the last day….

So yesterday was my last day of work at the company I’ve been with for the past 2 ½ years. This was the first time I’ve left a job purely of my own volition, with purpose. And it’s the first time I’ve left that I’ve truly felt a sense of actually being saddened by leaving! I’ve left jobs before, but they’ve been jobs where I left because I really couldn’t stand it anymore. This one I’m leaving so that I can start my new career that I’ve finally finished school for.

That’s right! Starting on Monday I will be doing my externship for medical assistant, and then after that I’ll be getting a job as such! I am so excited!! This I pretty much the goal I’ve been aiming at for a while now. I’ve been aiming for the medical field for a much longer time but trying to get the MA for a good number of years now. It’s a perfect career either to stop in and (hopefully) have a family or to work in while I go on to nursing or another place in the field. I’m honestly happy with whatever way it ends up! I am just so glad to finally have had the opportunity to get to this point in my life. I’m thanking my boyfriend first and foremost for being so patient with this process and letting me get it done!! I love him to pieces :)

And I’ve made a handful of really excellent friends in the process of this too, and I’m quite grateful for that! To be going out into the great unknown (cue the dramatic music) with people I care about by my side (well, across town in other offices), makes me feel better about it too. I’ve definitely got a handful of nerves here! I’m always nervous doing a new job. This one even more so because although I have the knowledge of how to do it, it’s a type of job I’ve never done before, so it will be a new experience for me.

But YAY!!

On to bigger and better things :)

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wasting time…

I recently posted about my geekiness that is World of Warcraft. This is somewhat related… I think…

I’m sitting at work today thinking, wow, there is so much stuff that I want to be doing right now, and this is NOT it. Actually, it kind of is, because I’m typing up this bog post while I’m sitting here and I’ll put it up when I get home. But anyway, that’s beside the point.

I started thinking about my priorities and how skewed they are in some ways. For example… this is a lit of things I wish I could get out of work and do right now:
1. Play WoW.
2. Shop for stuff to make chainmail.
3. Make chainmail.
4. Watch a movie.
5. Shop for shoes.

This is a list of things I SHOULD be doing if I could get out of work right now:
1. Try to figure out why Michigan Works hasn’t called me to tell me that there is money available for the No Worker Left Behind program and that I can finally go to school.
2. Try to figure out when I should start the Medical Assisting program at Macomb, since I think I can pass out of the first semester because I already have the credits.
3. Garden. Trim bushes.
4. Clean the house. Especially vacuum.
5. Grocery shop (mmmmmm tomato basil mozzarella salad). Plan some meals so that the aforementioned grocery shopping is smoother.
** note: why does the grocery shopping need to be smoother?? Who cares how long it takes to grocery shop. I go through this every time. I want to rush in, get stuff, rush out, and then get all upset when it doesn’t move that fast… sheesh. I used to wander aimlessly through Meijers for hours just looking at stuff because I was bored.

Anyway… the point here is that if I got out of work right now, I wouldn’t do any of that. I would go home and play WoW. And tonight, when I actually DO get out of work, I’m going to play WoW. Which is great since its on the top of my list of things I WANT to do. But… I should be doing other things! I should be doing the things on list #2. I should be relearning how to dance, because I really enjoyed those classes we took last year. I should be planning yummy meals that I can make for next week. I should be going grocery shopping because I REALLY want that tomato basil mozzarella salad (and we’re almost out of toilet paper).

And I should REALLY be out walking, and rollerblading, and finding a yoga class, or joining a gym.

And I should REALLY be figuring out the school stuff.

But I’m going to go home and play WoW.

Yay!

I can do it!

I always get in trouble for being “defensive” in my arguments. I think I’ve figured out what the issue is. I get defensive when I know that it’s something I did wrong, and don’t want to be called out about it. Usually what that means is that yes, I know I raised my voice at that customer and have already berated myself for it and I don’t need my boss/supervisor/team leader coming over and going through the big show of reprimanding me, as if I didn’t realize I had made a mistake. I have no problem with admitting the mistake and moving on. Basically, if I’m the one who is wrong, I get defensive, because I already KNOW it was wrong.

I have also realized that if I have been accused of doing something wrong that I didn’t do, or if I have BEEN wronged, I can present arguments clearly and concisely without sounding defensive. For example, if I move a large box of pop cans to a less visible area in the office, on the orders of the boss, I don’t want to get attitude about how I’m “inconveniencing” someone by moving things around. And if I need to ACTUALLY defend myself, I can plan out the entire argument without issue.

Sigh…