I have spent the past 10 months working from home and blogging as a full-time occupation. Today was Day One: Starting A New Job
Today, for the first time since graduating college I walked into an office and worked a job for 8 hours.
I know this might sound strange but I have been waiting for the moment. Because, as much as I love blogging and all of you, the reality is it’s not able to make the money needed to pay my bills right now. And that’s okay. My hope is that someday I will be able to walk away from a full-time 9-5 and run this blog as my business for myself. But for now, I am actually over the moon excited that I spent 8 hours out of my house this morning and had something that forced me to set an alarm to get up.
I am sure in the not too distant future I am going to be praying for the moment when I don’t have to get up at 6 am, drive to work and sit at a desk. Today is not that day. I spent out hours in an office interacting with other people and earning a dollar.
The sense of relief that hit me as I walked through those doors before the light had even hit the sky was a bit ridiculous. I’ve never been a morning person, I will never be a morning person, but regardless of how my first day went I knew that at least I had hit some kind of personal milestone.
My first post-college job. Starting a new job, made the early wake-up worth it. I was so nervous that I forgot my lunch. Though in hindsight, at least I remembered everything else, paperwork, ID’s all that good stuff.
I am sure you all know what it feels like to walk in on the first day of any job. Where you nervous, scared, excited, calm? I was all of these things which is ridiculous I get that but somehow I managed to walk in there with my head on at least somewhat straight.
I will say this, I don’t know if it was starting a new job or what but it was the most Monday of Mondays I think I’ve ever experienced. I left my lunch at home, left the house with stains on my pants, and almost forgot my paperwork. I know, real smooth move on the first day of a starting a new job.
But despite the rough start, I have learned a few things on my first day.
- You are always going to be kindergartner asked to introduce yourself and tell a fun fact about yourself. This is something that I thought would stop after high school but continued into college and now into my first post-grad job.
- Being the genuine real you is the way to make friends and find a way to fit in. It’s easy to try and be who you think they want you to be but in the end, they hired you because they liked you.
- Its okay to ask questions and feel a little off-kilter. I definitely felt a little off today but I asked questions where appropriate and good thing cause sometimes can’t be researched.
- That being said, try to figure things out yourself. Be the go-getter. If you can find the answer by searching the handbook or looking around a minute do so, it shows you can go the extra mile.
- Smile, laugh and know that its okay to be nervous and a little stressed, people understand they have been there before too.
- Starting a new job is never going to go how you pictured it in your head. My first-day definitely wasn’t but thats okay cause it was actually pretty good anyway.
- Odds are everyone else is stressed about having a new member join the team so cut them some slack. It can upset the dynamics a little at first, but soon everyone will settle in.
- Deep breath and remember they hired you for a reason, You can do this. It’s natural to feel overwhelmed just remember, you can do this!
- They don’t expect you to know everything right off the bat, but google is your best friend. Sometimes you can use google as your best friend to help figure things out!
- Congrats, you made it.
One of the hardest things I had to remember about today was that it wasn’t something to dread. Yes, starting a new job meant no more sleeping in until 8-9am, no more getting to plan my day how I wanted, or having free time for spontaneous adventures. But it was absolutely a day to celebrate. Because, let me tell you, finding a job is a trail.
And finding the end of that roller coaster is something to smile about. Yes, I am still working towards something bigger, but every little step counts.
I know you guys have heard me talk about it before, but moving to San Diego didn’t go nearly as smoothly as I had planned. In fact, it was quite the road. But in the end, as in my post about curveballs and 20/20 hindsight, I am glad for it all. And yes, its still to early to tell whether or not its all been worth it and this was part of why none of the other opportunities worked out over the past 10 months, but I am hoping so.
I hope you all have a killer start to your week!