Self care over everything.

It’s Sunday, and I’ve finally caught up on sleep and had some time to reflect on the last few days. Although I am still in the process of grieving, I think that I’ve shed most of the anger and grief I initially felt and my feelings have thankfully shifted towards gratitude and reflection. After sharing the news with the community, I received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement which was most welcome and helpful. I am continually amazed by the power of the community here to lift me up in so many ways. I certainly hope to pay it forward as soon as I’m able.

As I mentioned at the start, it’s Sunday. In my personal household, that means a good early workout (I do 7ams on the weekends), grocery shopping, and then home to make some breakfast and do the crossword with my boyfriend. This simple routine is really helpful for me right now, as it provides the control and structure I don’t have in other areas of my life right now. Self-care has always been a struggle for me, but in the last two years I have learned to make it a priority (and turned my life around as a result. See: “Why It’s Okay To Hate Your Day Job“). After everything this week, I was very glad to have a normal morning of routine things to do and check off the list.

As I promised myself, I’ve also begun the process of digging into my job search check list, including working on my resume, personal branding, and this website. I managed to get the domain set up this morning on my own, which was a small victory for me (I work with developers, but I’m not one). My lovely boyfriend is a designer (you should hire him!), and he’s volunteered to help me with my personal branding so we sat down yesterday at Houndstooth to get started on that. I’m also grabbing a copy of StrengthsFinder as soon as I can, so I can have a little bit more direction in my branding and job search overall. It’s been recommended to me by several people now, so it’s about time I put that to good use.

Overall, it’s felt like a restorative and productive weekend. I’m caught up on sleep, and I feel that I’ve got a good start on seeking out the next opportunity. It feels incredibly good to be writing again as well, although I’m a bit rusty on this front. I hope it will get easier with time.


One Reply to “Self care over everything.”

  1. Hey Caitlyn,
    How have you been doing? This is Sean Coutee. I was shocked to see your post on Linked In.

    So, why did the Iron Yard close? I am very sorry to hear that happened. I was so proud of you and that place seemed like it was humming along nicely.

    You are a talented and intelligent woman. I know you will land in another great situation soon. Please let me know if I can be of any help to you.

    I think the world of you. I will be forever grateful to you for helping me in my job search. Do you have any ideas on what you want to do next?

    Ping me sometime. I still have the same cell. I would love to meet up for coffee sometime. Bring your boyfriend too.

    Anyway, keep your chin up.

    Best regards,



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