It's Almost Been A Week
I can't say their name because I know some of you crazy hussies.
You've obsessively researched my work history and called places of my former employment to complain that I post opinions you don't like on a blog page you're not forced to follow.
So I'll protect this. Because of you, I won't post anywhere publicly where I'm employed. They certainly don't deserve to receive a call from someone who's infatuated enough with me to complain, and I don't deserve you attempting to sabotage a hard-earned role because you disagree with me.
But, guys, for all you hussies I adore...and who stick with me even when (GASP) you don't always agree, I'm pretty super-duper stoked about my new job.
There is something to be said about a company that welcomes you the first day. My desk was adorned with flowers, a welcome card, and company swag. I was treated to lunch, on the company. And each introduction on the company's behalf about me rang with excitement to have me aboard. My direct supervisor, in our one-on-one, told me he hired me for my personality and feels I have the potential to do some really amazing things. I don't say that as a "look at me" but more as an observation of what it's like to work for a company that values their employees. I come from a background where I've always been forced to prove over and over again that I'm the right hire, and where you constantly have to thank those who hire you and be overly gracious for the opportunity to be hired each and every time...as though you weren't a valuable hire otherwise, based on your productivity, past work contributions, et.
Coming off of a decade of freelance industry work - the constant "hey, putting out feelers since I'm about to wrap" emails to friends and from friends, the paranoia: why did they hire "A" instead of me for that show? The unreliable and ever-changing personal budget I worked on daily for multiple best and worst case scenarios, the weeks on the road, the 15-16 hour days, the 3-4 hour commutes.... the reminding of each contact and company to keep you in mind for the next show, whenever that might get green-lit.
I survived that way for 10 years but I don't miss it.
Finally I'm working for a company who expresses excitement to have me aboard. Coworkers and bosses who actively ask each day how I'm doing and take an interest as to how I'm liking my work environment. They make sure I'm learning, graciously introduce me to clients with compliments, they encourage company lunches, and they value collaborative environments. They love that I have a family. I didn't have to pretend I don't have AB! They loved that. They've emailed me multiple times telling me how excited they are to have me on board.
It's really been a game changer for me. It's amazing what working for a company that wants to truly invest in you can do for your confidence and overall quality of life.
One of the biggest changes is the the once four hours of driving I was doing daily. That's gone. I can get to work in four minutes. FOUR MINUTES. I get home in time to hang out with AB before bedtime. No more missed nights because of traffic, or rushed 5 minutes of bedtime.
Another amazing thing: I can have lunch dates with the hubs! Or, I can hang at home and get some laundry going or do some early prep for dinner. IT'S SO AWESOME I CAN'T EXPLAIN IT. Oh, and I can plan family vacations. And we can plan house projects! GUESS WHAT! My kitchen cabinets are getting sanded and painted as I speak. EEEEEK. Been waiting a year for that to happen!
Anyway, I just felt like telling you guys because it means a few things:
I ain't got tiiiiiime for petty bullshit on my page.
I aint got time for petty bullshit regardless.
And I'm thrilled and I like to share things with at least a few of you, since at least a dozen of you like me, I think.
With that, I hope everyone else is having a marvelous week.