day I went to the doctor for a prescription refill and she seemed extremely worried for my well being. I assured her that I was completely fine, besides some recent work stress, but I was fine.
My friend also took me aside on another occasion and discussed the idea that I may have a mental illness. Again, in my eyes, I was fine. I even went to the extreme of not reaching out to that friend for a while.
I didn't need people telling me something was wrong with me, not now.
The next few months pushed me into completely unknown territory.
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