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