I think it’s time for a little career update. (What a concept!)
I could sum it up this way; “We’re not in Latvia anymore, Toto!”
Hmmm, that bastardisation of a classic movie line only works if my writing sticks in your mind like chewy clings to hair….
For those with more than my old blog posts ruminating around in their heads, you can get the context for that declaration here.
Remember when I briefly worked for those number-lovin’ Lats last year? What a misstep that was.
Two weeks ago I started a new administrative job in a small property law practice. Being a part-time role, it is much less financially rewarding than my stint at the Latvian Embassy, but it is so much more rewarding in ways that money can’t buy. For instance, I don’t have to rush out the door and battle morning peak hour traffic…. whoop glory!
Most importantly, I fit there.
As someone who bangs on about non-conformism and can’t think of anything sadder than wearing a workplace – or any place – cloak of invisibility, it may seem strange that fitting in (at work) rates so highly for me, but it does, and here’s why.
When you fit, there’s ease.
This means that if you’re wired like I am, a compelling, confounding yet alluring mix of confidence, rebellion and stupidly high expectations of myself when it comes to learning (some) new things, feeling a sense of ease and rightness is critical to not having a meltdown when, shock, horror, you don’t perfect something after 3.4 minutes seconds.
I know, right? It’s not as if anyone in the history of ever – except me – couldn’t grasp something after one rushed explanation… oh, is the sarcastica font showing up on your screen? I sure hope so.
Being the new girl, being a beginner, starting over again; that can be challenging.
The thing is, there’s no alternative path. New things are new. And I, and you, can’t know in advance everything that is required. Bummer dude.
As my new job is in a legal practice, where I have many years of experience, the familiarity of that helps me cope with any omygodimissedthatthing freak outs that may crop up. I’ve held similar roles before and I’ve loved them and excelled in them. It’s been a while though, so some forms, processes and procedures have changed, and the way things are done always changes from business to business.
Do I scan it and copy it for the file?
Is it filed under number, number, name, date or name, number, number, date?
Why are these phones not working!? (That one’s universal but the frustration is always new!)
Knowing what a PDF is isn’t the same as being familiar with Adobe.
Where are the pens?
Who took my pen? Seriously, give it back. (Yes, I have an issue with pens, deal with it.)
Overwhelmingly, what I feel every afternoon as I follow the tram tracks to the office, is that I’m back on track.
I have a job I know I can succeed in, and that makes me so happy.
Bonus: Mirrors everywhere, cheeky selfies have never been so easy!
Now gainfully employed, I remain, your compelling, confounding, alluring pal,
PS If you’d like to contribute to my getting back on track fund, just click here. Thanks!
15 thoughts on “Back On Track”
Im so glad you have found your happy place away from home 🙂
I am too Jo, I am too.
So lovely to read this Annette … glad you’re settling in to your new role.
Thank you Nikki, it’s a pretty good feeling, made all the sweeter by the support I receive here. ❤️
I feel there is hope in the world!! Go Nette!!! ❤
There is. Always was. 👊🏼
So good and I appreciate all of the things you wrote about the tough times because that was really important. hurrah for mirrors and purple 🙂
Thanks lady. 😘
Phew! So happy to hear you feel comfortable with your new work buddies, Annette!
They’re lovely, and my chair is not trying to break my back – huzzah!!!!
glad things are coming to fruition friend and toto!
i’m glad you feel that you fit in!
it is important in the work place I think!
coming from a square peg in a round hole or vice versa
I do manage to change spots and colours like a chameleon to fit in everywhere with some flare though to make a mark of difference!
keep creating at home!
love the sound of your brogues! … making a mark!
much love m:)X
It’s a great thing to have a new place to be par of the team in.
I’m psyching myself up to return to office work after three years of study and working part-time. I’m petrified, mainly because I doubt myself and also because I suffer from PTSD from a few bad work experiences. I’m encouraged by your return to work though! I’m glad you have this work as it sounds like the right place to be.
Try to not pre-empt things, I know I’m my own worst critic when I start out in a new job. Reach out to your support network. Wishing all the best for you.
Lovely to see you and your mojo back my friend. Here’s to finding the places we fit.