Barely into the year and this blog … neglected!
Well, not really. Last week was just very busy.
And I have to say, despite the busyness, I had a good week. My sleep was a little off, but it was okay: excitement usually leaves me tossing and turning (when I’m truly stressed out, I tend to sleep like a log). I started my new job last Monday, beginning the week with a day-long, offsite training. The rest of the week was spent in the office. There was information overload, as there is with any job, but I rolled with it. Hell, at least they’re putting me through an orientation. The worst thing that happened to me was that my married name was misspelled in the HR and payroll systems (the HR system has been fixed; waiting to see if it automatically updates payroll).
What’s cool is that I started with someone else new on my team, so I have someone to learn with. I also got to hang out with my friend (who is seated far away from me, so seeing her isn’t a regular thing). My team was completely welcoming and helpful and obviously excited to have us there. My coworkers and the organization at large were just as wonderful. The place had a good vibe.
I like good vibes. I like good vibes and good causes put together. And I’m ready to work had for that good cause so the good vibes can continue.
With the new job came the new commute. I wasn’t able to bike given this past week’s atrocious weather, but I did manage to walk back and forth most days. I’ve also kept up my running, which leaves me a good place physically. As cold as it was, being outside helped clear my head. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed it.
I’m very excited about this opportunity. Listening in on conversations, learning what I’ll be writing about, hearing what I’ll be editing … it made me feel like I do have something to contribute, and that I could work hard to make my materials quite awesome. Part of it was that I had a leg up on the lingo; unlike my fellow newbie, I’ve worked for fundraisers before, so I know the world I’m stepping into. But the other part was that there was a palpable sense of confidence, of others in me. That didn’t happen at my last job. It didn’t really happen at the job before that. It was present at the job that got me to D.C., the one that I held for 5.5 years, so that gives me hope.
I can do this.