CONTRIBUTOR: Maddeline “Maddy” Thomas ’18 is a disability activist and will be contributing articles on disability awareness in the workplace and beyond. This is her fifth article for the blog.
Happiness is precious because if I do something every day that makes me happy, then situations will be easier to resolve. Being happy is the top priority because it gives me confidence and a positive outlook. When life gets busy, it is easy to forget about happiness. Reminding myself and taking action on what I truly want will bring me joy.
Taking on New Responsibilities
In December, I received a promotion at one of my jobs with a conversion from a temporary to permanent employee, more hours and responsibilities, and became an accounting associate. I was happy for this opportunity because it was my next step in my career, and I learned to manage a heavy workload. When I have job interviews in the future, if companies question whether I can handle the workload, I have the experience to answer their questions and concerns.
Before the promotion, I was only doing social media, and then I was designated to take on most of the accounting responsibilities. The six-week training for accounting tasks was an adjustment. I also work accounting 25 hours a week at SJSU, so working around 50 hours a week at both jobs was daunting. It means doing double the accounting work. With my disability, transitions take longer to get used to because I use more energy to control my muscles and spasticity.
Happiness with a New Routine
After the training and learning the tasks, it got easier because I created a new routine and managed my stress levels. I started to do daily workouts, walking on the treadmill, or hiking. I ate less sweets and more fruits and veggies. This healthy routine gave me the energy to do my work and extra activities.
Sometimes I have to take a step back and figure what makes me happy and do what feels right. The contrasting opinions from people will cloud my mind and I will get stuck. Building my mental fitness will help filter my thoughts and I can overcome each challenge.