Somewhere around the end of 2011 I started to become restless at work. The team I had been working with had just come off of the largest project I had worked on to date and as a result I feel that I had outgrown or at least moved past my position. My manager and I tried several things, but all it ended up feeling like was that I’d moved from working with one group of people I liked to another. Nothing substantive changed. I was unhappy but made absolutely no plans to do anything about it. Luckily – although it certainly didn’t feel that way at the time – some changes took place above me in the organization and they prompted me to look outside of comfortable if not unhappy box.
In February, after a few months of soul searching and discovering that those people who knew me best knew better what was in my heart than I did, I accepted a new position within my company. After having worked in Information Technology for 15 years, I now work as a Project Manager on the business side. Although I’ve had a few rough days, such as the day I physically moved away from the department that had been my family for the past 12 years, I am very happy with my new position. It’s still early days for sure, but I am excited about the projects I am and will be working on for the company. Most importantly, I look forward to work each day and meeting the new challenges that await me.
As part of my new position I will be spending the next six months preparing for two different certifications: the Six Sigma Green Belt certification and the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. I began my Six Sigma course about two weeks ago and it is going to be intense. There are five sessions which for us will be broken up into three parts. Part two will be held on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. I will graduate after completing a Green Belt-level project. The PMP certification is awarded after passing an ACT type of examination. Both of these certifications will keep me busy through the summer of 2013.
If there is a drawback to my new position it is that my personal laptop and even my phone feel a whole lot less attractive to me right now than they ever did before. With the learning required to wrap my head around my new project and the additional time and energy required to earn the new certifications, I’m just tapped out at the end of the day and the end of the week. Some of this will be resolved immediately after I have passed my certifications. The rest will have to wait until I’m able to bring my life as a whole back into balance. I have to trust that that time will come.
Until then, my blogging is going to be inconsistent at best. My blogging/reading/personal goals for this year are simply going to have to morph to accommodate my new reality. I’ve come to terms with this fact as best as I can over the weekend. Fighting it isn’t going to help. Instead I’m going to look to what really excites me and make those things my primary focus.
Armchair Audies. This event was a great success in my personal opinion last year and I’m so glad it’s well under way this year. Most of what I’m doing for this is behind the scenes, but there is a blogging component on the challenge’s site. I’m grateful to the other participants who have offered their help.
Bloggers Recommend. I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to be invited to be on the Advisory Board for Jen and Nicole’s new enterprise. Be sure to check out the new Bloggers Recommend site and sign up for the monthly newsletter. This has really got me excited about reading again and I’m hoping that the writing I do as part of this project will inform my own reviews here.
As you can see, there are a lot of great things going on in my life and I wanted to share that with you. I know that you will all be here whatever the future holds for Literate Housewife. I appreciate all the support you’ve given me along the way.