Thursday, February 2, 2017

secrets

Okay so first I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who linked up with Bre and me on Tuesday for Add it to my list! I haven't gotten to read all the posts yet (you'll see why, below) but we're both so grateful and ready to do it again next month! Anyway...

My pregnant blogger friends have made comments about how it's hard to blog when you find out you're pregnant because it's all you want to talk about.

I am so not pregnant, but I can relate.

I've been itching for change for a while now. I've had basically the same job for six years and while it's a great place to work and I have many coworkers I really, really like, I've felt that it was time to change if the right opportunity came along. And one day (in mid-November) I found that opportunity. I applied and waited and heard back and began a long series of interviews and waiting for results.

So I would want to write a post, but I would want to talk about job searching. Or not say much because what if the potential employer found my blog and I wrote something they didn't like? And what else did I have going on besides thinking about this possible job and how great I would be for it and imagining myself doing it and stressing about if they liked me or how many other candidates there were or...?

For the past two months, I've imagined myself in a new role, saying goodbye to my current coworkers, and thinking about what it would be like to plan events in cities I haven't even visited. A few weeks ago, I learned that the new opportunity is mine! I'm excited that I'll be planning events nationwide for a non-profit with a mission I believe in. That means I get to travel once or twice a month, putting me even more outside of my comfort zone. It also means that I get to work from home! This is the best part. Houston is huge and spread out. I currently spend about two hours commuting, round-trip, and that's a good day. I optimistically set my Goodreads book goal far lower than last year's in hopes of getting this job and no longer having audiobook commute time. Less time for books and podcasts is a small price to pay if I can get that time back in the form of actual useful hours.

As with any change in life, I'm nervous. I'm worried I'll get lonely or that I can't stay focused. I feel like wearing leggings as pants will be wonderful, but also make me feel like a sloppy mess. I worry about having to drive rental cars (something I've never done!) and that I'll miss my husband and cat too much when I'm gone. But mostly, I'm excited to join a new team and try something new. It's time to grow.

So if you have any tips on working from home, send them my way. Or let me know if you are on gchat all day and could use a friend for a virtual coffee break. Or if you will have real coffee (or wine!) with me should I find myself with spare time in your city - help me out! My last day at my current job is tomorrow, so it hasn't hit me yet that everything is going to change on Monday. On top of that, Andrew had a huge BBQ event this past weekend and we will have houseguests (who are attending the Super Bowl!) this weekend, so I have been cleaning, planning, and prepping at work and at home for the past two weeks to prepare for the transition. I'm so ready to settle into my new normal!

Linking up with Kristen and Gretch since I can finally share what's new with me.

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22 comments:

  1. Congrats!!! That sounds like an amazing opportunity. Good luck!

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  2. My company gives us a work from home option - but I rarely use it. At least for me, when I do work from home it's important to be in a defined work space, so maybe a desk or office area, versus on the couch with TV on in the background. While it seems like it would be great to toss in some laundry or do chores, I try to save that for a "lunch break" or ergonomics break, something that I would typically take at the office.

    Good luck! Sounds like an exciting opportunity!

    Stopping by from What's New With You!

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  3. Congrats, that is a great opportunity!
    I know what you mean about wanting to write about something... when we found out we were moving to Switzerland I sooo wanted to blog about it, but I couldn't until, family and work knew.

    I work from home, other than on 2 days a month. It probably sounds obvious, but you really do have to be disciplined. My job has flexi-time, but I find it works better if I set myself specific "work" times, so I do 8-12, have an hour for lunch and then work from 1-5. Knowing that those times are for working and my colleagues KNOW I'm supposed to be online working then seems to help me focus, whereas if I just worked whenever I wanted I would probably end up messing around and taking "breaks" for most of the day then having to keep working until late in the evening to catch up. Also, re. lunch break, when I'm in the office I have a much shorter break, but when I'm at home I think it's important to take a longer one so I can eat AND get out of the house. Being in the house all day, every day can quickly lead to cabin fever otherwise.

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  4. ahhh!!! how exciting! congrats!! i wish you all the best. i have absolutely no suggestions or help with working from home, but if you're ever in KY let me know! i really hope this is a fabulous change for you. very exciting!

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  5. So excited for you, congrats!! I hope you come to Chicago :) And yes, I'm on gchat 9 hours a day, message me any time (stephs1120)

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  6. What a huge change and awesome opportunity- even when you love your job I think commuting can really suck the life out of you, so the work from home option sounds awesome.

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  7. Congratulations on the new job! I work from home too. It can be really nice - No commute. Relaxed dress code. The ability to keep the laundry moving through the day or put dinner in the Crock-Pot at 10 a.m. It can also be really hard though to not let work and life bleed into each other. Sometimes I find myself doing too many life things during work hours and not working enough, and sometimes I find myself checking work emails and doing one last thing after my workday is technically over.
    I travel for work too every 6-8 weeks. The rental car was a little scary at first for me too but I signed up for the Hertz "Gold Club" which is super convenient - They text you what spot your car is in at the airport so you can just get in and go.

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  8. High five fellow home worker! I've been doing it for a couple of years and have so not cracked it.

    A couple of things that do help - if you can, have a designated work space that's set up ergonomically that you can shut the door on at the end of the day. Make sure to leave the house at least once a day (invent chores if you have to). Find a communal working space if possible to get around people. Make sure to meet up with friends regularly if you won't be seeing colleagues. Work out what you'll do about exercise because working from home = hello extra kilos (NB I've yet to crack that one...). Work out how you'll keep focused and not end up doing housework all day then working all evening. I use an app called Within which is basically just a timer, so you focus for 25 mins then you can take a break for 5 or so then get back at it. I'm sure plenty of other better apps exist. Oh I could go on about this for ages so send me an email if you want more! And most importantly, huge congrats on getting the role you were after and I really hope it goes well for you.

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  9. How exciting!! I don't work from home, but I am on G-chat all the time ;) But for real, my husband does 2-3 days a week and the biggest advice he's given others is: 1) get dressed - even if you're in comfy clothes, just don't stay in your PJs; 2) Have a dedicated work space that you enjoy working from; 3) Avoid TV and stick to music (this is a preference, I'm sure plenty of people prefer TV to music for zoning out).

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  10. I'm really excited for you!

    I will absolutely meet up with you if you're in Philly, as you know.

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  11. Congrats on your new job! Chris works from home part time and I love it because he doesn't have the commute and can get started on adulting things like dinner and cleaning while I'm coming home. A good way to not get lonely is try and schedule lunches with other people that you know that live around you that also work from home. That way you still have the social interaction! Chris does that sometimes with people from his company that live close by.

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  12. Congratulations on the new job! I work from home occasionally (but will be moving to mostly WFH in the next few months). The most important thing to me is to have a dedicated work space, have a schedule, and get outside once a day. Otherwise it's easy to stay in PJ's all day and never leave the house! It's great to work from home but definitely takes time to adjust. Good luck, and hope you'll update us next month in the linkup :)

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  13. Congrats on the new job opportunity! It sounds really exciting! I've always thought a travel aspect for work would be a lot of fun. I like staying in hotels, especially by myself (and I mean that even more now that I'm a mom - haha!). I don't think I'm focused enough to ever work from home (I'm too easily distracted), but I think it's awesome that people are able to make it work for them! Commuting can be such a drag. Hopefully you'll just have some extra time to read while at home. Or listen to audiobooks on your "breaks" ;)

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  14. Congratulations! I also work from home, for a non-profit, travel twice a month, and use rental cars! First, the rental car thing has become a breeze. It took a time or two to get used to it but now I absolutely LOVE it!

    As far as working from home, I agree with the other commenters who said to get out of your house at least once a day. That's key because not leaving for days in a row will make you nuts! I try to plan an errand or two for lunch or right after work, or even go for a walk or something. It's easy to feel like you should work every single second, but it's important to remember to take a lunch break and stop at the end of the day. I actually shut my laptop off and put it in my bag at 4:30, because if it's open and on my desk it's too tempting to check email, etc. Stick to strict office hours. One more thing I do is get up, shower, dress in decent clothes, do my hair, etc. Nothing fancy but if I sit on the couch in sweats all day I am just not productive. If I am wearing actual clothes and feel put together and sit at my desk, I am a million times more productive. It makes a huge difference! I also "pack my lunch" when my husband packs his for the office because the first few months of working from home I ate, all day long haha!! Now I have a morning snack and a lunch I prepared in advance so I'm not walking to the fridge every ten minutes! Good luck, once you get into a groove, you will love it!

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  15. Congrats on the new job!!! It sounds super exciting!! I get to work from home sometimes with my job and the thing for me is having a dedicated work space. I turned out spare room into my office (well, for now I ignore the huge pile of junk that gets thrown in there) and I make sure I treat it like my desk at work. I only keep work things on the desk, and I make myself focus while I am in there. There is no tv or books or anything that will distract me. I try to keep schedule routine too where I start and finish around the same time and make sure I get up and take a break for lunch and eat in another room.

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  16. This is fantastic news! I'm so excited for you! Congratulation!

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  17. Wow!! Congratulations! What an exciting new adventure! I'm sure you'll rock that position and you'll solve whatever issues arise with ease!!

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  18. Oh, how exciting! One of the things about blogging that I find so interesting is the connections we make and the genuine excitement I feel for others when reading news like this. I am sincerely thrilled for you!
    Working from home: I've done it. My advice...you mentioned wearing leggings as work attire, and I'm A-Okay with that. But, I do suggest sticking with a morning "getting ready" routine. I found that I'd get up, walk and feed the dog, then immediately go sit at my computer. Taking mini breaks to shower or grab a tea or whatnot. I think still keeping a schedule of a morning routine or a lunch break is important. That was my personal experience.

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  19. Yay! Congratulations on your new job! That is so exciting and it sounds like it's going to be so rewarding. <3 I do a lot of my work from home and I have to be very intentional about it. If I go in my office, put on https://coffitivity.com/ (seriously the best thing ever), sit down and actually work, I can get SO much done. Way more than I get done in an office at lighting speed. Oooooor I can be cold, and want to curl up with a blanket and my laptop on the couch and do some work with Netflix on in the background and my productivity drops off SO much. That's fine for some days if I don't have a lot to get done but just something to be aware of. :)

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  20. Congrats on your new job!!! That's so exciting and awesome for you!

    Working from home is hard but awesome. I have many thoughts and terrible advice so maybe just listen to all the other people who do not have terrible advice.

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  21. Oh wow, congrats! This sounds like such a great job and a wonderful opportunity. My sister gets to travel a couple times a month (usually) for her job and she loves it. I'm sure it will be a bit of an adjustment - traveling and working from home - but hopefully you'll love it in the end.

    -Lauren

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  22. congrats!!!!! you'll do amazing as you learn new things and find your groove.

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