Downsized from a corporate job. Searching for something new. It has been an emotional battle. Forget all the go-away parties for former co-workers I had planned in the past. Mine was a hasty exit, fueled by broken promises on a legal journey solved only by my lawyer. My boss was a snake.
Cry me a river.
After 2 months of feeling sorry for myself, watching too many hours of HGTV, I tackled the house. Removing wallpaper, sanding and priming walls and painting a new neutral color. The palest of yellows – that may need (after months of reflection) a little more punch. The good news, we can quickly repaint, should (when) we decide to downsize. That is a topic for another day.
After the renovation, I started applying for jobs And, Hallelujah, a new position, working remote, with a great organization and my office … the dining room table.
The commute, simple, fast and perks like an endless supply of coffee. Replaced my office co-workers with the puppy, he is a constant source of love and never talks back. I am mastering Skype, google docs, the mute button on my phone and the weird sensation of virtual meetings.
- the dress code. Gone are the banking type clothes for meetings. Replaced with Life is Good comfortable tee’s and jeans or capris
- lunch is just a quick step into the kitchen. Leftovers have become my friends.
- on hot days – I take a swim in the middle of the day
- advance notice of meetings, requires a quick blast of hairspray, tidy the shirt … and best of all no-one can see below the desk
- hours are flexible – I can take nail/hair/massage appointments in the middle of the day
- I only wear shoes to go out. Work shoes are slippers in the winter and bare feet for summer
- I am an early bird – can get in a quick 4 hours before 10
- I can work from the lake
- I miss interacting with people – in person. I have a rule: venture out of the house daily. Post office, grocery, yoga, zumba, anywhere.
- the thought/nightmare that I will get slovenly, staying at home
- focus. Going from task to task – well I had this problem in an office
It has been 2 months. A glorious two months of working remote. Smart people, nice people, interesting job. I am grateful for the chance, honored to be chosen and will work my ass off to succeed.
Moral of the story – things happen for a reason.