It’s Been A While

I just haven’t felt the urge to blog the past couple of months. I guess times of turmoil and drastic change bring out the isolation and hermit in me. I’d rather retreat quietly to my cave and lick my wounds to reemerge after a period of healing than to stand in public and announce my trials and struggles. Thank you all for the wonderful comments and emails of support, I really do appreciate it. I even (kinda) appreciate all the comments of support from people who are obviously just trying to get a link back to their sites.

To update those of you who I don’t communicate with outside of this blog – I started a new job this past Monday. I actually landed the job the last day of work at the other place, which made for an easier departure. I’m now working for a pretty large company that manufactures all sorts of manly things like screws and locks and hinges and the like. It’s an excellent, global company that has been around for over 100 years, providing me with a pretty deep sense of security. I now have the means to financially plan for the future with a generous 401K and retirement plan in place.

As pleased as I am with the company, though, it still sucks to start a new job. And there are blows to my ego with this position, too. I’ve taken a step down in title and responsibility, but not in pay, so that eases the blow a bit. I no longer have an office, which really, really, really sucks – however hardly anyone has an office there. The corporate culture is radically different than what I’m used to. I feel better when I meet with higher ups who have been with the company for 10+ years who don’t have an office, but the fact remains that I still miss mine very much. The other thing I have to get used to is the commute. I was traveling 3 miles to work each day previously. Today, it’s 39 miles one way. That’s quite an adjustment. I’m trying to make the best of it by listening to a combination of phone calls, good music, and compelling talk radio. I listened to my first ever Christian radio talk show the other day on FM and I just loved it. I want to try some books on tape, as well, to see how that works for me.

All in all, I know I made the right decision with this job. I had 2 other offers on the table, and I chose this one because my heart was telling me (loudly) that I needed to go there. I knew the minute I pulled up to the building the first time I went there for an interview that this was going to be the place. I couldn’t believe it because the whole time I was driving there, I was of the mindset that I’d never take this job because the commute is so long, but that I’d go there to get some more interview experience under my belt. Joke was on me, apparently.

Rob is still looking for something permanent. He’s got a couple of side jobs for right now, so we’re okay financially until spring – so hopefully in the next few weeks, he’ll land a permanent gig, too.

Now that I’ve gotten the first post (after a hiatus) over, maybe it will be easier to post here on a more consistent basis again. I guess time will tell!

8 Responses to “It’s Been A While”

  1. Cindy says:

    Welcome back!!!

  2. Tammie says:

    Sorry about the no-office thing, but I’m delighted you’re doing well in your new job. And yes, I WAS wondering about how you’re getting on.

  3. Jules says:

    Welcome back Amy! The adjustment period at a job can be brutal. I’m glad I stuck it out at my current one, sort of. LOL!

  4. geeky says:

    I’ve been waiting for you to re-appear! Congrats on landing the new job! I’m glad you guys are still doing pretty well. I was getting worried :)

  5. Donna says:

    Hey girl.. glad to hear you found a job and all is okay in your world!!

    Missed ya!

  6. Tonya says:

    welcome back
    you were missed and thought about

  7. Lynne says:

    Glad to hear you found a job, and so quickly! Adjustments are always difficult, but know that you made the right decision. Hoping your husband finds something soon.

  8. Elisabeth says:

    I’m so glad you’re back in the blogosphere!