No Shits Left To Give

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You remember a few weeks ago when I posted about burnout? Wellll, I didn’t take my own advice.

Let me explain; my specific dispatch center is in limbo. We currently don’t have a director. We’re kind of like a ship lost at sea. Don’t get me wrong, our interim director is doing the best they can do. But for all intents and purposes, everything has pretty much been put on hold: no training, no shift changes, nothing.

We have a staff full of people trying to throw their weight around. Do you know what happens when you put a bunch of supervisors, some with less than 2 years of dispatch experience, who think they know everything into a room with other dispatchers who think they know everything? Mayhem. Arguments. Constant complaints.

At this point, it’s those constant complaints that have me seeing red. One group blames dayshift for everything and then the nightshift blames dayshift for everything else. Nobody can do anything right across the board. It’s a bunch of finger pointing and displaced anger.

I go to work to do my job and go home. On a good day, I’ll answer a call that makes a difference or catch a unit’s location right as they scream it across the radio during a fight. Those are the days I live for. Every other day, it seems, I go to work to hear other shifts complain. I’m worn down. At this point, my will to go to work and do anything more than the bare minimum is gone.

To Feel Lost In A Familiar Place

I’m secretly hoping that I have a distant relative who is a Nigerian King and he’s going to bail me out of my current work situation. To say that I’m burned out is beyond true.

Getting up and going to work is getting harder and harder by the day. The shits that I give about anything work-related are almost 100% non-existent.

I’m left continually asking myself at this point, “What are you going to do?”

The short answer to that question is, “I have no idea.”

Public service is all I’ve done my entire adult life. More importantly, it’s all I know. I started on the road as a young pup. Barely legal to carry a gun legally, I was the youngest one on my police department.

I’m stuck in a spot where I feel like I need to take the closest exit to a regular job. I need to find a Monday through Friday 8-4 with weekends and holidays off. I need a normal life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d probably keep a part-time dispatch spot, just because it’s who I am, but I’m so cooked.

At any given moment I’m probably secretly day dreaming of walking into work and pulling an angry panda move.

Have no fears, I’m not going to go postal on anybody. I’m actually fairly level headed with just a tiny mean streak.

So Here I Am At The Crossroads

I feel like I’m stuck in that Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day.” It’s the same thing. Every. Damn. Day.

It doesn’t stop! Oddly enough, I’m not the only one that’s feeling this way.

We’re 3 angry dispatchers away from having a staffing crisis at any given time.

How do we sort this business out?! Where do I go from here? Do I tough it out and hang on to see what’s coming. Or do I stick around and listen to the incessant whining?

I know I’m not the only one that has faced this issue. Furthermore, I realize that this issue is not in any way unique to me or my center.

With that being said, what does everybody else do when faced with this situation!? Seriously, WHAT DO YOU DO!?

Above all, how does everybody else keep their sanity!?

NO, REALLY, HOW DO YOU DO IT!? 18 years in the business and I’m about to go crazy over some petty bullshit!

This is my cry for help! See that area down towards the bottom for comments? LEAVE ME SOME! I need advice!

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Everybody Has Excuses

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I took a quick trip to Target today and was browsing their book section when I came across a Jen Sincero “You Are A Badass” inspirational poster book.

This was one of the posters.

It left me thinking for a second. It made me really question how many excuses have stopped me from making things happen. I know I’m definitely not alone in this excuse game. You can either admit it and get better or remain in denial and keep doing the same things over and over again with the same results.

I, for one, choose to get better. I choose to drop bad habits and self-defeating thoughts that limit my successes in life!

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”

George Washington Carver

I don’t want my life to be one set of excuses after another! How about you?!

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10 Great Inspirational Quotes

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We all know I’m salty. I’m kind of an asshole at times. My job coupled with life has a way of letting you know you’re nothing! Every now and then I feel like life decides to kick me when I’m down. In those moments, I need a push! I need an extra hand! In those moments, I feel like a handout of some solid advice or a good old fashioned quote needs to happen. It’s then that motivation is at an all time low. I made a quick little list of some of my favorite quotes, just in case you needed a push, too! Enjoy these 10 Great Inspirational Quotes!

1.) Every Season Serves A Purpose.

Every Season Serves A Purpose

2.) Only In Darkness Can You See The Stars.– Martin Luther King Jr.

Only In Darkness Can You See The Stars

3.) The Past Is Your Lesson. The Present Is Your Gift. The Future Is Your Motivation.–Zig Ziglar

The Past Is Your Lesson

4.) Grow Through What You Go Through.

Grow Through What You Go Through

5.) The Temptation To Quit Will Be The Greatest Just Before You Are About To Succeed.

The Temptation To Quit Will Be The Greatest Just Before You Are About To Succeed

6.) Worrying Doesn’t Take Away Tomorrow’s Troubles. It Takes Away Today’s Peace.

Worrying Doesn't Take Away Tomorrow's Troubles. It Takes Away Today's Peace.

7.) Accept What Is, Let Go Of What Was, And Have Faith In What Will Be.

Accept What Is, Let Go Of What Was, And Have Faith In What Will Be.

8.) We Don’t Grow When Things Are Easy. We Grow When We Face Challenges.

We Don't Grow When Things Are Easy. We Grow When We Face Challenges.

9.) When Things Change Inside You, Things Change Around You.

When Things Change Inside You, Things Change Around You.

10.) Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations.

Difficult Roads Often Lead To Beautiful Destinations.

And there you have it. I could absolutely keep going, however, my day awaits! I’m on a journey to make myself better and not-so-salty. Some of these help! These quotes coupled with some thought redirection, have had a great effect on how I manage my bad moods. Furthermore, if you would like some more motivation outside of this post, go here. Maybe some of you with burnout can also benefit!

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An Attitude Of Gratitude

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You know the old saying, “Into each life, some rain must fall.” Each one of us has bad days.

Over the past two or three years, I’ve been hell-bent on making sure I limit my bad days. I always try to find something positive, even in the worst situations, and believe me, I’ve had my fair share.

On my “bad” days, it’s kind of difficult. However, I always manage to come out on top. After a while, you learn that you really DO control your happiness. It’s a conscious choice you have to make. NOBODY can do it for you!

Perhaps most importantly, you need to be grateful for everything. I mean absolutely EVERYTHING. The good, bad, and indifferent. Because without everything that you’ve been through and all that you have, you wouldn’t be who you are today. Furthermore, you may not have the drive to succeed like you do presently. Having an attitude of gratitude can change you!

Gratitude

Sometimes You Just Need An Extra Push

Every once in a while, you need a little extra motivation. For instance, I love reading. I read blogs, news articles, newspapers, magazines, internet articles, and my favorite; books. I’m presently reading one of my favorites over again! It’s a quick read by Sean Whalen.

If you aren’t familiar, he’s kind of a badass. The guy went through some stuff and came out on top. His book “How to Make Shit Happen” is one of my all-time favorites. Legit, hands down, I’ve read it 5 times. If you need a swift kick in the ass and a reminder to be thankful or to keep up that attitude of gratitude, read the damn thing. I’ll even share the link for it!

That book has legitimately helped me out with my burnout. It’s not going to fix everything, but it definitely gives you fresh perspective. I have several other books that I recommend as well!

We all need a little shove once in a while. What kind of pushes work on you!? Just remember to keep your attitude of gratitude. (It’s important enough to get mentioned several times in my short post!) Always be thankful!

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A New Logo & A T-shirt Campaign To Go With It

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On a whim, I decided to commission myself a new little logo & a t-shirt campaign to go with it. The designer at www.Fiverr.com was pretty darn awesome to work with. I wanted simple and vintage-y. He delivered! I can confidently recommend using Fiverr to anybody who needs some creative work done! I’m feeling all official now!

After sharing the new logo with some co-workers, we figured that the design would make for some cute stickers decals and t-shirts! So that’s just what we’re doing. From now until May 24th, 2019 you can order one of these pretty sweet t-shirts! I picked some different Ts and Hoodies so there are plenty of options available with lots of colors to choose from! To snag one of your own go to https://www.bonfire.com/the-salty-dispatcher/

The New Logo on the shirts look pretty sweet!


My new blog project is starting to feel real! This might turn into a decent little hobby! It feels like a new beginning. And we all know that new beginnings are a chance to start over new and create something fresh. Plus, we already know it’s definitely cheaper than therapy. I’m kinda digging this!

“It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Well Seasoned!

Greetings! Welcome to my blog! Just a small, short introduction to my ramblings; I’m a 9-1-1 dispatcher by trade. I work for a medium sized agency. We stay busy, I stay salty. I’m also a LEO wife, former police officer, former jail sergeant, fur mom, aunt, daughter, cousin, friend, etc. I carry many titles. I have many hobbies, many of which I’ll probably showcase at times. I love grilling and smoking meats. I am a cookie baker (namely stuff that has sprinkles, icing, or Snickerdoodles because of my nieces, aka baking assistants requests) and sometimes throw in other fancy baked goods. I’m a jack-of-all-trades. I love Jesus, but I have a filthy mouth. My husband is my world. My sense of humor is dry and twisted. My opinions are strong; and because of that, I’ll try to remain as secretive as possible! I’ll probably make a few people mad along the way, but I’ll probably make more laugh. At least I hope so! The plan for this blog (cheap therapy) is to post about random things from life; funny, sad, angry, twisted, etc. One thing I can promise, it will all be real! Happy browsing!

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