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Happy New Year, Spark Friends


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I just want to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Personally this was a tough year between my father's death in September (a blessing in disguise in some ways but sad and shocking nonetheless) and the major hurricane that hit my state a month later. Not to mention the deaths of many people (including the victims in Newtown and the significant others of some good friends) that left me very sad. I am hoping to be able to put this behind me in 2013.

If there was one positive in 2012, it was that I was able to achieve reasonable job security. I work a series of contract positions as a technical writer. After some difficulties in 2011 and a shaky start to 2012, I started a contract at a major pharmaceutical company in NJ at the end of February. I am happy to say that I am still there. My initial contract expired on December 31, and in November my boss (one of the best people I have worked for in some time) told me that he was not going to extend me but that he would recommend me for another position if there were any within his group. I headed into December extremely pessimistic about this possibility, but one of his colleagues offered to extend my contract for six months (likely longer). I will return to a new position on Wednesday after being off since December 21 (office closure). I will have to look for a new job at some point because the client imposes a two year limit on temporary workers. But for now, it's all good.

I am going to try to work on some goals and have them firmed up by the time the next round of BLC starts. That gives me about two weeks. One thing I definitely want to do is blog or journal more often. I just want to keep a record of what is happening and maybe some of the obstacles I come up against. I did this a lot when I first started Spark (using the private journal feature, not public blogs), and it has been helpful to go back and read the entries. I wish I had more!!

I want to thank you all for being such good friends. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, I feel like I let my friendships slide, and I am not proud of that. I just want you all to know that I truly appreciate SparkPeople and the actual Spark people who have made such a difference in my life emoticon


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COMPUCATHY 1/8/2013 9:02PM

    Thank YOU for journeying along with us! Keep seeking, keep writing, keep planning, and keep tracking...and you will find success along the way. Hope your new year is off to a great start! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 1/7/2013 8:18AM

    Right back at ya. Life is life and you make time when you can for all you can. Happy New year to you too and emoticon making it happen in 2013!

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LOPEYP 1/1/2013 5:20PM

    Glad to hear that things are looking up for you. Glad to see you on SP!

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MARTY19 1/1/2013 4:17PM

    Happy New Year! May it be THE best for all of us.

Marty

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/1/2013 2:50PM

    Nice to see you are forming a plan. We can't keep on
track if we don't know where we are going.

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CATLOVER110 1/1/2013 1:33PM

    Very nice blog! I hope 2013 is a great year for you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/1/2013 9:52AM

    Good to hear from you. I'm glad things are going so well on the job front.

I haven't been blogging much at all either. I just haven't felt like there was much going on with me of interest. Once my husband and I start our self-supported bicycle tour, I will go back to blogging much more regularly.

Happy New Year!

Hugs,
Kay



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_VALEO_ 1/1/2013 2:41AM

    Wish you the best for 2013, Leslie!
Seems like 2012 was not a great year for many of us, let's focus on this one and make it happen.
Good to hear about your job position. You have great goals for this year, and friends here who can help you to make it come true.
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Val

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SUSIEPH1 1/1/2013 1:45AM

    Happy New Year my friend ..
I am so glad you are still in work as I believe there are so many not in work there at the moment .. I am glad you have been tracking and looking after yourself . Keep Well and Smiling .. Much Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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