Adjusting to a new job

Adjusting to a new job

The last time I started a new job was over eleven years ago. At that time, my oldest child was in first grade and my other children were not even in school. At that time, I probably felt I was still headed up in my career and there seemed to be so much to still explore. Now, my oldest just graduated from high school. I now feel like I am just searching and hoping for the job that will maybe be as good as the one’s in the past in pay and enjoyment. I am exploring opportunities, but more in a way to find something that might be more layoff proof, which to me is more critical as I get later into my career.

Well, a few months back, I started a new job. I was quite nervous having not started a job in such a long time and concerned that I would be able to catch on quickly and do what was expected of me. I was also concerned that I had made the right choice.

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September 7, 2012Permalink 1 Comment

Where are my people?

Are support people friends? Are friends support people? During my chronic illness, when I needed support people so desperately, I wondered where mine were, or more accurately, who they were.

First of all, let me say what I think a support person is. It is a person to whom you can go to gain reinforcement and strength. There can be general support people that you go to for any type of support or specific ones that you go to for a particular type of support. For example, frustration with kids or work. Are these people friends? Yes, a support person is a special class of friend, just like work friends, neighbor friends, and family friends. They are not better or worse friends, but friends with an additional facet. This means that a support person can be a work, neighbor, or family friend. So, what about my support people?

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Stress – Symptoms of stress

For me, at times I can tell I am stressed. My heart seems to race, my body becomes tight,  and my stomach might even act up a bit. At other times, things place stress on my body, like a physical injury would, that my mind doesn’t even realize is stress. The only way I know it was stress is by examining the symptoms.

The more I learn about stress and it’s symptoms, the more horrified I am that, what I use to think of as just a nuisance, causes an incredible amount so suffering, chronic illness, and worse. It is the silent threat disguised in sheep’s clothing. If more people were aware of its implications, I think we would be far better off as a world. However, it is not my intent at this time to start a global awareness campaign. Rather, I want to list a few of the symptoms of stress I have discovered on the internet. Some of these I have suffered with, and it was only by seeing that they can be caused by stress that I realized the danger of stress. Before this, I just thought I had a series of unrelated or maybe some related symptoms caused by who knows what. And not knowing what the “what” is makes it hard to address the problem. All you can do is try to mask the symptoms. But knowing the cause, you can attack the cause.

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January 25, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

My worst Friday the 13th ever

Yesterday was the worst Friday the 13th I can remember! (Note: I do not use exclamation points very often) Why? Well, let me vent a bit and say. First of all, after 11+ years of service with my company, today was my last day. Two days earlier, they called a mandatory meeting for a select group of us and told us, who represented all of the people in Utah working on a particular project, that we were being laid off in an effort to consolidate sites and our last day would be Friday. Bullarky!! Just say it; upper management, in this case based out of India, thinks his country is the solution because you get so much more for your money in India. I am not opposed to people in India, but with wages rising twenty percent a year, it won’t be long until a new upper management leader from China does the same to them. So, let’s throw out all the experience and expertise and start over somewhere else. This will save money. In the case of my job function, no transfer of knowledge at all, which is ridiculous and stupid beyond stupid. But this post is about me, not the company, so back to me.

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January 14, 2012Permalink Leave a comment

Reset on life

It’s been three months since I last wrote and three months since I become extremely ill. I am not all the way recovered yet, but am doing a lot better. Previous to this, the longest I have been sick was a month, and the majority of the symptoms were gone in a week or so. This time, the majority of the symptoms were with me for over two months. At this time, I won’t go into the details of all of my problems, but I do want to write about how this chronic illness has changed or reset my life.

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How quickly thigns change and back

Three  weeks ago, I was on top of the world at work. We were finally getting resources to help with my project, things were getting organized like I have been trying to do for months,  and it looked like we were on our way to building a great team in St. Petersburg. It was also looking like I would be able to finally get approval to attend a technical conference that would really help me a lot with work. Two weeks ago, I was also so consumed by work, that I worked all day, much of the evening, went to bed for about five hors, and started over again. I even worked a significant amount on weekends and during a family vacation so i could keep the work moving forward. It was tiring but I was excited.

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Turbulence, speed bumps, and life

I was watching an inspirational broadcast on TV today and the speaker was talking about air turbulence. He said when flying through air turbulence that the there is a  speed, the turbulence speed, that is optimal for flying through the turbulence. He also mentioned that in most cases a plane needs to slow down to be at turbulence speed. He then likened flying through turbulence with each of our lives. We are all extremely busy, with far more to do than we have time to do it. When challenges hit, difficulties arise, or life overwhelms, we need to slow down and get back to doing the basics in life. We need to get back to doing the things that are most important; this is living life at turbulence speed.
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The incredible Eleanor Roosevelt

The Incredible Eleanor RooseveltThis is my first totally impromptu post. I am kind of excited about it. I am just going to start typing with one thought. Let’s see how it goes.

For one of my future blog posts, I was looking for a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt about the importance of doing things you don’t necessarily feel comfortable doing to help you grow. I have come to rely on Google and quote Web site to help me out. Well, I found a large list of quotes from this woman I know nearly nothing about, and I loved them. So, this is a place in my quest that I came to not on vacation or talking to a friend or out and about, but as I was trying to document my quest. Anyway, I feel  like I have stumbled onto a gem of life named Eleanor Roosevelt and want to know more about her.

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September 11, 2010Permalink Leave a comment