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 (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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
I’ve been tossing around the idea of going back to school. Not because I really want to go back to school but because I have been unemployed for a year now and am starting to feel some pressure.
Although I’m glad that I have devoted the last 9 months to personal growth it has not really helped me out in the job arena. I’m now able to redirect my thoughts better and to stay in the present better and I know where all of my chakras are located but none of this has helped me to find a job. Plus I have not really added anything to my resume in the last year. So… that has got me debating the whole back to school thing.
The field of marketing has lost some of it’s shine. I’m at the point in my life where marketing for a corporation who’s sole purpose is making money is not that appealing any more. I don’t dislike marketing, I just am not married to the idea of staying in that field.
Perhaps I should just change course and do something completely different. I could take programming again although I’ve been there, done that and did not enjoy the actual work. School was fine and I did great at school but the work in the real world was not optimal and I wasn’t having any fun doing it. I’m not sure if it was just an unlucky position and I should give it another chance or if I should just abandon the whole field altogether. The thing is that there are loads of jobs in programming, so that makes the decision trickier.
I’ve also tossed around the idea of taking a trade. Yep, going to trade school and working with my hands.
Sitting in front of a computer for a living is slowly killing us. For the past 7 years I have gradually put on weight as I have gone from an active stay-at-home Mom to sitting at a computer for over 8 hours/ day. I have taken off a little weight in this past year but my lifestyle still involves a computer and it still involves sitting while using it. It’s probably been even worse during this last year as now I’m slouching over it while using it on my couch instead of at a desk.
So does this mean I’m going back to school? No idea, but I’m thinking out loud as I cross another week of unemployment off of my calendar.
I’ve been unemployed for 10 months now and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. This time off has been an opportunity for me. An opportunity to explore new things, to take time for myself and to re-evaluate where I’m going in life. So without further ado, here are the
Benefits of Being Unemployed:
- The gift of time.
One of the things about not working 8+ hours/day is that you have a lot more free time to do other things. Of course, searching for work takes up some time but you can’t spend 40 hours/week doing that soul-sucking task or you would end up in a fetal position on the floor.
- Less stress.
I’m sure that several of you are looking confused at this one. Let me clarify, some days are pretty damn stressful, when you wonder why no one is hiring you after multiple interviews, that can be pretty stressing. But I haven’t been feeling that every day. For the most part I have been enjoying the lack of work-related stress. No deadlines to meet, no lack of communication, no problems with co-workers… you get the idea. Plus, when the kids get home, the evening rush of homework and activities is a lot less rushed and a lot less stressful.
- Better health.
I have lost 14 pounds during the last 8 months. It has not been due to dieting. It has been due to eating better, less stress, more exercise and an increased focus on self-care.
- An opportunity to try new things.
During this period of unemployment I have embraced blogging, tried meditating, learned about chakras and life energy, completed some small challenges, reached out to friends new and old, and signed up for a writing course. Plus, I learned a lot about happiness, positivity and gratitude, started playing badminton, and spent some time volunteering.
- Did some things I did not previously have time for.
I’ve done a lot of reading, purged some stuff, organized a get-together, scrapbooked, did more yoga, taught my youngest how to ride her bike, planted a flower garden and a few vegetables, went on some day-trips, did a little dating, and watched too much TV.
- Explored options for my future.
This time off has given me an opportunity to assess where I am in life and where I want to go. It did not happen quickly but after some soul-searching I have become a lot more serious about writing a book. I think I needed to go through certain steps to get to this point but I am excited about writing and I want to see what I can do in this field.
- Improved a friendship.
I have this friend who I liked but we didn’t hang out that much. We both got laid off together and it was a bonding experience. She is one of my biggest cheerleaders in the whole blogging adventure and job search process. I really appreciate her support and I ❤ her. Thanks Regan!!
- Made new friends.
Blogging has put me in touch with some people I never would have connected with before. I like that I have readers and I like reading other people’s blogs. Plus the writing course has added more people to my life. I’ve only been there a short time but they seem like a super supportive bunch and I am excited to get to know them better.
I know that these are my benefits, but if you’re unemployed you can make some of them yours too. Don’t spend all of your time feeling sorry for yourself. Put yourself out there, take risks and do something that you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time for. Of course, don’t give up the job search but keeping busy with things you like will help you keep a positive attitude and that will help in the big scheme of things.
My new friend, Sven, is a computer geek ;). And somehow, more than once, we have gotten on the topic of creating an iPhone app. We’ve tossed around a few ideas. Today I came up with the idea of an Affirmation App.
Here’s how it happened:
My day started out ok. I got up early and headed out to a job interview and some guy totally checked me out as I was walking down the street. Things were going well!
Then I went into the interview… At first I thought it went relatively well but by the time I was driving home I was second guessing some of my responses. Plus I reminded myself that the job was not exactly in my wheelhouse and they would probably be interviewing lots of people with better qualifications than me. In addition, remember how I got laid off 10 months ago? Well the company I worked for just did another big layoff… today. Lots of people I know. Which also means lots more people out looking for jobs. To top this all off, I had lunch with Sven (who I like) and the lunch just proved to me even more that he is not ready for any type of relationship.
So when I got home, I headed right for the chocolate covered almonds. Probably my first mistake. Then going through the multiple Facebook posts from my newly unemployed friends was my second mistake.
Do I need to say I was feeling sorry for myself??? I think that is pretty obvious at this point. In my chocolate-induced haze, I just wanted someone to snuggle with or at least reassure me that everything was going to be all right. I mean, 10th time is a charm right? 10 interviews at 10 different companies, the 10th time has to be lucky???
That’s when I came up with the idea for an Affirmation App. It could contain phrases like:
- “You have the best ideas.”
- “Damn, you look good.”
- “I believe in you.”
- “You can do it.”
- “Hang in there, things will get better.”
I’m not the only one who feels like crap about myself. This has got instant success written all over it. Ok, nobody steal my idea.
It’s already been done? Damn :(.