It could have been a really bad day

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We all have them, right? Those days when you wonder if you should have gotten out of bed? The days when everything you touch seems to go wrong?

Those are the days that can make us grumpy for the rest of the day because things just aren’t going right. Let me tell you about yesterday and later the lessons I learned from it.

What went wrong

1.      I wrote yesterday’s blog post, Where did I put that resume? The purpose was to give job seekers and others a reminder of how important it is to keep track of your career marketing materials and give pointers on easy tips to keep yourself organized. But the title almost could have been “Where did I put that blog post?” because right after I published it, I was tweaking a few things with the bullet points and somehow I deleted half the post.

  • I write live in WordPress and don’t keep an Microsoft Word copy. Yup, I had to rewrite the post from memory and I was rushing.

2.      I was rushing to get Teddy to his vet appointment… or so I thought. I scheduled the appointment this week and since we are on the one car plan, I arranged for my husband to come back from his role as my father-in-law’s caregiver to give me a ride with Teddy 30 minutes north to our vet, Rockwood Pet Hospital. You know when you get that nagging feeling that something is not right? My Outlook calendar had said the appointment was next week but I was so sure I put it on the wrong date. The nagging feeling continued but I didn’t call to check.

  • We walked in the door with Teddy and the look on the receptionist’s face confirmed my nagging feeling. “The appointment’s next week, right?” So we had to drive back to Wausau.

3.      Later I was changing some settings on my blog and reading the permalinks information. At the time, it seemed like a good idea to tweak the setting.

  • I switched the setting from month and name to Day and name. Not a good idea. When you change the permalink setting, you changed the information that tells all your plug-ins where to get the information. It makes it look like you are starting over. I’ll explain more about this in another post but let’s just say it created a mess.

What went right

1.      Who knew that so many people wondered about “Where did I put that resume?” That post broke my current blog records and was retweeted (RT) many times by many nice people. In fact the counters were up to 18 RTs on Tweetmeme when I caused my third problem.

2.      We had a nice drive north, got a first hand look at new rivers created in farm fields by the heavy rain and Teddy got to visit the vet office when he didn’t get poked or prodded.

3.      I learned something new about blog settings and what not to do the next time. Yes, I wiped out the records on all of my posts, not just yesterday’s post and it does look like no one ever used the RT buttons but a learning experience nonetheless.

I know that you have different things that go wrong and I have days when the things that go wrong are much worse. We’ve had one car totaled this year, I spent two months being sick with sinus issues, and my husband’s surgery left us with $11,000 in new debt. And that’s just what I remember off the top of my head. But I can’t dwell on it. I have to move forward.

You do too! When you have a bad day, look for something positive you learned or gained from the experience. It is not easy to have bad days but we have control of how it affects us.

Let me know how you turn things around! And thank you for sharing my post yesterday! I remember even if Tweetmeme and Topsy forgot!


  1. Kim Woodbridge on September 17, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I had a conversation with Danny Brown recently about changing permalinks and we realized that it would reset all of the counters – if you put the permalinks back to what they were the counts should come back.

    Sometimes when I’m having a bad day and it’s work related, I just walk away for awhile. I tend to get back to what I was doing in a better frame of mind.

    • Julie Walraven on September 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      Cool, Kim, That fixed all the old ones but then wiped out today but I would rather have the old ones than today’s. You and Danny make a good team!

  2. Bridget (Weide) Brooks on September 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    What I love, Julie, is that despite all your troubles (not just yesterday!) you keep a positive attitude!

    Thanks for sharing everything!

    – Bridget

    • Julie Walraven on September 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks Bridget… what I have learned through the years is that everyone feels alone. People who have experienced loss of any kind or even business issues feel like they are the only one. There are days when things get me down, but then there are people who step forward and give me inspiration!

  3. HR Margo Rose on September 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Here’s me Julie: I read the post and wondered, “How’s Teddy?” How much of a dog person am I? It’s this simple, when my dog’s not well, everything else drops-and can get lost-as far as I’m concerned.

    The older I get the more frequent those “senior” moments occur. Just know this: you are loved.

    The leadership, and stewardship you provide our space is more important than you might know.

    I’m not a detail person. I should just take my promotional materials, and qualifications and paper clip them to my shirt, because I have a feeling if I relied on my memory every moment of every day…well…need I say more?

    The best we get to be in this life is human. Some of us were born better organizers.

    Love your blog!


    • Julie Walraven on September 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you, Margo! Teddy is Ok, the vet appointment is next week and then we’ll know what is going on. He’s limping a bit and that’s scaring my oldest son. But he’s healthy and happy other than a few little things.

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