I think I am currently dealing with more competing values than I’ve ever dealt with before. (And, no, it didn’t count in college when I had to decide between class, video games, a movie, drinking, or sleep. NOT THE SAME.)
See, the big overarching goals of this time when BF and I are living apart are as follows:
- Make money — improve our $$ situation. Reduce debt, increase savings … both personal and joint.
- Establish security … namely job security.
As you can imagine, these two are interwoven. I’ve covered this in a previous post, but at the time of the move, I’d envisioned splitting my days between 2 jobs: freelance PR gig, and a serving job. I’d be doing what I love, as well as filling in extra hours with serving (maybe the best legal, quick-money job on the planet).
Unfortunately, things didn’t go exactly to plan. It took forever to get a serving job, and then I spent three weeks training (ie not earning tips … sometimes I’d be making $200+ for other people PER NIGHT). Hours began to scale down at both jobs. While I knew deep down that things with both companies would level out given some time … the longer I waited to achieve the overarching goals, the longer BF and I would be apart.
So, a few weeks ago, I started looking around for full-time employment in the area. I was being pretty picky with places I applied. And, I didn’t want to rush into anything simply for the sake of job security.
About 2 weeks ago, I attended a screening interview for a big retailer headquartered in Bellevue, and they requested another interview yesterday. This time I actually got to meet with the three-man PR team, and it was one of the most relaxed, low-key interviews I’ve ever had. I asked as many questions of them as they did of me, and it felt like a legitimate conversation instead of an interrogation. I walked out of the interview with a huge (dorky) grin on my face.
How often does that happen?
As it turns out, they were as excited about me as I was about them. I got a call about 4 hours later, offering me a position on the team. And, I took it.
So, hence the title. I start next week. I think this new position is going to be fantastic — both traditional PR and social media, developing a couple of brands that are AWESOME. I really liked the team: All three are previously from agency backgrounds, and they seem like neat people. It was clear that they really love what they do, and they really like each other as people as well as coworkers. They enjoy the company and the culture — as I think I will (it embraces part of why I moved back to the PNW, for goodness’ sake). I think it says a lot that I was excited just walking out of the interview. Seriously, I’m still all smiley 😀
Currently loving (besides the obvious): This playlist I created on Grooveshark, with the best of what was on my first iPod (RIP), WinDirStat (if you need to clean out your computer, run this bad boy and it will show you exactly what is taking up how much memory and where it is so you can delete it), Memoirs of a Geisha (if you have not read this book, please do. It is written so well, this is probably my 6th time through it and I love it more every time).
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