Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's All About To Change

I've been very bad about my blogging because I've been extremely distracted. Every time I tried to write a post, I wanted to write about what was going on, but that would have been a waste of time because I wouldn't be able to post it. I couldn't exactly announce to the world that I was interviewing for a job when I still had a job. (Generally considered by most as a bad idea)

But today, I can write about it and tell you with an amazing sense of pride that beginning September 13, 2010, I will be joining the Public Affairs Division at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. And, in a twist of irony, I am writing this post from my Mom's hospital room at St. Mary's Hospital, part of Mayo Clinic. She's here getting a pace maker put in and informing everyone she can that her daughter will soon be working for Mayo Clinic.

One of the main reasons for the change is because I was wanting to move closer to my family, most of whom are in Southern Minnesota. Obviously, my Mom is thrilled - heck, she was almost giddy talking about it.

I'm sad about leaving Hazelden because I've been fortunate to work with some amazing people. They were extremely gracious when I told them about this opportunity and wish me only the best. Each opportunity builds upon the previous ones. I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have been a serious contender for this position if it hadn't been for all of my social media work at Hazelden.

Even bigger than just changing jobs is relocating! In the coming weeks and months, I'll be prepping my condo to go on the market. Yesterday's news that sales of existing homes dropped a record 27% in July created a very big knot in my stomach.

it's scary and exciting all at the same time. And it will be amazing fodder for blog posts.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Waiting and obsessing

There's waiting

and then there's waiting with a group of people who are waiting, too. Group waiting increases the anxiety level for me. Now if I would learn to wait quietly, I wouldn't have the pressure of the group, but I'm not sure I'm capable of that.

I'll be honest, I've never been very good at delayed gratification. If there is something out there that exists as a possibility and someone else has control of the decision making, I can obsess on it for hours on end.

It's those times that I am grateful for distractions. Something that requires my undivided attention and keeps me so busy that I'm not thinking, so I'm not obsessing.

And, as soon as I find that distraction, I'll be able to stop obsessing.

Or I'll be able to stop obsessing when the focus of my obsession is concluded. And I'll be able provide the answer to friends who have been waiting with me.