Remember how I was worried about transitioning out of unemployment and back into a regular job? Well, after a week at a new job, I can safely say I had no real reasons to worry.

I’m really enjoying this new job. I won’t really speak much here as to what it is, other than to tell you it’s still in academic administration (though more in a supporting role than doing much administrating). But this is a pretty good fit for me. It’s a short term position, unfortunately. Which is mostly sad in that I really like this department and my coworkers. It is, however, the nature of our department though.

I feel super lucky that I fell into this position. I was basically applying to jobs in bulk. I needed a job so I went after practically any academic administrative office position I could find. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do this interview because the original position I interview for didn’t start until June. But after a phone interview and a couple emails, my supervisor offered me a different position that started sooner (and paid better) and hired me sight unseen. And her intuition on this was dead on — this is the right position for me.

It’s amazing how in one week, I can feel how my confidence has come back. And I really didn’t know that I had lost my confidence — but it’s that high you get from knowing you can do this, you can do it well, and you get knock things out. I feel on top of my game. And it’s great. I know there will be times when this job will test me, when it will be crazy stressful. But I feel like I can make it through whatever it will throw at me.

I don’t know what I’ll do when this job end. This particular position is not really a career path for me — at least, not exactly as it is. But at the moment, I’m not extremely worried because I’m really enjoying where I am now. And I know by the end of this job, I’m going to be in a great place for whatever comes next. I don’t know if this job will be a turning point in my career path, and I don’t want to put that pressure on it, but I do know that I am very thankful this is where I’m at.

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Savvy Spork: Curried Honey Mustard Chicken

4 April 2014
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In another life, if I had better stress management and some better upper body strength, I’d like to think I would have gone to culinary school. I love food. The science of it, the art of it… all of it. But you know, the lack of professional training isn’t going to keep me from having […]

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Everyday Cosplay: getting ready for C2E2!

2 April 2014
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One of the many awesome and fun things at comic cons is seeing all the creative cosplay. I am genuinely intrigued by cosplay and completely respect those brave enough to go for it. However, I’m just not one of those people. I’m not secure enough with my geek status — and yes, I know that’s […]

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March reads

31 March 2014

As I mentioned once before, when it comes to my reading goals, I don’t care if it’s a short story, a novel, or a graphic novel/comic. The point is to read and develop a good habit of reading. Given that I read 4 books between January and February, I’m pretty proud of my improved reading […]

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Goals for April and Spring in general

29 March 2014

» Track my income and expenses for the month and create a reasonable budget for the remainder of the summer. I just want to build some better habits as I work towards the future. » Create a book budget. I need to just set a rule that I have $X to spend or X number […]

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a letter to my bubby

26 March 2014

I don’t remember who taught me how to ride a bike, but you inspired me to do so without fear. You attempted to teach me various sports, and stuck with me, though I was never any good at them. You let me tag along with you and your friends on various adventures, and not even […]

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(from NPR) Three books that define me

25 March 2014

Today on twitter, NPR Books, along with All Things Considered, asked a really interesting question… What three books best summarize you as a person? .@npratc wants to know: what 3 books summarize YOU? Make a snapshot of your life? Would let a bookshelf-spying stranger “get” you? #my3books — NPR Books (@nprbooks) March 25, 2014 It’s […]

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