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New job jitters

Friday, March 09, 2012

Okay y'all, it's hitting me now...on Monday I will be starting a new full-time job after not working for THREE YEARS! Tony and I were going over my benefits information and talking about how electing to put 6% into my 401k plan to get the full matching contribution is a good idea...it feels so weird to be talking about these things again.

I'm no stranger to working full-time. I had a corporate job for seven years before leaving to finish my degree, and it's all coming back to me. I remember all the stress involved - waking up at the crack of dawn and rushing to make it to work on time, deadlines and pressure to meet objectives, feeling exhausted at the end of the day, having to work evenings and weekends to finish projects. I remember the anxiety of performance reviews and the frustration over beaurocratic red tape. I remember having to wear suits every day and feeling nervous in meetings with corporate leaders.

But I also remember the good things about working - getting my own paycheck and being able to contribute to our family's expenses, working with good people and sharing laughs and venting sessions, dressing up, curling my hair, wearing make-up, looking nice and feeling confident, having a purpose and making an important contribution to a company. It feels good to be a productive part of society - part of the hustle and bustle of downtown. It made me feel more alive.

This is a huge change for me, but a really positive one. I'm excited to embrace my new career. (I just hope the transition is an easy one.)

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    LOL....I read your blog Friday nite in my motel but I think I responded in my head. I scrolled down twice to see my comment and it's gone. I bet you deleted it didn't you.....messing with the Kaye!!! I have on my calendar you start your job on the 19th so you probably messed with my calendar too!!!!
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    Well, no matter how much you mess with me Naima, I'm still all excited about your new job. You will ROCK that office!! And you'll be styling in your new healthy body and making a mark with all your confidence you have in yourself now. You are a real people person and I hope you make new friends and it will be a job where you are excited to go to work everyday. I'm happy for you!!!
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    3388 days ago
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    You will do well. Keep up your progress with the eating well. You are inspiring folks and you don't even realize it. So pack your lunches well, and plan to be late everyday so you are always prepared.

    You will do well.

    3388 days ago
    emoticon on the new job!!!!

    3389 days ago
    How exciting for you. I once quit a job and took three months off. yes it was scary and exciting to go back to work....but I have NO DOUBT you will be AWESOME!!!!

    3389 days ago
    Good luck on the new job/career! I'm sure Franklin has prepared you for the workplace experience ahead. You'll be fine.

    As for your writing, I think you did an excellent job of putting in words the pros and cons of employment. That was well thought out.

    Great blog/post!

    3389 days ago
    Enjoy the weekend and don't stress the new job. Relax and be yourself.
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    Ok--the transition will suck. :) But you know what? THATS NORMAL. I work at a high school--I am the head of the guidance department...and each September after the summer break--its horrific. But by the time October rolls around--I have found my grove again and its all fine.
    So it will be for you. The first month you will be stressed, and tired and elated and drained and invigorated and JUST FINE.
    Dont panic about anything. The learning curve will be steep but thats ok too. Change is always stressful--but you are fortunate in that this change will a good one that will challenge your mind and your intellect. ITS OK!!! and if you have to have packaged meals--then so what!!!?? Once you adjust it will run more smoothly.
    3389 days ago
    I wish you all the best with the new job! This is a big step, you should be proud! Even if you are nervous, it is expected, and I am sure the nerves will eventually go away or not be as frequent. I will be thinking of you on Monday girl!

    3389 days ago
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