The Week is Almost Over

Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Finished book #12 - update on My 1000 Books. Thanks to Alana, aka Wasabi Cowgirl, for the great suggestions on some potential books to read. Started a new book on the history of the Gulag by Anne Applebaum. For some reason I can't seem to pick up my copy of Don Quixote. It's a great book but it's just not doing it for me at the moment.

Yesterday, after my doc's appointment, I stopped by an old workplace and had lunch with my former boss/good buddy "R". She looked great, she's lost a bit of weight since I last saw her and the store was really busy as usual. After the obligatory small talk about family, friends, and our non-existant love lives, we started talking about work. We had a really good discussion about jobs, employment, etc. ... you get the idea. The conversation basically boiled down to the following: after 8 months, I'm still doing very little at my current job. I'm basically unhappy where I am and I have no desire to learn more about the type of business I'm involved in, part of the reason I had left a similar job a couple of years ago in the same field. I'm very fortunate to have a job and some people would think it a dream to get paid for doing very little. Sure for the first week or two. Its not so great after a few months let alone over half a year. I've resigned myself to the fact that I need to find a new job. I can't do this for much longer.

I had tried to convince myself earlier this year that things would get better and I should stay at least 6 months, then it was a year. I passed up at least two opportunities for very good positions (one job offer, one interview) because I felt "bad" for wanting to leave after such a short time. Now, I'm kicking myself. So the search continues once again. I've got a line on a couple of positions at my last employer (I was there on a temp position) and one of them would actually be in the same office that I was in last year. We'll see what happens...


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Your work is a large part of your life. If you feel unfulfilled, you owe it to yourself to try something else.
Now I just need to take my own advice.

Wandering Coyote said...

I agree with Barbara. There can be absolutely nothing worse for the soul than being stuck in a job you dislike. And it only feeds upon itself, because you bring that energy of resistance into your work and it becomes a vicious circle. You DO owe it to yourself to find something fulfilling and that is YOU.

Tanya said...

Wow. I found your through Stuplicated and thought I would look at your list. Inspiring!!

I definitely like your 1000 books thing. I may steal a few of your ideas and add them to my to do list.

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