New Job: First Month Report

Well, it has been a whole month since I started my new job. I’m a child & family therapist with a small non-profit in my hometown.
It has been quite a learning curve since I was out of the workforce for four months. Yes, only four months. It was the first time since age 19 that I’d not worked at all. I went back to work when kiddo was six weeks old. (Another post on that some other time.)
So after four months of being home, bummed out because I felt so rejected (even spent 2 weeks so depressed my social work bff was so worried about me) and feeling like I wanted to quit the field entirely – a job came my way.
And I’ve been working it.
The hours feel long, but I’m slowly adjusting to it. I’m getting used to having a work routine (though I think it’ll take longer because I’ve not worked this schedule before) and because I’m putting pressure on myself. I know this will get easier with time (have to repeat this to myself everyday; several times a day in fact).
In the meantime, early bedtimes and lots of coffee will keep me going. Lol Wonder what next month will bring?
PS – thanks to all of my pals online and off that supported and carried me through this challenging time. Couldn’t have done it without you! Love you! šŸ™‚

Taking a leap on Leap Year Day 2012

I often don’t write about myself on the blog, but I wanted to do it for today (since it only comes around every four years). I’ve decided to take a leap of faith in myself and try new things this year.

My leap began in January after I left a position that wasn’t a good fit for me. I then chopped off my hair (after five years of growing it out), smoked my first cigar (very enjoyable – guys I see why you do it now!) and decided to stay home for awhile to find the job that is the right fit for me.

My work career spans nearly two decades (I’ve worked since I was 16). I started out as a temp working in corporate environments for a couple of years and landing a full-time permanent position. I worked there for seven years and hated every minute of it. It wasn’t for me. I benefited greatly from the job as I became a union member and received tuition reimbursement after going back to college to finish my undergrad degree. I also have great memories of the people there. I did love the people. šŸ™‚

From there I moved on to a non-profit position at a foster care agency and earned my graduate degree along with licensure as a mental health counselor. My ultimate goal (and dream job) is to work at an in-patient psychiatric unit with kids and teens. I’m absolutely fascinated by why people do the things that they do and how mental illness affects them.

My hope is to get a hospital position working with people. I also want to break into magazines while continuing to blog. My biggest hope is to help others through my clinical work and my writing while remembering to have faith in myself (which is very hard for me).

So here’s to my leap of faith. Are you taking a leap?

New Job, New Chapter

I don’t often write about my daytime work (counseling). This week finds me beginning the next chapter of my life – a new job. While I can’t go into the specifics of the job here, I will say that it is a major shift in work for me.
My previous job had me running around on a crazy schedule, commuting everywhere and underpaid. This new one, while still crazy, will have me on a consistent weekly schedule, in an office (omg! My very first!) and with better pay. I know that I’ll be crazy busy from start to finish, but it’ll be a welcome one after the four years I’ve had at the other job.
I know that this job will lead me closer to my professional goals, but I also hope that it’ll give me the extra motivation I need to move my writing career forward. Wish me luck!