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Job Update

Hello there friends.

I just have a few things I would like to share on the new job front.

First of all, here is a video of my new coworkers in all their beautiful Movember spirit.

(If you can’t see the video click here)

Soo, yep. I like it here. I only wish I could have started earlier so I could have made an appearance in that video (you can donate to their Movember initiative here if you are so inclined). That video may have solidified that this job is made for me. Hi, I LOVE fake facial hair!

And I have been known to dance ridiculously on occasion (all the time).

I didn’t know if anything would ever be able to trump the amazing office environment of my old job, but now I am not so sure. This may do it. They don’t have office boccia, but apparently they do have an office beach volleyball league! And softball! And mustache shaving parties!

And people attend them dressed like bananas?

In all seriousness, I am really liking it. It is very different from my old job and there’s obviously an adjustment period, but probably the most refreshing thing for me is that I don’t have to be a jack of all trades anymore. It is taking some getting used to, but in a really good way.

In my old job (and just a note, I LOVED my old job and would never speak badly about it ever), everything that was under the communications/marketing umbrella fell to me. This is no one’s fault, it is just how it goes when you work for a non-profit organization. There are not a lot of staff resources so everyone tends to wear a lot of different hats. My hat was the communications chapeau. This means I was responsible for the website, social media, media relations, graphic design, our magazine, tradeshows, communications/marketing/media strategies and plans, etc. Sometimes I was even the tech person (and I am not techy, I was just the techiest of the non-techies).

Our magazine for example. Three times a year I wrote it, laid it out, solicited the advertising, took the pictures for it, did the cover graphic design and coordinated the printing. And then I sent it to our sponsors, and invoiced them (but most of them had different deals with us, and I had to look up their contracts every time to remember who to bill for what). My coworkers were of course amazing and helpful, but they had their own things going on as well. Everyone was very busy.

For a long time I really loved the opportunity to be able to do so many things. I gained a lot of experience in many different areas, and that was great. But it was taxing. It took a toll on my motivation.

When I am passionate about something I like to put my all into it, and I couldn’t do that. I just had too many things that I was responsible for every aspect of, and it was draining and demotivating. There were times that I would just stare at my computer and think “I don’t even know what to do, I don’t know what to work on.” It was so difficult for me to focus.

But this company has resources. It is still very busy, but it is a different kind of busy. Everything has a really quick turnaround time and it is a very fast-paced and exciting environment. They have departments, and everyone has their own role. I may be involved in a lot of different projects, but I am not responsible for every aspect of them. I don’t have to be a jack of all trades, I can be a master of my own. They have a graphic design team, and web and app developers, and photographers, and video editors, and copy writers! And everyone is passionate and an expert in their field and STUFF GETS DONE. And it gets done QUICKLY. I feel like I am pawning work off onto other people, but that’s just how it is because it is now someone else’s field of expertise. It’s not mine. I am part of an entire digital creative team and it’s so great. Everyone works together and is so helpful and I am so grateful for it. I feel like everything is exciting, and maybe because I am new so everything seems like it is all sunshine and rainbows, but I don’t think that’s all it is.

Also, my entire team is very social media savvy. Most have Twitter and some even have blogs. They discovered my blog (and my piggyback video) before I even started and they LIKE it. They said they wished they found my piggyback video before my interview because they would have hired me on the spot (haha). And I was a bit apprehensive about employers finding it! (my old job of course really liked it too, I was just worried because that video is not the most “professional”)

In my welcome email they included a link to my blog. I love that they immediately embraced it and encouraged it (and I am not saying all of these nice things because I think people I work with are now going to read it, I mean it). I never felt like I had to hide my blog at my old job, because everyone I worked with was incredibly supportive of everything that I did, but I did feel like I had to be really careful what I wrote about.

It’s an adjustment, and there’s a learning curve, but I just feel so damn MOTIVATED. I can’t remember the last time I have felt this motivated. And being motivated in my professional life really makes me motivated in other aspects of my life. It is a ripple effect. So far Operation Motivation has been a raging success (though it hasn’t even been a week yet).

So things are good and I just wanted to rave on about it. Happy Friday! I hope you all have a great weekend!

How to Throw a Very Mature 30th Birthday Party

Last night we celebrated my friend Corey’s 30th birthday party at a bar with a bunch of friends. Corey is our first close friend to turn the big 3-0, so obviously we went all out in a very mature fashion to reflect how old he is turning.

Do any of you guys have a friend’s 30th coming up? Any birthday coming up? You may want to take note.

First you must make sure his gift is in a very attractive gift bag that is not creepy at all. And then you make him pose with it.

(My friend Dawn picked that up at the dollar store! Creepiness for only one dollar. Score.)

Then you pick up a giant cardboard cutout of a princess in her natural habitat. And again make him pose with it.

You also tell him that he must look at the deer like he loves it.

Actually you get everyone to pose with the princess cut out. Even strangers. Especially strangers.

And anyone who is lucky enough to walk by your table.

And the live band also.

Princess plays the guitar. Who knew?

Then you give the birthday boy new winking joke glasses. And obviously you make him wear them.

Such a pretty birthday boy.

And the glasses are of course a great addition to the ones you already own.

It’s also a good idea to get the birthday boy a giant flashing sign that says “Birthday Girl” so he is easily recognizable.

And a giant birthday card that you ask every stranger in the bar to sign and leave personal messages on “for the birthday girl”.

This is very important, as it is a keepsake he can own forever.

And you should also get a token Movember picture.

And a festive Christmas tree picture with all your besties :).

If you follow those tips, your friend is sure to have an awesome birthday. I think it would be pretty impossible not to.

And with that…

I hope you guys all have a great one!