Thursday, November 24, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude

I am thankful for the following things:

• My awesome 12-year-old daughter who is smarter and funnier than I ever imagined
• My crazy old dog and not-so-old cat who make every day more entertaining than it is when they are not around
• My good relationship with my ex husband because without him, life would be a lot more difficult
• My boring but well-paying job that affords me the ability to clean up after myself, literally and figuratively
• My health that continues to improve daily because I am working harder physically than ever before
• My friends—near and far, real and virtual—who provide support without always knowing it

And now, to enjoy the holiday season ... 6 weeks until 2012

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day Job

It is amazing to me that people get paid a lot of money to do what I do. Not that I am not good at it mind you, but a lot of the time, it's not that hard. I have no formal education for it, I keep getting paid more and more each time I make a move, and yet, it's never enough to make me feel like I am accomplishing anything.

What am I, you ask? Currently my title is Account Manager. In the past it has been Senior Manager, Account Executive, Project Manager, Packaging Specialist, and so on. I am a project manager. I try to help others help themselves and do their jobs. My ability to multi-task and schedule and remember more than one thing at a time makes me able to help clients, restaurant managers, creative folks and production people all get the information they need in a timely enough fashion that they can do their jobs. I am the one who is responsible for everything and nothing simultaneously.

I like what I do. I am good at it. I have learned over time that it's not personal (though some of you know I don't always practice what I preach). And truth be told, at the end of the day, most people like working with me because I help them get what they need ... even though most of the time, they don't know it : )

And today at work, I am just bored ... it always happens when I am new to a place because I just don't know what I don't know. I am trying to enjoy it because soon there will be days with no breaks from calls and no way to leave my desk. The best part about this new gig though, is that tomorrow, I work from home.