A lot has happened in two months of my writing hiatus. Let’s start with “no, I’m not pregnant” just to clear that up. I know I totally just caught some of you wondering….busted! Give me another year or so.
Christmas break 2014 was pretty fucking great. I can’t lie. I slept in a lot. I went to the barn and rode Chance once a week or so. Hired a lovely woman to hang grasscloth wallpaper in my hallway after three years of waiting to have it done. I shopped for all Christmas gifts before December 10, attended seven Christmas celebrations, and grew my bangs out. Well, they are still growing out, technically. The house is clean, and organized. I also started taking down Christmas decorations on December 23 because I was ready to be done with the holidays. Might have been cabin fever. Going minimal for a while.
The week before Christmas, I sent out the first networking email I’ve ever sent in my life, and received several positive comments and leads in return. The email explained in polite terms that I was actively looking for employment in certain fields, and at certain companies with my resume and strengths listed. I even linked it to my LinkedIn profile. Gag! A few weeks later, I found this article telling people do just what I did AFTER I already did it. I’m a trendsetter and will be taking full credit for being ahead of that curve (Rachael – just like me in middle school). A’thank you.
Point is, I landed a pretty great job without having to look too far, and I helped myself get to the right place at the right time. I started my new job as Director of Marketing on January 2, and it has been fantastically challenging. I have been busy since the moment I sat down at my new desk, but it’s work I enjoy, and where I’m valued.
With my first month behind me, I have committed to some big goals and yes, I have some righteous anxiety about showing everyone my worth. I’m my own worst critic. I’m working on rebranding our corporate materials, developing a style guide, encircling our growing branch network into our corporate culture, and GSDing my way through a million different things, basically. I can’t complain. The people I work with are genuine. My commute to work is seven minutes. SEVEN. And that’s only if I catch all five stoplights in the two mile stretch. I count myself lucky to have the past few months work out as well as they have. 2015 is going to be a good year; I just know it.
Even though I’ve been swamped busy, I haven’t neglected to remember the good things I’ve read lately. Here are a few of those gems I wanted to share:
Never Check Email Before Noon (And Other Thoughts on Doing Your Best Work) – I’m considering it. But it would cut into my social emailing.
17 Times Dave Grohl Was Totally Right About Everything. All day, every day.
A Surprisingly Easy Way to Get Rid of Static Cling – I haven’t tested this in full yet, but I have high hopes.
Peasants! I’ll f*#@ing own you! – Can someone throw this kid in jail, if nothing else but for being a total blemish on society?