Saturday, September 23, 2023

Toast & Gratitude

I've got two different thoughts on my mind this afternoon.


The first one is burnout. I am burnt like toast. I can barely manage my life right now. Last weekend I felt genuine pride for doing the dishes and laundry. This pediatrics coverage is killing me. It is very demanding and the pay is not good. Oh well. Only one more week to go!

Burnout is different from depression, although burnout can lead to depression. Burnout is also different from grief, although grief can also lead to depression. Combine all three (burnout, grief, and depression) and, whoa, it's a lot to manage. It's too much to manage. It's not sustainable.

I know I'm not the only one feeling this way. Infertility sucked. Involuntary childlessness sucks. The pandemic sucked. Inflation sucks. Climate change sucks. Suck, suck, suck. It all literally sucks your energy.

But the sun sets and the sun rises again. I employ my strategies. I decrease the demands I put on myself, and I cultivate appreciation for all the things. Big things like food and housing. Little things like hobbies and laughter. Well, really, the little things are big things too.

So yeah, I am burned out. And I do blame this pediatrics coverage. It's like I told another blogger over email earlier this week: kids are different these days. Parents are different. Most importantly, *I* am different. And I just can't do it anymore.

There's nothing in it for me. I don't have to work around a school schedule so I don't want to. Other people don't care if their kids can't read or write, so I can't afford to care either. I am not motivated to learn more or grow in this area, so I'm not interested in being a placeholder. I feel ineffective and disinterested, and that's not good for my mental health. (Although if I was interested in learning more, I'd delve into the research about screen time and neurocognition. There are some major things going on among iPads, You Tube, and smart watches and creativity, attention span, and executive functioning. Major.)

So yeah, burnout. I know I'm not the only one. And it's not exclusive to being in the wrong job. There are a lot of factors affecting us in 2023... But keep holding on! Life is still worth living. I truly believe that. Even when we're tired.


The second thought is this: I am sooo glad I moved.

Are you thinking about moving? Do you need a change? Do it. Do it, do it, do it. 

Go where you want to go. Go where you want to be. 

I would be so depressed if I still lived where I lived for 25 years.

However, I am extremely excited about my trip to go visit in a couple of months. I already have it all planned out, and it's because of this pediatrics coverage that I can afford to go. So there's that to be thankful for.

But I reached out to a lot of friends last month to get on their calendar. I haven't seen anyone in 5.5 years, and I was hoping, with over 3 months notice, to be able to see as many as possible. So far, so good! I've got several dinners scheduled and a couple of events planned.

However, I might not get to see one of my best friends from high school. She works during the week (completely understandable), and then her kids have sports games on the weekends (also completely understandable). I wish she could skip one afternoon of games to meet up with me, but I don't know if I'd skip a game if I was in her shoes. So, I don't fault her for her schedule. That's what her life is right now. But... 

I am sooo glad I moved!!! If I hadn't moved, I would still be living my life according to everyone else's routines and schedules. Talk about a recipe for depression.

Now I am living MY life. It is structured around my needs, desires, routines, and schedule, which are inevitably different from all of my friends who are parenting. That's just the way it is.

So. There ya have it.

I am so grateful to be living a life I want to live. Even if I am temporarily burned out.


  1. I am very glad that you are planning an exciting trip to visit your friends! Happy planning & happy travelling!

    And I am so glad that you love the place where you live now.

    1. Thank you, Klara! I am so excited to see old friends, visit places that were important to me, and eat at my favorite restaurants.

      And yes, I love where I am now. It's so funny because it's so opposite. I went from a big city to a small town. I love both. The big city is what I needed then; my small town is what I need now.

      It's funny how life goes.

  2. I'm so sorry you're toast, lol But on the bright side, only four more days to go! Take care of yourself. Doing laundry and the dishes IS an achievement when you're ... well ... knackered. lol (And your thoughts about how kids have changed - it's all scary.)

    And I'm so happy you're happy where you live. And that you get the joy of visiting, whilst knowing you get to leave again too. Sorry your friend can't make time for you. It sucks. For both of you.


    1. Haha, I'm glad you saw the humor in my toast picture.

      Yes, it will be good to visit and then it will be good to come home. Thank you for the support!

  3. Dear Phoenix,
    I am sorry you are burnt out. I hope that at the end of this week, you will have some time to rest and recharge. Because you definitely deserve it <3!
    Please take care, as always.

    1. Yes! I need a break!!! Thank you for saying I deserve it. <3

      I need to clean my house! Lol. But seriously... And I also need to sew!

  4. Yay for being happy with your home and moving, that's definitely a good nice gift not feeling stuck. I hope you have a great trip!

    I'm sorry you're burnt out and I'm glad the pediatric stint is coming to a close soon. This": "There are some major things going on among iPads, You Tube, and smart watches and creativity, attention span, and executive functioning. Major." OH YES. I see this every day. NOT GOOD.

    I hope you feel less burnt once you can return to the age groups that nourish you.

    1. Sooo burnt out. But, middle schoolers are still my favorite of all the kids!! <3