I don’t know about you, but I have had one hell-of-a-year this year. Multiple jobs, multiple people in and out of my life, and multiple changes for me.
Let’s just do a quick recap. At the beginning of the year, I was working with my sister and then chose to go to work full-time for one of our clients up in Aspen. That turned out to be too much commuting and way too much time away from home. After a few months of that, I found a different job working in an office in Basalt. Turns out the owner of that company is/was a complete crook. I walked out on that job after he kind of/sort of fired me…but wanted me to stay till the end of the week (so he could scam some more people out of their money…and he wanted me to be there to help). Needless to say, I did not stay and I did not help him. I walked out of the office that afternoon and never went back. Even left a high dollar laser printer behind so as not to ever have to step foot in that place again.
I decided that I was going to go back into full time dog training and pet sitting. Well, unfortunately, that is still not and never has been a way for me to make a good living. I cannot support myself or my family on the money I make as a trainer. I love the work and I am still doing that on the side to make some extra money.
I applied for numerous jobs after leaving the Basalt company. 20, 30 resumes and applications were sent out. Week after week, nothing. Then finally a few phone calls started coming in. After many interviews and 2 job offers, I chose to go with the Real Estate office job. I had to fight for that position though because I was up against another person that had years of real estate experience, but not the same level of computer skills that I had. I could really see the potential in the industry for growing and learning and for a real career. The other job offer I had was working in medical billing and paid $5 more an hour, but I couldn’t see myself being challenged or happy in that position. This last time, I wanted a job that I would love and stay with for years. The paycheck wasn’t the determining factor – mainly because the 2 previous jobs paid really well but I was completely unhappy there.
Over the summer, while I was looking for another job, I found myself falling back into old destructive habits again. Drinking a lot more than normal. Actually dated a guy, if you could call it that – not sure I really want to get into the details on that one. The point is, that I went right back to the old self-destructive way of living when times got hard. My son was very disappointed with me and that really, really hurts.
I dropped by motorcycle at the end of the summer and broke my arm – not so bad that I went to the doctor or hospital, but bad enough that it ended my riding for the summer and fall and significantly interfered with my ice skating and skiing activities.
My Ex-husband remarried in November – that was a little harder to take than I thought it would be. However, after a little bit of time, I am feeling much freer than I could have imagined.
Really, for every bad thing that happened, there has been a good thing to counter it. After all the bad jobs, I do have a good one now. I have a lot to learn in this new industry, but I feel like it is right for me.
Looking for a new job can really make you question your abilities. With all the knock downs of my skill levels and qualifications, I have learned humility and to accept criticism better – although it still hurts like hell and I don’t like being told that I don’t measure up sometimes. One thing I have always prided myself on is that I do a good job.
I would have to say the lesson for the year has been that I am not all that good at everything and there is always room for improvement. It really has been a very humbling experience this year.
How has your year been? What lessons have you learned?