Friday, January 30, 2009

I'll Take Incorrect Presumptions for $200, Alec

I was very excited when my horoscope announced that this would be a great career year for me. No, I do not hang on its every prediction, but I'll take the info where I can get it, especially good news. I do not have to tell you where my mind went with this information. (SALE!) It was within my grasp. So close. The stars have spoken. The first bit of good news was supposed to come on January 5th. I kept my eyes open and my phone on. Checked my email compulsively. Nothing.

Then a friend came to see me and asked if I was interested in a job working in her group. What? No! This was NOT the great career news I wanted. Sigh... but it was news. And I need positive developments for the day job if I'm going to keep eating and such waiting for my writing career to take off.

So, today is my last official day in my current job. In record time, I applied, interviewed, and was offered the new position on my program. Same company, building, etc., just a new office, boss, and title. And work. Lots more work. I am now officially a research analyst. Metrics. Spreadsheets. Graphs. Woo hoo! (Er... well, not so much, but the paycheck is niiiiice.)

I was iffy about taking it. The gig I had was pretty nice. I was good enough at what I did that I had free time to... whatever. I made great money. Couldn't complain. When the subject of the new job came up, I thought... why would I give this up? The new job didn't promise a lot more money, at least short term, but it definitely would mean more work. Lots more work. Well, I sucked it up and took the job, only to find out my old position was probably phasing out. Good timing.

But I'm not giving up. This is a good writing career year for me too. I can feel it. Just have to figure out when I'm going to get time to write and such with my pesky day job sucking up my time...

Have you ever made a big change like this? Was it nervewracking for you? How'd it turn out? If not, have you ever had a horoscope prediction come true, but not in the way you were hoping? I once had it tell me I would get news about a writing project on January 3rd. In excitement, I raced to the mailbox to find my rejection letter. Oh well. :)



Problem Child said...

Just remember, SP, "The Universe is unfolding as it should."

Big congrats on the new job -- and the nice new paycheck!

HTG, my verif word is "ingrat" Be happy you have a job...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. And yes I read my horoscope on occassion and try to keep an open mind on what it's telling me. My last 3 jobs I was laid off work, bummer. Right now I truly enjoy what I do, though the pays not the greatest, I do have very considerate work environment that most assurdly make up for that. Continue to belive in your dream!
word verification - skies, hmmmm

Kathy said...

Congratulations on the new job, SP! Hugs on the work load, but I know as talented as you are, you'll make time to write.
As well you should. ;)

Lynn Raye Harris said...

Congrats, SP! I'm sure there'll be a learning curve and you'll be busy a lot. But then you'll get into your groove and find more time. And yes, apparently THIS job was what you needed since the other one is going away.

Each time I ever changed jobs, I felt that nerve-wracking feeling. Because I knew the previous job, the people, what I needed to do, etc. I think changing jobs is always difficult, even when it's a change we want. We've been in a particular groove each day and now we have to find a new row to hoe. I think this is especially difficult for natural introverts. The hubby, for instance, always seems to have a grand time when he goes to a new job. I never did. :/

Anyway, the writing career will work out when it's supposed to. The only way it won't is if you give up and pack away the computer and shred the mss. Not happening, is it? :)

Misty Wright said...

You can do this, SP. You will figure it all out. A new job does that to lots of people. I have to say that I've been there as well. It all works out the way it is supposed to. :)

My word is twigh.

Christine said...

Congratulations on the new job! Perfect timing for you as the old one was phased out. Very good!! And the writing career will take off and fly. It will.

We moved ... that's my big risk of the year. Moving to a new state, 9 years after being in DC, and starting over during an election
year (yikes!).

Then the unforseeable happened: economy went south, jobs are going away, and recession is in the air. But we prevail. We are okay. We left at just the right time.

So change is good, even when it is hard.

Good luck in all your endeavors!

Angel said...

It has been a while since I faced a new job, but there is always that learning curve to be faced, which is what brings about the nerves. You'll do fine.


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