seimaisin: (beth at home)
It seemed like a good idea to make Thanksgiving week a time to be grateful for some of the things in my life right now.

First day? My biggest reason to be grateful for this year - my job. Why? Many, many reasons.

- Nobody is looking over my shoulder any more, waiting for me to fuck up.

- My office is quiet; it's common to go whole days only seeing/having to speak aloud to my three officemates. I even get to wear headphones and listen to music!

- I get to use my writing/editing skills on a daily basis.

- I feel like I'm an actual part of the department now, part of a larger team, rather than just some admin person who doesn't count.

- I'm learning something new every day.

- I have upward mobility chances in this job.

- In the infamous words of Sally Field, "they like me, they really like me!" I've been told on multiple occasions that everyone is amazed at how quickly I'm catching on, and how much I've gotten done in the few months I've been here. I can't remember the last time I heard professional praise that didn't ring hollow.

... and I haven't even gotten to the part where I get to go back and finish my undergrad degree basically for free. I'll start exploring that after the first of the year.

I'm grateful that I finally got up the courage to say "enough is enough." I'm grateful that K told me about this job, and that she went to bat for me when the University HR department decided I wasn't qualified enough. I'm grateful that my boss took a chance on me. I'm so, so, SO happy to be in a better place.

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