Hey. How are things?
It’s been a while. Almost 8 months to be exact. I guess it was time to take a break from my completely sporadic, non-grueling, when-I-felt-like-it blogging schedule. Perhaps it’s because the last 8 months have been a time of real transition for me. My life was turned on its head, in what turned out to be a good way.
Those of you that know me will know that I worked at my last job for 17 years. I worked in the office, primarily in Purchasing and Materials, of a factory that painted parts for the automotive industry. Sounds thrilling, doesn’t it? It was a love/hate thing sometimes, but it was kind of in my blood. This factory was owned by my parents since I was a little girl, and I started working there full time when I was about 19. Then it changed hands about 9 years ago, and I stayed on, as did the majority of the staff. It’s pretty safe to say that after all those years, this was in my blood, it was what I knew, and going into work every day was just like breathing. It was natural for me. I guess I never really envisioned myself working anywhere else or doing anything else, although I wasn’t dim enough to believe that it wasn’t a possibility.
I guess though, that nothing lasts forever. It started to become obvious that the days that the factory would remain open were numbered. Another new, state of the art factory was opening by the same owners, two hours away. Though it originally seemed like there may be a chance to keep it open, eventually, the writing was on the wall.
This was pretty scary for me. It’s scary enough when it looks like you’re going to lose your job, but it’s really scary when your job is all you know, and it’s woven into the fabric of your life so tightly that it is truly a part of who you are. It’s also scary to think about the process of looking for another job, when I had never really done up a resume before, never been on an interview. It was very nerve-wracking.
I started to think about where I would want to work, and what I would want in my next job. I sent out a couple of resumes on to some online postings. I also sent a resume to the long term care facility in our town. They had no jobs posted, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to send in a resume and ask them to please consider me if a position in Administration became available. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t really expect to hear from any of them. You can imagine my surprise when I received a phone call from the LTC Home. They had a part time, three day a week position available they wanted to see me about. It was to cover for someone else that was on leave. It was a temp position, but there was no end date for it. I decided to go for it, hoping that I would be able to eventually stay on permanently. I hoped that if I got it, they would let me go down to two days a week at the factory.
I ended up getting the job. My boss allowed me to go down to two days. He was actually really great with me, and flexible, working with me around my new hours. This was an extremely busy time, as although I was only there for two days a week, I still was responsible for most of the same duties I had been, I only now had to do it in two days instead of five. This meant sometimes coming in early, staying later, and working on the weekends now and then. That was okay though, I was extremely grateful for being able to continue on there while starting a new chapter of my life at the same time.
The inevitable ended up happening. In August, we received notice that the company would be closing on October 3rd. This was tough. This was actually happening. I had spent the better part of my life at this place. From running around pestering everyone when I was a kid, to riding my bike up the laneway, exploring in the ravine below, to working there every day, I was finally going to have to say goodbye for good. It was tough. The place was a part of me. The people were a part of me. I was so fortunate to have somewhere to go, something to do.
And so it went. The company closed in October, I stayed on for a couple days a week until the end, and beyond until the end of the year, doing a bit here and there for them. I still get the odd email every now and then asking me to help out, which I don’t mind doing. Just before Christmas, I got offered permanent full time at the nursing home (4 days Monday to Thursday) starting January 5th. I was ecstatic. I really love it there. The people are wonderful, they have all been so welcoming, and I have learned so much. It is a very different atmosphere, going from industry to healthcare, but I’m learning as I go. I am looking forward to staying on there and heading into the future with this wonderful organization.
So 2014 was a bit of a topsy turvy year. Beginnings, endings, uncertainty, joy, tears, a broad spectrum. I learned a lot about myself, what I’m capable of, and what I hope to achieve in life. I have tried to remain positive, although at times it has been tough, particularly at the beginning and middle of the year when most of the craziness was going on. It may have been a good (and interesting) time to blog, and perhaps get everything out. There were lots of other awesome stuff that happened, my kid started Grade One, we had another trip to Great Wolf Lodge. We had a really great Christmas and New Year. My parents sold their house, my childhood home, and moved into an apartment in town. But I think it was good for me to take a step back and let things play out. I thought I would take the time to update my readership (all three of them – you know who you are! 😉 ) on my current situation, to get that out of the way. I would say that now, I’m likely to go back to posting about food, and books, and makeup, with the odd little update and opinion piece thrown in. I can’t say that I’ll post with any regularity, but who knows…stranger things have happened.
I hope everyone is doing wonderfully, and that life is treating you good, and you’re all staying positive and counting your blessings every day.
Love you all to bits and you’ll be hearing from me soon.
I’m almost positive of it.