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Welcoming Ceremony

Yesterday I got to participate in a Welcoming/ Opening ceremony at work.

We’ve been working in a temporary office and yesterday we moved into our newly renovated digs. To celebrate the opening of our new work space, a community elder was brought in and she performed the ceremony.

sweetgrassI really enjoyed being part of it. As a matter of fact, the elder gave me the burning sweetgrass so that I could help with the smudging. Smudging is a type of cleansing ritual. I had no idea what I was doing but everyone said that I did a good job.

Basically I took the smouldering sweetgrass around the room and held it in front of people so that the smoke would flow over them. Everyone did something slightly different but most people directed the smoke towards their eyes, ears, mouth, over their heads and towards their heart. I have to say that it was really a special experience.

During the smudging the elder was speaking in her native tongue and when she was done she translated what she had said into English. Finally she did a chant saying the word “Welcome” while beating a drum.

I really love this kind of stuff. Being part of this new cultural experience was a treat and I felt grateful that I was able to experience it. I feel a little silly in that I don’t know more about the people who I work with but I am happy to have the opportunity to learn.

Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know but it is important to keep an open mind and to take advantage of learning opportunities when they present themselves.

An Abundance of Writing

Writing

Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

I’ve been asking for abundance to come into my life for a while now. The daily mantra has changed and morphed over the months but the premise remains the same. One of the additions to the mantra has been to ask for an abundance of writing. It’s funny how things don’t turn out exactly as planned but how they still turn out.

Originally I thought that my writing would take place here on this blog or in the form of a book that I’m supposed to be writing but that has not been the case. I am still writing here and one of these days I’ll take a stab at the book again but for now my abundance of writing is happening at work.

At work I’m writing. I’m writing blog posts and success stories and today I started writing my first brochure. I’ve been in marketing for years but have never written a brochure before. I was kind of wary about it at first but once I got some words on paper it got easier and by the end I thought it was pretty good.

As my workday came to a close I realized that I was proud of my writing and… I was happy. Happy to have created something. Happy to have a physical existence of my work. Happy to have something to show for my effort. And happy that I had written content that I was pleased with.

Not all of my writing makes me happy. Wait, that’s not exactly right. My writing makes me happy but I’m not always happy about people’s reactions to my writing. For example, we had Open Mic night at my writing course tonight and I put my hand up to read. I had decided to read my poem that I had written 10 years ago. I know it is a heavy piece but I always felt that it was good because it evoked emotions. Not all poetry is about trees and butterflies, sometimes it is about pain and suffering.

After the heart-pounding effort that it took to read my poem I was a little disappointed by the response. Or should I say lack of response. I did get a few people who commented but mostly I heard crickets chirping and I wasn’t even outside. The group follows the old adage that if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Based on the limited feedback, I guess people didn’t like it.

I wish that I didn’t care what others thought. I wish that I only cared what I thought about my writing. Why do we seek approval when really we should just revel in our personal triumph of getting the words onto paper? Why should we want the accolades when expressing our thoughts and dreams, since no matter what they are, the expression is a form of success all by itself?

One day I hope to be that person who writes and doesn’t care what others think. Some days I am better at it than others.

For now, I will continue to write and I will continue to try to find the joy in the act of writing itself. I think that the group of people who care about my writing is small but they do exist. And even if the group turns out to be a party of one, I hope that I can still be happy and proud that I did the work, wrote my thoughts down and created a physical representation of the ideas tumbling around inside my brain.

Ups and Downs of the New Job

laptop

laptop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I spent a whole year slouching on my couch with my laptop literally in my lap. My tennis elbow got better, I didn’t have any neck or back issues, and I was feeling pretty good. I have been back at work for less than 3 weeks and my back and neck are already giving me troubles.

There is something about sitting at a desk that is killing me.

They are ordering me a laptop stand so that should help but I’m in trouble if I’m already having issues. One of my problems is that I tend to lean on one elbow while I’m sitting at my desk. I have to break that habit and break it quick. It causes some of the muscles in my back to tense up which makes my back hurt.

I think I see more yoga and stretching in my future.

As for work, it’s going well. I am learning A LOT. But I’m also sharing some of my knowledge which is pretty cool. I think sometimes I don’t give myself enough credit for the things that I know but this week I have been a font of information and I feel like I am already contributing to doing things better on the marketing team (we’re a team of 2). I haven’t been as busy as I would like and have had to kind of make up my own work the last couple of days but things are coming together and I still think this is a good fit for me.

I am missing the luxury of time afforded to me in my days of unemployment. Things are busier now. I still have free time as I only have my kids half of the time but there is definitely less of it. I haven’t adjusted to my new life with a job yet. I need to give up some of my time-wasting habits to make time for the things that I really want.

So I guess you have to take the good with the bad and it’ll all come out in the wash. Hopefully, I’ll figure out the whole ergonomics thing soon as I’d like to get that resolved ASAP.

Liking the New Job Just Fine

I had a successful first week of work. It was a little more exciting than most first weeks of work.

I met a former Prime Minister this week, he came to the office and I shook his hand. We’re not best buds or anything but the day also involved free lunch and a field trip, so all in all, a good day.

Writing

Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In addition, I found out today that the majority of my job is going to be writing (at least for now). Seriously. I’m so happy about that. It’s not writing a book, it’s going to be blog posts, web content and articles as opposed to fiction but every bit of writing is practice and will only strengthen my writing chops. I’m sure other tasks will crop up but this is great for now.

I’m a minority in this new job, almost everyone in the office has a different cultural heritage than I do. It’s a new experience. Right now I’m trying to learn by listening and wading in slowly. I’ve already made my first cultural faux-pas but I’m hoping to keep those to a minimum. Everyone in the office is great. As a matter of fact, I did a little bonding with a couple of people this afternoon. One of the other women and I discussed our kids and then 3 of us complained about the infrastructure of our little city. It was nice to just hang out and chat. We’ll be heading out-of-town one day next week so there will be more time to bond on the road trip.

I really think that this is a fantastic job for me right now after all the self-realization and improvement I have done during the past year. It will be tons of learning, tons of writing and probably more personal growth just as a result of the new environment and culture that I’m exposed to. Plus I’m working in a non-profit environment where the main mission is to help people, it’s a nice change from corporate greed and I think I’m going to like it just fine.

I’ve Regained my Employee Status

Desk

Desk (Photo credit: koneude)

It was a little surreal being back in the land of paid employment today after being off work for a year, but I lived to tell about it so I’m pretty sure I’ll go back tomorrow.

Everyone at work seems really nice. The CEO is seriously one of the nicest CEOs I’ve ever met. She is uber-friendly and makes me feel at home.

I got the office policies manual today. I work with a small group but you can tell that it is government-funded based on the size of the policy manual. That sucker was pretty big for a group of 15 people.

I found out today that the office closes for 2 weeks at Christmas. 2 weeks paid at Christmastime and it does not affect our vacation. I wanted to do a little dance right there.

I went to my first meeting today. It wasn’t a meeting that I needed to attend, but it was great to sit in on it as it gave me a better idea of what some of the people in my office do. I feel like I will piece together the puzzle that is my new job sooner than later so that’s a good thing.

I got several congratulatory messages this morning, all of them cheering me on for my first day of work. Both of my sisters (of course) and a couple of friends. I was super pumped to know that I have folks who care about my success. Surprisingly I did not hear from Sven. Or perhaps he did send me a message on his broken texting app and I just never got it. I’m guessing it was option A. I don’t know what happened with Sven, but things have just petered out. No one has called anything off but isn’t it weird that I have not heard from him on my first day at my new job?

Anyway, I’m not letting him spoil my fun. I had a great first day and I’m looking forward to going back tomorrow. I do miss my couch and my yoga pants a bit but I’m sure the pay check will help me get over that quickly.

I GOT A JOB – WOOT!

Today, I signed the contract for my new full-time job – wahoo!! I start on Monday!!

And since it never rains but it pours, I kind of got offered a part-time job (in my field) this week which I had to turn down. A friend of mine works for a local university and recommended me so I may end up doing some freelance for them in the future, who knows?

I’m very excited to go back to work! Although I’ve enjoyed my time off (for the most part), I’m looking forward to working with a new team. I love working with smart, talented individuals and can’t wait to see how things go next week.

It’s going to be weird getting up and getting out the door for a job again. And I’m sure the kids and I will have some kinks to work out so we can all get out of the house on time. They are excited for me to go back to work too so hopefully they will be cooperative.

I have been off work for 1 year on October 24th and I start my new job on Oct 21st. That’s so close to a year it’s within spitting distance. I’m not sure how I’m going to fit all of my extra-curricular activities in there now that I have an actual job though.

I’m still going to keep up the blog, the year isn’t over yet and I’ve got stuff that I haven’t accomplished. I’m also going to try to keep up with the writing, I really do want to write a book and I’ve written over 2000 words now so I should keep going!! My writing course continues until mid-December so I’ll just have to get more organized in order to fit everything in. I may need an actual schedule as I want to try to meditate in there too.

I’m going to be busy, busy, busy and just in time for the chaos of Christmas to start closing in. But that’s ok, I think it’ll be a good kind of busy 🙂

BTW, the parking ticket did turn out to be a job 🙂

Can a Parking Ticket = a New Job? I Hope So

Parking ticket in Cambridge (2008-04-01)

Parking ticket in Cambridge (2008-04-01) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I got a parking ticket today… $15. I hope it’s worth it. I hope I get the job that I interviewed for for 1.5 hours today. Yep… 1.5 hours. That is a long interview.

I only put 1 hour and 20 minutes in my meter…. damn meter maid. I was late for the meter by 10 minutes and got a ticket in that window. Sigh.

But maybe it’ll turn out to be worth it. Maybe I’ll get a job in the near future. It could happen. I’m still optimistic. I think the interview went well and I think that at least 2 out of the 3 interviewers liked me (it was a bit hard to read the 3rd one). The interview involved a power point presentation (which went great) and way too many questions. I can’t say that I nailed all of them but I think I did well on the majority of them.

In 14 days I will have been unemployed for 1 WHOLE YEAR. I would love to get a job before I reach that milestone. So if everyone could think positive thoughts for me right now, I would appreciate it. And even though I have enjoyed my time off, I would really like to get back to earning a pay check.

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