Friday, April 01, 2011
It finally happened this morning. It wasn't horrible and it wasn't good. No, I didn't get fired, they never had any intention of firing me. Pretty much they feel that the last 6 months I have been really negative and not making as much of an effort as I was when I started. They feel that pretty much they have done nothing wrong and I don't take enough initiative or have good follow through. That I am the one isolating myself because I talk too much and people don't like me. Apparently they have had numerous complaints about me talking too much. No, they did not have any documentation of said complaints. The positives where that they like me and think that I am very intelligent, capable, and have a very good grasp of the field. They pretty much feel that my insecurity and lack of confidence is the cause of all my work issues. They want me to work more every single day than the 10 hours I already work if I have to and I have to say that isn't sitting well with me. That and I don't dress professionally enough for clients. That made me furious. I make almost nothing and can't live on what I make. With how fast I am losing weight I just can not buy new professional clothing every weekend. Consignment shops in Boston are a joke. That might work if you are smaller but not still a plus size and the stuff is almost as expensive as new clothes at some of those stores.
They asked if I still wanted me job because they don't want me to leave. When the male owner left he asked me if I was coming back on Monday and I laughed and I could tell by the look on his face he was serious. I am not that type of person. I meant it when I said I did want to try to make it work but as the day has worn on I am starting to think this is not the job for me. I am exhausted and can barely get in my workouts as it is. I do not want to live to work. I want a normal job and have a personal life. They expect me to be a workaholic. They actually said those exact words. I already am, how much more can I give without it being detrimental to me and my health? I am at that point now.
I still have to talk to A about the whole thing and see what thinks. Ultimately the decision is mine and he will support me but we discuss all big decisions like this. I am going to think about this all weekend and make an ultimate decision of keep trying or move on. If I move on I am going to leave sales entirely. I just need to do some soul searching regarding what is good for me and what I want.
Dinner last night was interesting. The food was FABULOUS. I had wild boar with housemade fresh pasta and we all shared a bunch of starters like pork rillettes, charcuterie, chicken livers in pastry, lamb tartare (my favorite), and fried artichokes with aioli. I couldn't finish my dinner. We were all food people and very critical and it was a fun evening. 4 Wine pairings, a martini and too much food led to me not feeling well today. That is more than I drink in a month. What was the most interesting was that socially I realized how much goes into being successful in business. This kind of BS corporate hobnobbing. The air kissing and socializing. I surprised myself with how good I am at it and it was the first time I felt like I fit in. That I can swing with the rich and refined. I felt like I looked really really good and men were staring at me like crazy. A shocking amount. It was the first time I felt like I wasn't the fat girl anymore. I was the hot girl and it is exciting and terrifying all at once. When people stare it is disarming even when it is with approval. This is something I will have to learn to adjust to over time. I need to stop feeling like it is vain and shallow to know I am beautiful and to feel good about that. To be proud of all I have done to get here and know that I will continue to look better each and every day.
I think the ambivalence I have been feeling about my diet this week is a form of self sabotage and it has been very sneaky. It came right in and made me stop caring and I didn't even see it coming. The difference is now I am much more in tune with my day to day habits and caught onto it sooner. This whole experience with my job would in the past have been derailing but now I will not let that happen. I will continue to fight even if it means quitting my job to find balance. They want me to be strong and self confident. They have no idea what they have gotten themselves into. It is on.