Last Friday marked my THREE-year job anniversary!!!
I can’t believe I celebrated my three-year job anniversary this year. Once I graduated college, I worked a few jobs before I landed this keeper. I felt like I was speed dating since I went on a LOT of job interviews. I only accepted a few offers, tried out a few places, and then in the end, I narrowed it down to what I thought would be the best fit. It’s been great!
There are ups and downs with the job, as with anything in life. Sometimes it gets frustrating. Our managers send us emails we don’t agree with. We work overtime. Or we stress out about work during…dare I say it…weekends! And sometimes we have to work weekends! Not to mention all the work on our blogs and other part time or freelance jobs. The hustle is real.
But in the end, it’s worth it if we are learning, growing, and communicating.
In celebration of my jobiversary, here is a list of things I’m thankful for:
- Steady schedule
- Customized workspace, designed by yours truly
- Opportunities to move up in the company
- Hand-me-down succulents that have sprouted into more than I could have imagined!
If we’re not progressing, if we’re stagnant, if we don’t enjoy ourselves, or if we no longer work well with our team, then it might be time to check out other options. Sometimes I feel like I’m in a rut. When I look at the big picture, it’s not always because of my job: it’s because of my state of mind.
A job will never be perfect. But having a job is a privilege. Working in downtown Orlando has been difficult these past three months. It’s taught me simple things, such as how to find my way around town, different driving and walking routes to take, which pizza place is worth chowing down on, and which streets smell pleasant (as opposed to those alleys that smell TERRIBLE!).
However, it’s also taught me about so many homeless people. People like you and I, who may have lived “normal” lives at one point, but now live on the streets. Some of them talk. Some of them don’t bother anyone. But many of them do not have a job. They ask for money, they tell jokes for money, or they say they don’t want money and ask for food instead.
I’m always conflicted about what to do. The food and the money is temporary. Finding them a job would be more helpful in the long run, and obviously talking to them or inspiring them with faith would also be more helpful long-term.
All of that starts with finding the motivation. People could have all the skills in the world, but it’s the motivation and the drive, the confidence to try something that they need the most. I’m still working on what I want to do in my life, and I hope some day soon we can help homeless people with what they want to do in their life. That’s another story.
Support the Team
Let’s remember to motivate each other, support each other, and do this voluntarily. Help each other out if a coworker asks a question or needs to split the workload (within reason, of course!). When someone doesn’t ask for help, mention something such as, “My workload is pretty light today. Is there anything I can help you with today?”
My team members and I do that a lot. It feels good to support each other!
I’m thankful for a three-year job anniversary, let alone a job anniversary, period! I do not take this for granted, and I encourage you to join a company or support a product you are passionate about.