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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Life is about to change for me. I'm going back to work. In a real office job, where I have to wear SHOES. What's that going to be like, I wonder?

The truth is, the years have been turbulent, and my creativity is stifled. I do think getting out into the world will help that. I need to remember how to have a decent conversation again and discover the fun person I used to be. This is the way God has chosen to do it. I'll be honest, I'm scared to death. I haven't worked outside the home for 20 years and I'm starting at the bottom.

I'll still be writing, just not so desperately.

But God brought this job to me, and I feel like He meant for me to take it, or it wouldn't have popped up out of nowhere. So anyone gone back to work and have some sage words of advice for me? I'm all ears!
Kristin  
posted at 1:37 PM  
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At 6:00 PM, Blogger jel said...

I wish ya well on the new job!

I haven't had a paying or working job about as long as you!

the only advice I could give ya is
BE YOURSELF!! :)

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Jel, I hope that will be good advice. I do have to dress in business attire, so I'm most worried about my feet. LOL

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger Courtney Walsh said...

I've thought about going to work somewhere too, though I admit giving up my yoga pants deters me every time! I have to say though, you're so right about getting out into the world and how that's great for your creativity. Just pray you're working with some crazy characters you can roll into the next story... :)

Good luck!!

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Yes, I will miss my comfort clothes, there's no question, but it's only part-time and like you say, maybe I'll come home with great characters out of it.

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger jel said...

that would something I would have to worry about too, my attire,

now I just go about a 1/4 of a mile to moms, and just wear jeans and t~shirt, and no shoes.

the thing that would sorry me the most would bee making decent converation, that is not one of my strong points ! ( just ask my mom) :)

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Julie Jarnagin said...

My advice - Wear stunning heels to walk into the office. Slip on comfy flats under your desk. :)

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Give yourself some grace. Don't expect to know everything right away. Don't expect to be at the top of your game. Ask lots of questions, but be careful from whom you ask. Relax. Be yourself. Listen to what people are saying: You can learn a lot about an office culture. Take time to enjoy being back at work: It's a gift to be savored.

I have now been at my new job for 2.25 months. These are the things I am learning. :)

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Yes! Don't walk in and try to change things the first week!! No matter how good your ideas are. LOL

Seriously, I wish you God's blessings in this, Kristin.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger Lynette Sowell said...

Kristin, I've ALWAYS been working, but for the last almost six years or so I've been telecommuting from home. About one year ago I answered an ad in our newspaper and became a stringer reporter. It definitely got me out of the house and right into the mix of everything in town. OH I was SCARED. I had to ask questions of total strangers. But it's been AWESOME. Embrace it! My fellow reporters are half my age but that doesn't seem to matter. I remind myself to walk in like I own the place. LOL. Two weeks ago the paper asked if I'd like to do a weekly column. Getting paid to write my opinion. (!) So, I say, go for it! You have a lot of experience and candor, and all you can go is straight up! :)

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh this is all great advice. Taking it to heart, thank you gang!

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Blogger is messed up because I know there were comments on this last night. I'm proud and excited for you, Kris. You can do this, but just try to enjoy it.

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger jel said...

yes it was messed up. it wiped out a hold post that I put up!

yup you can do it Kristin! :)

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger jel said...

I went to see what was going on with blogger, and has a few things go wrong , be they are trying to get things back , my post came back, so maybe the comments will come back too

 
At 1:24 AM, Blogger Anna said...

oh wondering why so few comments. Thanks Hannah!

 

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