Office Life

A Fresh Start <3

My last day at my old job was Friday, January 5th. That came very unexpectedly. I thought I was going to have to stick it out for another week but my boss graciously allowed me to use my vacation for that last week. 

It is always scary starting over in a new place with new people. But I guess you get used to it. I mean this is my fourth job since graduating college. It’s kind of like birthing children, every time gets easier.

My first day was Monday January 8th. I will say, I’m on day 5 of the new job and while I miss my friends, I am DEFINITELY enjoying this new work environment. 

My new work environment makes me feel like I work at Google or Facebook with its open work space, super chill music, big windows, and comfy chairs. This job is definitely the polar opposite of my other job.

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My workspace. Right in front of a big window so I can see outside.
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Comfy chairs are my favorite.
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We also have an abundance of ceramic mugs.

 

There are a LOT of positives to this new job: 🙂 

  • I have a large and comfortable work space

 

  • My desk is right in front of a gigantic window so I can always see outside

 

  • I have no employees reporting to me so my interruptions in a day are minimal

 

  • I love listening to music and headphones are encouraged to minimize distractions since we are in an open work space 

 

  • There is a minimal amount of structure to the program that I am working on so I have plenty of autonomy. I am a planner and I love starting things from scratch so that is exciting for me. 

I’ve been here five days and it seems like they are going to trust me to do the job they hired me to do. No hovering over me asking me what I’m doing. Lots and lots of trust. This is good…I self manage really well so I appreciate that so much. 

This year is definitely starting out on the right foot. I am working on returning to my optimistic ways so I can focus on all the good there is in my life right now. I believe there is a lot of good coming my way and I am ready to receive it. 

Brave Bonnie 

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Office Life

Migraines, Toddlers and the Struggles of Adulting

Sometimes my employees make me believe they like me when they buy me stuff. Molly brought me a new coffee mug Wednesday and it is so adorable. It says “Boss Lady” on the outside and on the inside it says “I’m not bossy, I’m just the boss!” The accuracy.

Migraines continue to be a struggle for me. Sometimes I get an aura with a headache and then sometimes I get the aura and no headache. Over the years I have slowly identified my triggers. This morning I remembered that I can’t sleep in because sometimes that triggers a migraine, not sure why. I slept in this morning and BAM migraine. I didn’t get a  headache with this one though, just the aura. Praise God for that. Any day without a migraine is a good day.

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I let my boys sleep in the same bed Tuesday night. I don’t know what mom crack I was smoking when I thought letting them sleep in the same bed might be a good idea but it ended up working out.

The first night it worked out perfectly, and it was the cutest thing and they actually went to sleep. Wednesday night….ehhhh….not so much. First John didn’t want to sleep with Manny, but then he did because toddlers change their minds constantly. I agreed, against my better judgment because I was trying to avoid a major melt down at bedtime. When we let him sleep with his brother though he WOULD NOT go to sleep. He stayed up talking for about an hour after that and I could hear his little giggles. I’m like kid if you don’t go to sleep. I ended up moving him back to his bed. That didn’t go over well but sometimes when you threaten to beat them they end up conceding defeat and going to sleep.

 

I’m considering a career change right now too. Regularly wanting to punch your boss in the throat is probably a sign that it’s time to move on. A friend, who owns a staffing agency, called me Wednesday about two different jobs he thinks I might be interested in. I meet with him next Thursday at lunchtime to discuss. I am going to take in all the information before I make a decision. There are several reasons I’m considering leaving my current job:

Number 1: I feel like I have ENTIRELY too much responsibility. There is more coming at me than I can handle in a day, which makes my chest hurt and my head hurt. Not a good combination.

Number 2: I am no longer motivated to work there. I have had a lot of bad days strung together. I’m burned out, and I think the burn out rate in my position is probably pretty high.

Number 3: I am the complaints department. I have seventeen employees, most of which half are complaining about something in a given day, then there are volunteers who are just a whole different level of stress in and of themselves. Not to mention we have 5000 members and in any given day at least 10 of them are bitching about something.

I will take in all the information and then make an informed decision. That is the adult thing to do right? My brain is like nahhhhh just quit! Why do I have to constantly fight with my rational self and my impulsive self. It’s exhausting.

Why didn’t anyone tell me adulting would be this difficult?

Brave Bonnie