Saturday, November 06, 2010
Thank you for all for your support. On a previous blog I wrote about some job issues, and someone commented how quickly they would change places with me, etc.... I was just not down for dealing with that, this time.
As for the young man in this blog, he wrote back a very emotional note about how my faith in him carried him through his troubled times in the past. (He had told me how his mom stopped trusting him and I was determined not to do it.) I have offered him a modified role in the fold, under some strict guidelines. This is not the same environment that most would encounter in a work space. I'm at a University, and part of my job is to teach them to be good citizens. This just my little part, but it is so emotional at times.
Today, I am off to the Asian supermarket (HMart) - where the produce is fresh and cheap and the chicken looks just plucked. :) Actually everything is very fresh and very reasonably priced. I'll pick up chix and some produce. I am CELEBRATING that I made myself dinners last week, chicken cordon bleu, and pasta --- and I ate my dinners. yay! I am making baby steps, but these seemed GIGANTIC to me.
Thank you for all of your comments and support. I am really feeling the love.
I love my sparkies!
Friday, November 05, 2010
I've been dreading today, even though I generally love Fridays.
I felt in a funk from minute one. I knew I would be firing someone today and it is just not fun.
It is someone (a student) I had given many chances in the past. He had a lot of struggles. He wrote me today basically asking me to forgive him and ended his note by telling me he is sincere (which I do believe), but also including that one of the reasons he was able to make it through his struggles was because I believed in him. I did. I do. But, I still have to think of the whole team. It breaks me up inside.
I really love my job and I have created a great atmosphere for the students, but there are times when it is difficult. Please don't leave me any messages about how I should be happy to have a job, because I full well know it. I give a lot here, and I am just venting that some days it is a bummer because you can't fix everything.
Nonetheless, it's still Friday, spark on sparkies!
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
When you believe it in your heart, you can conquer the fear.
When you step forward with authority, you are making it happen.
When you keep moving toward your goal, you build momentum.
When you trip over an obstacle, you can get up and keep going.
When you keep going, you prove to yourself that you are worth the effort.
When you know you cannot fail, you find a way.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
By all accounts, I am a happy, cheery person,...but don't tick me off.
One of my colleagues did something stupid today, and I called him on it. I did not add to the problem. I just called up and expressed my irritation and told him it was inappropriate. He legitimately seemed surprised, but it was still stupid. Arrgh! I didn't say "that was stupid." I did say it was "inappropriate." Oy.
My boss was very satisfied that I called the colleague on it. That helped. Said colleague made it a bit worse by try to resolve another issue by telling me I could go find the information myself, not snippily, but saying that I could go look for it any time I wanted. Uh, no, it's part of your job to tell me, bucko. Again, I did not say it like that. I expressed it in a polite way by reminding him that it is his group's responsibility to share that information with me, "face forward."
He apologized for making me mad. I said I was not mad. I was not happy with what happened, but I'm not mad at him. I want him to ask me in advance next time instead of doing something questionable, but I'm going to guess we'll be having this conversation again. Perhaps this little co-worker to co-worker chat did nothing but make me feel better, but that is good enough. I spoke up for myself, and I feel good about it.
Here's to a day of expressing yourself, including your right to vote!
Have a happy day, sparkies!
Sunday, October 31, 2010
SUPER stoked. I cooked several meals to have throughout the week. I made 2 sparkrecipes (or close facsimiles of them) and a chicken stir fry. I am finishing up my second load of laundry, cleaned the house a bit, and took a nice long nap today.
It feels good to be productive, but especially good that I cooked and planned ahead and made an effort on my own behalf. DELIGHTFUL!
I am feeling organized and on top of things. I hope to carry this feeling along with me tomorrow to work. :)
My cold has finally left. I have an occasional cough, but I am back to normal.
It's the last week of my Fall BL challenge with the sapphires. I did not kill it success wise, but actually I did make a lot of progress throughout. I am in a much better space now than ever before. I've put the power right back in my hands, where it belongs. It feels good to be guiding my own ship.
Happy Halloween to all! Welcome November! Fresh start!!!
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