I am so excited, it's crazy! I feel like this year is off to a fantastic start. I remember last year i was constantly sick in January. I've been sick once this January, but was able to kick it with just a few days of rest & some over-the-counter meds. Last January i ended up having to go to the doctor every time. This change is ENTIRELY due to the vitamins i started taking in December & the healthy lifestyle i started (slowly!) in June. It just seems that this January is 10x better than last year. A lot of good things are happening - spiritually, physically, financially, relationally, just in every.single.way.
Right now i am very excited because yesterday i got a promotion at work! I am absolutely ecstatic. Some of you may not know how much i have gone through in this job. If you are a facebook friend, you've seen my facebook statuses of whining & crying & venting! But even then, you never knew the details of the absolute ridiculousness & craziness that was happening here. It is hard to start a new program, I'll just say that. I work for a non-profit. I started here in July of 2008 & loved it until we started this new program in April of 2009. After that it became HELL on my levels & for many reasons. I know people thought it was just me being my whiny self but really - i was going home with migraines & tears many days in a row. It just wasn't worth it. Several times i tried to look for other jobs. I even cried in my boss' office twice telling her i was miserable. She worked hard to get me a new position but it didn't work out because you had to have a degree for it, and i don't have one. I was very depressed about not finishing school about that time. I was very depressed that nothing was working out for me. Little did i know that if i just stuck it out a little bit longer then all would be well. =)
I have decided that the good thing about having a new program & working for a non-profit is that things that aren't working out can be changed. My boss & some others rethought some things & redid some things & procedures were (& are being) changed. It has been a very slow process, but the changes helped a lot. Basically, for awhile there (& still now in some areas) EVERYONE here was angry & frustrated & stressed to the max and they were taking it out on others that were also frustrated & angry & stressed to the max (not realizing that they weren't the only ones angry & frustrated & stressed to the max!). It just wasn't good.
But revisions to the contract are being made & people are changing positions & things are getting better. MUCH better. I know there's still some stress going on - that's the nature of this business! But things are definitely improving.
First good thing to happen to me was that i got my own office. Back when i cried in my boss' office, she said, "How can i make this a better work environment for you?" & i said, "Three things. Get me my own office space, get a receptionist, & ..." (something else, i don't remember!). At the time, those things didn't seem possible. I am not a receptionist, yet i have to answer every incoming call. This is a problem because you cannot possibly get any work done while answering every call. I told her that back when my job was receptionist, that was my ONLY job: to answer those calls. It is not reasonable to expect someone to answer every call & do all their work (when the phone rings several times a minute!). But we couldn't do those things - there was no room here for me to have my own office & we couldn't afford to hire a receptionist. This was back in September/October. I was looking for a job like crazy but no one was calling. I was being told of all the changes that were coming, but they hadn't come yet. So i thought 'if i can just make it through the holidays & then we'll see if things really improve".
Well. Improve they did! First i got my own office. This wasn't because they love me so much but they hired someone else & in finding her a spot, they had to move others aroudn & eventually it got me the office i'm in now! That was a GREAT THING. Before i was out in the open where people are constantly passing through & it got very frustrating not being able to hear the people on the phone! So i have loved having my own office!
But i still have hated answering the phones. i get yelled at all day & it is not fun! I like the other job responsibilities i have but feel like i can never get to them because of the phone! It is just crazy! Well, 2 weeks ago or so my boss told me to think about taking a new position that we need. At first i was unsure because the new people i'd be dealing with are ones that yell at me now! But then i thought - i have to talk to them anyway. It'd be best to talk to them & actually be able to HELP them! So that is what i'm going to do.
I don't know if i get my raise for the promotion NOW or not till they renew the contract in May. But i don't care. I feel like getting rid of this phone is enough of a bonus! Plus we just got a cost-of-living raise in January & i'm still happy about that one!! =)
Anyway, sorry this ended up being so long. I just am absolutely thrilled! A part-time worker we have is moving to full-time & will be taking over my job. And she is very excited too! So i will be training her Monday & Tuesday next week & then my boss will be training me for my new position on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday! And i honestly think, things can only get better now! =)
I have to say - i prayed a lot during all that time for some relief! I kept saying that i would RATHER stay here if things could work out & improve! Because i like my coworkers (most of them! HA!). i am very happy that God did not open doors for all those other jobs. And that He made a way for this job to work out for me. Woohoo!!