Life of the over-Employed

I’m almost two months into dual employment and I’m slowly starting to realize how people slip into the routine of workaholism. The first three or four months I lived here in SLC I was working 20-30 hours a week and spent the rest of my time climbing all over the state.  I spent easily as much time in the canyons as I did at work.  With winter around the corner I knew my climbing time would decrease exponentially so I decided to start looking for a second job.  I had no idea it would be so easy to find.

I now also work at Backcountry.com as a phone sales rep.  I answer the phones and sell people gear, that’s what that means.  I work 40 hours a week at Backcountry (6am-230pm, Mon-Fri); I then leave and drive 10 minutes to The Front where I usually work 30-40 hours a week there as well.  I spend about 4 days a week at work from dark to dark.  Needless to say, my time in the canyons has gone way down.  Oddly enough, I haven’t been to bothered by my intense work schedule.  At first it seemed a little overwhelming, but after a week I fell deep into a routine and soon became quite the zombie.  People keep asking me “how do you work so much?!”  Here’s the answer:

In college, I averaged 19 credits as well as working 20 hours a week as the supervisor and event coordinator of a climbing gym.  Outside of that I traveled to hunt and climb all over the state of South Dakota, and when I wasn’t doing that I was at the bar with my friends.  I’m used to being busy, in fact, I thrive in the stress of a full schedule.  It’s not what I want, but it’s not hard to manage either.  Right now, there’s a tiny little white metaphorical circle at the end my tunnel.  Come February my schedule will loosen up and by then I hope to be stronger than I ever have been on the stone.

Focusing on the now, looking at a work day as only 16 hours of a long life and telling myself it’s only temporary make everything seem feeble.  I enjoy the people I work with and the atmosphere I’m in, so working is just the second part of that equation.

Last little update; for those of you that don’t already know, I got a puppy last weekend.  She’s super rad, and so far I’ve totally enjoyed the company and added responsibility. She can definitely be a pain in the ass but she usually makes up for it.  I look forward to spending her life doing awesome things.  Her name is Sadey, and shes 1/2 german shorthair, and 1/2 brittany spaniel.

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