Career (with SO MANY friends in my field being layed-off/fired without cause--Az is a "right-to-work-state!--& HR being so anxious to bring in the cheaper, more malleable new graduates, I have to be prepared!), thus...
1) Update resume and cover letter/s every two months (DONE as of 12/31/12!), improving it each go-round. Thus never feeling terrified if had to find a new job (after 8 years essentially at one hospital, a comfort-zone is created)...once this occurs, I tend to take more "crap" than I should.
I never want to be in a position where I'm paralyzed about putting in a 2-week notice because I know I would THEN (under duress and emotionally BEING overwhelmed) have to update, from scratch, a workable and enticing job-hunting packet.
2) Maintain myself on an email list for immediate notification of all good psych and L&D/NICU & Hospice nursing jobs (funny how completely each specialty area is almost the antithesis of the other!); this way, if anything great comes about (& MANY GREAT JOBS HAVE been coming through the emails lately!), I can pop up my resume/cover-letter/application (read: having all names/#s/contact info from prior jobs present and accessible as well) & be interviewed, ready to move on within a week or two.
3) Maintain 6-8 weeks pay beyond initial two weeks pay coming with notice-given.
This CAN act to prevent panic on THAT FRONT, too...nursing jobs require both drug and background screening (despite my holding a valid FP Card!) & that process can take some time on occasion.
1) Put effort into continuing to pare down any and all "excess" stuff...whether knick-knacks, excess paperwork laying around, clothing not worn in > 6 months, etc...AND create peace/tranquility and SIMPLICITY in my surroundings.
With all going on in the world it is so very easy to get "down in the dumps" and REALLY negative about, well, everything!
My main goals here SHOULD have gone first as they're the most important...but; I am running a "mental track" in my head reminding me to A) Always stick to my values, including kindness, honesty, empathy, hard-work and doing as close to perfect a job as I can, simply, well, BECAUSE I can and need to. B) Don't gossip/ever get "sucked into" hurtful verbal scenarios with others because such belittles me more than anyone being discussed. This is too often forgotten. C) Remember simply to hold myself, & my impression of "me" above all others except G-d. Too often I'll get dragged down by a co-worker making some unkind comment about me ("she sure took a long time in report this morning!") & I start to feel insecure--until I remember that they have been reprimanded for providing too little info & are probably envious that I don't forget the "important" things (usually anyway! Nobody is PERFECT! ) ;0)
Well apologies for the novel, but these are just some of the facets of my life which require improvement or maintainence...no time like the present, given it is Jan 1, 2013!!!!
WISHING EVERYONE A WONDERFUL & SAFE YEAR!!