Friday, January 14, 2011

The Joys of Working

Well, I've been at my new part-time job for a few days now. The whole experience of getting back into the workforce while still trying to be a stay-at-home mom has been quite tiring. But it's been really fun too. I've really missed working. While I knew that I missed it, I really didn't appreciate the degree of how much I missed it.

I didn't realize how much I missed getting a little dressed up, going into an adult environment, and working on issues that require a little brain power. I also didn't realize how much I forgot about working on PCs when my husband converted me into the Mac world years ago. Luckily, I'm getting better in the PC world again!

The other thing I have to get used to is that private industry works a little differently than the government industry does. There are certainly more perks in private industry, but the pace is definitely quicker!

The biggest adjustment I have to make is trying to get a meaningful amount of work done while still being around to take my daughter to her activities and therapies. It's not going to leave me much "me" time. So far, I'm okay with that, but I do miss keeping up with my favorite bloggers!

Have patience with me as I adjust to my new life!

19 comments:

  1. Oh best of luck. I started a part time job last summer and it took me a while to get into it, even though I work from home and don't have to do the getting dressed thing! I hope you are really enjoying having that little bit of time with grown ups :D Jen

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  2. Glad it seems to be going well so far. I work four hours a day and like still having a couple of hours for appointments and such. Good luck!

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  3. i'm also job-hunting, and i did miss dressing up :)

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  4. What, blogging didn't pay enough?!?!?

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  5. I totally understand this whole juggling act. I've been trying to do the same thing on a freelance basis, and while it IS rewarding to use the parts of my brain not devoted full-time to macaroni art and first aid, the balancing act is a challenge. Good luck with it, and hang in there. I know you're going to settle into your "new" working life just great :-)

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  6. So cool that your job is good for you! Good continued luck!

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  7. I've totally missed out here, didn't even know you were working. Off to dig and find out about it!

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  8. I have been dealing with this one for awhile too. I work from home so it make sit easy, but there is still a huge juggling act. In fact, there are months I can't do it all and things have to be prioritized. During the holidays I had to stop all work and blogging and focus on the family. This week I have done a good job of being disciplined and getting everything done. But it really is hard. You can do it! Happy to hear you are liking it and enjoying being back to work!

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  9. Yay for you! I think it's great to kick yourself into a different gear once in a while...the juggling will get easier, and the perks are worth it all. Nice to feel all grown-up!

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  10. Good luck to you Cheryl! Having just been through this myself and still getting adjusted, I can certainly relate.

    It is hard to give up some of that small "me" time that we have. I hope you still find time for yourself. Good luck and Congratulations!

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  11. Congratulations on your part-time job. The transition does get easier over time. Can I make a recommendation? I say that you treat yourself to a massage or at least a manicure with one of your first paychecks. That always makes me feel better about missing out on some "me" time.

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  12. You'll get there. We'll miss hearing from you as much, but I'm happy for you finding something that is just yours--even if it is a job.

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  13. Congrats on the job!!! I will always be here for you girlie!!!

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  14. Been there, done that. Same situation, only I went back to work when our son was in kindergarten. There isn't much "me" time; only "we" time. At least during the work time, nobody is banging on the door to get your attention while you are in the bathroom. :-)

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  15. Go you, go you! I still don't have it all figured out. I'm not sure that I ever will, whether I'm working or not! haha

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  16. Good for you! I just started school this week and even that has been a nice change of pace!

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  17. SO jealous. Dressing up? Adult convo?

    Sigh. A girl can only dream..

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  18. I love staying home with my daughter, but I REALLY miss teaching. I was just talking about this today with my husband, saying that I miss my teenagers with all their wise cracks, their angst and their drama!

    Good luck at your new job!

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